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Saturday, August 30, 2008
VT's Glennon says he played well '90 percent' of the game

By staff

Posted by's Graham Watson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon didn't apologize for his play in Saturday's 27-22 loss to East Carolina. He didn't feel like he needed to.

For the most part he'd done everything his coaches had asked from him and he played the same type of slow, methodical game that he had the past couple of seasons.

But when his team needed him to play better, to be a little more dynamic than he's used to being, he fell short.

"Overall, do I feel like I played pretty good 90 percent of the time? Yeah," Glennon said. "But a senior quarterback has got to play good 100 percent of the time and there were a couple plays that hurt us."

On the Hokies' final drive of the game, the drive to score what would have been the winning touchdown, Glennon rushed for three yards and threw three incompletions.

"It was a little tough to get anything going in that fourth quarter, especially on that last drive," Glennon said. "ECU did a good job of pressuring me and still keeping everything pretty blanketed."

Offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring said ECU used some stunts and blitzes the Hokies did not see last season and did not study on film. Glennon finished 14 of 23 for 139 yards, but failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time since Nov. 10, when he threw just three passes and yielded to freshman Tyrod Taylor.

There will be no yielding this year. Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said earlier this week that he plans to redshirt Taylor, and though Taylor warmed up prior to the game, there was no thought to bring him or current backup quarterback Cory Holt into the game.

Beamer backed Glennon and said other than the two interceptions, he thought his senior quarterback played "OK."

The Virginia Tech offense did dominate in the first half, but twice the Hokies got into the red zone and came away without points. On the first drive, Glennon threw an interception that was tipped by tight end Greg Boone. On the second trip, the Hokies were stopped on fourth and 1.

"I thought we played too well in the first quarter not to come out with some points," Stinespring said. "That's not indicative of us, not being able to finish some drives and put points on the board. I thought we were moving the ball, I thought we had a great flow going ... I think when you look back at this ballgame, you could evaluate it all the way through, but I think that opportunity to get some points early in the first quarter and not to come out with any parlayed into us not having enough points at the end to win."