Virginia Tech Looks to End Losing Streak

Justin CocchiolaCorrespondent INovember 5, 2009

BLACKSBURG, VA - OCTOBER 29:  Quarterback Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Virginia Tech University Hokies is defended by E.J. Wilson #92 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during the  game at Lane Stadium on October 29, 2009 in Blacksburg, Virginia.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Virginia Tech isn’t used to losing streaks, unless we’re talking about bowl season, but they find themselves in the middle of one heading into Thursday night’s match-up against East Carolina.

So what do the Hokies have to do to end their losing streak?

Well, if they played better that would certainly help.  They were 16.5 point favorites against North Carolina last week, and lost on a last second field goal to the nation’s 114th ranked offense.  It truly doesn’t get anymore embarrassing than that.

They need to find an identity on offense.  At the beginning of the season they were taking a conservative approach, and now it seems the ball is being thrown 50 yards down the field every other play. 

And look at Ryan Williams and his production.  Williams only touched the ball eight times in the first half against the Tar Heels last Thursday, and he was averaging five yards per carry.

Then in the second half, North Carolina began pressuring Tech’s offensive line a bit more and the running game was held in check for the rest of the game.  The Hokies need to balance out their play calling over the entire span of the game, and they need to make sure they have more runs than passes if they want to win.

Let’s face it Hokie fans.  If you haven’t figured it out already, Tyrod Taylor is not a great quarterback.  He’s a good athlete that all of the sudden this year refuses to run out of the pocket. 

I realize that he wants to prove he’s a good passer, but it’s more important to win games.  He gives Virginia Tech the best chance to win by what he can do with his legs not his arm.

The Hokies shouldn’t have trouble with East Carolina, but they will.  The defense has been poor, and the offense has been inconsistent.  That’s a recipe for a pretty bad cake that nobody wants to eat.

When will the Hokies wake up?  I have no idea.  I thought it would be last week, but I was wrong.  I mean a team that only puts up three points on Virginia scored 20-points on Virginia Tech.  Humiliating. 

The Hokies need to find answers, and they need to find those answers within their own coaching staff, and most importantly the players themselves need to start putting something together on the field.

I’m guessing this game is going to be pretty close, but I guess I’ll pick Virginia Tech to win.  My confidence is contagious, is it not?

Virginia Tech wins a nail biter for the Hokie fans that still have interest in the season.

Hokies 21, Pirates 20