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Hokies' offense disappears against Pitt: 5 takeaways

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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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2019 College World Series Central: Bracket, favorites, viewing information

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2019 College World Series Central: Bracket, favorites, viewing information

The four matchups in the first round of the College World Series are set after the final two games of the tournament Super Regionals finished on Monday.

Arkansas and Auburn were the last two teams to make the CWS bracket, after each team won the rubber match in its respective Super Regional, scoring 14 runs apiece.

Of the eight teams vying for the prized college baseball title, two (Michigan and Florida State) were amongst the last four teams in the field of 64 to make the tournament. Now, they join some of the other top teams across the country. 

Michigan beat a No. 1 UCLA team 2-1 in the Los Angeles Super Regional, a Bruins team which hadn't lost a series all season. The Wolverines proved they are a force to be reckoned with as they head to their first CWS appearance since 1984.

Like Michigan, Auburn made the CWS for the first time in over 10 years (the Tigers' last CWS appearance was in 1997).

It's the second consecutive year that Mississippi State, Arkansas and Texas Tech have made the final bracket. Last year, Arkansas was the runner-up after losing to Oregon State in the finals. Mississippi State made it to the semifinals before Oregon State defeated the Bulldogs and went on to win the tournament. 

2019 NCAA COLLEGE WORLD SERIES BRACKET & BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Game 5: Texas Tech vs. Arkansas, Mon. 6/17 at 2 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 6: Michigan vs. Florida State, Mon. 6/17 at  7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 7: Louisville vs. Auburn, Tues. 6/18 at 2 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 8: Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State, Tues. 6/18 at 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

FINALIZED RESULTS

Game 1: Michigan 5, Texas Tech 3, Sat. 6/15
Game 2: Florida State 1, Arkansas 0, Sat. 6/15 
Game 3:  Vanderbilt 3, Louisville 1 Sun 6/16
Game 4: Mississippi State 5, Auburn 4, Sun. 6/16 

FUN FACTS

  • Vandy Rockstar: The Commodores' freshman right-hander Kumar Rocker threw a complete game no-hitter (and 19 Ks) in Game 2 against Duke in the Nashville Super Regional to keep Vanderbilt's championship hopes alive. 
  • Sweeps on Sweeps: Florida State, Louisville and Mississippi State each swept its respective Super Regional. The most notable was the Cardinals' sweep of the East Carolina Pirates, where Louisville outscored ECU 26-1. 
  • No Repeats: Texas Tech defeated the reigning champion Oregon State in the Lubbock Super Regional to ensure there will be a new school crowned champion. 

 

Maryland hosts Notre Dame, Purdue faces Virginia in 2019 Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchups

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Maryland hosts Notre Dame, Purdue faces Virginia in 2019 Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchups

The annual matchup continues and we’ve got big news. For the 21st season, two of the prominent conferences will face off in the 2019 Big Ten/ACC Challenge.   

All 14 Big Ten teams will battle against 14 of the 15 ACC teams, with Virginia Tech the lone school not participating. The Challenge will include a total of 14 games spread across Monday, Dec 2nd - Wednesday, Dec. 4th.  

This year’s Challenge will feature eight first-time meetings in the event: Maryland at Notre Dame, Penn State at Wake Forest, Boston College at Northwestern, Florida State at Indiana, Georgia Tech at Nebraska, Iowa at Syracuse, Louisville at Michigan, Pitt at Rutgers. 

Maryland will host Notre Dame on Wednesday, December 4th. The matchup will be the first meeting between the Terps and the Fighting Irish since the 2013-14 season, before the Terps left the ACC. 

In 2018-19, Maryland finished 23-11 overall, good for fifth in the Big Ten. Notre Dame tied for last place in the ACC, finishing a disappointing 14-19. 

Virginia, the reigning national champions will travel to Indiana to take on Purdue. Virginia and Purdue will battle for the third time in the Challenge and fourth time overall. In the 2000 Challenge between the Cavaliers and the Boilermakers, Virginia won 98-79. A few years later in 2006, Purdue beat Virginia 61-59. 'In the Challenge, UVA has an all-time record of 13-6, including a five-game winning streak. UVA beat former ACC rival Maryland 76-71 in last season’s Challenge. 

The Cavaliers and Boilermakers recently faced off against each other in this year’s Elite Eight game. Virginia defeated Purdue 80-75 in overtime.

The ACC has not lost the Challenge since 2015. 

Tip-off times, networks and more information have not yet been provided.

The 2019 Challenge matchups:

Monday, December 2:

Clemson at Minnesota 

Miami at Illinois

Tuesday, December 3:

Michigan at Louisville 

Iowa at Syracuse 

Rutgers at Pitt

Northwestern at Boston College 

Duke at Michigan State 

Florida State at Indiana 

Wednesday, December 4:

Notre Dame at Maryland 

Virginia at Purdue 

Wisconsin at NC State 

Wake Forest at Penn State 

Nebraska at Georgia Tech 

Ohio State at North Carolina

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