Special teams was the biggest culprit, as miscues and mistakes again led to a Virginia Tech loss, 30-12 last night at Miami. Having seen replays and thought it over, here's publisher Jason Stamm's exam of the Hokies' loss:
They had a bye week to heal and mend their wounds, but it's tough to tell if it made a difference. Junior
The push that was the highlight of the defense the past two games wasn't gone, but it was a fraction of what was shown against Clemson and Duke. Sophomore
There were big plays, but what was more unnerving was that the defensive backs seemed to get turned around on short passes or runs, resulting in big gains. On one instance, two defensive backs, then Tyler, got turned around and Nicolas made the tackle five yards down-field on the right sideline. That can't happen. Junior
In the past, the offense made the majority of the mistakes. The offense made its share of miscues, but more glaring were those on special teams, which directly led to Miami's first two touchdowns. Freshman
Just an example that 'The U' is nothing like it used to be. The reported, official attendance was over 37,000, but there's no way the nearly 75,000-seat Sun Life Stadium was even one-third full. The fans did have plenty to cheer about, but when you think of 'The U' you think of a better environment than that.