Poor run defense dooms Hokies again

As has been the case for Bud Foster’s defense this season, the Hokies yet again allowed an opposing team’s running back to post over 150 yards on the ground. This week it was Pittsburgh’s running back duo of redshirt senior Qadree Ollison who gashed the Hokies for 235 yards and three scores on only 16 carries and senior Darrin Hall who ran for 186 yards and one score on seven carries.

When asked about his defense’s poor performance Foster was very quick to blame himself. He said, “I can point a lot of fingers, but ultimately they all come back to me…that’s the bottom line. I don’t know what you want me to say. Pitt outplayed us.” The loss marked the school’s first threegame losing streak in the Justin Fuente era.

Offense struggles to get going yet again

The box score shows Virginia Tech quarterback Ryan Willis had a good game, throwing for 231 yards and three scores. The reality is the Tech offense could not do much of anything. The Pittsburgh defense held the Hokies scoreless until Willis connected with Eric Kumah with 6:38 remaining before halftime. This is now the fifth game in a row the Hokies could not put up more than 30 points.

History on the brink of ending

With the loss dropping Virginia Tech to a 4-5 overall record there is a serious chance the team might lose two incredible streaks in the coming weeks. First is the program’s 25-year bowl streak, the longest active bowl streak in the NCAA. Yes, Virginia Tech is currently the longest active bowl streak in the NCAA not Alabama, Georgia or Clemson. If the Hokies lose one of the two remaining games on their schedule and fail to reschedule the ECU game, which was cancelled earlier this year due to weather conditions, the Hokies will no longer be bowl eligible, ending an almost three decade long streak.

The second feat is the teams continued win streak over hated in-state rivals the Virginia Cavaliers in the commonwealth cup. Currently the Cavaliers are 7-3 and bookies have them as the favorites when the two schools meet at Lane Stadium later this month. If Justin Fuente can’t clean up the team’s glaring holes by then the Hokies might wave goodbye to two historic streaks.

What’s next

The Hokies will welcome ACC rival Miami to Blacksburg in a must win game for both schools suffering poor seasons. Meanwhile Pittsburgh will travel to North Carolina to face off against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the teams path to winning the ACC Coastal division.

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