Virginia Tech football played second fiddle last night. In fact, the Virginia Tech football team threatened to get embarrassed early, as Virginia Tech’s game was being manhandled by Boise State. The Hokies fell behind 17-0 early on, which shocked the viewers and their home crowd at FedEx Field. Coming into this showdown, the Hokies were defending the BCS against mid-major upstarts, but their defense was falling apart in more ways than one. However, they picked themselves up, rallied back, and appeared to be on the verge of a crushing victory. Instead, Virginia Tech football suffered another painful early season loss after all.
In the past few years, the Hokies’ runs at a national championship were foiled very early. They had lost at least one game in the past four Septembers, including a 2007 blowout to LSU, a 2008 upset to East Carolina, and last year’s opening loss to eventual champion Alabama.
The worst early loss yet for Virginia Tech football appeared to be on the horizon early, as Boise State jumped out to a 17-0 lead. The Hokies made costly mistakes, and appeared to be the ones crumbling on a national stage, instead of the Broncos.
However, Virginia Tech was not down for the count, as Frank Beamer’s team came back on their feet in the second quarter. Two touchdowns pulled the Hokies within 20-14 at the half, with the Broncos beginning to make mistakes. Soon, the Hokies took the lead, and the game went back-and-forth from there.
The turning point appeared to be the Broncos getting called for roughing Hokies’ kicker Chris Hazley, which led to a Tech touchdown on fourth-and-4. From that moment on, Virginia Tech football appeared to be in control, and was set to defend the BCS glass ceiling.
Yet, all of a sudden, another big shift occurred at the end against the Hokies. They could not run out of the clock, giving Kellen Moore enough time to march down the field. This time, once the Broncos got the lead back, they would not give it up.
The 33-30 loss likely takes Virginia Tech football out of the BCS title game picture. It doesn’t take them out of the BCS itself, since the ACC is still there for the taking. However, the Hokies had their chance to be a bigger contender, if not for their slow start and end.
Today, all the talk is about Boise State, and whether they deserve to be among the top 2 now. Yet Virginia Tech football proved that there isn’t a huge gap between the Broncos and the rest of the field. Still, moral victories mean little to the Hokies after a defeat like this — but they must rebound quickly by hosting James Madison on Saturday.
SI.com- “Boise State vs Virginia Tech – Recap”
Rivals.com- “Virginia Tech out to avoid another slow start”