For the third straight week, the Virginia Tech football team lost. After losing at home to Purdue, 24-17, on Sept. 9, they dropped their second consecutive on the road one week ago against Rutgers, 35-16. Saturday in Huntington, West Virginia, the Hokies lost, 24-17, to a Thundering Hurd team that beat them for the first time since 1940.
It’s still September, but you get the feeling that the Hokies are hitting rock bottom. At 1-3, they return home to Lane Stadium next week under the lights at 8 p.m. against the Pittsburgh Panthers. After just Week 4, Virginia Tech fans are frustrated with head coach Brent Pry in his second season and they are also turning on his assistant coaches.
Yes, Virginia Tech is so far from the glory days of Frank Beamer, that you can’t even mention Beamer in the same breath as Pry. It is just year two of the Pry era in Blacksburg and he was not dealt a good hand when he took the job after the Justin Fuente era, which was a disaster.
Pry was hired to turn the program around and yes, it’s going to take time, but just how much time? Injuries have played a big part in the Hokies’ start this season, but against Marshall, the play-calling was questionable at best at times. They were not always putting quarterback Kyron Drones in a position to succeed.
On the defensive side, it doesn’t appear that they are getting better. Pry was a defensive coordinator at Penn State under James Franklin and the story from Week 1 against Old Dominion was the same old story against Marshall in Week 4, the inability to stop the run. Again, injuries on defense have popped up, but they continue to give up big plays and they are not able to stop the run consistently.
If this is rock bottom, then at this point, Virginia Tech fans hope things begin to turn around. If it doesn’t, the fan’s frustration with Pry and his staff is only going to get bigger and bigger as the 2023 season goes along.