Virginia Tech falls to Pittsburgh for third consecutive loss

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WDBJ) -- The Hokies came into Pittsburgh as 3 point underdogs but promptly got boatraced right out of Heinz Field by 30, giving up 654 yards of offense to the Panthers, a school record for Pitt who averaged nearly 14 yards a play.

"I can point a lot of fingers but ultimately they all come back to me and that's the bottom line. I don't know what you want me to say," Virginia Tech Defensive Coordinator Bud Foster said. "Pitt outplayed us from an offensive and a defensive standpoint and obviously, that comes back to me. That's all I'm gonna say. That's all I can say about that. We've got good kids that want to compete. I don't know if they know how to compete right now at this level."

"When you're in tough times and things aren't going your way, you're not playing as well and you're struggling, the answer is not to point the finger but to look in the mirror and figure out what you as an individual can do to help the situation and that's what we've all got to do," Virginia Tech Head Coach Justin Fuente said.

"It's frustrating as a defense, as the leader of the defense because that's one of our main goals is to stop the run and we're not doing that right now. We're not executing week after week and it's a little frustrating but we've just got to get better," Virginia Tech Defensive Tackle Ricky Walker said.

"We win and lose as a team. It's never a good feeling coming up to this podium after a loss. I think our guys are ready to go back to work this week. We've got to turn the page and keep working," Virginia Tech quarterback Ryan Willis said.

The Hokies are now eliminated from Coastal Division contention, enduring their first three game losing skid under head coach Justin Fuente. For now the focus is on continuing the bowl streak and beating Miami and Virginia in their final two games.