The Virginia Tech football team rolled to a 55-17 win over Virginia Saturday in Charlottesville to become bowl-eligible and retain the Commonwealth Cup. Following the game, head coach Brent Pry and others spoke about the game.
Here is what was said and as usual, we will break down what was said and give our opinion.
Pry spoke about getting Bhayshul Tuten the ball as much as they could.
"“It seems like we just keep feeding him the ball and good things happen. He’s hard to tackle, he’s got great vision, he’s tough and he’s fast. He can do it returning kicks. He can do it catching the ball and he can do it running the ball out of the backfield. So he’s a special player for sure.”"
Over the last eight weeks, when Tuten has had the ball, good things have happened. The big turnaround happened this season when offensive coordinator Tyler Bowen committed to Tuten and the run. It paid off again against the Cavaliers.
Pry spoke about making sure his team knew what was at stake against the UVA.
"“We made a strong effort to make sure this group understood what this game really means, what it’s about, and not really for UVA, for our group, for our fan base, for Virginia Tech, for all the players in who played in this game.”"
"“They can do that. We’ll take the Dub and they can take the L.”"
Was it done on purpose? Maybe, maybe not, but Gosnell is right, take the “Dub” and the Hokies get another month together.
Virginia coach Tony Elliott on his team not looking like they were ready to go against Virginia Tech.
"“It starts with me. I have to do a better job of having the team ready to play, week in and week out. I just didn’t feel like we had the right look in our eye from the opening, really from the time we ran out for the game. And that’s on me.”"
I mean, it’s the Commonwealth Cup, your in-state rival who has had the upper hand the last two decades and a chance to knock them from bowl-eligibility and the Cavaliers played the way they did? Not a good look for Elliott and his team. Credit to Virginia Tech for taking advantage.
Elliott on Anthony Colandrea’s comments last week, as well as Jonas Sanker’s, about beating Virginia Tech.
"“They’ve got to be smarter. They got caught up in the emotions of a victory.”"
Yes, they do have to be smarter, but as soon as it was said by Colandrea, you knew that Pry and the Hokies were going to go to great lengths to win this game. There was no need to fire them up a week before kickoff.