“Death by a thousand cuts” might be the best way to explain last night's last-minute loss for the Virginia Tech Hokies.
Tyrod Taylor rallied his squad from a 17 point deficit and took the lead in the fourth quarter, but a series of game-long mistakes, especially noticeable in Virginia Tech’s last offensive clock- killing series and during the Bronco’s game-winning final drive, were too much to overcome.
Kellen Moore hit Austin Pettis with a 13-yard touchdown pass with 1:09 left and No. 3 Boise State passed what might be its toughest test of the season, beating No. 10 Virginia Tech 33-30 on Monday night.
The Broncos (1-0) came to FedEx Field with their best preseason ranking ever and ran out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, then had to rally themselves to extend their winning streak to 15 games.
Taylor passed for 186 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 73 yards for the Hokies (0-1), who for the fourth straight season took a deflating early season loss.
The normally disciplined Hokies were plagued by mistakes – a fumbled exchange, a blocked punt, a few dumb penalties, stepping out of bounds while trying to kill the clock, etc.
Surely, Beamer will be reminding his squad that you can beat lower tier teams with that effort, but beating highly ranked opponents leaves no margin for such errors.
On the plus side, Taylor continues to develop into a big-time weapon, while the Hokies offense was more productive than many have anticipated. Virginia Tech wracked up 314 yards to 383 for Boise, and just a few more yards on their final offensive drive would have sealed the win. The only big issue looks to be that Taylor was responsible for 259 of the Hokies' 314 yards.
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