The O-line was horrible that night. Out of those 7 sacks in the final 9 MINUTES!. I think maybe one was a coverage sack. The rest were just the O-line getting out right PUNKED by VT!
Unlike some people, who like to go all crazy about bad coaching. The number of combined starts for 4 of the 5 O-line starters is absurdly low. I don't care what people say. If you are given less than 3 seconds, in most cases 2 seconds to get rid of the ball. NO QB can operate under that pressure. It would be easy to cover the first two WR options, and now your QB has to scramble.
If you look back to last year. If it wasn't for a few Special Teams mishaps VT could have went into Alabama and beat them last year. Out of the 35 points Alabama score last year, 21 of them were on Special Teams or Defense created.
I would say the biggest concern I had was not going to a Screen Pass. Try to get the WR out in space and make a move. If they are putting 8-9 in a box, place 3 WR to one side and throw a screen. Then its one on one, if the guy makes a move he could go the distance. Its better than trying to run against a D-Line that is beating your O-Line all night.
Really my biggest disappointment is the lack of play calling on the O-line. Maybe for all that talk about how well Barrett was doing in the Preseason, Urban and the OC sure don't trust him enough to run more than a half dozen plays during a game.