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Virginia Tech self-destructs in loss to JMU

9/11/2010
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James Madison Stuns No. 13 Virginia Tech

Hokies suffer second loss in six days to fall to 0-2

In what was arguably the worst loss of Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer's career, the Hokies were embarrassed on their home turf -- in vaunted Lane Stadium -- by James Madison, 21-16. It is the first time Virginia Tech has started a season 0-2 since 1995.

It's time to come clean about this year's No. 13 Virginia Tech team.

Lunch pail? More like garbage pail.

Virginia Tech just lost to a program that was previously 3-15 against FBS teams. The Hokies turned the ball over three times, fumbling it away twice. The offense was less productive than it was on Monday against Boise State. Do you know who Drew Dudzik even is? He's the quarterback who only threw three incomplete passes and ran for two touchdowns against Bud Foster's heralded defense.

If you thought Boise State was that good, you might want to reconsider that Virginia Tech just might not be as good as everyone thought. And if you're a Broncos fan, your strength of schedule just got flushed right out of Lane Stadium. The Hokies got beat up front -- again -- and by the fourth quarter, the front four on defense looked tired. No, the Hokies weren't at full strength -- Chris Drager was out with a knee injury -- but that shouldn't matter against a program that was 6-5 in the CAA.

Virginia Tech missed tackles, couldn't get the stops when it needed to, and fumbled away any chance a comeback. Comeback? Against JMU? It doesn't matter if you have two 1,000-yard rushers in your backfield if they can't go anywhere, and neither has reached the 100-yard mark yet this season.

Could this snowball into a loss against East Carolina next week? Sure, why not? Unlike the Hokies, ECU is 2-0.