The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from Virginia Tech’s Loss to Pittsburgh

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Oct 16, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers running back James Conner (24) rushes for a fifteen yard touchdown past Virginia Tech Hokies safety Detrick Bonner (8) and defensive back Kyshoen Jarrett (34) during the second quarter against at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Well Hokie fans, last Thursday night was not one we will want to remember any time soon.  I can honestly say Thursday night was hard to watch and I have been a Hokie fan for the biggest part of my life.  I have been there through the good times and through the bad.  That being said, Pittsburgh is always an extremely tough game and the Panthers seem to have some kind of spell imposed upon the Hokies.

Games with the Panthers, especially those the Hokies play on the road, seem to bring out the worst in Virginia Tech.  Not since Michael Vick have the Hokies really had a handle on the Pittsburgh game.  Losing four out of the last five matchups with the Panthers is proof of this.  What is the most frustrating part of this series of games is these losses could not come at a worse times.

This time, the Hokies were in the thick of the Coastal division race. After the game, this was not the case.  A second loss in the conference puts the Hokies towards the bottom of the division.  In their position now, a lot of games need to go the Hokies’ way for them to have any chance at getting to the ACC Championship game in Charlotte.  As the case has been all season, there was some good, some bad, and some ugly, but in the case of this game, a lot more of the last two than the first.