Wow, Brent Pry May Actually Be Doing The Damn Thing

Progress isn't linear, but it's impossible to overlook the job the Virginia Tech coaching staff has done in year two.

[Mark Umansky]

It was all right there if you were paying attention.

The Virginia Tech football team had a pretty clear trend over the last two months of the season: take two or three giant steps forward, followed by 12 little microsteps back.

Tyler Bowen and Brent Davis unveiled a completely new and improved offensive scheme against Pitt, utterly overwhelming the Panthers! Then abandoned it in large part against Florida State.

Then the Hokies looked brilliant in a pair of home games against Wake Forest and Syracuse, with the pass rush hitting home, the offense rolling up nearly a thousand yards and the team proving that they can enforce their will against the dregs of the ACC in a comfy Lane. Then they went to Louisville and were completely outschemed and out-talented by a college football playoff contending program.

Needing a win to stay on track for bowl eligibility on the road, at noon, against Boston College — a nooner in Chestnut Hill, aka the world's greatest home field advantage — and Tech beat the brakes off them. But just as the Hokies controlled the clock and dictated their will against BC, NC State came into Blacksburg and did the exact same thing in a 35-28 Wolfpack win.

So heading into Charlottesville for the annual clash with Virginia, there was only one choice that was ever going to happen. The Hokies were going to kick the shit out of Virginia in their own house, in front of their own fans, and remind them once again who runs the Commonwealth. And that's exactly what happened.

Virginia Tech rolled into Hooville with a penchant for bullying and malice in their heart. They dropped 55. They taunted. They tried to run up the score. They hit QB Anthony Colandrea.

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