What an opportunity the Virginia Tech football team had in front of them Saturday afternoon. Playing 13th-ranked Louisville on the road, the Hokies entered the game tied in the loss column with the Cardinals and a win would put them in the driver’s seat to the ACC Championship game in December.
As it turned out, using the ACC Championship game and Virginia Tech in the same sentence are words grouped too soon.
After starting the season losing three out of their first four games in the non-conference, the Hokies righted the ship in ACC play and were winners in three out of their first four games. The problem against Louisville is that they are head and shoulders better than Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, and Syracuse.
The Hokies got a first-hand look at why the Cardinals are ranked 13th as they dominated both sides of the ball, took the momentum right from the start and never looked back in rolling to a 34-3 rout of Virginia Tech.
Louisville did what they wanted, when they wanted on both sides of the ball and it makes you wonder just how in the world they lost to Pittsburgh. Seriously, how did they lose to the Panthers?
Second-year coach Brent Pry is now left with having to get his team ready for next weekend and a trip to Chestnut Hill, Mass., and play Boston College, a team that has won five straight and is already bowl-eligible. Before we get there, here are three takeaways from Tech’s loss to Louisville.