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Sugar turns sour for Hokies, fans

Sugar tasted sweeter and sweeter Tuesday night as the Virginia Tech Hokies appeared on their way to victory in the Sugar Bowl in Big Easy.

Instead of a “W” against Michigan and the Sugar Bowl trophy to bring back to Blacksburg, it was an “L” in overtime, 23-20, in what was a nail biter to the end.

The road to New Orleans became rutted when starting kicker Cody Journell was jailed for his participation in a stupid criminal attack in Blacksburg with other purveyors of mayhem, danger and criminal intent.

Folks say boys will be boys. They will, and they will do stupid things, thinking their stature on campus and notoriety will pave the way to freedom or no charges.

Twas not to be. The rest of the story is yet to be told.

The three were jailed. It was too late for Journell, a Giles County High School star given a scholarship by coach Frank Beamer, the first and only such gift to a kicker.

He kicked it all right, right out the window. He was dismissed from the team, thus not a Sugar Bowl participant. His future as a Hokie is unknown at this time.

One note of the Hokie story is the missed field goal by the third man placed in the limelight of “the” game, Justin Myer.

He is not to blame for the loss.

Another story-within-the-story was the punt that wasn’t. Was it a called play or something thought to be called?

Coach Frank Beamer is special teams coach, was this his call?

Then there’s the touchdown that wasn’t a touchdown. Or was it? That, too, is questionable.

The Sugar Bowl will be the talk of the town and barroom and Monday morning quarterback chatter for sometime.

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