ROANOKE, Va., (WFXR) — The latest edition of Hokies All Access is on the scene as Jermaine Ferrell is the host of the show. Jermaine, “The Voice of the Hokies” Jon Laaser, and Virginia Tech Hall of Famer Mike Burnop recap the Hokies game against Wake Forest.
An inability to convert in the red zone, three turnovers, and 10 penalties hurt No. 19 Virginia Tech on Saturday, and the Hokies fell 23-16 to Wake Forest in an ACC game at Truist Field.
With the loss, the Hokies fell to 3-2 overall on the season, 3-2 in ACC play. Wake Forest won its third consecutive game, moving to 3-2 overall, 2-2 in league play.
“It’s obviously my responsibility to get our team out there playing well,” Tech coach Justin Fuente said. “We made uncharacteristic mistakes. I don’t remember the last time we had that many penalties. We turned the football over. We were poor in the red zone. We weren’t very good on third down. Just disappointed. We should have done a better job.”
Jermaine, Jon, and Mike look ahead to the next game a trip to Louisville on Saturday. Virginia Tech travels to Louisville for the first time since 1992 to meet the Cardinals for the first time as ACC foes. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ACC Network.
The Cardinals enter the game 2-4 overall and 1-4 in the ACC following a 48-16 victory over Florida State which snapped a four-game losing streak after opening the season with a win over Western Kentucky.
Saturday’s game with Louisville is the 8th all-time meeting. It is the first game between the teams since the 2006 Gator Bowl where Tech beat Louisville 35-24. Tech and Louisville will be meeting for the first time since Louisville joined the ACC in 2014 – a byproduct of the ACC’s scheduling model. Justin Fuente received a question about that Monday, and he took a diplomatic approach with his answer.
“I find the ACC scheduling model perplexing,” he said. “I always challenge our staff to do this, and our players, I prefer not to be the person that complains about the problem without having a solution. I don’t know what the solution is. I do think it’s odd. I think it’s, in some ways, unfortunate. It is such a cool league with unique schools and some regional benefits that I think are really unique, maybe only to the ACC, that I don’t think we get to take advantage of because of the way it’s scheduled out. I don’t have the solution, so I’m not going to go on a rant complaining about it, but it is odd.”
We also profile former Virginia Tech football player Steve Hale. The Roanoke native played from the Hokies from 1984-1988. He is currently the “Red Hat” guy for Virginia Tech home football games. The “Red Hat” is responsible for the keeping track of the TV/Radio media time outs for the games. He has been doing this role since 2008.
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