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Virginia Tech Rallies To Beat State 41-30

October 2, 2010

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Despite leading 17-0 at one point in the second quarter, State managed to slowly let their grip on the game slip away in agonizing fashion en route to a 41-30 loss to Virginia Tech, their first of the year.

State routinely struggled to generate significant yardage on first down in the second half, due in large part to VT nullifying State’s running game. As a result, State was often behind schedule in down and distance, limiting State’s flexibility on second and third downs. Here are the yards gained on the first down plays of the third and fourth quarter:

  • 1-yard rush
  • 3-yard rush
  • 34-yard TD pass
  • 18-yard rush
  • 0-yard rush
  • 9-yard pass
  • 0-yard pass
  • 0-yard pass
  • 1-yard rush
  • 9-yard rush
  • 1-yard rush
  • -1-yard rush
  • 23-yard pass
  • 0-yard rush
  • 1-yard rush
  • interception
  • 17-yard pass to end the game

As you can see, it’s a moderate amount of feast and a lot of famine. Other than a few big gainers and the 34-yard touchdown strike, State had nine plays that gained one yard or less and the crippling interception at the end.

Give credit to the Hokies and particularly Bud Foster for making effective defensive adjustments after it looked like State might put the game away early. State managed only three points in the critical 4th quarter while the Hokies were scoring 20 to take the game over for good.

There’s no real shame in losing to Virginia Tech in my mind…I’ve been voting them in the top 25 of my blog poll all year long for a reason.

The stinker is now State will lose the #23 ranking it earned oh so briefly and the added exposure that came with it. It’s also a shame to lose a tough game like that in front of so many recruits who were on hand in a year where State’s recruiting has lagged. Winning would’ve meant capitalizing on the buzz surrounding the program.

But chin up, Pack fans. State stays home another week to host a struggling Boston College team, then travels down 264 to Greenville for a winnable game against East Carolina. There’s a very good chance the Pack could be bowl eligible in two short weeks.

Still, this is yet another example of “one that got away.”

3 Comments leave one →
  1. David permalink
    October 4, 2010 8:02 am

    First and goal from the 6 or so…down by 4. Why not call your time outs, MAN UP and stop them on three plays and just maybe State’s down by 7 with 20-30 seconds to go. Am I missing something, no one is talking about the 3 timeouts that we ‘took’ to the locker room

  2. Scott permalink
    October 4, 2010 10:30 am

    penalties and turnovers cost us. I recall late in the game, when we were still ahead. One of our OL went out with an injury. his replacement got a costly holding penalty on the very next play. put us at 1st and 20, I believe, and out of FG range. There’s very little room for error. It didn’t cost us against UCF, Cinci or G Tech, but it cost us big against V Tech.

    • October 4, 2010 10:39 am

      Yeah, nine penalties for 61 yards was uncharacteristically high, and costly.

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