Hands gripping his knees, with a locked jaw and a tightly furrowed brow, Steve Addazio's frustration was clearly evident late in the fourth quarter. Reviewing the Eagle's performance against Virginia Tech is an equally frustrating experience.
Following last week's victory over UMass, Addazio and the Eagles traveled to Blacksburg to take on their second ACC opponent of the season. Perhaps most disappointing, the Eagles failed to find any consistency on the ground. Starting running back Jon Hilliman struggled early on, registering a paltry 2 yards on 6 carries through the first two quarters. Tyler Rouse, Myles Willis, and the rest of the rushing core put up equally unimpressive numbers. Quarterback Patrick Towles finished as the Eagles leading rusher with 17 yards. That stat alone indicates the alarming struggles of BC's offense. Typically dedicated to establishing a run-first identity, the Eagles failed miserably in that department. Yet, the running backs alone aren't to blame. Virginia Tech's defensive line was in the backfield from the get-go, wreaking havoc behind the line of scrimmage. The offensive line never took care of Tech's front seven, allowing linebackers to cut through the gaps. Unable to ignite the running game, Addazio looked more to Patrick Towles to carry the load through the air.
The Hokies' secondary, however, proved impenetrable, locking up BC's receivers. Registering just 80 yards with 2.9 yards per completion, Towles and his receiving core didn't provide much relief for the offense. After an exciting two-touchdown performance last week, sophomore Jeff Smith was invisible against the Hokies. If the Eagles learn anything from today's blowout, they must reevaluate how to involve Smith and other explosive playmakers in the offensive game plan. Also add "correct mental mistakes" to the to-do list for the Eagles. With two turnovers, several dropped balls, and twelve penalties, Addazio and the Eagles must take a hard look in the mirror.
Following a lackluster offensive performance, the Eagles found themselves down 21-0 with only 92 total yards at halftime. On the other side of the ball, Jerod Evans led a productive aerial attack for Virginia Tech. Evans and the Hokies constantly pushed the Eagles back into their own territory. Capitalizing on BC's offensive inefficiencies, Evans picked apart the secondary, finding four different targets for five touchdowns on the day. Evans is good, but he's no Heisman Trophy candidate.
Disappointment only continued in the second half. With Towles and the offense unable to provide any sign of life, the defense was visibly exhausted and just as porous. Up 42-0 in the fourth, the Hokies turned the keys over to the second-string offense during garbage time. Backup Virginia Tech quarterbacks Brenden Motley and Jack Click continued the onslaught. Last year's eight-game losing streak was tough, but nothing comparable to this. 49-0 was the final score, and the Eagles were never in the game. Fans should legitimately question whether Addazio is on the hot seat, as frustrations have peaked.
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