The rain that fell inside Lane Stadium was fitting for the mood in Blacksburg since Saturday's road loss to Pittsburgh.
The Hokies' trademark toughness and physicality were nowhere to be found at Heinz Field. The defense gave up a whopping 537 yards, including more than 200 rushing and missed countless tackles. The offense made countless mistakes, turning the ball over four times, leaving the players and coaches scratching their heads trying to figure out what exactly this team's identity is.
“We just can’t pinpoint one person,” Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas said. “It was the whole offense so we just gotta come back out here today and this week and just get better and be ready for Saturday. I guess it's not up to me what the identity of the offense is. It's up to the coaches. We're just pieces of the puzzle, what they want us to do, so we'll do what they ask of us and they won't have any complaints of what we do.
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said “I said before the season started as many young guys, new guys, I think we had the makings of being a good team. We're not a great team right now and we're continuing to work on that. I think it is yet to be determined where this team goes.”
Part of the Hokies’ problem is the fact that they haven't had a 100-yard rusher in five straight games dating back to last season. On Tuesday, Coach Beamer hinted that changes could be coming to the way carries are distributed among his four tailbacks.
“We're talking about that this week how we wanna do that,” Beamer said. “We have got some talented freshmen but we have got to remember that they are just freshmen. We're talking about how we wanna do our back rotation right now.”
Beamer went on to say that there were no plans to yank the redshirt off of freshman Trey Edmunds from Dan River.”