Virginia Tech 35, Old Dominion 49

The Hokies suffer an embarrassing loss against the Monarchs.

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You know it's a badddddddd loss for the Hokies when an argument that ensues afterward contemplates its rank in the basement among 2010 James Madison, '98 Temple, and 0-0 Wake Forest. For the record, the debacle against the Dukes takes the cake. Regardless, it's a fail that'll follow the Hokies forever.

It was very on-brand for Virginia Tech to pants Florida State, spank William & Mary, have a bye week, then lose by double-digits to an 0-3 non-P5 program that lost to Liberty (10-52).

There is enough blame to pass around. For as impressive of a showing the defense had against Florida State, Bud Foster's side of the ball was equally inept against the Monarchs. The offense stalled in crucial moments. There were costly personal fouls and mental breakdowns. Blocking and tackling were abhorrent. Tech got bullied in the trenches and picked on out wide. The fast and energetic bunch that knocked off the Noles was lethargic in front of an in-state crowd. Overall Tech was unprepared to play a football game on Saturday, and that part is squarely on Justin Fuente and his staff.

And it gets worse. Josh Jackson left the game with a left ankle injury and it's unknown how long he's out for. And then Sunday morning Trevon Hill was kicked off the team cited in-part via a statement from Fuente for "not upholding the high standards that we have for our student-athletes at Virginia Tech".

Confronted with moderate adversity on Saturday, the Hokies wilted.

"What happened was we got in the middle of a real game," said Fuente. "A real competitive game. And things weren't going our way. And that's how we responded. And that's inexcusable. And that starts with me. We have to be a better disciplined football team. And our response was to go the wrong way, instead of buckle down and try and make a play."

Tech regressed, substantially, after a hot start and a bye week. That's perplexing and concerning. An uninspired heavy favorite on the road overlooking a team believing they're in the Super Bowl is a recipe for an upset. ODU set the timer for four quarters and cooked the turkey to perfection. It's also worrisome Fuente was cognizant of it, and was unable to properly focus his squad.

"I told 'em, 'I liked you guys a lot better when everybody told you, you were terrible. Everybody told you, you didn't have any chance in that first game, and all you did was work your tails off.' And then now we get all feeling good about ourselves, and we got brought back down to earth," said Fuente. "We got what we deserved."

How Virginia Tech responds moving forward will be telling. Prepare to learn about the team's non-tangible composition and its leader on the sideline. The Hokies flunked one test, but the semester is not over. It is within the Hokies' control whether or not that loss is an anomaly or the start of a season-defining spiral.

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Temple loss was still the worst. I will die on this hill.

I would like to die on a hill right now.

Rip his freaking head off!

As of today, we either had a Hill die on us or for us.

Bad loss for the Hokies, great win for the Monarchs.

I assumed ODU would get one eventually in the same way that I assume UVA will get one eventually, "not this year". Part of the game I guess. Had this result happened to any other team, I would be reveling in the chaos.

I have every expectation that Fuente and Foster will right the ship. The key will be if the players can learn from this weekend and be better prepared for Duke.

I hope ODU can use the momentum and do better through the rest of the season. Watching their first 3 games was painful.

From a non-win/loss perspective, I think ODU was pretty hospitable. The on campus events seemed well attended, traffic wasn't too bad and the most smack-talk I heard from any ODU fans was from my dad (an ODU alum) and it was mostly good-natured.

I told 'em, 'I liked you guys a lot better when everybody told you, you were terrible. Everybody told you, you didn't have any chance in that first game, and all you did was work your tails off.'

It's extremely disappointing that an underdog mentality is what is needed to get the players performing at their best.

Contrary to the opinion of many on this board, an underdog mentality sucks. If we can't perform to our ranking and treat what should be a routine win without getting an overinflated ego and taking a game lightly then we're never going to win a national championship. The ACCCG will always be our ceiling.

This isn't a one time issue either. We have constantly stumbled on routine games the past 5-6 years. Maryland 2013, ECU 2014, Wake 2015, Syracuse 2016, GT 2017 were all against poor teams with backup QBs or other issues yet we ALWAYS played down to the competition and let our guard down.

There's a serious issue with the culture of the squad that needs fixing. The ODU loss is unacceptable. The fact that we were embarrassed in front of a large crowd of recruits who regularly choose OOS schools over VT is pathetic.

Absolutely. And you know what, it's been going on WAYYY longer than 5-6 years. Unfortunately, it (playing down to &/or below the level of competition) has been a staple of Beamer's tenure. Again, an underdog mentality has NEVER won us a National Championship.

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It's extremely disappointing that an underdog mentality is what is needed to get the players performing at their best.

This is sadly, very true.

I agree with the underdog mentality. Tech always seemingly plays better when shit isn't expected out of them. I wish they had that same fire in every game/season, but I also wish I had $10mil in the bank.

But look at what Nick Saban said to the media after they dismantled A&M Saturday, basically telling the media members to find anything they need to fix so they have something to work on (rat poison turned around). He's being half facetious, but at the same time he's not wanting his team to become content with just showing up*. Talk some shit, throw some "shade", tell us we're not the greatest team ever assembled, hell not even the best in the SEC. Give me something to tell these guys to continue to bust their asses week in week out.

*to be fair, they could roll up to 75% of the nation's doorstep with their third stringers and still kick the shit out of that team.

“Stats are for losers.” -Mel Kiper Jr.

This. I've been struggling how to phrase this sentiment all day. This is why Tech will always have a ceiling of 10 maybe 11 wins.

There is always some excuse why Tech didn't win, especially against lesser talent. Upsets happen, that's why CFB is so great, but to reach the level we are clamoring for, we can't make excuses for when the team messes up.

Now the fan base has little sledding on how the team actually performs, but it feels like there is always an excuse coming from the team for forever now. I have no idea how to rectify this mentality or how to bring a team to national prominence. (Which is why I'm voicing my opinion to a bunch of strangers on the internet, that doesn't really matter what I say, but makes me feel better, and why I don't get paid to be involved in football) I also understand that 2.25 seasons is not enough time do so. However, I do feel like Tech should be past these kinds of games. This "next year is the year" mentality grows stale after forever.

Alabama has been the gold standard for a long time now, and to my uneducated eyes it seems to have started with a no bullshit mentality that is very hard to maintain and probably even harder to instill into a bunch of young adults. Now, obviously that has grown into major money and major recruiting that can not be riveled, but that wasn't there from day one.

TL/DR: I think there is a mentality of "wait and see" and being okay with mediocrity (in terms of competing for a natty) that until corrected we will never be the type of team the fan base longs for.

I read what you're saying, but what Saban said is not necessarily an "underdog mentality". Sure, it's for the purpose of staying hungry, not backsliding & don't believe the hype. But those things aren't underdog mentality. The underdog mentality is the "chip-on-the-shoulder, nobody respects us" characteristics.

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The quote I've seen about how Fuente recognized they weren't practicing as hard terrifies me. The fact that he saw there was an issue and either didn't try to correct it or tried and failed miserably to correct it is extremely discouraging.

The Duke game is now HUGE, for this team, for this season and for the coaching staff. This will be the litmus test for the coaches - can they turn the ODU loss into motivation to play better or does the team give up? The team mindset this week is absolutely on the coaches. Saturday night will answer many questions.

The good news is there will probably not be a lot of programs coming after Fuente or Foster after that loss, even if the season turns around. And Whit can and should hold off on salary increases for a while. There must be consequences.

"If you think you can or if you think you can't, you're probably right." Mark Twain

No, I still maintain that the ND & Miami games are most significant.

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We can lose both of those games and still consider this season a success. Before the season, we expected 8-4 or 9-3, which essentially equate to 7-4 or 8-3 with the cancellation.

Losing to Duke would be a bad sign that this team has lost any mojo they had. If we lose to Duke it'll likely mean 3 straight losses, which is not going to do good things to this team's psyche.

Counterpoint:

Fuente saw what was going on and did not correct it intentionally. Fuente can either be a disciplinarian and kick ass until we practice hard, or he can let the team figure it out for themselves.

It looks like are choosing option B. Hard lessons are learned that way, and rarely forgotten.

I have considered the idea that Fuente intentionally let them try to figure it out themselves, as a learning experience for the entire program.

Then I considered the idea that Fuente should have known how big the blowback would be from losing to ODU. I don't think he intentionally lost this game as a learning tool.

Nah, I don't think he lost it intentionally. IF this hypothesis held any water, I'd have to assume that Fuente would have had to have thought that we would win anyway. Just a thought. I've seen good leaders do something...similar enough to try to draw a parallel here.

You see this a lot in basketball, will coaches will intentionally not call a timeout when the opponent is going on a run. That said, football isn't basketball, and a bad run isn't an entire game.

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Yeah I sort of feel like its an abdication of responsibility if a coach were to do this, and it would surely be a tough call if you're the coach and have to let it happen. Playing devil's advocate, maybe Fuente thought we really would just win it, just a little too close for comfort. Then the lesson could have been delivered without having the L. Alas, I'm just spitballing here.

Yea I hear ya. And I actually think it's a good strategy when the stakes are right (high enough to make your team nervous, low enough that permanent damage won't be sustained), and in general, I'm a fan of giving people just enough rope to hang themselves.

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I thought the same... But then again 1 bad game won't kill a basketball season. 1 bad game can kill a football season.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Sometimes people just have to learn the hard way... Fuente can't 'make' the team practice better. It's now about how/if we bounce back

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Our M.O. is perpetually stumbling in routine games. Never fails, year in and year out.

I was at the game and have some thoughts and an honest question:
1. The only positives were the punting, kicking, and Willis coming in in relief. Credit where credit is due. That's the list of positives for this game. (Loved seeing Peeples run angry in person, though)

2. Had a couple of ODU fans try to pick fights with me and my father-in-law in the stands throughout the game, like spraying water on us and stuff like that. Security stepped in at one point, but wasn't a great first impression.

3. Cool of the band to play our fight song before the game to welcome VT fans.

4. I haven't been to a live college game in a while, so not sure if this is unusual, but every time Jackson came back to the sideline, he sat by himself on the bench by the cooling fan with his head hung low. No coaches came over to talk to him. Concern is less on the body language (which wasn't great), but no one coming over to go over plays seems very odd, right?

Good observations. I'm sorry your fist live action in a while had to go down like that.

That last point is what has me the most disappointed. Sure, Coach says we took the opponent for granted and didn't practice well - while unacceptable, it's certainly understandable. However, once we realized we were in a dog fight, SOMEONE needed to rally the troops. Someone needed to fire up the team. Is there no expectations for the Captains? Why appoint Captains at all if they aren't instructed to do this? But, if the players are not doing, someone from the coaching staff has GOT to jump in and do it.

That didn't happen. Instead, our coaches allowed the players to completely unravel, play undisciplined, and totally lose composure. I generally like Coach Fuente and Coach Foster has proven himself but this game was not a good moment for them.

Someone needed to fire up the team. Is there no expectations for the Captains? Why appoint Captains at all if they aren't instructed to do this?

J.J - The guy sitting alone and moping - is one of the captains

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Josh Jackson on Ricky Walker - ““He is the captain of this team, He’s the leader. He’s the bell cow, the Pail Holder.“

The good news is we can still spread this embarrassment to the whole ACC by winning it this year! I'd smile after that.

If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought go back home and crawl under your bed. It's not safe out here. It's wondrous! With treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross. But it's not for the timid...

Sink the ship!!

I can blame this on the coaches in the sense that they didn't scheme well for a team they thought they outmanned, and I can blame them for not making necessary adjustments during the course of the game. But I can't blame them for not having the team "ready to play." I've played enough team sports to know that's not how it works, and I think every analyst and contributor on TKP has, too.

A coach can rake his players over the coals for being lazy and complacent, he can scream at them to work harder, he can preach focus and discipline and 1-0 every week, but what he can't do is force his players to buy into that. From everything I've read and heard about the sideline and the locker room for this game, there wasn't buy in, and there's a dearth of team leadership in this year's squad. The first time they got punched in the mouth, they folded. And that's because they're young, and they bought their own hype.

This is a terrible loss. It's also a fantastic teaching moment, probably the best Fuente has had since he got here. So far, from his public statements, he's handling it exactly the way I'd want a coach to handle it. I hope his "I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed" message seethes and festers among the players, and galvanizes this young roster into a squad of monsters.

TL;DR. You can preach discipline, but you can't teach discipline. These young men are going to have to learn it on their own.

"I liked you guys a lot better when everybody told you you were terrible." -Justin Fuente

You can preach discipline, but you can't teach discipline.

True. But you can model it

I do agree with this, but are you saying you think Fuente doesn't model it?

"I liked you guys a lot better when everybody told you you were terrible." -Justin Fuente

You know, when I hit the post button I wondered if I was going to get this reaction - and it came in about two minutes.

Your answer is: I guess we'll see. I'm not sure I can say whether I think it has already been modeled it or not, only that I agree with the premise that: If it has been modeled so far, it hasn't fully sunk in yet. Time will tell, but in the words of every English soccer announcer ever, "The issue is in doubt."

I would say first off this team somewhat ran into the perfect storm for how you don't want an extremely young team to start a season. You go into Tally and step on what everyone assumed was a competent team that has won a recent national title. Media ranks you just outside the top 10 and you then look great against a non power 5 team and everyone tells you everything looked awesome. Gamedays coming for Notre Dame and here we go. Then you have your next game canceled and you have 2 weeks to just dwell on that feeling that you have this whole football thing figured out while the media and everyone acts like you're a sleeper playoff contender favored in every game.

All of that and the fact that you have Ricky Walker and basically no one else to try and ground this team with senior leadership.

All that said, time to find out if this team has young leaders capable of growing or if the wheels are going to come off. I believe that Fuente can do this I just hope he has enough character on the team to mold.

All of that and the fact that you have Ricky Walker and basically no one else to try and ground this team with senior leadership.

Agreed. Good points.

Yeah, same. I wondered when I asked that question if I was going to come across as accusatory. It wasn't my intention. I'm interested to hear if others are noticing behaviors or tendencies from Fuente that are establishing a less than disciplined culture at VT. So far he seems to be saying and doing all the things I would in a similar situation, but I always want to hear counterarguments. I just couldn't tell from your post if you were making a general observation, or a specific criticism of Fuente.

"I liked you guys a lot better when everybody told you you were terrible." -Justin Fuente

Not accusatory as all, at least I didn't take it that way. It was just general.

I am also in the spot where I'm wondering what our culture is developing into. I don't doubt that Fuente's VT culture will be awesome - but are we still turning over some 'knuckleheads' or are we struggling to attain what he's targeting? I guess I'll have to repeat myself - time will tell.

I'm wondering who that fourth knucklehead is, though. An old coach once told me about a knucklehead on our team - but also the guy who would never let someone beat him - "Every team needs one guy like that. But no teams can handle having two."

I completely agree with your statement that coaches can not force the team to prepare well. However, if team Captains aren't firing up the squad in the middle of the battle, the Coaches needed to step in during the game. Instead, they did nothing while our QB sulked alone on the sideline and most of our players were just going through the motions.

It's almost like they wanted them to struggle to teach them a lesson.

I didn't get to see the game because my daughter had a couple of activities Saturday I had to go to but I listened to portions. Mike and John pointed out that the coaches weren't really getting on to the kids and compared it to Buzz not calling a to and making the kids figure out things on their own before intervening.

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Let's not let one team beat us two weeks in a row...accept it...move on...prepare for Duke!

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

ECU already beat us twice: once by depriving us of a warmup game and again by throwing off our mojo with the unexpected bye week.

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All the content this week is going to be hard to stomach. "Slept on it" will be especially difficult.

Using /s is for cowards.

This hurts so bad, but it's time to move on. We're going to learn A LOT more about this team against Duke than we did yesterday.

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

ODU set the timer for four quarters and cooked the turkey to perfection.

THIS is beautiful, will go down in TKP history

Not only was it a quality burn, it made me hungry at the same time.

Delicious.

Less than 2 months until Thanksgiving!

Agreed, and that comment is all I need to read about how this weekend went.

"What happened was we got in the middle of a real game," said Fuente. "A real competitive game. And things weren't going our way. And that's how we responded. And that's inexcusable. And that starts with me. We have to be a better disciplined football team. And our response was to go the wrong way, instead of buckle down and try and make a play."

"I told 'em, 'I liked you guys a lot better when everybody told you, you were terrible. Everybody told you, you didn't have any chance in that first game, and all you did was work your tails off.' And then now we get all feeling good about ourselves, and we got brought back down to earth," said Fuente. "We got what we deserved."

I just watched this game, and I have to say, Fuente is 100% correct. This was a game that the team, as a whole, thought they could sleepwalk through. And then they woke up in the middle of it realizing that the ODU coach had spent some time preparing for VT. They were ready with the perfect trap game, right down to losing the three before it, and using a backup quarterback who was better than VT expected. ODU was ready, VT was not. That's the long and short of it.

ODU got some breaks, no question. Mostly due to undisciplined play or penalties that Virginia Tech handed to them.

I'm really hoping that's the last time this group of players has to be reminded that you should never take any game too lightly.

No one can disagree with Coach Fuente's comments, but he and his staff did very little to fire up the team and help this young squad regain composure. That's the most disappointing part to me.

The first step to fixing a problem is acknowledging that you have one. We'll see what happens now, but I thought it was the right thing to say.

My biggest concern is that QB1 looked like he wasn't the guy to lead this team through the fire yesterday. Fuente has subtly poked at the issue that the fire might not be there all the time. Even if we're all wrong on that count he's probably gone through Duke, and ND at least. So then you move to the backup that doesn't exactly have the greatest positive track record of leadership as well and you are looking at a potential leadership vacuum at QB at a time when they need it most.

I'll caveat all of that with the fact that all of that is not super factual on my part and a lot of assumptions. Would be awesome to be proved wrong.

I spoke with a couple of fellow Hokies last night. We mutually agreed that the worst losses in Tech history are:
1a. JMfU & 1b. ODfU
2. Temple '98
3. Ecu '08

We put JMU & ODU on the same level because JMU was FCS & regardless of how "great" they were, still no business & no excuse (Tyrod, RMFW, David Wilson, etc). ODU may be in division 1, but this loss may as well be considered our 2nd FCS loss, in addition to external program overall perception, as well as recruiting implications.

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I cannot scream this loud enough. This is a TERRIBLE football team. I know they balled out yesterday, but they are TERRIBLE. They wouldn't make it to the FCS playoffs. This is by far the worst loss in program history. Especially when you consider that we had 2 weeks to get ready for it.

Is it football season yet?

But the fact is, ODfU is technically & officially a division 1 CUSA FBS opponent regardless of suckiness. I will concede that this loss, however, may as well be considered another fcs loss.

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ugh when will this offseason end?

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

haha, perfect

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Losing 3 pieces of a secondary before the season hurts.. But when you start talking most-yards-ever against a Bud Foster defense, that is what stands out for me, the sheer volume of offense against.

I didn't get to see Willis play, but on the radio call it sounded like he was making some solid throws.

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Oof.

"I don't know how many years on this earth I got left. I'm gonna get real weird with it." -Frank

These things pain me. It's the utter collapses that rip my intestines out and kill my soul.

I'm not sure whether 02 or 03 that crushed my will to live the most.

I'm hoping that we see a Clemsoning this year, it's long overdue.

I been here since day 0.

Ummm, we just saw a Clemsoning last year when they lost in the Carrier Dome. And the year before when they lost at home to Pitt.

This game against OD-fffing-U, as horrible as the outcome was, is a very teachable moment to a mostly young group of kids needing to grow up in a hurry. At some point, no matter the team, everyone needs a moment to define what it feels like to fall flat on your ass and fail. And yes, our coaching staff failed too and made their mistakes as well.

Life, and even in this fickle game of football, is always filled with learning how to deal with, prevent, learn, and respond to and from failures both big and small. How can we each improve every single time after we recognize the moment we failed? How do we respond to the emotion that clouds or overtakes our judgement? Do you go full Arnie/Hokiestone2006 or do you start a positive HokieBen post? Do you post a funny gif or post an EFF it all gif? How do we respond once the dust begins to settle? Do we wait until its clear or do we start trying to figure it out immediately? How can the first reaction build on the next and so forth?

If this ODU loss is the starting point of an "awakening" then so be it. If this can be the VT 2000 game to Miami, then it will have served its purpose. That Miami team went on a tear the follwing year in 2001 and won the national championship. Or maybe this is our anOSU version of "VT beats anOSU at home" moment that brings us together to run the table like they did to win the championship that year.

Whatever game you play --be it football, work, marriage, the Game of Life -- you try to go 1-0. Every. Damn. Time.

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When we fall, we all need motivation so here it is [insert Rocky/Mickey get up you son of a gif]

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Sorry guys, this one is on me. The stream was so laggy I gave up and just listened to the tune in app. I think we've lost every game that i've done that for (GT last year, the 0-0 Wake debacle come to mind).

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Who's ready for some Buzzketball?

**Thinks to myself, "At least no one will remember this in 20 years!" **

(Sees all the references to the 1998 Temple game)

**Quietly sobs **

VT BSEE '98, VT MSME '01

I was bothered by the fact that Q. Patterson traveled and defensive backups we're in on the second drive of the game. Maybe Bud was trying things with Deablo out, but it gave me the sense that no one thought this game was loseable. I may be reading into things more than I should though -- i.e. injuries may have made traveling QP not a big deal.

It's pretty easy to convince myself that either this youth will result in the team falling apart or maybe they just got a wake-up call and will play tough the rest of the year. I'm hoping for the latter, but this sure feels like the darkest timeline.

defensive backups we're in on the second drive of the game. Maybe Bud was trying things with Deablo out, but it gave me the sense that no one thought this game was loseable

Maybe Bud was trying to motivate the starters by pulling them, and it backfired?

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And now the dreaded Monday morning at the office after this debacle. Oh, it's sure to be a fun day! Good luck, ladies and gents.

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Luckily this pathetic loss will be all over sportscenter and social media, that should get the boys plenty of motivation heading into the rest of hte season...

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“I served in the United States Navy"

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I keep seeing references to "at least this team got it's wake up call..."

We just had this same wake-up call 8 years ago. And a similarly terrible loss 12 years before that. Eventually we have to stop losing these kind of games because they really do wreck the prestige of a program. 3 all-time bad losses in the history of college football in 20 years is not good at all. We need to find another coaching tactic if that's all we have in making sure a team can handle being recognized.

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It's okay. It's just a preseason game!

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Gladly.

Something something.........money........so donate to the Hokie Club

After what I saw on Saturday? I have no plans to up my donation just yet. We don't need a mental toughness coach to beat ODU.....

Yeah, unpopular opinion and I'll own it.

In all the craziness, I forgot the worst thing that I saw at the game on Saturday.

A guy in a VT shirt and a UVA hat.

Ew.

That makes me want to slap someone

I asked on TsL but if the guys were practicing as bad as Fuente made it sound. When would it be acceptable to stop practice run some middle drill go back to the conditioning workouts and make the guys puke on the field do something to smoke wm and get their heads out of their asses?

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My best explanation of what happened is Florence brought the second coming of the offseason from hell.

Listened to ODU Coach Wilder on ESPN radio. Couple things stood out to me,

1- he said he recognized he had only one shot to beat Virginia Tech and it was to utilize his 6'2 5th year senior WRs by having them spread wide.

1a- on tape, the Hokie defense showed that they will blitz and leave their corners on an island when the offensive line would close their alignment gaps (indicating run).

2- Starting QB S. Williams missed a big throw on the first series so he decided to put their backup in and see if LaRussa would get hot.

3- LaRussa makes a great play and was smoking hot on his first series.

4- On several occasions, LaRussa would throw it up while getting hit and would have to find out after getting up if the pass was completed or not.

5- LaRussa proved that will be the starter going forward.

5- They came expecting to win.

I was at the game and saw their strategy in action. Many ODU fans around me, who are not very savy, were pointing out the mismatches before each play. What sucked is that they pointed them out and that is where the throw went. If they could recognize it so easily I wonder why Tech coaches didn't or didn't adjust. Team did not look like they were playing with any kind of fire. I have been to this rodeo before and by halftime was feeling very uneasy. At that point it may have been too late. Only hope was if they came out and lit it up after the break. Sadly that didn't happen.

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I think it's for TKPC members only but French outlines in his recent article that Bud was making adjustments. Issue was that pretty much the entire secondary didn't properly execute those adjustments. We had times where we played zone with 5 guys back vs only 2 WRs and both guys were still open.

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Were those official from the school? I remember seeing them but not the source.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Oh they done fucked up now.

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

They'll still be trying to talk about 10 years from now. LOLDU streak begins now.

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i look forward to dropping 70 on them every time we meet from now on.

Why didn't they make shirts when we beat them 39-0?