For those of you who missed the atrocity that occurred at Lane Stadium last night, the Virginia Tech Hokies fell to the Clemson Tigers, 23-3. Our play was every bit as bad as the score suggests. Quarterback Logan Thomas was sacked four times, we produced nothing in third-and-long situations, and the only score we put on the board was a field goal. It was the first home game without a touchdown for the team since 1995. The worst part of watching this unfold, for me, was what only I and my friends knew: It was my fault. It was the Scott Curse at work.
I graduated college in 2007, so the last game I attended in person was during the fall of 2006. It was a win. Had I known it was the last I’d ever witness I would have savored it more. Since graduating college, Virginia Tech has lost every game I have attended. It’s gotten bad enough that I actually attend fewer games for the sake of my fellow fans.
Phase I – Origin
It all started in 2007. In mid-October of that year the Boston College Eagles were the #2 team in the country. They were led by Quarterback Matt Ryan, who has since gone on to ruin the Atlanta Falcons for Virginia Tech fans everywhere. He was being compared to Doug Flutie, the only other BC quarterback who was ever worth talking about. They were set to play in Blacksburg on a Thursday night, a traditionally strong time slot for the Hokies. Since 1994 the Hokies had lost only two Thursday-night games – both to Boston College in 1995 and 2006. The #2 team in the country was coming to town and we were poised to both beat them and redeem the only blemishes on our Thursday night record.
Hokie Nation was ready for action and I was no different. I had started my new job three months before, and that morning I informed my boss of the situation, who replied with a simple “go.” My boss is one of the good guys, despite having gone to a school that, at the time, didn’t have a football team. So at about 11 am I logged out of my computer and headed to Blacksburg for what was sure to be a legendary victory.
For the first 56 minutes Virginia Tech dominated. The score didn’t show it – it was only 7-0 – but the Hokies were full-on out-playing BC. Then it happened – it started raining and our coveted top-ten win washed away. Two consecutive pass plays – 22 and 23 yards – were just the beginning of a successful 92-yard drive ending in a touchdown. Virginia Tech 10, Boston College 7. Two minutes left. BC goes for an onside kick, the Hail Mary of special teams plays, and improbably recovers. Shit. Matt Ryan then proceeds to complete 5 of 7 passes, putting BC into scoring position. Pass complete to Andre Callender in the end zone, Boston College wins 14-10. Our hopes were crushed. My leaving-work-for-football best weekend ever story gained an abrupt, sad ending.
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It was football trauma. We recovered later that year in the ACC Championship game, where we beat BC and took home the conference trophy for the second time. The team redeemed itself, but I was still dogged by the stench of fan failure. The answer, of course, was to witness Boston College’s defeat at our hands in their own stadium the next year. Continue reading