Richmond Times-Dispatch
Email Facebook Twitter YouTube Mobile RSS
RTD College Sports

Tech players, coaches revisit what could have been


»  Comments | Post a Comment

After Tuesday night's 23-20 overtime loss to Michigan in the Sugar Bowl, Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley said his team, so disparaged coming in, had nothing to be ashamed of.

"I hope the world saw that," he said. "We played our hearts out. We had ups and downs, but we got it rolling when we needed to."

Standing at a podium across the hallway, coach Frank Beamer couldn't bring himself to that conclusion. He has been around long enough to know that the final score is often all that matters.

"We didn't get a win," he said. "We need wins."

The Hokies are now 1-5 in BCS games, a record that does not reflect the tension of the game's final minutes or the controversy that ensued.

Danny Coale's apparent catch in overtime could have been the winning touchdown, but the play was reviewed upstairs and was overturned by a Pac 12 officiating crew. On Wednesday, ACC director of officials Doug Rhoads told reporters he didn't see enough evidence for the replay official to overrule the call on the field.

Coale stood by his locker for more than 20 minutes after the game answering questions. He was diplomatic, saying that he thought it was a touchdown but the officials must have seen it differently.

Watching from the next locker, wide receiver Jarrett Boykin offered a different perspective.

"I definitely thought he was in bounds," Boykin said of Coale. "I'm not going to sugarcoat it: The refs were giving us a whole bunch of (expletive)."

A few yards away, in the defense's locker room, Hosley offered similar thoughts.

"I thought it was a (heck) of a catch, man," he said. "Danny Coale has been making plays for us all year, and that just solidified it."

Hosley, a junior who announced that Tuesday night was his last game with the Hokies, twice intercepted passes that were overturned. On the second, a pass interference call negated what would have been a crucial third-quarter play.

"Both guys were into each other, and the receiver rolled his ankle, and he made it look like he got shoved down," defensive coordinator Bud Foster said. "That's what I saw, anyway."

All that would have been overshadowed, though, if the Tech offense had been able to produce in the red zone. Instead, kicker Justin Myer was a perfect 4-for-4 in regulation. The senior, who had never made a field goal, seemed destined for a fairy-tale ending, but it turned sour when he missed a 37-yarder in overtime.

"Right now, the last one's really all that's on my mind," a dejected Myer said as he was consoled by teammates. "It was fun to be a part of this game. I just wish it had come out a different way."

Coale felt similarly. The senior took the blame for a fake punt on fourth and 1, saying that he had the option to kick or run the ball, and should have kicked it. Still, it was an odd call for Beamer to make, particularly because the Hokies hadn't punted rugby style all year.

The loss made for a tough ending to Coale's career, one he was still processing in the minutes after the game.

"I'm kind of like a zombie right now," he said. "I can't believe it wasn't a touchdown. I can't believe it's over. The last five years went quickly."

Terms and Conditions

Share This:

Share - Yahoo! Share - Facebook Facebook Share - More More


View More: No tags are associated with this article
Not what you're looking for? Try our quick search:


Reader Comments

*Facebook Account Required to Comment. If you are not already logged into Facebook, please click the comment button to do so.

Deal of the Day


VCU Rams' Gear

VCU Rams' Gear 300px

Get all your Rams' gear right here.

Sign Up for the Sports Newsletter

sports newsletter

Sign up to receive the daily email featuring the top sports headlines, events, videos and more.


Sports Videos

  • Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson Returns Home1:33

    Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson Returns HomeView Video

    Russell Wilson returns to his alma mater after playing in the Rose...

  • It's official, David Wilson is entering the NFL draft1:36

    It's official, David Wilson is entering the NFL draftView Video

    David Wilson announced on Friday that he will skip his senior...


Sports Columnists & Blogs

  • Drexel climbs within one of VCU, 47-46, with 7:59 left

        Frantz Massenat lost the handle, then connected on a 3-pointer...

  • VCU strong out of halftime, scores on 5 of first 6 possessions, leads Drexel 42-36 with 15:29 left

        Bradford Burgess and Juvonte Reddic with four points each.

  • VCU, Drexel tied 32-32 at halftime




Media General - Coupons and Deals Promo Codes
KewlBoxBoxerJam: Games & Puzzles
Games, Puzzles & Trivia
Blockdot: Advergaming and Branded Media
Advergaming and Branded Media
Web Links: Advertise With Us | Contact Us | Email Alerts | Times-Dispatch Shop | RSS Feeds | Mobile Alerts | Search | Find Richmond Jobs
Newspaper Links: Subscribe to the Newspaper | TD-Digital | Kindle Edition | Place a Classified | Submit News Tips | Contact Us | Photo Reprints
Main Media Partners: | Goochland Gazette | Mechanicsville Local | Midlothian Exchange | Virginia Newspapers | Powhatan Today | PolitiFact Virginia

Calais - Powered by Thomson ReutersCalais - Powered by Thomson Reuters