The Hokies

I’m still frustrated at the game last night. I know this has nothing to do with theology or technology, but it’s my blog, so I can write about whatever I want to. I love college football and I love Virginia Tech. I didn’t just jump on the Hokie bandwagon recently, I graduated from Tech in 1995 so I’ve sat through many games, both good and bad. I’ve been to bowl games and I’ve watched the team transform from a nobody in college football into a top program. Unfortunately, the game last night was the ideal example of recent Hokie football. Here are some of my thoughts about the game.

  • Boise State is a good team. They played well and deserved to win. I think they would be a 8 to 10 win team in most major conferences. I’m still not convinced that they need to be in the hunt for the national title given their weak schedule.
  • I applaud Tech for scheduling tough opponents outside of the ACC conference. However, they have proven that they can’t prepare for big games early in the season. If you’re not prepared, it’s a coaching issue.
  • If you give up 17 points in the first quarter, it’s tough to come back and win the game. It’s not rocket science. Tech lost the game in the first few minutes with huge mistakes. The fumble and the blocked punt were both miscommunications. Nobody picked up and blocked the best punt blocker for Boise. Again, the Tech line was unprepared and that is a coaching problem.
  • Tyrod Taylor did great. I think he made good decisions and he showed that he is going to have an awesome year. Switching Evans and Williams out at tailback didn’t work so well. I’m not sure if it was a line problem or a running back problem, but Tech should have been a lot more productive on the ground
  • After Tech got the lead, I finally relaxed and thought the game was won. But the Hokies play not to lose, and their conservative play calling with the lead really did them in. I think the offense does great when we are behind and have our backs against the wall, but when we have the lead it is extremely predictable.
  • I hate to see questionable officiating affect the game. The block in the back on the kickoff was blatant and the late hit out of bounds was questionable as well. The block in the back was a swing of 40 yards in field position, and the extra 15 yards on the late hit put them in perfect position to score. Tech had many opportunities to win the game, so you can’t blame it on the officiating, but that was frustrating to watch.
  • For all the UVA fans who were gloating on facebook last night about the loss, just remember that your team still has a long ways to go to even make a bowl game.
  • The new Nike Combat uniforms grew on me. I didn’t like them at first, because I’ve never seen the Hokies in black, but it was a cool look for them.
  • And finally, I think Tech will win 10 games this year, go to a major non-BCS bowl, and have a good season. Unfortunately, with the talent we have, this could have been the year.  Another year, another disappointment for the Hokie faithful. I think the coaches need to really review this game and learn from it. Tech simply was not as prepared as Boise State.


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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2 Responses

  1. Chad Johnson says:

    I agree with you Mike, you know I'm not a VT fan but if they didn't have a bad first quarter it would have ended different. I really dig the flat black helmets they were wearing last night! I have said for years that they need to make some changes in the coaching, yet others argue with me and say that's what makes them consistent. They need to make that change that goes from consistent to over the hump and get them in the hunt for a national title. I'm glad we have several teams from the ACC in the top 25 this year.

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