With just under 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Virginia Tech associate head coach and running backs coach
The Hokies didn't.
But then something funny happened. The Hokies flipped the script. They got the ball back, and Taylor and Co. got one last crack at that crucial final drive. Taylor, who had disappointed throughout the game not only by failing to pass with success, but also by failing to utilize his rushing skills (he finished with -22 yards on the ground), bought time with his feet as the seconds ticked away, then heaved a desperation bomb downfield to
When asked about Taylor and the winning drive after the game, head coach
It remains to be seen if the Hokies really are a great team. This win, though, was a big step toward proving they deserve to be in the discussion. Emerging at the top of the inconsistent enigma that is the ACC is one thing; gutting out wins against ranked teams from other conferences is quite another. When the Hokies lost the opener to Alabama, it brought not only their strength, but the strength of the entire conference, into question. It's still not clear if the Nebraska's really back, as so many analysts proclaimed this preseason, but the Huskers showed some spice on offense (they notched 343 net yards to Tech's 277) and played a tough, physical brand of defense (particularly standout tackle
Bottom line: Virginia Tech beat a good team. Today, the Hokies believed they were the better squad, and that knowledge -- plus some good blocking, quick feet and little bit of luck -- was enough. We'll see if it is next week against Miami.