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A View from the Sideline: Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Pittsburgh Panthers

It was a myocardial infarction. It was two minutes of the most exciting Hokie football in ages, and it was fittingly settled by the Virginia Tech defense on the goal line with everything at stake.

Travon Hill Gets there first, in the backfield on 4th and goal for Pitt.
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The 2017 Home football season is in the books. It was another amazing opportunity and the six Game Days flew by. I can barely remember the opener at FedEx Field (a road game) but there were seven games on the live coverage schedule and all were exciting, even though the Clemson game was disappointing, if not understandable.

This week, the View from the Sideline is about Pitt. And if it wasn’t the most thrilling match up for 58 minutes, it certainly made up for it in the final two. It was actually a short game with Tech breaking some offensive molds and actually running the ball pretty effectively, and passing down field. The O finally started converting some third down situations, and even A.J. Bush got to contribute to a scoring drive.

It was Senior Day, and that means some serious sentimentality to go along with the the usual Pitt-Hokies grudge match.

The coach was relaxed and smiling. The game face was not quite there.
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It wasn’t a big crowd, but it was still loud
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The first drive was crisp and effective
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Jackson’s first big pass play
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Dogpiles are part of football
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Safety sees this when reading the play
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The ball just crossing the line of scrimmage and just missing a big hand.
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Chris Cunningham gets the ball
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And the first down
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Josh Jackson scores the first touchdown
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Stopping Pitt’s talented running back was key.
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Jackson gets a few on a Read-Option
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Bradburn Punted, Hokie Nation would have rather scored again.
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Pitt did get some chances this one was way too open.
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Stroman comes up to make a critical stop
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Cam Phillips had a record day and didn’t know it.
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Big Man putting on the pressure that causes a bad choice. Reggie Floyd picked this one.
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Fitting the ball into Kumah who is getting really reliable.
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It ended with a first down for Kumah and a cool shot.
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Holston carries the rock well for the day.
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Is Kumah the next big go-to receiver for Tech? I think so.
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Cam Phillips with another big catch.
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We were running.
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Punt return smothered by Andrew Motuapuaka
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The Back Judge gets buried.
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Gotta love when the lines mix it up.
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Johnson kicks a critical 3.
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Action downfield
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Mook Reynolds ends up in the practice net.
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Almost wiped out the photographer.
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It was the Kumah and Phillips show on Offense.
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Tremaine Edmunds was all over the place on Defense.
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Tremaine from a bit earlier
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Stopping the Quarterback from running on us.
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Sometimes 8 got too far down the field, but eventually hauled down.
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McClease had a good day, too.
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Not great technique but it looks cool. Josh Jackson slings it.
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Cam with a critical run after catch.
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Kumah gets another critical play.
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Facemask penalty? Yes/No?
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The day’s ball hawking crew. Both resulted in critical points.
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First Down McClease
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Vinny finally gets a sack.
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1st and Goal on the Hokie 1 1⁄2 yard line. Fitting for #LPD
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It’s a WIN!!!!
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That was the most exciting two minutes in Hokie Football history since the 1978 David Lamie “Hail Mary” that won the game against William and Mary. The defensive stand really shouldn’t have been necessary. The prior 4th down missed tackles (and injury to Mook) should have ended the game around the Pitt 20/25. But Reggie Floyd (Sorry, I can’t run that fast and was on the other side of the field .. darn it, no Star Trek transporter) found some extra rocked fuel and capped an already excellent game with a saving tackle on the Hokie 1 12 yard line (courtesy of a replay that took the errant TD call off the board).

The rest is now for the Hokie record books. It was a fitting way to end the game with it on the Defense’s shoulders to close.

Friday it’s the Hoos down in Hooville. And that’s the entire season, right there.

GO HOKIES!!!!