Hokies' offense disappears against Pitt: 5 takeaways


Hokies' offense disappears against Pitt: 5 takeaways

Virginia Tech did not open up their ACC schedule the way they would have liked losing 17-13 to Pittsburgh in an ugly game in Blacksburg.

Here are five takeaways:

A rough day for Motley: If you thought the Hokies were in trouble when Michael Brewer went down with a broken collar bone, you weren't alone. Backup quarterback Brenden Motley has actually been a pleasant surprise playing in relief of Brewer with good games against Furman, Purdue and ECU. Today, however, he took a major step back.

Motley completed only 9 of 20 passes for 91 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. In the second quarter, Motley stared down his receiver and Pitt's Avante Maddox read him like a book, stepping in front of the pass for the easy interception. Motley again stared down his receiver in the third quarter and under threw him by about 10 yards giving Terrish Webb probably the easiest interception he will ever have.

Shredded offensive line: The offensive line has been an issue for Virginia Tech the past few years and boy was that evident today. The Hokies managed only 100 yards of offense against the Panthers and the horrendous performance of the offensive line was the primary reason why. The line gave up seven sacks in an ugly game as Motley had almost no time to find his receivers. The constant punishment Motley took finally seemed to take its toll in the 4th quarter.

On the play in which he threw the second interception, Motley was brought down hard on his right shoulder and walked slowly off the field. It was said he had suffered a shoulder strain on his throwing shoulder. Dwayne Lawson was seen warming up on the sideline, but Motley returned for the next series.

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No room to run: The Pitt defense held Virginia Tech to only 9 yards rushing. Obviously the offensive line had a lot to do with that as they could not pass or run block at all.

It also reflects the problem of relying solely on the quarterback draw to establish your rush attack. With a stable of backs including J.C. Coleman, Trey Edmunds and Travon McMillian, the team should have developed some semblance of a rush attack in the early season. Instead, Motley has been the primary rusher for the Hokies with 45 carries heading into Saturday's game. McMillian was second on the team with 26 carries.

Virginia Tech needs to find a primary back, probably McMillian, and get him at least 10-15 carries a game, not relying solely on quarterback draws. That is especially true as all of that punishment is clearly stating to take its toll on Motley. Virginia Tech needs to establish their rushing offense with an actual running back.

Wasted performance for the defense/special teams: Defense was a big question mark heading into this game for the Hokies given how they played last week and the news that Kendall Fuller would be out for the remainder of the season. Defensively, however, Virginia Tech played reasonably well holding Pitt to only 276 yards of offense. They also held star receiver Tyler Boyd to only 48 yards receiving and no touchdowns.

Quarterback Chad Voytik gutted the Hokies on the ground last season, but after both Voytik and quarterback Nathan Peterman combined for 54 rushing yards in the 1st quarter, the defense adjusted well. The two quarterbacks managed only 41 rushing yards for the game and really were not a major factor. Andrew Motuapuaka had something to do with that as he was a force to be reckoned in his return. For the game, he recorded five tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles.

Beamer Ball was also on display as the Hokies blocked a 42-yard field goal attempt in the 4th quarter to keep the score at 17-13. The offense, however, was not able to take advantage.

The bowl streak is in serious jeopardy: With the loss, Virginia Tech now falls to 2-3 and you have to wonder if Frank Beamer is going to be able to keep the 22-year bowl streak alive.

Here is the rest Virginia Tech's schedule: NC State, at Miami, Duke, at Boston College, at Georgia Tech, North Carolina and at Virginia. Virginia Tech's two wins this year have come against an FCS team and one of the absolute worst Power Five teams in the nation. Given how they have played the last two weeks, do you see four more wins in that schedule?

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Cavaliers clamp down on Pitt

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Cavaliers clamp down on Pitt

PITTSBURGH -- No. 1 Virginia allowed just seven points in the first half and secured the regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference title outright with a 66-37 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Freshman guard De'Andre Hunter came off the bench to lead the Cavaliers (26-2, 14-1 ACC) with 14 points in a game that didn't take big offensive efforts from Virginia's regulars. Of the five starters, only guard Ty Jerome exceeded his season average with 13 points.

The game was never competitive, as Virginia started on an 8-0 run and Pitt didn't make a field goal until Jared Wilson-Frame hit a 3-pointer at the midway point of the first half.

Virginia coach Tony Bennett rested most of his regulars in the second half. Reserve Nigel Johnson added 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting.

Parker Stewart led Pitt (8-22, 0-17) with 12 points, all on 3-pointers. Pitt had next to no presence inside. The Panthers were outscored 28-8 in the paint and out-rebounded 36-24. Seven of Pitt's 11 made field goals were from beyond the arc.

Report: Former Terp Diamond Stone included in federal documents detailing NCAA violations

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Report: Former Terp Diamond Stone included in federal documents detailing NCAA violations

A bombshell article published Friday morning by Pat Forde and Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports details potential NCAA violations involving more than 20 schools and 25 players.

Several of the biggest names and programs in college basketball were referenced in the Yahoo! report, including former Maryland Terrapin, Diamond Stone.

According to documents and bank records that are part of an FBI investigation, Stone received $14,303 while a freshman at Maryland, a clear violation of NCAA rules. 

Former NBA agent Andy Miller of ASM Sports was the primary handler dishing out incentives, which included cash advances, entertainment expenses and travel expenses for high school and college prospects.

Other players referenced in the documents include Dennis Smith who played at North Carolina State, Isaiah Whitehead from Seton Hall, DeMatha star Markelle Fultz who played at Washington and Edrice "Bam" Adebayo who went on to play at Kentucky. 

Player's and their families from Duke, Michigan State, USC, North Carolina, Texas and Alabama were also included.

Stone played for the Terps during the 2015-16 season before declaring for the 2016 NBA Draft. He was selected 40th overall by the New Orleans Pelicans and traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. 


Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon postponed Friday morning's media availability, but he did release the following statement through the school.

"Late last night we were alerted of a report associating one of our former student-athletes with an agent. We are extremely disappointed, and we will fully cooperate with any investigation. I do not have a relationship with Andy Miller or anyone from his agency, and at no time have I ever had a conversation with Andy Miller or his agency regarding any Maryland basketball player. We remain steadfast in upholding a program of integrity that reflects the values of our University community."

Stone did end up signing with a different agency.

While this is still under investigation, large consequences for the NCAA can be expected.

The NCAA also released a statement following the news. 

These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules. Following the Southern District of New York's indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, it's clear this work is more important now than ever. The Board and I are completely committed to making transformational changes to the game and ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity. We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts.