Pass The Goal Line, Pat

Spoiler, the Panthers didn't, not when it mattered at least.

[Mark Umansky]

Down 14-20 with 1:02 left in the game, the Panthers had four chances to score from one-yard out. Four plays later, Pitt gained negative-three yards and the Hokies celebrated a win.

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Yessssss y'all used my idea. hahahaha this is so so good.

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PITT

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PITT

Edit: FUCK

MATT

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

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Patt Narduzzi

It's Time to go to Work

SHIT

edit: FUCK

MATT

Edit: PAT

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

Nardouche

NARDOUCHE

EDIT: FUCK

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EAT SHIT! EAT SHIT! EAT SHIT!

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Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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I hate that Fuente hasn't won against chinballs yet, but I ABSOLUTELY LOVE that he hasn't lost to the Nardouche yet. This is perfect. Thanks!

Take all my legs, even the ones attached to my body. This is perfect.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

A little off topic, but watching the final play again......Travon Hill really blew up that run. He didn't get the tackle, but his penetration was the "key" to that stop.

He was also held!

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

He was held for a good portion of the game, and it was never called. Also, having to review the so-called Pitt TD with an official right there, calling it a TD, when the receiver's knee was obviously down before the ball crossed into the end zone. I often wonder where they get some of these officiating crews. I mean, these fouls are plain as day, and right in front of them. I think they're there for the perks and the paycheck, along with getting their mugs on TV, instead of trying to call the game to the best of their ability.

Instant replay has created an incompetency in officiating like we've never seen before. How they can't watch the play and get it right before instant replay absolutely stuns me. Bunch of buffoons, both college and pro officiating. They may get it right in the end, but some of those officials on the field are absolutely worthless. I love it when they react to players saying they recovered a fumble or made an interception instead of actually watching the play themselves, conferring, and making their own decision.

"That man was violating a city ordinance, and I was just doing my duty to enforce it." - Mike Curtis

"..because anytime you go upside a man's head, or a woman's, they have a tendency to blink their eyes.." - Deacon Jones

The D-Line was getting held the entire game. I know it goes both ways but it was really bad how PITT wasn't getting called for holding. Also, Fucking Narduzzi nearly shat his pants on every pass break up by a VT DB. The entire PITT coaching staff was hounding the Refs for flags every single pass break up. So annoying

Pour some Beer on it

I'll never understand illegal man downfield. It gets called on us on a two point conversion but not called the rest of the entire game?

The refs were terrible.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

For the most part you won't see the refs call holding unless the defensive player gets turned. The rules are not written as such but if they called every hold there would be a flag on every play.

hahaha love it

Freaking Awesome. Fuck Pat Narduzzi.

Wow on that first down run, Motu really took a big hit and stopped the RB in his tracks, and then pushed him back! What heart! Deserved 25 today!

EDIT: Him and Tremaine made that big stop. Excellently done!

He was never going to relive the agony of letting Thomas Sirk knock him over for a game winning TD again. Motu took that play personally in 2015 and has really upped his game since then.

There is little that is more satisfying than the last four plays of this game. They were a thing of beauty.

Special props to Floyd for setting this up with his tackle on the 1 1/2 yard line.

Great use of Sweet Caroline, but does that mean we're friends with the 'eers now?

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Or Boston College (Boston / Chestnut Hill / Alumni Stadium in particular. something something Matt Ryan).

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It's a Reddit thing that sprang from when WVU hosted Gameday.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

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Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

This is what coaches love. That single ounce of effort more than the receiver saved the game and made it a special ending for the seniors in Lane. You fill a team with guys like Floyd, guys that are willing to work for every single play, even on a seemingly game ending play like this one, and you get a football team that is hard to beat.

Floyd is already a bigtime player for the LPD/DBU.

I don't know if there's a player on the entire team who has outplayed expectations like Reggie Floyd has. Overall one of the best tacklers on the team and a very willing hitter (a hallmark of this defense; we don't always wrap up, but #LPD is full of hitters, and I love it). Will get better in coverage. And came right in and became an emotional leader and a tone setter. He's been great for us.

EDIT: I'd add Sean Savoy as our offensive Surprise Of The Year.

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

Agree on both accounts. Although I feel like Walker has played out of his mind this season.

Definitely. I was referring more just to unexpected/surprise impact players.

Hell, Rick might be MVP. So much of what he does has no column in the box score.

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

Yeah, DT is a hard position to get noticed with traditional boxscore stats. Which kinda speaks to how incredible Settle has been considering he leads the team in TFL.

It can't be understated how important Stroman has been on and off the field. Recruiting Stroman positioned us well with other Stonewall Jackson players- Settle and Floyd. Those guys have been huge for our defense and all have been excellent Hokies.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinsku, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

In my mind, Floyd is going down in Hokie lore for this as much, maybe more, than Barquell Rivers stonewalling the Cincy QB.

That was a great play in Hokie History.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Any chance someone has a video/gif of this...trying to remember!

I actually tried to find a clip right after I commented. No luck on my end, but I'd love to see that replay too. Might have to just find the full game video and click through to it.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

ok now, I had to actually find the game, cut the clip, and upload...

Hyping up Hokie Nation one video at a time.

I got you fam

Hyping up Hokie Nation one video at a time.

Thanks to you both! Can always count on ya'll.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Things I think I saw:
- 1st down: Motu takes the initial hit on the RB, but Tremaine Edmunds is right there in support, and really stopped the RBs momentum.
- 2nd down: Drake Delulis Khalil Ladler beats his block, gets upfield to set the edge, and forces the RB back into the teeth of the defense.
- 3rd down: Stroman only sees the WR split right at the last second, but gets there and defends that pass perfectly
- 4th down: Great penetration by Hill, but Deon Newsome? sheds two blocks to keep the RB from getting to the edge, and Floyd and Edmunds mop up.

Some great individual efforts there.

Edit: Thanks to those who corrected my vision.

*Khalil Ladler, DB, not Drake Deluliis, TE.

...Were either of them recruited as a QB?

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On 2nd down: Deluliis is #9 on offense, Kahlil Ladler is #9 on defense. They also have different skin colors 😁

Mea culpa. Just saw the number and took a quick look at the roster. The mockery may now commence.

And Ladler is about 5'10", and DD is 6'13".

He's taller than Bucky?

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Probably 8-year-old Bucky.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

Ladler is probably credited with the tackle on the last play. he had a nice series there

Third down:
0:50 Stroman is lined up tight.
0:51 Reggie Floyd turns to him and says, "Stro, who's got the guy over there?"
0:52 Stroman sprints out wide
0:53 QB immediately looks to the fade
0:54 Reggie Floyd jumps as high as he can but can't reach the ball
0:55 Stroman saves the game
0:56 Stroman says, "hey Reggie, buy you a beer?" (meaning when he turns 21, of course)

"Our job as coaches is to influence young people's lives for the better in terms of fundamental skills, work ethic, and doing the right thing. Every now and again, a player actually has that effect on the coaching staff." Justin Fuente on Sam Rogers

I'm sure the award-winning, jet plane flying, gold watch wearing "Pass the Salt, Pat" series will continue for a long time. Woooooooooooooo!

Every time I hear that song I think of Penn State. They play it all the time at games, it's like their Enter Sandman

Touching me, touching you...

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Actually now that I think about it, they stopped playing it in the stadium because of exactly this line.

I wish I could do cool things like this 😧🐼

...great edit!

We put the K in Kwality

I know! I hate talented people!

Where is Lawson?!

The. Worst.

We put the K in Kwality

Hats off to the defense.

This is just amazing. Y'all are the best.
Have the hokies ever had a goal line stand following a back breaking play like that to win the game?? 🙅‍♂️🙅‍♂️🙅‍♂️

That team sure did suck last night. They just plain sucked! I've seen teams suck before, but they were the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.

The infamous 1991 game with the cousins.

1991: a 20-14 Virginia Tech win in Morgantown: In the teams' first meeting as Big East foes, the Hokies led nearly the entire way, but West Virginia mounted a 16-play, 79-yard drive that got the Mountaineers down to the 1-yard line with seconds to play. Tech linebacker James Hargrove forced a fumble from WVU quarterback Chris Gray on an option play on fourth down, preserving the win.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

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Thank you sir! It really was a rare thing of beauty

That team sure did suck last night. They just plain sucked! I've seen teams suck before, but they were the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.

Dcwilson, Hokietrax and I were there. It was their cousin-coming game, and that goalline stand was after a 45 minute rain delay. Great ending, but I think this one was better.

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My seats are on the opposite end of the stadium on the press box side. I was dying to see the footage, as we could only see the outcome. Seeing it this way is so sweet. I shed a little tear. Legs.

It was almost directly in front of my seats. We were losing our shit in the stands during and after. Game finished and almost nobody started for the exits. We also just stood and cheered.

I noticed this, too. Nobody moved for a really long time when the game ended. I think the entire stadium was in shock and trying to catch their breath.

I'm a supporter of limited use of Enter Sandman, but thought they used it well yesterday - really got the defense and the fans fired up on that the last drive. Then letting the full song play out afterward with everyone singing the lyrics was moving.

perfectly timed... fans were about to start booing the refs in earnest and that song really redirected everyone's energy in a positive way

masterful

First down- Gaines crashes to spill the play and eat up blockers trying to climb to the linebackers. Ladler and Newsome, significantly outsized, are aggressive and attack blockers on the edge with a heavy shoulder to squeeze the hole. Motuapuaka and Edmunds are clean, scrape across, and make the stick in the hole.

Second down-Houshun Gaines, who got manhandled against man blocking several times versus Georgia Tech, completely gums up the double team right where Pitt wants the ball to go. Ladler again attacks with a heavy shoulder and turns the pads of No. 87. The back runs into the mass of humanity gumming up the area inside 87, featuring Motuapuaka and Gaines (Gaines has two gold star plays in a row, along with Ladler and Motuapuaka.

Third down- Stroman gets out late to prevent the Dan Marino versus the Jets moment. Floyd triggers him.

Fourth Down-Hill seems to get off the ball late. He makes himself small and gets lost shooting through the gap. Pitt initially has a hole over the left D gap, but Hill slows everything down. Floyd and Motuapuaka stay clean scraping across and filling into the hole. Ladler got rocked off the line of scrimmage and fought through the block. Deon Newsome also got contacted and shed a pretty abysmal effort by No. 37. Note the technique- he has force/contain responsibility. He takes on the block with the inside shoulder and keeps his outside (right) arm free and is up the field. Hall can't bounce it inside. If Hill doesn't slow the play down, there would have been one heck of a collision at the goalline between Hall and Motuapuaka to decide the game. Ladler and Newsome were able to recover, with Floyd and Motuapuaka coming in to finish the play. Walker and Edmunds were also closing fast.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

Oh nice. So I don't need to cut up any clips for your film review, right? This is it?

Hyping up Hokie Nation one video at a time.

Nope we need that narrative broken down into four separate clips please.

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I was hoping (still am) that the entirety of French's column would be devoted to that last series, and the play before.

1st and goal is the essence of football, to me.
And for a defense to hold up is sensational and deserving of all the excitement and attention.

Offense is favored, and (based on the graph below) has about an 85% chance of a TD from the 1 1/2 yd line.

(Graph from : "Field position and scoring")

More discussion on this series from French would be wonderful.

Was going to ask how much of this was reaction to the play vs executing the call.

Was there another play Pitt could have run or was "stroman out of position" their best shot?

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I think it was a called fade.. the clock was ticking down fast at that point, and they needed to spike it or make a quick throw to the end zone where they either score a TD or stop the clock with an incompletion.

I think the predominant assumption including that of the announcers was that Pitt was going to spike the ball to stop the clock. That of course is a wasted down so instead of wasting the down take a shot at the end zone through the air.

I'd have laughed so hard if stroman could have picked that off. Especially if he ran it back.

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Ladler plays with a much heavier shoulder than one would project from a guy his size.

If Hill doesn't slow the play down, there would have been one heck of a collision at the goalline between Hall and Motuapuaka to decide the game.

I'll take Motu for $100.

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Motu was playing with a fire only a senior on senior day could play with. He was pumped after every play and hitting people with incredible force. Gonna miss him. Emotional leaders like him are tough to come by. Plus the inevitable butchering of his name y new commentators was hilarious. We need a highlight reel of all the different pronunciations by Billdozer.

He showed up to play.

I'll take Motu for $100.

Eh. Daniel Jones would like a word. /ssss

I kid. And I think Motu played his ass off yesterday. I've given him plenty of shit, but he was everywhere. One of his best games of the year.

And great to see him do it driving the 25 car. Easily a top-5 Beamerball jersey performance.

Ps: I really love our new tradition. It's classy, it's a smart bridge between CFB and CJF, it's merit-based, and it's a great talking point for the commentators. Whose idea was that? Whit? Fuente?

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

Fuente and John Ballein came up with the jersey idea.

3rd down: I don't think Floyd triggers him actually. Seems like he points out there after Greg sprints out to coverage. Greg really did everything to save that play for us.

I think Floyd noticed Pitt's QB staring down the receiver before the snap and signaled Stro to go cover him.

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

Yeah, I just watched in slow motion. Hard to tell. Seems like they both maybe notice simultaneously and Greg runs over on his own accord. Although, maybe Floyd yelled something to him. Hard to know. Either way, Greg showed why he is one of the best CBs in the country.

I keep rewatching this. It's beautiful. I definitely want to think this is a moment we'll look back on and hopefully say it was one of the tide turning moments in the Fuente era. I know that's a stretch, but damn if we didn't show some heart and character that I'm not sure we'd have seen a few years ago. One can hope right? Either way I'm enjoying the shit out of it for what it is, a great moment in Hokie history. So happy for these seniors.

Hokie goal line stands make me feel some sorta way.

Could someone please share this with Pat on Twitter like last year's video?

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Related: I saw this at DP Dough after the game. If I had seen whoever wrote it, I would have bought their calzone.

*Cinnasticks*

It's Time to go to Work

Man, I just watched Narduzzi's full post-game press conference and he hasn't changed one bit. Still just as much of a tool as I remembered from last year. He said that no one could catch Jester Weah when he went 68 yards to the 2 yard line. Well guess what, Pat? He was caught. And then your team was stopped 4 times in a row. Have some humility dude.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

I did not hear any real Narduzziisms out of him. Seemed Pragmatic.

Where is Lawson?!

You heard his bone headed comment about how "None of them could keep up with Jester Weah."? It's crap like that that's just so petty and in fact incorrect as my post stated.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Youngins' stepping up. You have to love that!

Where is Lawson?!

I'm actually getting emotional watching Motu after that 4th down stop :')

This is what college football is about. Not looking ahead to potential championships, future recruits, or playoff implications. It's about the players we have right now, on the field, playing for each other and for the school we love.

Man, let's go dog UVA.

Did anyone else catch Pitt's QB, Pickett, flipping off the crowd after the overturned touchdown? Four plays later and Karma's a bitch for the freshman.

I noticed that, but I couldn't tell if he was flipping off the crowd or giving the "come at me" motion because a fan was taunting him. Either way it was pretty Marcus Vickish or Baker Mayfieldish.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Their KICKER was talking $hit to the stands. Then he missed that field goal. Love karma

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

Ladler played his nuts off on that stand

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinsku, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

Has........anyone else watched this like 52 times?

Where is Lawson?!

Only 52? Get back to watching!

62 65 71 73

Where is Lawson?!

76 77 and on to loluva

Where is Lawson?!

Not yet but it should have a Mach number.

Mach Floyd

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

EDIT: Moved to a reply.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"