In case you missed it Saturday, the Virginia Tech Hokies, previously ranked No. 13 in the country, went up to Pittsburgh and got pulverized 35-17. On paper, it wasn't quite as bad as losing at home to James Madison two years ago, but considering that Pittsburgh had been beaten soundly by Cincinnati and had lost (at home) to Youngstown State, it was pretty close.
Then, as if Hokie fans weren't feeling bad enough about their team already Mark Giannotto of the Post got these quotes out of wide receiver Marcus Davis.
"We just basically were kind of sleep walking and they hit us right in the mouth and it showed," Davis said Monday night. "I think when we woke up Saturday morning, it was like, ‘Well, this is Pitt. They lost to Youngstown State. They got blown out by Cincinnati, so I'm thinking, ‘We're gonna go in there and have success and that wasn't the case at all. ... We took them lightly and they showed us why they're a good team."
No one else quoted in the article goes as far as Davis, but it seems pretty clear that most of the players looked at the film and Pitt's 0-2 record and underestimated the opponent.
Now, the inevitable question: does Frank Beamer get any criticism for this? And if so, to what extent will he be blamed?