Special teams flopped, too. Tech missed a field goal, had a punt blocked and allowed a 65-yard punt return for touchdown, the third such score this season.
And while the defense pitched a second-half shutout, yielding a paltry 60 yards in the process, it came up small in the clutch, allowing the Eagles to retain possession for more than five minutes on their final drive.
Less than halfway through the conference schedule, both ACC divisional races are indecipherable with every team saddled with at least one league defeat.
In the Coastal, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Virginia have one loss; in the Atlantic, Wake Forest, Boston College, Florida State and Maryland share first place.
Favorites? You must be kidding.
If coerced, I'd pick Georgia Tech and Florida State without a lick of confidence.
How much confidence Virginia Tech carries to Florida State next week is another curious question. With two weeks to prepare for Boston College, two weeks to nurse bruises and refine strategy, the Hokies showed little resolve.
Oh, they jumped to a 10-nil lead in the opening six minutes. But the rest of the night was downhill.
On its last trip to Boston College, in 2006, Virginia Tech embarrassed itself in a 22-3 defeat. To its enduring credit, Tech learned volumes from that Thursday night and did not lose another regular-season game, closing with six victories.
A repeat seems improbable.
David Teel can be reached at 247-4636 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org For more from Teel read his blog at dailypress.com/teeltime
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