Another brutal deadline game tonight. Here’s my game story, which should be updated on the website with the version for tomorrow’s paper sometime soon. And here’s Aaron McFarling‘s column from the game.
The setting was a perfect ending for what was an imperfect season, the Hokies' worst in 20 years. Rain fell from the skies in a half empty Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium as Virginia Tech slogged through another offensively-challenged showing.
It wasn't 17 seconds before Virginia Tech found itself in a hole in the Russell Athletic Bowl, and it was the offense that was to blame.
The whole crowd was holding its breath. Some fans seemed to be gasping. The ball left Logan Thomas' hand and spiraled 40 yards downfield, carrying the hopes and dreams of Russell Athletic Bowl glory with it.
Virginia Tech’s football season ended the way it began: with an overtime victory.
Ever since Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer’s worst regular season in 20 years ended, rumors have been rampant that he will initiate wholesale changes to a much-maligned offensive coaching staff. For much of Friday night, it appeared they could go out in embarrassing fashion.
In the immediate aftermath of Virginia Tech’s ugly 13-10 overtime win over Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, the Hokies tried to keep the focus on how they had just avoided the program’s first losing season since 1992. But they couldn’t avoid the speculation about an offseason that will likely feature the most upheaval Blacksburg has seen in quite some time.
Rutgers University had one significant problem in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
The Scarlet Knights had no offense.
Holiday travel is taking its toll on the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team.