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