Hokies Grounded by Panthers 45-29, moved to 2–4 on this season (10-8-22)
By: James Brown
Headline Photo Credit: Virginia Tech Athletics
The Virginia Tech Hokies traveled up to Pittsburgh to take on the Pitt Panthers this past weekend. Despite showing signs of life and keeping it close in the first half, the Hokies were ultimately throttled by the Panther’s rushing attack and RB Israel Abanikanda. The 45 to 29 loss continues the Hokies’ 3-game skid and is their fourth loss of the year.
The Hokie offense showed signs of life in this one after being shelved in last week’s game. QB Grant Wells went 25 of 47 for 277 yards a touchdown and an interception. The Hokies found the endzone twice on the ground as Keshawn King and Malachi Thomas each had a score. Despite the loss, I would say the offense again has shown improvement they just need to sustain it for four quarters to help their counterparts out on the other side of the ball.
The Hokie defense helped keep the game close in the first half. They got their hands on an early interception that led to an offensive score. Unfortunately, the Hokie defense could find an answer to stop Israel Abanikanda who had an impressive six scores on the ground and posted 360 yards against this defense. That performance couldn’t have left a great taste in Brent Pry’s or this Defenses’ mouths as they know they’re a better unit than what they displayed.
The Hokies will be back at Lane Stadium for their next game to take on the Miami Hurricanes. The Hokies will be looking to put an end to their losing streak and try to get closer to a .500 record. They will have a tough task ahead of them as Miami enters this game as the clear-cut favorite. The Hokies will need a complete performance on Offense and Defense if they want to pick up the win at home this weekend.