Who do we blame for Virginia Tech's loss against Boise State?

I’m still trying to recover from the game from Monday night.  It was a very exciting game and for a Hokie fan, it had lows, then highs, and then, finally, lows again.  Tech fans are debating on the forums about who is responsible for the loss. Was it the offensive coordinator, the offensive line, the special teams, the defense, or the head coach?  I’ve thought about this for the last several days and I think I have decided who to lay the blame on.

I don’t care what happened in the 1st quarter, 2nd quarter, or 3rd quarter.  Spot them 17 points? Who cares. Give up 10 points on special teams?  Who cares. Why do I say this? Simple, with 5 minutes to go in the game we have the ball and the lead. That’s all that matters. The other 55 minutes are history. In the past.

Let me repeat. With 5 minutes to play in the game, we have the lead, the ball and a 1st down.

I think that Coach Beamer forgets this will all the reasons he gave to the media yesterday.

First, the O fails to run the clock out. They came close, but in my opinion, it was a horrible play call on 3rd and 8.  Why do we send only one receiver out?  Shouldn’t the quarterback have options?  Why not send out 4 receivers or even throw a quick screen to a WR? It had worked all night. Play it safe here. Keeping the clock going is just as important if not more than picking up the 1st down. Failure #1.

Second, when we did punt, it was not a great punt, no hang time at all.  And the coverage stunk.  I know there was a flag picked up for a block in the back.  But still, 10 other players weren’t in good position.  Boise got it out to the 40 yard line. Failure #2.

Third, the defense had its turn.  It had just held Boise State to a 3 and out the series before.  But not this time.  Here are the stats:  4 plays. 60 yards. 37 seconds. That’s just inexcusable.  Yes, I know there was a questionable personal foul call against a defensive player for a late hit.  Failure #3.

Finally, the offense got another opportunity after Boise State took the lead.  Still had about a minute left with two timeouts left and needing to go about 40 yards to have a realistic shot at a field goal.  So what do they do? Throw deep on 1st down.  Get sacked on 2nd down.  Throw deep on 3rd down.  And finally throw deep on 4th down.  Seriously?  This is what our 2 minute offense consists of?  I see better two minute offenses in Pee-Wee football.  Failure #4.

So in the last 2 minutes of the game, the offense, special teams and defense all had a chance to step up and win the game. And all three phases failed, as well as the coaching.

If you are willing to relive the pain, here is VTPhreak4evr’s highlights of the game