The offense looked bad and the defense might have been worse in Virginia Tech’s 35-17 loss at Pittsburgh Saturday. But Hokies wide receiver Marcus Davis said Monday night those weren’t the biggest reasons Virginia Tech offered up a dud when it took the field for its first road game of the year.
Instead, it appears just two years after losing to James Madison in shocking fashion, the Hokies got another reminder of what can happen when they think too little of an opponent.
“We just basically were kind of sleep walking and they hit us right in the mouth and it showed,” Davis said Monday night. “I think when we woke up Saturday morning, it was like, ‘Well, this is Pitt. They lost to Youngstown State. They got blown out by Cincinnati, so I’m thinking, ‘We’re gonna go in there and have success and that wasn’t the case at all. … We took them lightly and they showed us why they’re a good team.”
When asked about Davis’s comments Tuesday during Virginia Tech’s weekly news conference, Coach Frank Beamer didn’t necessarily agree.
It was clear to him the Pittsburgh team that took the field Saturday was not the one the Hokies saw on film through two games. He also conceded that Virginia Tech did not play well, but “the reason for that, I’m not quite sure,” he said.
Quarterback Logan Thomas wouldn’t go as far as Davis, but he did admit a lack of respect for Pittsburgh contributed to the loss somewhat.
“I think everybody [underestimated the Panthers] just because their record was 0-2 at the time. I guess that puts a minor thought in your head.”
Whatever the case may be, players could all agree that the Hokies did not come out with the sort of emotion necessary to win against BCS-level competition, no matter how poorly the Panthers may have looked in previous games.
“We’ve never looked that bad,” defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins said of the defense. “I don’t know what happened. We just wasn’t ready to play. We weren’t really talking or working as a team. We were just playing.”
Added safety Kyshoen Jarrett: “We just can’t underestimate anyone, even with what their record says. This is college football. Everybody, especially Virginia Tech, everybody is going to give you their best. We’ve just got to play with a lot more passion out there.”