One negative: Slow start and big plays hurt Virginia Tech
If there is one issue that has haunted Virginia Tech from Week 1, it’s that slow starts have burned the Hokies as well as allowing big plays on defense. Not a great recipe for success.
Playing on the road and spotting the No. 5 team in the country 22 points before you even pick up a first down on offense is less than ideal. The backbreaker came in the second half after Tuten’s kickoff return for a touchdown.
Two plays after cutting it to 22-17, Florida State answered right back when Trey Benson went 62 yards for a touchdown and a 29-17 lead. A field goal in the third quarter made it 32-17, then once again, it was Benson who took a handoff and raced 85 yards for a touchdown.
This wasn’t a one-game incident for Chris Marve’s defense as Pittsburgh hit for a pair of big plays. There is very little room for error with Tech’s defense and continuing to allow the big plays will only make things harder over the second half of the season.