(Warning: Read this blog at your own risk. The Football Girl household has been invaded by the H1N1, better known as the swine flu. Hand sanitizer is recommended upon completion of this article).
When I was a kid, my dad, normally a grease and cholesterol kind of eater, went through a summer where he presumably was trying to eat healthier. He ordered a lot of salads, so my brother and I began calling him Bizarro Dad. I guess that’s what to call the Duke game on Saturday. A case of the Biazarro Hokies.
Consider these stats:
- Up until this game, Tyrod Taylor was averaging 113 passing yards per game. His previous high had been against Nebraska, where he hit 192. Duke game? 327.
- Previously, the Hokies had been averaging 50.5 yds/game on penalties. This one? 105.
- Our defense, which we thought was on an upswing after holding Miami to only 209 yards, allowed the Blue Devils to somehow pile on 397 yards of total offense.
- Which now leaves our defense allowing a mind-boggling 339 yards per game. That is 60+ last year’s final average of 279.4.
Actually, it was quite entertaining to watch Tyrod throw the ball around, once I got over the gasping and crossing my fingers each time he let the ball go. And, I’ll give Stiney some credit once again. (Two weeks in a row, who would have ever imagined in their wildest fantasies?) He called a solid game. Duke was obviously using the “let’s gang up on Ryan Williams and not allow him to run at all costs” strategy, and using it well. Normally, this would cause Stiney to, well, continue to use the same game plan without making any adjustments. But this time, he fought back. Won’t let us run? Well, try to stop our passing attack. (I cannot believe I just typed the words passing attack as they apply to the Hokies. Oh glorious day.) We even, finally, got Danny Coale a little more involved. It was awesome to see the receivers all making catches and showing why we’ve been saying all year that they are talented. And, we remembered that tight ends can catch passes, too. Imagine. Much as it was out of character to watch the Hokies thrive offensively, it was an interesting change-up.
But, the penalties. Good grief, Charlie Brown. Did it not seem like Ed Wang was off-sides the entire game? And is Jake Johnson just being allowed one bonehead personal foul per game? The lack of focus here was really disturbing, and I consider it to be a coaching issue. These games are only “classic letdown games” if you let them be. Did Frank forget to tell the age old 1998 Temple story? I still occasionally, in my darkest football hours, get a flash of watching Nick Sorensen pass to a wide open Ricky Hall, who dropped it like it was a live grenade. These guys should have been ready to play, and they weren’t.
But, I’ll end here, as I have sick Football Children to attend to. I guess, as I’ve said after several games, I’m still not sure who we are. I have little doubt that the defense will be beyond stout next week for BC. If those guys thought Bud’s live tackling drills were bad after the Nebraska game, then I pity them this week. Bud will probably have them tackling elephants or something. So, back home to Lane Stadium we go, and we’ll see what team shows up. Wouldn’t it be cool if it were a combination team of all the good things we’ve done this year? Great passing, great running, shut down defense, dominant special teams? Now THAT would be special.