Hokies Fail to Recapture Columbus Magic, Fall to Buckeyes 42-24 and Lose QB Michael Brewer

The Hokies looked in control for a long stretch of the game, but they could never overcome an injury to their starting QB.

Michael Brewer's third quarter injury effectively doomed the Hokies' chances against OSU. [Mark Umansky]

Last season, Michael Brewer was beaten and battered by the Buckeyes, but emerged victorious.

This year, he was tested physically once more, and he ended up knocked out of the game with a fractured left collarbone. That likely made all the difference this time around.

"I put that kid through hell and he played his tail off today," said offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler after the game, as he did his best to fight through tears.

Not only did the Hokies lose their rematch with top-ranked OSU 42-24, but they also lost their starter for "four to six, maybe as many as eight weeks," according to head trainer Mike Goforth.

It's a horribly disheartening result for the Hokies, who looked equal to the challenge of besting the Buckeyes once more before Brewer's injury doomed their chances in the third quarter.

"It would've been nice to see what would've happened with Brewer in that second half, I thought we had a ridiculous game plan for the second half to take advantage of what they did," Loeffler said. "We found a way in the second quarter and I think we had some really cool stuff to exploit them, but it is what it is."

There's no doubt OSU looked plenty talented on the night. Cardale Jones entered the game as the starter after months of debate, and he had quite the night, throwing for 186 yards and two scores and running for 99 yards more.

"I thought it looked like to me they chose the right one," said Frank Beamer. "I thought he was exceptional. He made some good throws and he hurt us running too."

But the Hokies looked in control for a roughly hour-long stretch, grabbing a lead at halftime and doing everything they needed to keep the Buckeyes' vaunted offense under control. Yet the game can be neatly divided into two sections: before Brewer's injury and after.

Things started off bleak for the Hokies. After a disheartening three and out, capped by the Buckeyes' first sack on Brewer, OSU seized control quickly.

Jones led the Buckeyes on a methodical drive to Tech's 24 yard line, when he flashed his big arm, lofting a touchdown pass to Curtis Samuel for a 7-0 OSU lead.

The Hokies managed their first first down on the next drive, but after another OSU sack, Tech stalled once more before yielding to the Buckeyes.

On the very first play, running back Ezekiel Elliott made the most of his first carry of the night, busting through the middle of the defense and never looking back. His 80-yard score gave the Buckeyes a 14-0 lead, and the Lane crowd became visibly deflated.

After another inconsistent drive from the Hokies ending in a missed 50-yard field goal by Joey Slye, the Buckeyes seemed poised to turn the game into a blowout.

Jones got the offense down to Tech's 16 yard line, running into the end zone virtually untouched on a third down before a holding penalty negated the score. OSU kicker Jack Willoughby was presented with a 43-yard field goal attempt, but missed wide right and gave the Hokies the ball back on their 26 yard line.

On the ensuing drive, Brewer chucked a wobbly deep ball for a long completion to Isaiah Ford, but that was waved off due to a holding call on Wyatt Teller, and hopes sank further.

Brenden Motley entered the game, and after picking up a quick seven yard rush and handing the ball off to Travon McMillian for a 15-yard rush, the Hokies looked to be rejuvenated.

Brewer returned and managed to find Sam Rogers after he snuck out of the backfield on a wheel route, and he took it the rest of the way for a 51-yard score. Suddenly, the Hokies were on the board and could do no wrong.

Desmond Frye managed to pick off Jones' pass on the next third down, setting the Hokies up on their 44 yard line. Brewer managed a 25-yard completion to TE Ryan Malleck to keep the drive going, and after a 46-yard boot by Slye, the Hokies were within four points at 14-10.

Tech's defense forced OSU's first punt of the night on the next drive, but Brewer and company couldn't do much with it. The Hokies took the ball to their 29 yard line, but ultimately punted it away as well.

But then fortune favored the Hokies once again. Elliott fumbled the punt return, and after a recovery by Anthony Shegog, Tech was in business.

Brewer hit Ford for a 36-yard pass down to the goal line, and after two stuffed runs, Ryan Malleck snuck away from the defense and grabbed a TD to give the Hokies the 17-14 lead and momentarily stun the college football world.

At halftime, the Hokies were in the lead. But it wouldn't last.

The Buckeyes took over to start the third quarter, and after two plays, Jones managed to find Braxton Miller for a 54-yard TD pass.

"I really would've preferred that the third quarterback was out there competing for the quarterback job instead of being out there as an athlete, I thought he was really special," Beamer said.

At 21-17 OSU, the crowd's enthusiasm flagged, but didn't dissipate entirely.

Then, calamity struck for the Hokies. Brewer tried to complete a ball to Malleck but was crushed at the end of the play by OSU's mammoth DT Adolphus Washington. He came up clutching his left shoulder and was quickly ushered into the locker room.

That put Motley in charge of the show, and he didn't show much command of the offense.

"We have a lot of confidence in Brenden Motley, but he came in in a tough situation tonight," Beamer said. "When you're down, it's tough. He's a good player, he's a heady player."

Specifically, Loeffler says it was the team's caution regarding Motley's running abilities that truly hamstrung the offense.

"When Brewer got hurt, the things that Motley does super well, you're worried about a turned ankle, and the next thing you know you're trotting out a redshirt freshman or a true freshman," Loeffler said.

The teams traded a few punts, and with two minutes left in the third, J.C. Coleman fumbled, leading to a recovery by OSU's Jalyn Holmes. The Hokies were effectively doomed.

Miller then entered the game at QB and positively embarrassed Tech's secondary on a 53-yard touchdown run that included a ridiculous spin move that might've seemed like a glitch if it happened in a video game.

Staring at an 11 point deficit, OC Scot Loeffler asked Motley to start throwing the ball more, and things rapidly deteriorated. He tried for a deep ball to Ford, only to have it picked off. It was the nail in Tech's coffin.

OSU reeled off another pair of touchdowns, courtesy of both Jones and 2014 starter J.T. Barrett, whose insertion into the game seemed downright embarrassing given Tech's dearth of competent passers.

Motley was ultimately able to complete a 17-yarder to Ford, but it was far past the point of any significance.

"We already had a plan for me to play in the game, so I felt comfortable with the gameplan," Motley said. "Of course, you get comfortable the more you're in the game."

Now the team is forced to coalesce around Motley, as he's suddenly thrust into the role of starting quarterback after an offseason that was largely about sharpening Brewer's skills.

"No one cares out there that Michael Brewer put in great time and he got hurt, so we're going to rally around Motley," Loeffler said. "We're going to develop a guy behind him in our room, I'm not going to comment on what direction we're going to go with that, but we've got enough guys in that room with character and tenacity to overcome this."

Beamer conceded that Chris Durkin will get some reps this week in the wake of this injury, as well as vaunted true freshman Dwayne Lawson.

"We've got a talented freshman, I'm eager to see how much he improves, so we'll take it from there," Beamer said.

But despite the other options behind Motley, the whole staff swears up and down that the Christiansburg product will get his big chance to show what he can do.

"It's over, it's time for Brenden Motley to be our guy," Loeffler said.

Comments

I feel horrible for Brewer. All that work in preparation for this game, and it came to an end prematurely. One small mistake and by the offensive line and his night was over. Sucks. He's a legit qb though, hope he recovers asap.

Brewer will sorely be missed these next few weeks, but I certainly hope to see him play again. But if not, thank you, Michael Brewer, for giving this team all you had.

That being said, this season is far from over, and I trust our players and coaches to rebound in a big way. After all, we're not loluva Football! Furman will hear from us and hear loudly.

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I agree that your season is far from over. I hated to see Brewer get hurt, but if anyone can get the next one prepared it's Beamer & Co. You have a lot of solid players at key positions and you'll be just fine.

I also want to thank everyone here for being such good sports to us fans of 1 of your competitors. All that I've heard and experienced with Hokie fans was nothing but the best. You all are a class-act & I hope you win the rest of your games.

Brewer: Get well soon
Lawson: Get it in your head that you're the man and practice your butt off this week

1. Motley isn't our OB1.
2. This game changed the instant Brewer got hurt.
3. What the fuck is up with JC Coleman wearing a gold watch during the game? I officially am off him getting another snap.

I officially am off him getting another snap.

Because he wears a watch?

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

I'm going guess that watch is a family keepsake. father's, grandfather's... and he had it there for inspiration.

BUT even if it isn't and it's just a watch. then IT"S JUST A WATCH. who the phuck cares

I remember the comentators during the William and Mary game last season talking about how JC wore a watch to remind himself that it was his time. I believe this was just more of the same. I don't see why that's a problem in the slightest.

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

For real. You gotta be Stretch Armstrong to make that reach. The watch didn't cause the fumble.

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

What the fuck is up with JC Coleman wearing a gold watch during the game? I officially am off him getting another snap.

It's his job to wear the watch. Loeffler has the playcall signed in with a time-based encryption scheme. JCC's job is to decrypt the playcall in the huddle, so the other team can't steal the signs. That's why he wears the watch.

Or something like that, I'm sure.

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

Yeah, this was the rantings of a drunk, pissed off, and disappointed fan...sober me could care less about the watch

I mean, it's not like he's wearing a $4000 Rolex or Omega or something - it's a gold colored Casio G-Shock (made of plastic/resin). You can buy those at Target or Wal-Mart for $60-$110. I don't think he's trying to show off wealth or something.

Doesn't matter. Went around social media that he had a Rolex, which then triggered discussions of non-conforming attire, which dredged up the fine system for such offenses. Bad look all around, especially when perception is everything.

Those are facts and nobody cares about facts.

Dang what a good first half.

It was a great 2nd quarter.
Hope the team bands together and gets motivated. Especially after reading those OSU tweets

The fans didn't lose spirit until they scored their last TD and then the fans started streaming out with 10 min to go in the fourth.

That said, I have never once left early.

I can tell you people were leaving in small amounts before that and the flood gates opened in the 4th. It was bad to hear a clear OH-IO echoing through Lane. The recruits heard it and th players heard it.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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To be fair, when we beat them last year, you could hear VT fans chant at the shoe. When a team starts getting housed it's going to happen.

@vtscottyb

Speaking as someone who hasn't had the privilege( that's what it is) to go to a game in Lane since the 90's I don't agree with it at all. Are we not fans when losing? Did good money not get paid to support the team? Between there being empty seats( not just seats here and there entire rows were empty and the late arrivals, how do you not get to your seat by 745? the damn paper airplanes from the students and people streaming for the exits I just don't understand some "fans".

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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I see your point but it was a Monday night game and some people want to get out and try to beat the traffic. If you have to drive 3-6 hours home, what is the point of sitting around watching your team lose.

You're preaching to the choir on this forum, bro. I'm sure 90% of the members here stay the entire game and cheer no matter the score, but you can't expect to have that level of commitment from the entire fan base, no school can. Especially when it's a weekday, and people are starting to think "I might be able to beat traffic and start my 4 hour drive back home if I leave now, we are more than likely going to lose." Sucks, but that's just the way it is.

"I thought the kid right there you're talking to right there played his nuts off."

Between there being empty seats( not just seats here and there entire rows were empty

Odd. I was in the stadium 40 minutes prior to kickoff and the place was packed. Not sure I've ever seen it filled up like that so early before kickoff.

In fact, until the outcome was becoming clear, I'd have to say that was one of the best ever environments in Lane history.

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South end zone upper right as you look from the field. I was in top of east, row 5q, and there were lots of empty seats the whole game. As for people coming in late from the top of Eesr we watched the crowds trying to get in all at once and not being able to. We all were commenting that people needed to be there early. A sports photographer came up at 715 and told us he was going to take pictures of the field and stands etc and he got made because they were not filling up fast enough before the sun went down. I expected better for a big game like this that had all the tickets sold out.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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No one likes to sit in the top of the South. Those are lottery tickets, and students sneak their friends into the North instead of sitting in the South. That was as good a crowd as Lane has seen in many years.

Yeah those are all student lottery tickets. ALL of those people were in North and then some. I was in North and every seat was taken and the stairways were packed. I was very happy to see that it also stayed that way until about the start of the forth quarter.

"These people are loosing their minds."

Could there be some way to at least get some people up there? I just thinks it looks poor to have that big a section look empty.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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I was okay with losing. I really was. Whether it be a 17-16 loss or an 80-0 blowout. Whether we are completely outplayed or shoot ourselves in the foot. I was fine with it.

But this. This stings. We were playing EXTREMELY well as a unit going into the half. Momentum was on our side. Even with the Buckeyes TD, I was confident we could pull ahead.

Then he got injured. Not his fault in the slightest, but it completely deflated the team. Not to mention Motley looked like a deer into headlights although he had a few nice runs.

Maybe we would've still lost with Brewer in, but it would've been a helluva a lot closer. We maybe even might've pulled it off.

There are a million ways this game could've gone resulting in a loss, this is the only one that really hurts me.

EDIT: Also, I don't think Motley is our guy. He has had 2-3 years to play and understand the offense. He has looked extremely mediocre everytime he has been put in the spotlight. Luckily Furman and Purdue aren't powerhouses but if Brewer's injury puts him out any longer than we will start incurring losses.

Motley is definitely not our guy. The kid never threw for 1.000 yards in high school.

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A loss to the #1 team is well.. A loss to #1. And for a reason, they were doing some work blocking, and throwing a lot of looks out there. That team is gonna be tough for anybody... Besides a slip up, I don't see them dropping one.
Shout out to every single anOSU fan I met this weekend - you guys were great visitors.

im not even mad at OSU. The memory on 2014 is still fresh. VT silenced 107 thousand fans at the shoe and OSU silenced Hokienation. I call it even . it's just the first game . it does not make or break the season.

Losing your starting QB for a month+ can make or break your season.

Also, does anyone have video of Enter Sandman from ESPN?

I thought we looked a little weak sauce to be honest. It's looked better in the past.

"Yeah, it do." - Mike Vick

The guys that punched that show didn't cut through the cameras good. WTH were they thinking just filming the interior of the tunnel the whole time. I have been in that tunnel and ran out with the team filming it and honestly inside the tunnel is very quiet and chill. They needed to show the guys running out of the tunnel IMO. They should have did a better job cutting between cameras.

โ€œI hope that theyโ€™re not going to have big eyes and pee down their legs so to speak,โ€ -- Bud Foster

they tried to follow the team from the locker room and just had so many different camera angles it wasn't that great.

tyrod did it mikey! tyrod did it!

Yeah they are usually right up front with Beamer and Co at the tunnel exit onto the field and see them run on but they were at the very back by that point and you didn't see people hitting the hokie stone or anything. A little lackluster if you ask me.

If you don't want to recruit clowns, don't run a clown show.

"I want to punch people from UVA right in the neck." - Colin Cowherd

I was very excited about this team. With Loffler in his 3rd year, Brewer in his second and all the weapons we have, I really expected good things this year. Every thought/outcome I had envisioned about this game, I never once imagined that Brewer would get injured. Now I am not sure how to feel. I guess I will stay positive and have faith in the coaching staff to adapt. Plus, if history tells us anything, the loser of the OSU/VT game as gone on to win the national championship 100% of the time.

Now it's our turn. It is all in the way we adapt to the adversity. We can go north or south.

I've done some of my best work with smoke, mirrors, and a muleta!

Why did you not imagine that a 5'10" 175 QB with a bad OL would get injured?

Because broken collarbones don't just fall out of the sky like raindrops.

There's always a lighthouse. There's always a man. There's always a city.

I just didn't. I don't know why. Maybe I got spoiled since it's been a while since our qb went down.

How many times has Brewer gotten right back up?

That was our true rallying cry last year in the 'Shoe. Hit us as many times as you want, but we are going to keep getting up.

Brewer did it for the entire season honestly. Kid is tough.

Alright guys, I've put a lot into this game over the last few months (fan-wise), going on media blackout until 3:30 pm Saturday and catching up with the fam. Thanks to our Buckeye guests and get well Michael.

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-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do? -Put it up to fully dipped? -Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

Scot Loeffler and Bud Foster won the match for 3 out of 4 halves - I was happy for those guys and I think that it points to the fact that we now have a quality coaching staff on all sides of the ball. That's great news for a program that has been very lopsided for a very long time in that regard.

If this program can continue to build on the solid recruiting efforts of the last few years, we'll be in the mix for the ACC title every year and maybe show up at the playoff party a time or two.

As for this year, I just don't know what kinds of tricks we can pull off at QB. It seems we either lack system experience or the ability to be a legitimate passing threat. Not a good problem to have.

"How you doin', Randy?"

EDIT:

nevermind!

2 games. 4 halves

Ah, including last year. Got it! My apologies!

I think last night showed that our recruiting still has a very long way to go to have our program where it needs to be. To be a legitimate top team, and there are a couple in the ACC, you must have quality depth. Bringing in classes ranked 20-35 every year can give you a lot of quality at you're starting spots but things will get sketchy fast. Last night we were absolutely not prepared for the possibility that Brewer would be out, and we showed just how thin our talent runs. Great programs can go next man up and not miss to much a beat as they have a roster of 2 or 3 deep at every position based on the work they do on the recruiting trail.

Now some will say that we will never be a program that does that. If that's the case, we've probably already seen the peak of our success in the 2000s. I know the recruiting had gotten better, but it's still not good enough and any legitimate discussion on how we are going to take that next step as a program has to start there.

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I'm not sure how many great programs there are that can lose a starting QB in a game and not have an appreciable drop off with the backup. Obviously Ohio State is one but I would rather think they're an extreme outlier.

There's always a lighthouse. There's always a man. There's always a city.

While that's true, others won't see the massive drop in production we did. When Brewer went out, the passing game went with him. We went one dimensional, and the second OSU realized our passing game was shot they pinned their ears back and we were done.

But I wasn't just talking about QB. If we have Ford or Phillips go down, we're not looking good at WR. If we lose anyone on OL, as we saw last year, things get rough. If we lose either of our DEs, Lord help us. Right now we are a talented team but we're not deep. If we want to legitimately take that next step and get back to where we were we can't be so thin at so many spots.

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This is home

Now I think you're talking about a timing issue rather than a straight recruiting issue. We have verbals from three very good WRs, freshman DEs who are being brought along, QBs in the pipeline, improving depth along the OL. Your point is valid, but all the signs point to the issues being addressed by the new staff rather than ignored.

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

Granted, but what we saw with Motley wasn't an appreciable dropoff, if was a complete grinding halt.

Lefty already said they basically played Motley on a leash because they were worried about him rolling an ankle. That won't cut it going forward. You can't magically turn Brendan Motley into a pocket passer. If you aren't going to let him run, you kill whatever chance of success you have with him.

Hopefully Lefty realizes this and was simply in a mindframe of "get us out of this game with only one injured QB."

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

Your last sentence is 100% dead-on. As awesome as a win might have been last night, going all-in on OSU is a bad gamble. We have to think about competing in our own conference for the rest of the season. If Motley went down because we bet the house last night, we were really doomed. It's dicey enough as it is right now.

Question is, does the fear of a second QB injury mean Loeffler is hesitant to call the plays that Motley excels at but risk rolling that ankle?

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

I think that depends on what the other QBs on the roster show from here on out during practice. Doing this in-game against OSU involved too many variables. Making the evaluation over a period of days in controlled settings is far more optimal. If we're still looking tentative against Furman, there's not enough bourbon in the world for me to get through this season.

I don't care if we beat Furman 17-6, as long as we actually figure out what the QB situation is going forward. If they still want to give Lawson a redshirt, Durkin and Motley should each get a half. If Lawson is in play, the competition should go over both Purdue and Furman since we SHOULD beat either of them regardless of our QB. But give each QB a half and in the second half of the Furman game, play whoever will be the QB going forward. Right now, my expected win total went from 8 or 9 to 5 or 6 with our current QB situation. I hope it gets cleared up though in the next 2 weeks.

Purdue won't be a complete pushover. They have a very experienced OL and some talent at RB. Considering Pitt has given us fits in the past, it could easily be a tough matchup.

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I don't think so...Durkin's a redshirt freshman, so he has a year in the qb room, and hes almost the same kind of threat as motley...

โ€œI remember Lee Corso's car didn't get out of the parking lot.โ€ -cFB
TKPC #666 ...man that was long wait...

I feel horrible for Brewer. He's such a great kid, I hope he gets back soon. I really don't know what else to say. We have 2 games coming up for Motley or Durkin to get meaningful time and experience. Manage the games, get better, and don't let this season get away from us.

"We were at the pinnacle, and we did it for years," Foster says. He pauses, nods, takes a deep breath. "And I did it with the best guy in the business."

Alex, the final score was 42-24, not 17. The funny thing is the HokiesXtra app has it 24-42.

hokiesports.com has us listed as the winner

"We were at the pinnacle, and we did it for years," Foster says. He pauses, nods, takes a deep breath. "And I did it with the best guy in the business."

Really sorry about Brewer. The kid was playing fantastically and is tough as nails. I wish him a speedy recovery and good luck to the Hokies - who have some of the classiest fans in sports - the rest of the way.

Would Scott Loeffler please pass along his insights to the Buckeyes' defensive coaching staff? He said, "It would've been nice to see what would've happened with Brewer in that second half, I thought we had a ridiculous game plan for the second half to take advantage of what they did. We found a way in the second quarter and I think we had some really cool stuff to exploit them . . ."? Not to make excuses, but VT's style of offense (old school, but with lots of creative misdirection plays, using talented TEs/FBs) - and how well they execute it with Brewer fully healthy - seems to give the Ohio State D fits.

Agree with pretty much everyone here. The biggest heart-ache about this loss is that of Brewer. We'll never know what could've been with him in the game. You could see the difference on both sides of the ball once he went out. Oh well. Nothing we can do. We are now even with the defending national champs. Could be worse.

As for Motely, I don't know. I guess we'll see next week where he's at. He was obviously number 2 for a reason and I'm not sure he has the passing prowess that Brewer does. I hope he proves me wrong. I for one have been a supporter or red-shirting Lawson, however now I don't know. If he doesn't have a grip on the offense then no, you still keep him out. No reason to burn it to watch him stumble through a season just to get "experience". But if he's on par with Motely then I think that takes some serious consideration. I doubt we see Brewer again this year. At best it's three weeks and he's back but I don't know how that's possible. He's tough though so we'll see. At worst, 8 weeks. That puts us at week 9. If he's ready by then I don't think you screw whatever we have going and bring him in for a couple games.....unless we are a dumpster fire at that point.

So frustrating to loose him. Best of luck in his recovery.

EDIT: Oh and Alex, the final was 42-24 not 42-17. Nice quick write up though.

If you don't want to recruit clowns, don't run a clown show.

"I want to punch people from UVA right in the neck." - Colin Cowherd

It's all Stiney's fault! No not at all, but he needs to get his sorry ass down on the sideline. From the little I can see during the telecast the offense just seems to wander around like a herd of sheep when not in play. From what I saw Motley had that, "oh shit, it's me" lost moment when Brewer got hurt and there was no coach to take him and lead him into the game with reassuring encouragement. Disagree but I really think an organizer is needed during games to keep the O focused. Headphones don't get it.

"The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. " Rocky B.

I truly wanted only one thing last night: to see an improved offense.

A win would have been nice. But Lefty showed us all that with the right tools, he can make that thing go.

Everyone who is down on Mot for now should just accept that the backup qb for 95 percent of the teams in any league is going to have a long night against the top team.

Give him a week of number one reps, and let's evaluate his ability after the next few games.

Losing Brewer stings. But I am still pumped for the future of this program.

After sleeping on it, this is how I'm approaching it also. Give the kid a week if number one reps, take off the leash, let him play his game and game plan around that, then see what happens. I'm going to be 100% behind whoever is chosen. They all know a hell of a lot more than me so I support the coaches decision and I support the kids in the game. Go Hokies!

Note: The team that lost the OSU/VT game in 2014 won the National Championship.

... with its second- and third-string QBs.

"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

Just wanted to wish you guys the best of luck the rest of the season. It was a hard fought game and your D is for real. I wish Brewer the best for a speedy recover, he sure sparked your O. Let's meet again in the playoffs...

Knowledge is Good - Emil Faber

As much as all us Hokie fans would love that, without Brewer, I think we all can see that we are not a playoff caliber team. Thanks for hanging out with us during the offseason. I hope you Buckeyes stick around for awhile. Now that our match is over we can finally start agreeing on things ha

"The Big Ten is always using excuses to cancel games with us. First Wisconsin. Then Wisconsin. After that, Wisconsin. The subsequent cancellation with Wisconsin comes to mind too. Now Penn State. What's next? Wisconsin?" -HorseOnATreadmill

WARNING: the following post is saturated with post-loss bitterness. Any comments 24 hours before or after a game should be taken with a truckload of salt.

First: I don't like the piped in music. When I was in school (03-06), people would start chants during those down times (old hokie, let's go, H-O-K-I-E-S, etc). When the music was blaring people just dance or stare around waiting for it to stop. I get that they started the music because fans weren't doing their part, but now it seems like a self-fulfilling prophecy

Second: While I can rationally say the game was over when brewer went down, I'm pretty pissed about that pass interference call on terrell edmunds. To me it looked like Thomas laid out for the ball and Edmunds was turned facing the ball trying to pick it off. It was 3rd and 10, we were down by just 11 and holding them to a FG would have been nice for momentum.

Third: Urban Meyer can go sit on a cactus. What kind of a dick calls timeout on a kickoff with 1:55 left on the clock and you're up by 18 points? Then follows it up by trying to pound it out for another score when the clock would just run down with taking a knee? Dick move, Urban, dick move.

Fourth: IIRC, the MVs aren't allowed to play after a certain point when opposing players are on the field (could be making this up). The ohio band was playing up to the snap when we had the ball. If those a-holes are allowed to do that, I should get to bring my cowbell.

Fifth: Fans need an education. If the play clock is running when we're on defense, you yell. You don't wait til they line up and you don't wait til it's a "big down." If the other team is doing their chant, you drown them the hell out. While OH-IO was going on, I tried to get my section to do old hokie. Blank stares, I kid you not. Everyone was sitting down, listening to bad music on the loudspeakers, and letting the buckeye fans do their thing.

ok I'm done. I'll come back when I'm a little more reasonable.

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I fear too much crowd tradition has been lost on the youngins during our recent down spell.

Saddening.

"Yeah, it do." - Mike Vick

I was sitting in North. It was a blast for most of the game. I only saw 3 paper airplanes and they happened after Brewer went down.

Traditions morph and change. Its hard to keep the same traditions all the time when you turn over your entire student base every 4-5 years. Im a notable exception (year 7, PhD woo!) but I would much rather have excited students that want to come to the games than any tradition. I want a tradition of excited students, and I really think the music help with that a whole lot.

Would you like Prys with that?

I don't care for the house music either, but the north end zone was as good as I've seen it in a long time, loud, energized, and stayed pretty full much longer than the rest of the stadium.

In East the paper airplanes started before the game did. But overall I was impressed with 90% of the students. They cheered a lot, those pom pons we're going all night and looked great and a lot of them stayed.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Second: While I can rationally say the game was over when brewer went down, I'm pretty pissed about that pass interference call on terrell edmunds. To me it looked like Thomas laid out for the ball and Edmunds was turned facing the ball trying to pick it off. It was 3rd and 10, we were down by just 11 and holding them to a FG would have been nice for momentum.

He wasn't anywhere close to the receiver (2 feet away and also diving in front of the incoming pass). The receiver tripped. The ref had a bad angle and made a horrible call. That really hurt our come back chances. The D deflated after that call. The O deflated after Brewer went down.

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I don't think you were in the student section then. I couldn't hear myself think until the fourth quarter. No one does old Hokie anymore. Everyone I could see/hear was yelling before they got to the line.

Whenever the Ohio fans started there chant, the west side was contributing. They did O- H, We yelled N - O. It was clear from section 18 the N-O was louder.

The aOSU fans around me had absolutely no surprise at Urban trying to run up the score, they said he never takes the foot of the throttle, doesn't matter who doesn't matter when.

We can all dream can't we? Looks like Hokiesports.com is in a dream land...

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I'm trying to focus on the positive, and the improvement I saw from the OL is noticeable. I was really hoping to see VT be able to go back to its roots and establish a creditable running game, and I think we all saw the O take a giant step in that direction.
Keep hope alive and let SL and CFB start the best QB for this team to win this year on the field sooner rather than later. The good thing is we have a bit of time before ACC play.

No one's menioned it yet that I saw, but this is totally ESPNs fauly. At halftime they played a clip of Brewer telling the team that "it'll take a hell of a lot more to keep me out of this game" after he was sandwiched between their DEs. As soon as I heard that I had a bad feeling.

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Yea, when I saw that, I was thinking:

"I put that kid through hell and he played his tail off today," said offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler after the game, as he did his best to fight through tears.

Don't be so hard on yourself, Coach.

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

We don't love dem Hoos.

From some of these comments I do worry if the coaches didn't prep all our other QBs in the same way they did Brewer. We need all our guys to be ready to go and I hope Motley, Durkin and Lawson are legitimately ready for game action this week.

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Thought SL said two years ago in the bowl game that he was going to address that when LT3 went down against UCLA and leal came in and looked lost. Guess he didn't correct it.

I think it's easier said than done. Spend too much time with the twos and threes and your first guy doesn't get enough time. Spend too much with your first guy and the others suffer. It's not an easy situation. Also, if the talent isn't there it's not going to happen no matter how much time you spend with them. I think that's what were seeing here. But also, he was thrown into a bad situation against an amazing team. We'll see how this week pans out.

If you ask me, Motley last night looked better than Leal did in '13, for what it's worth.

The problem was that the team went way too conservative trying not to get Motley hurt, and he took some sacks and made some throws he shouldn't have in the beginning. When he got loose (too late in the game for it to matter), he showed a little something.

This is my impression from having slept on it a bit.

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

We don't love dem Hoos.

I'd be insanely surprised if any coach prepped all his QBs the same way... on any team, at any level. (Two-QB systems excepted.)

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

We don't love dem Hoos.

After a night to reflect on what happened in the second half...even if the coaches are considering burning Lawson's redshirt, I am glad they didn't do it last night. To toss him in cold against the #1 team in the country, could end up devastating (another injury or just confidence).

I expect in the day, there will be lots of thought on whether or not the redshirt is coming off. If so, Furman should be a good way to ease in and build some confidence. If not, Furman will be a good audition for Motley and Durkin to compete.

Hoping for the best, either way, and wishing Brewer a speedy and full recovery. We will surely miss you while you're healing.

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

Trey Edmunds looked awful yesterday. JC actually looked explosive with good aggressiveness, and McMillan needs more touches as the #2. When Shai and Marshawn are healthy, Trey will be a non-factor anyways so just phase him out now. The guy was tip-toeing all game, had no power, and looked slow.

After the 1st half, Brewer looked like he was poised to have a lot of improvement this year and he was taking care of the ball. Motley is not a #1, and I'd like to see Lawson and/or Durkin get a shot. With Furman this week it is a great opportunity to break-in a young QB. Lawson needs in-game experience NOW, and with Josh Jackson coming next year there really is no need to redshirt Lawson.

Motuapuaka was also terrible last night, and I'd like to see some competition there. He was getting washed all game and not filling gaps with any authority. Our D was good in short stints, but they were inconsistent and gave up big plays all game. Cardale Jones only had 9 completions but still had 186 yard which is 20+ yards per completion and both Elliott and Miller averaged 10+ yards per carry - not good.

"Dick to Hyman? DICK TO HYMAN!" - Guy in Lane Stadium crowd when Richard Johnson hit Josh Hyman on reverse pass in 2004.

Miller averaged 1 yard per carry not counting 1 just plain awesome play.
Cardale - argh, when are we going to be able to stop a running QB.
Zeke - again with the exception of the 80 yard play, the defense did a good job on him.

nailed it.. sadly those 3 plays were big plays that resulted in 14-17 points. We might have a game changer in McMillian but time will tell. he was 1 missed tackled/break tackle away on 1 of the jet sweeps.

Thought trey looked pretty good outside of two runs one of which was a loss because of a poor snap. Also thought he gave a good option as a receiver out of the backfield. He did look bad on the goal line though and should have scored on both runs.

That second run, on replay one of Ohio State's DTs grabbed an ankle long enough for the rest of the team to close the hole.

I agree, he should have put it in on the first run.

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

We don't love dem Hoos.

I would like to congratulate OSU for the win. They have some incredible athletes and got a lot out of them. While the loss of Brewer makes it easier to wonder "what if?", it seemed to me that they showed why they are considered the #1 team in the nation.
Personally, though, last night left me feeling deflated. Maybe too much hype, maybe too much offseason excitement, but I do feel like just stepping back for a few days and trying to get my perspective back. Yes, I did see some things to like, but I am disappointed that some of the figures I looked forward to seeing contribute didn't contribute much, and while there were times that Lane seemed like the Lane I wanted to see/hear, it is obvious that things have changed somewhat.
We'll see what kind of coaches we have now. Short week to prepare, new starting QB to get ready, hope the team can shake it off more quickly than I feel like I will. It's one thing to say we have to move on, it's another to do it, but of course, we must.

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I don't know if this has been mentioned before, ;-) , but we lost our 1st String QB and our two understudies, Motley and Durkin, looked less than impressive. Motley looked like a deer staring into the headlights of an on rushing truck whereas Durkin looked pensive and, well either disinterested or just down right depressed. Now I hope it was just the shock of the loss of a team captain and that it will where-off as the week progress, but guys, we have a short week ahead of us before the Furman game. I'm really bummed for Mr. Brewer. To have worked so hard and to be in that situation and then have 6-8 weeks taken away just sucks. I wish him all the best and hope to see him play. I'll always be rooting for him. Go Hokies.

Go Hokies!

not that I saw. announcers didn't comment on it.

Nah, you're good. He was standing on the sidelines looking like he really did not want to be either at the game or take Motley's place under center. Either way, not a real confidence builder for me as a fan, but like I said above, I just hope it was the shock of seeing a fellow teammate get hurt and that as the Furman game approaches, the kid can get straight.

Go Hokies!

1. I thought the OL looked improved. The run game was decent-ish and we had a lot more manageable 3rd downs than we have in the past. They put Nijman in real quick and announcers didn't single him out as getting beaten a lot, so I feel good about that. Just give him 20000 calories a day so he can keep gaining weight :)

2. I don't have the scheme knowledge of the staff/contributors here, but it did look like MLB was a big issue. I'm just not sure if the DL got dominated, AM54 was given a different role, or he really was just as tentative as feared. I look forward to the reviews coming up.

3. It's disappointing to read (and watch) how conservative VT became on offense after Brewer got hurt. I hope that VT goes all in on read option and aggressive playcalling moving forward to take advantage of what Motley may be able to do. I'm not sure I need to see Jet Sweeps too many more times though. Doesn't seem like VT has the ability to seal/reach the defenders necessary to make that work often.

4. I have a question: How is it that teams are able to seemingly play cover 2 or cover 4 against VT and be able to both stop the run and prevent vertical passing game? It looked like tOSU safeties were generally about 10-12 yards back and CBs were generally bailing at the snap. VT took very few shots downfield, and generally got small gains in the run game. Bucky got very few targets so I assume he was seeing a bit of double coverage, meaning there should have been some passing opps. Was VT outmanned, out-executed, out-schemed, or do I just not know what the hell I'm talking about?

Just give him 20000 calories a day so he can keep gaining weight :)

Or at the very least, the Michael Phelps diet...

A New York Post account of Phelps's... wait for it... 12,000-calorie-a-day diet, gave us a stomachache. Could one human being really consume that much and still be in Phelps's shape? And could this possibly be healthy for Phelps, even considering his five-hours-a-day, six-days-a-week exercise regimen?

http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2008/08/13/the-michael-phelps-diet-dont-try-...

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Just give him 20000 calories a day so he can keep gaining weight :)

Or at the very least, the Michael Phelps diet...

A New York Post account of Phelps's... wait for it... 12,000-calorie-a-day diet, gave us a stomachache. Could one human being really consume that much and still be in Phelps's shape? And could this possibly be healthy for Phelps, even considering his five-hours-a-day, six-days-a-week exercise regimen?

That's only about 2 Big Macs and a litre of cola.

You better believe you will see D-Law against Furman now. I'm hoping it will turn into when Tyrod came in for Glennon (as a true freshman) against LSU and soared the rest of the season.

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If he's ready, do it. If he's not, hell no. We can't afford to screw the QB room up for three more years.

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Let's not get revisionist here. Tyrod provided spark at points that year (the Clemson game was a big one), but he absolutely didn't soar "the rest of the season." Glennon guided the offense to the wins over GT, FSU, Miami, UVA who was actually still good then, and BC in the ACCCG while Tyrod was pretty much the change-of-pace guy like Motley is now.

Now, if you want to say Tyrod soared through 2008 after taking over for Glennon, the floor is yours, good sir.

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We don't love dem Hoos.

For sure. As I watched most of those games in-person, your assessment is true based on my recollections and observations. It's a real shame we never got to redshirt Tyrod, but he was a special QB then, and I think he will prove to be one in the League now.

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Tyrod played an incredible game and led a great comeback against FSU in 2007. Glennon got knocked out early after not doing anything. The FSU game had the famous 3rd and 31 run and was one of first times we got to see how calm, cool, and collected Tyrod was under pressure.

You're absolutely right about FSU. That was a typo/editing fail on my part (and I had sports-reference.com open while refreshing my memory). Take my upvote.

I think I was looking at Duke stats but typed FSU.

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

We don't love dem Hoos.

I should have said his legacy soared starting there. You are right in the fact he sparked us at points, but if it was not for him I think that season would have turned out much differently. I think Lawson will have the big play ability and I have not seen Motley prove that he can be the spark we need, yet.

"Fishing relaxes me. It's like yoga, except I still get to kill something." -Ron Swanson

I went to my first Virginia Tech bowl game while I was in the womb.

I didn't see any of the other WR's not named Ford/Phillips on the field. That's not a good sign.

THIS, so much this

I think I heard Bucky's named one or two times yesterday at most.

"Fishing relaxes me. It's like yoga, except I still get to kill something." -Ron Swanson

I went to my first Virginia Tech bowl game while I was in the womb.

Just realizing that OSU gets all of their suspended players back next week. Good lord. I have a feeling that by the end of the season we will still be able to say that VT was the last team to beat the Buckeyes, because they look like they can be historically dominant this year barring any major injuries.

Also, I'm not sure how many fullbacks that are out there, but Sam Rogers is clearly the best fullback in the nation. You don't see a fullback juke out a corner like that. He will play in the NFL, no doubt.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

I wouldn't mind him in Green Bay backing up and then taking over for John Kuhn.

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

We don't love dem Hoos.

Everyone at my house kinda collectively said, "What a shame" when Brewer went down. There was also a recognition that probably was the game right there. It would have been interesting to see what would have happened if he could have played the whole game. He has a way of making some amazing completions.

I respect Bud Foster for sticking with the Bear front pretty much the whole game. He was going to take away Elliott (and inside QB run) and he basically did (80 yarder excepted). I also question it because it was a huge gamble - basically hoping that Ohio State wouldn't hit too many explosive plays. But there were too many dynamic players out there for them to not get loose a lot. I thought BF would mix it up and disguise more. He forced Ohio State to go feast or famine, and there was some of the latter, but enough of the former.

That 2nd qtr had the Buckeyes stagnating due to the Tech D, but you also had a holding penalty that nullified a 21-0 lead, a missed FG, a pick, and a muff. VT needed the same kind of things to happen in the 2nd half to keep the game where they could win it. At least 17 of the Hokies points followed those kinds of mistakes, and you have to give the players credit for creating or taking advantage of them, but it's hard to keep 'em coming the whole game.

But great environment and great game right up until Brewer's injury.

I'm really interested to see what Motley will look at with a week of first team reps. That defense is going to keep the Hokies in a lot of games. If the offense can just generate 20 points, that should win games.

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but you also had a holding penalty that nullified a 21-0 lead

There was some holding going on in the first half that wasn't getting called. So I didn't really shed a tear for OSU when that TD was called back over TWO different holding flags on that play.

I think OSU fans can stop belly-aching about that TD being called back. After all, that's why there are rules to begin with.

also had a decent hold on dadi during zeke's 80 yard rumble.. don't know if dadi would have got him however didn't get called, but we continued to play hard.

Nice capture.

I love the ref in the frame looking directly at the hold and ignoring it.

wow, didnt catch that one last night

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

yup.. 1 huge hold,MOTO getting blown out all night by a o linemen and a true freshmen in adonis taking a pretty bad angle..

And that's not a 21 yard TD run if they didn't hold TWICE at the point of attack.

Sometimes there are big plays nullified by penalties that didn't have much or anything to do with the play. And other times there are big plays that exist because of the penalty. This was the latter.

No belly aching. It was holding - and it was behind the play. To say it wasn't may be misinterpreting holding - or maybe I didn't see the other hold that is alleged.

Regardless, I grow a little weary of fans complaining about holding. The offensive linemen are allowed to hold (the terminology in my day was "in the tits"). What they can't do is throw the defender to the ground when they have them by the tits and they can't hold them by the arms/shoulders - and they can't tackle the defensive players, but they can cut them. What you have on sweep plays is a tackle or tight end who gets a DE/LB by the tits and follows them in play flow. If they let go of them when they twist, it is not holding, but many hang on too long and it turns into holding, or the defensive player sometimes goes down giving the impression of holding. Regardless, many fans don't understand what holding is and isn't, and there is the old adage: "you could call holding on every play." My point is that no one is winning or losing because of holding penalties called or not called.

In this particular play - that would have given OSU a 21 point lead - the call was correct, and it was a mistake on our All-American LT's part of hanging on too long when the ball was already ahead of him. That's a mistake, it lead to a missed FG, and VT scored on it's next possession. Football games turn on such plays; they are momentum shifters.

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From the NCAA 2015 Rule Book:

Holding and Use of Hands or Arms: Offense
ARTICLE 3. a. Use of Hands
A teammate of a ball carrier or a passer legally may block with his shoulders,
his hands, the outer surface of his arms or any other part of his body under the
following provisions.
1. The hand(s) shall be:
(a) In advance of the elbow.
(b) Inside the frame of the opponent's body (Exception: When the
opponent turns his back to the blocker) (A.R. 9-3-3-VI and VII).
(c) At or below the shoulder(s) of the blocker and the opponent
(Exception: When the opponent squats, ducks or submarines).
(d) Apart and never in a locked position.
2. The hand(s) shall be open with the palm(s) facing the frame of the
opponent or closed or cupped with the palms not facing the opponent
(A.R. 9-3-3-I-IV and VI-VIII)
.

b. Holding
The hand(s) and arm(s) shall not be used to grasp, pull, hook, clamp or encircle
in any way that illegally impedes or illegally obstructs an opponent.

PENALTYโ€”10 yards Penalties for Team A fouls behind the neutral zone
are enforced from the previous spot. Safety if the foul occurs
behind Team A's goal line [S42].

I don't interpret that as anything like what you're claiming is a legal hold.

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The photo above is holding, and I saw several instances of that during the game.

On the play that you reference, there were two different instances of it. Offense players can use their hands, but not once the defender gets by them.

I'm pointing out that it's incorrect to say "if it weren't for that holding call", as if it's somehow the ref's fault for calling it. It's more accurate to say "If they hadn't committed that foul", putting the blame solely on the person who committed the offense. As has been pointed out, the hold sometimes is directly responsible for the yardage gained. Even if it isn't, it deserves to be penalized.

I don't necessarily disagree. Let me rephrase: if the player had scored without the holding penalty, it would have been 21-0 and big trouble for VT. Because there was holding, it came back, and began a change in momentum.

There are the rules and then there is how officials call it or don't call it. If you keep you hands inside, you are good. I would refer you to the PSU site Blue/White Illustrated where one of their main themes is constantly complaining about holding calls that go against them. That was what I was talking about.

Pointing out that holding was called legitimately on a scoring play, and that the game turned there, is different than "belly-aching" that it was called.

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So do you think on zeke's 80 yard TD run there was no holding by your OL 5-6 yards down the field??

If the offense can just generate 20 points, that should win games.

We've been saying that for years. Unfortunately, it far too often can't even do that.

Did anyone else notice, what seemed to me to be, Cardale taunting the crowd and possibly the tech sideline? I know he made a gesture to the crowd before he took the first snap and I seem to recall him doing it again at some point. Not that it was really a big deal, and he definitely backed it up with his play, but it seemed to be a little bit of poor sportsmanship to me.
That being said I had an AWESOME time at the game last night. I got to meet David Wilson, Chase Williams, and James Gayle in the parking lot before the game, and although the outcome of the game wasn't what I hoped for, it was still a great environment and a great crowd.

Yes, he definitely motioned to the crowd to "get louder" before the first snap.

I get the impression that he takes a lot of inspiration from LeBron James, who also had great success very early in his career and had to eat some humble pie later in life.

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David Wilson posted a photo with Billy Hite on instagram. It was good to see that Billy was on the sideline.

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First, thanks to TKP for the great articles lately. The site keeps getting better and better in terms of content. And, as many have stated, I am becoming a better educated fan because of the Xs and Os articles. Thanks all!

What a tale of "two games" (before and after the Brewer injury). After processing things a bit, I'm choosing to stop and celebrate what this Hokie team did last night. We faced the most talented team VT is going to face for many years to come - I'm confident of that. Yet, Hokie Nation and our team showed up big-time last night. Of course, it didn't end the way any of us dreamed/hoped it might. But, I have to say, when we went in at halftime up 17-14, I was beaming with pride in this team. What a 2nd quarter comeback! And, as others have said today, I am confident that's a much different 2nd half if Brewer doesn't suffer that injury. I don't think we would have ultimately won, but we had a serious fighting chance with Brewer in the game. It's a shame, a true shame.

I woke up early this morning for a business flight. As I write this, after traversing planes and airports all day, I am truly sorry that I chose not to wear my VT polo today. I woke up still emotionally "hung over" from the loss, and the loss of Brewer. It was just too raw and I didn't want to have people making comments about OSU in the airports, etc.

I truly regret that decision now. As I've reflected on the game, I swell with pride when I think of our bunch of 3-star guys standing toe to toe with the 5-star "Goliath" last night. And we truly did through 2.5 quarters. I wish now that I had worn my VT gear today, so I could walk a step taller today through the airport. Ask me about the game last night, ask me about my team. I'm proud of these Hokies.

So, maybe I don't have the same hopes (for this season) that I had before Brewer went down. But, I'm still really proud of this team. And, I'm honestly excited to see what CFB, BF and SL can make out of the long season ahead.

GO HOKIES!!!

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I created an account just so I could say how impressive of a site you guys have here. The recap of the game by Mr. Koma was extremely well written, the timing and choice of quotes dispersed throughout made it an exceptional read. Your X's and O's guy who visited 11w is also an amazing talent. After reading through the comments, the commentariate is as level headed as one can be about their team, and reminds me of 11w once again. Thanks for collaborating with our guys to give an amazing preview of the game.

As far as the actual game goes, Va Tech impressed me. I predicted a 42-17 final score for OSU, but I expected it to come much easier than it did. It was a shame your QB got injured when he did since I think the final score would have been a bit closer, even though I think the outcome would have ultimately been the same. Brewer displayed true mental toughness and grit throughout both games we played, its too bad his body betrayed him before his mind this time.

Your D-line is what impressed me the most though. Last year I was under the impression that the only reason we lost was because of our O-line being so inexperienced and having to face an exotic Bud Foster defensive scheme. This year I knew our O-line was coming in as one of the best units in the country so I thought we would roll this time around. While there was definite improvement this year, your D-lineman ended up in the backfield and getting a good push off the line more times than I remember the vaunted Alabama line getting through in the Sugar bowl this past January. I think they have a bigger, more physical group than you guys, but the sheer speed of your line caught us off guard on multiple plays, it was not just the scheme as I had been assuming.

It has been a fun past couple of years with you guys, hope your team rallies together and makes the most of their season!

Thanks for the classy post.

Your D-line is what impressed me the most though. Last year I was under the impression that the only reason we lost was because of our O-line being so inexperienced and having to face an exotic Bud Foster defensive scheme. This year I knew our O-line was coming in as one of the best units in the country so I thought we would roll this time around. While there was definite improvement this year, your D-lineman ended up in the backfield and getting a good push off the line more times than I remember the vaunted Alabama line getting through in the Sugar bowl this past January

I'm glad to see OSU fans acknowledging our really top-notch D-line. I know it was frustrating for Hokie fans leading up to this game with OSU, as we saw many references by OSU fans to exactly what you admitted. Rather than credit to VT for the 2014 performance, it always seemed to lead back to a "young/inexperienced OSU O-line" as the reason for VT's D-line success in 2014. Or, that OSU wasn't prepared for the Bear scheme.

Certainly the scheme is part of the story -- and part of what gets Coach Foster the accolades he deserves. But, he also coaches those guys up like nobody's business. Our D-line was giving up easily 30-40 lbs per man to OSU's line. But, the quickness and technique closed that gap in size quite well.

Now, if only our O-line (who played a pretty good game, really) hadn't let your star DL pile drive Brewer into the home turf. That was it. Game. Set. Match. As I wrote in my post just above yours, I don't think we would have won that game. But, with Brewer in, I believe we had a fighting chance well into the 4th. Which, isn't bad considering we were playing the unanimous #1 and all....

Thanks again for the classy post.

Virginian by Birth, Hokie by Choice

Is there any chance of Sam Rogers being able to play at QB also?

Yes, if Motley, Durkin, and Lawson all get hurt or fail miserably. Let's hope it doesn't come to that.

"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

Brewer is out of surgery and doing well:

Saw lots of love last night on Twitter for him. I sincerely hope his recovery goes well, because this guy plays his Hokie Stones off for us.