That didn't happen, as the Herd defense held Tech to two touchdowns in regulation of an eventual triple-overtime loss.
Playing upwards of 30 snaps, Blackmon split a tackle for loss, combining with safety A.J. Leggett to throw quarterback Logan Thomas for a 2-yard loss in the second overtime.
The usage alone says something. Thomas had just picked up a first down on two 6-yard runs and was going for all he could on the third keeper. That loss more or less forced the Hokies to go ultraconservative, centering the ball for a game-winning field goal - that missed.
Blackmon wasn't prepared for the Lane Stadium noise that never seems to quiet down, even with the home team in possession, in a heavy rain. And those practice sessions with the turned-up CD of an annoying fight song don't really prepare you, he said.
"There was a point where I couldn't hear myself think," he said. "Standing on the sideline and also being in the game, not being able to hear calls, watching hands, watching signals and looking for coach [Chuck] Heater on the sidelines trying to get the call in.
"It was chaotic at the least. I mean, that place got extremely loud. But it was a great feeling and an opportunity I wouldn't exchange for the world."
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