Thursday Night Loss to Miami Exposes Virginia Tech's True Offensive Woes

Andrew SableContributor INovember 14, 2008

The Virginia Tech Hokies fell to 6-4, 3-3 in the ACC after losing to the Miami Hurricanes Thursday night in Miami. The loss dropped Tech from a tie for first in the ACC Coastal Division.

The Hokies struggled offensively, only posting 250 yards against a resurgent Miami team, something that was completely bipolar compared to their 400-yard night against Maryland in their previous game.

Redshirt freshman Darren Evans ran for 253 yards on 32 carries against the Terps, setting a school record. On Thursday night against Miami he ran for 43 yards on 17 carries.

Against the Terps, redshirt senior Sean Glennon managed the offense well as he threw 14-20 for 127 yards and a touchdown pass in the win. Glennon got the start in that game and was able to get into a groove with sophomore quarterback Tyrod Taylor out for the game nursing an injured ankle.

Last night Glennon completed 6-of-8 passes for 98 yards. He had to split time with Taylor, the run first, pass second quarterback, who completed 6-of-12 passes for 75 yards but ran for two touchdowns as he racked up 43 yards on 14 carries.

Do I like Tyrod Taylor? Yes, but I believe that Glennon is the better quarterback today. Now when his career is over at Virginia Tech, Taylor will more than likely have better stats. I would have rather Taylor been redshirted this year, so that he is set up for three strong years as the Hokies' starting quarterback.

The two-quarterback system has worked before, but even a blind man could tell that it isn't working for Virginia Tech.

Glennon really never had the chance to shine in Blacksburg. He was stuck behind Marcus Vick, had one year to himself as a starter, and then had to split time with Tyrod Taylor last year and this year.

Against Maryland, Glennon effectively moved the ball with the passing game, opening up the running game for Darren Evans. He didn't get the chance to against Miami, because Tyrod dominated the quarterback playing time.

Stack eight in the box when Tyrod is in, and call it game over. He needs to learn to stick in the pocket and make a pass, not flush out every time there is a pass rush.

While Taylor may be the popular choice in Blacksburg, I'll continue to support Sean Glennon. He gets the job done.