“When you get right down to it, they didn’t want any of our guys. It’s kind of comical to think you’re going to go down there and beat them," said James Madison University Head Football Coach Mickey Matthews.
Well, that was his comment coming in to Saturday's game against Virginia Tech. The Dukes of James Madison handed Virginia Tech their worst loss in school history. The Hokies, just six days ago, had national title aspirations, and now, two games into the 2010 season, they're still without a win.
What happened Saturday in Blacksburg is not a setback, and it's not okay. Frank Beamer and company can't allow this to happen. It's inexcusable. Like Matthews said, JMU is full of a bunch of guys Virginia Tech and other top programs didn't want.
Obviously this isn't the first time something like this has happened early in the season. In fact, Virginia Tech fans gave Virginia fans a healthy dosage of trash talk after the Cavaliers lost to William and Mary last season. Karma sometimes isn't so wonderful, is it Hokie fans?
But honestly when you look at the big picture of Virginia Tech football as a whole it's full of disappointment. A lot success in there as well, but disappointment has found it's way into many a season.
The Hokies were supposed to have one of the best backfields and offenses in the nation in 2010, but a poor offensive line has prevented that from happening. Plus, there's been a number of miscues, turnovers, and under thrown passes that have prevented the Hokies from scoring points.
And how do you think Boise State feels right now? Probably like they were punched in the mouth, because this loss does them no favors. Virginia Tech was obviously highly overrated after losing to an FCS opponent. Boise State may feel the sickest of anyone in the nation right now.
But getting back to Beamer and the coaching staff, there just seemed to be no sense of urgency in the game. The first half flew by, and the Hokies had only 13 points and a six point lead at halftime. Turnovers and the lack of aggressive play calling led to the weak first half performance, and only three points in the second half.
Three points against James Madison is inexcusable. There's no other word for it. The coaching staff and players should be humiliated by their performance that was shown exclusively on espn3.com. This game didn't even reach local television in the state of Virginia, and it's two of the largest universities in the state going at it.
No matter what excuse, not that any will be made, Virginia Tech has for their performance they have officially lost bragging rights in the state of Virginia. Teams that lose to FCS schools are either on the downward slope or they play in the Sun Belt; the Hokies are neither.
Now, Virginia Tech needs to somehow forget about this game, which won't happen, and try to salvage the remainder of the season. The distraction of a national championship appearance is long gone, and even though they're off to an 0-2 start they remain undefeated in the ACC.
However, it doesn't look like Virginia Tech is ready for the football season to be here yet, but until they decide they're ready to play in 2010 they will continue to lose to inferior opponents.