Virginia Tech Football: Miscues Too Much for Hokies To Overcome Boise State

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Virginia Tech Football: Miscues Too Much for Hokies To Overcome Boise State
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Let me start by giving the Hokie Nation some good news right off the top.  It doesn't look like the Hokies will have a "neutral" site game next year to open their season.  Considering Virginia Tech has done this the last three years and have zero wins in those three games, that's something to look forward to.

Now, about the game.  Despite the first quarter, it was a really great game to watch between these two teams.  Virginia Tech and Boise State clearly have two of the best quarterbacks in the nation, and both teams will likely find themselves in BCS bowls at the end of the season.

However, Virginia Tech came out in their opener once again and only played three good quarters of football.  The Hokies did this against Alabama last year, but saved their worst quarter for the fourth.  Miscues, penalties and one of the most lackadaisical efforts you'll see by a player who's supposed to be blocking on your punt unit led the Hokies to a 17-point deficit in the first quarter.

You don't want to give a 17-point lead to anyone, especially one of the best teams in the nation.  The Hokies showed a lot of resiliency, and it's pretty unbelievable that the Hokies didn't win with the way Tyrod Taylor performed.  Taylor was phenomenal for most of the game, and he's the reason the Hokies were in the lead late.

Here's a look at the Hokies biggest miscues against the Broncos, and a few keys to their success for the remainder of the season.

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