Monday, November 12, 2012
Hokies must end road woes to get six wins
By Heather Dinich
Virginia Tech is in a must-win situation as it heads to Boston College this weekend if it wants to keep its streak of 19 straight bowl games alive.
The problem is that the Hokies are in the midst of another streak -- this one not so good.
Virginia Tech has lost its past seven games outside of Lane Stadium, dating back to last year's losses in the ACC championship game in Charlotte and the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, and including this year's loss to Cincinnati in FedEx Field.
Nevermind that BC is 2-8. Virginia Tech (4-6) has lost all five games away from Lane Stadium this year, and hasn’t won on the road since last year’s 38-0 romp at rival Virginia. It’s a surprising stat for what has typically been the ACC’s most successful road team. Virginia Tech was in the midst of a school-record 13-game road winning streak until it went to Pittsburgh on Sept. 15 and lost, 35-17.
“We have talked this season about your mental toughness and physical toughness away from home,” coach Frank Beamer said on his weekly Monday teleconference. “I think there’s something with that. The effort has been good, we just haven’t gotten it done. I think we’ve played some good football teams away from here and got teams that played extremely well against us away from here. We haven’t played as well as we needed to, that’s for sure.”
The Hokies came unraveled in the loss to Pitt, but also lost on the road to North Carolina, Clemson and Miami. They've lost three straight heading into Chestnut Hill, Mass.
There is no more margin for error. Virginia Tech must win out against BC and rival Virginia to reach the six-win mark. In order to do that, they must first earn their first road win of the season.
“When you play at this level, you’ve got to be able to handle the pressure,” Beamer said. “Right now, we’ve got to win the next two to be bowl eligible, so it’s very clear what we need to do.”