It was not a good weekend for the biggest college football programs in the Commonwealth.
13th ranked Virginia Tech was upset by Pittsburgh, and the Hokies have now fallen out of the Top 25 in the AP Poll.
JMU lost by 30 to West Virginia, and Virginia lost by 36 at Georgia Tech.
The Cavaliers were completely dominated down in Atlanta.
Head coach Mike London says, "You have to have a short memory, and move on to the next game. If you tie your identity to a particular game, it's a long season. That was Game Three."
Virginia's defense couldn't stop the triple option offense.
Georgia Tech racked up almost 600 yards of total offense, while Virginia offense couldn't even muster 300 total yards.
Sophomore safety Anthony Harris says, "We just have to forget about this past week. Each week you got to move on, whether it's a win or a loss. Coming into this week, we're just focused on who we have this week, and what they do, in particular."
"Players on the team have a fire under them now," says senior defensive end Ausar Walcott. "We were tested. A lot of players think they didn't play good. A lot of players are taking ownership of the team, but telling each other and telling ourselves it's on us. It's not on the coaches. Our captains talked to us, and they told us we could do two things: Run, or stand-up and fight, and I think a lot of players want to stand-up and fight."
Michael Rocco threw two interceptions, and never got much going downfield.
For the second week in a row, the 'Hoos struggled to run the ball.
London says, "You have to have confidence, and that's all I'll talk about to these guys, about letting that one go, and moving on."
Sophomore wide receiver E.J. Scott says, "That's over, and we're just looking to bounce back. There's no better opportunity to bounce back than with TCU. They're a great team, so it's a great opportunity to bounce back."
There was a kind of nice moment Saturday at Georgia Tech after the ugly game.
Former Virginia head coach Al Groh chatted with a several Cavalier players.
Groh of course is now the defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech.
About a dozen Wahoos lined up to shake Groh's hand.
Groh recruited a bunch of these guys to Virginia, and he had a lot of nice things to say to each of the Cavalier players that he chatted with.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:44 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:44:53 GMT
On Tuesday Strauss was named the CAA Player of the Week. He threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns in the first half against Morehead St. Rocco played the second half, throwing one touchdown and one interception. Full Story
On Tuesday Strauss was named the CAA Player of the Week. He threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns in the first half against Morehead St. Rocco played the second half, throwing one touchdown and one interception.