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Grades for Virginia Tech game

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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.