Oct 16, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies running back J.C. Coleman (4) is tackled by Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman David Durham (44) and defensive back Ray Vinopal (9) during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Well folks, here is the more heart wrenching part of the whole game, the ugly. Where do I start? Well the obvious place is the offensive line and their poor play. After the game, there were changes to hopefully help this problem resolve itself. The line contributed to a multitude of penalties, which for the 7th game have made an appearance in the ugly section.
These mental errors are starting to cause the Hokies to lose points which is unacceptable. The Hokies rank in the top five most penalized teams in the country. These stupid mistakes need to stop for the Hokies to get better play out of their offense. Next week, I would like to not have to talk about the penalty situation, but for some reason I think that will not happen.
More concerning than the penalty situation, and a direct cause by the poor play of the offensive line, was the performance on the ground by the Hokies. The Hokies are definitely banged up at the running back position. Marshawn Williams was definitely missed as nobody in the Hokie backfield could seem to find much running room.
Sam Rogers was the only player who really made much headway running the ball and even he did not get to much yardage. The Hokies finished with a disappointing 26 yards total on the game. This inability to run the ball for the Hokies causes them to become more of a one dimensional team, and that is not the way to have success on the field.
Shane Beamer probably summed it up best in a text to Marshawn Williams. According to Andy Bitter of the Roanoke Times, Beamer sent Williams a text telling him to get himself healthy. One thing is for sure, the Hokies need Williams to help their offensive woes.