Live First Half Thoughts
The Jackets lead at the half 14-7 and make no mistake…the Hokies haven’t stopped us all night.
We’ve stopped ourselves!
The mental mistakes began on the fourth down during our third drive. Only needed about 6 inches, which is pretty much a gimme, but we had an offensive tackle move early. Rather than extend the drive and ownership of the football we end up having to punt. Luckily the defense stepped up and got the ball back.
Then on the next series we have a penalty on second down that puts us off schedule again. We end up punting. This time special teams bails us out by forcing and recovering a fumble.
Then we get third and goal at the VT six yard line (following the fumble recovery) and we get cute and try to throw the ball. It gets picked off and Nesbitt gets hurt trying to make the tackle. I can understand “playing to win” but this was a situation where “playing to win” would have been keeping the ball on the ground on third down and kicking the field goal on fourth, if it was needed. That would have made the score 17-7 and we’d be sitting on a two score lead.
A two score lead on the road against Tyrod Taylor is huge! One big play wouldn’t have been enough to beat us if we’d kicked that field goal…
The Hokies will get possession to start the third quarter and the game will be decided by two factors…
14 points will NOT win this game…we’ll need to put more on the board in the second half.
Our ACC repeat title hopes still hang in the balance…
Final Thoughts At The End
Well…if we don’t lose Nesbitt in this game we very likely beat the Hokies by two or three scores.
That’s not sour grapes. That’s fact in my opinion.
The Hokies had no answer for Nesbitt and the offense moved at will when he was in the game.
And then even without Nesbitt on the field, the defense still played well enough to give us a chance while Tevin Washington got things sorted out.
You can hang this loss on a few coaching decisions, false starts, and a special teams gaffe:
In the end, this loss means our hopes of a repeat ACC title have ended and Nesbitt may be injured and out for more than just one half of football.
But on the bright side, the Jackets showed some real life and grit on defense and Tevin Washington throws a really nice, catchable ball.