Grades for Virginia Tech game

September 21, 2013 by Doug Smock

OFFENSE: B-

This is easily the best offensive effort against Virginia Tech, but the running game deteriorated down the stretch and passing became difficult.

DEFENSE: B+

I have all those butt-kickings in Blacksburg in my brain. Good tackling on Logan Thomas, to a large degree. Alex Bazzie was a stud. Fourth-down stop was manly. This unit has me feeling pretty good after four games.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D

That blocked punt could have started a rout. Ditto the missed field goal. Good kick coverage, though.

QUARTERBACKING: B-

Great runs in first half lead to this grade. He struggled sometimes in the rainy conditions and the VT pass rush, and his first interception was pretty bad, I thought. He deserved a better fate on his final pass, which Davonte Allen should have had.

COACHING: A in preparation, F in game management

The flunking had everything to do with going for the field goal in wretched conditions. Pregame prep couldn’t have been better, in my opinion.

OVERALL: C
Just below my highest grade for a loss. Virginia Tech faces a few bumps in the ACC road, but that’s still a sturdy bunch. An agonizing loss, but this team can (and should) profit from it later.

2 Responses to “Grades for Virginia Tech game”

  1. tradebait says:

    Offensive line got whipped badly in second half. A lot of blame on coaches but when you get beat up front nothing works. Really bad no call on interference
    in end zone. Allen has to make that catch. I like the toughness of this team. Need the bye to heal.

  2. Phil says:

    Agree great plan, and MU played a hard-hitting game.

    Here’s where Doc absolutely lost me: VT misses FG in 1st OT, and apparently the ghost of Mark Snyder called the next series… 3 runs right up the middle. He played for a 40 yd FG in a torrential downpour… With a kicker who already missed from 36. this is not second guessing because I said it out loud at the time: after the first 2 runs right up the middle, if MU had faked the 3rd handoff and thrown to a TE running a post pattern, he would have easily had a first down and probably walked into the end zone. he tightened up instead of going for it.

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