Hokies Talk About What Ifs in Loss to Auburn

Comments from Virginia Tech players are featured after the Hokies became Auburn's 13th football victim this season.

New Orleans, La.--Auburn came into the Sugar Bowl leading the nation in scoring defense at 11.2 points per game. After allowing 13 points in the fourth quarter to Virginia Tech, some Hokie players came away unimpressed with the Tigers' secondary.

"They say their corners are the best corners and all of that, but they were suspect if you ask me," said Hokie redshirt freshman receiver Josh Hyman. "We should have did things earlier in the game, I think, to open the score like taking guys deep like at the end."

Hyman, who caught five passes for 71 yards in the 16-13 loss for the Hokies, said Jim Thorpe Award winner Carlos Rogers was no exception.

"I think we should have been going deep on them the whole time," he added. "When you watch film on them, guys beat them all the time but they couldn't ever finish. We should have had a game plan like that going in. We've got good receivers and we should have went deep on them. It seems like every time the ball is in the air for us we come down with it some kind of way."

Freshman receiver Josh Morgan, who scored both of Virginia Tech's touchdowns--a 29-yarder and an 80-yarder--claims that the Hokies just ran out of time against the Tigers.

"I think if there were 10 more minutes left we would have won by a lot," Morgan said. Morgan caught three passes for 126 yards in the contest despite playing through an injury.

"I didn't really think I'd be able to play in this game because the first play I got in the safety drove me into the ground and I think they said it was an AC sprain in my shoulder," Morgan said. "But when your time comes you've got to step up. God was always watching over me and I guess it was my turn."

Morgan was one of 10 Hokies to catch a pass during the game as quarterback Bryan Randall completed 21 passes on 38 attempts for 299 yards with a pair of interceptions.

Defensively, Virginia Tech held Auburn to 299 yards of total offense. Although Tech trailed the entire game and 16-0 in the fourth quarter, senior cornerback Eric Green said things could have turned out differently if not for a few mistakes.

"We beat ourselves," Green said. "I think it was more about us and missed opportunities and making mental errors on the defense--jumping offsides, getting flags that we shouldn't get, beating ourselves. I think we really beat ourselves tonight."


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