I was at the game on Saturday night, and it reminded me a lot of the 2007 Illinois-OSU game at The Shoe ... no matter what we did, it never felt like we were going to get over that hill -- even when it was 21-21.
I think Barrett is very capable, as is the O line. But if the Hokies are sending 6 or 7, where is the hot read? JT missed Wilson on the overthrow when Wilson had 30 yards to run after the Bucks tied the game. Where are WR screens? FL screens? Jet sweeps? Bubble screens? Why on earth put a QB that's played 1 game in 2 years out there and expect him to carve up a stout 4-2-5 defense? Where is EzE in all this? He is Hyde size and yet there was almost no attempt to run with him inside?
I am as frustrated as the next guy ... and I believe this team can turn it around. I also think MOST of the blame for the loss falls on bad schemes that were poorly executed. And to fall into a prevent with an extra DB on third downs? Did Ash or Fickell or Johnson wonder how Va Tech got into 3rd and long in the first place? Why on earth change to a prevent or zone scheme on third down when pressure caused the 3rd and longs?
Lastly, can someone get Corey Smith to extend his arms to make catches? That was a pretty bad case of alligator arms, and is totally unacceptable. Can't be afraid to get hit after you catch the ball.
OK, I'm done with my gripe for last week's game ... I am confident tOSU will turn it around. I'll be there to watch, like I always am ...