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Hokies hit new low with 6-3 OT loss at Wake Forest


Wake Forest and Virginia Tech played an ACC game this afternoon. I watched it so you didn’t have to. With neither team bringing any offense to the field, the Hokies and Demon Deacons needed to play an overtime before either team could put a point on the scoreboard. In the second overtime, Wake Forest kicker Mike Weaver connected on his second field goal of  post-regulation time, from 39 yards, to win the game for the home team, 6-3. It was Wake Forest’s first ACC win since October 19, 2013 against Maryland.

Wake Forest and Virginia Tech combined to convert eight third down conversions out of 35 attempts. Virginia Tech put together 254 yards and held Wake Forest to 234 yards of total offense. The Hokies also had three turnovers and the teams combined for 18 punts. Wake FOrest also missed three field goal attempts in regulation. Perhaps there is something to be said about the grittiness of each team’s defense to refuse to give the opposing offense a spark, but there was some poor offensive play to go along with respected defensive play. This is typically a bad combination for all watching, but Wake Forest will not care. A win is a win for Dave Clawson’s team right now.

Virginia Tech will end the regular season next weekend against in-state rival Virginia. The Hokies will have to win the game in order to go to a bowl game this season. Virginia will need a win at home tonight against Miami to set-up a winner-goes-bowling game with the Hokies next week.

This may be viewed as one of the worst losses for Virginia Tech in some time, and perhaps is a new low for Frank Beamer as head coach. Not being able to score any points on Wake Forest, a team allowing an average of 27.3 points per game, is never a good sign. The Hokies were playing through some depth challenges, but Saturday’s loss may be another example of how far Virginia Tech has fallen as the season has progressed, and where the program is situated overall today.

This is a Virginia Tech team that won at Ohio State, before the Buckeyes really found their stride with an inexperienced J.T. Barrett under center. This is a Hokies team that was blown out at home by Miami. There were close losses to Georgia Tech and Boston College and Pittsburgh, and they did beat Duke. But going into the final week of the season, Virginia Tech is in an ultimate struggle to play a 13th game. Virginia Tech has played in a bowl game every season since 1993.

Wake Forest will play on the road in Durham next week against Duke. Duke let the ACC Coastal slip away from them earlier this week with a Thursday night loss to North Carolina. The Duke loss gave Georgia Tech the division crown, but Duke will look to go out with a rebound win at home before preparing for the bowl season. Wake Forest, of course, will not be playing in a bowl game this season, but will at least look to build on a win against Virginia Tech moving forward.

Virginia Tech and Wake Forest fail to dent scoreboard in first half

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In what has been one of the ugliest games of the early Saturday afternoon slate, Virgina Tech and Wake Forest are locked in quite a defensive battle. Or rather, neither offense has looked particularly good in this ACC bout. At the half, we are still awaiting the first points of the game.

At the half, the Hokes and Demon Deacons have combined to convert three out of 15 third down conversions for first downs. Virginia Tech has put together 132 yards of offense, while Wake Forest has mustered just 79 yards. Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer has completed 12 of 17 passes for 99 yards, and the running game has struggled with a lack of depth this week. J.C. Coleman leads the team with seven rushes for 20 yards.

Wake Forest had a chance to put a dent on the scoreboard, but Mike Weaver‘s 42-yard field goal attempt was no good.

Wake Forest has been ineligible for postseason play for a few weeks now, but Virginia Tech’s postseason fate is still on the line coming down the stretch this season. The Hokies are one win shy of clinching bowl eligibility with today’s game and next week’s regular-season finale against Virginia left to play.