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Pitt Vs. Virginia Tech: So That's Why They Lost ...

Wide receiver Marcus Davis (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Wide receiver Marcus Davis (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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It was bound to happen, wasn't it? Someone explaining away Pitt's win over Virginia Tech as saying the Hokies 'overlooked' the Panthers.

Well boys and girls, Hokies' wide receiver Marcus Davis was the one who took the bait.

Davis says Virginia Tech took Pitt lightly:

"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."

First things first - this wasn't your typical 'underestimated the opponent' quote. Davis actually does give Pitt some credit.

Now, breaking down his quote a bit - I can understand taking a team lightly to start off, but as I said when Pitt jobbed to Youngstown State, if trailing at halftime doesn't get your attention, I don't know what will. Virginia Tech may not be as bad as they looked (and similarly, Pitt, not as good as they looked), but I just don't know how you get so thoroughly beaten by taking a team lightly. Sure, things can snowball - I get that. But Virginia Tech pulled to within 11 and really had all the momentum after Kyshoen Jarrett's punt return in the third quarter. They really had a chance to make a move, but Pitt simply didn't allow it.

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