There is a lot to say about Virginia Tech football tonight, but this about sums it up.
Micro: Georgia Tech mollywhopped the Hokies. The Yellow Jackets, which improved to the definition of average .500 with the 49-28 win, did what they do best. The Bees rushed for 465 yards and passed for 0 (on a single attempt). The 35 first downs was record setting, in the worst way for those who rock maroon and orange.
Well, at least one Tech played to its identity in Lane. Meanwhile, Virginia Tech remained stagnant, at best, which isn't anything to write home about, but seemingly regressed after an open week. That's disheartening. Down 14-21, Georgia Tech ripped off 35-straight points and the Hokies keeled over. The worst part, the Hokie faithful — judging by the early Lane exodus, @thekeyplay's Twitter timeline, and TKP's commenteriate — didn't think a comeback was possible down 14. All of this happened, mind you, after a bye week, in a crucial divisional game, at home, and on a Thursday night.
Macro: Fuente's honeymoon ended in November 2017 with a disturbing loss against Georgia Tech punctuated by some boneheaded end of game play calls. This year's iteration, repeated chop blocks to Virginia Tech's soul, leave many residents of the fanbase questioning Fuente's coaching acumen and ability to manage the program. This team is inexperienced, sure. However, it's also poorly coached, and as a result, bad. That's inescapable. Moreover, the mistakes, especially defensively, are rarely due to aggressive, bang-bang, play. The defense isn't pursuing with a head full of steam past the gap, it's on its heels. That's uncomfortable because it's uncharacteristic.
Back in August, I doubt anyone expected Virginia Tech would stare down November fresh off a blowout against the Bees and loss at Old Dominion to its name. A level-headed outlook expected bumps and miscues in Year Three of the Fuente era, but not like this, and that's commentary skewed toward execution, not necessarily record.
For a college football coach, success has a short shelf life. That's the deal. That's not to say Fuente isn't the right guy for the job, but it would be prudent for him to use this 4-game stretch to remind everyone why they thought so in the first place.