Virginia Tech Hokies HC Brent Pry (L) during the third quarter of a game against Old Dominion in Sept. 2022. Sep 2, 2022; Norfolk, Virginia, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies head coach Brent Pry during the third quarter against the Old Dominion Monarchs at Kornblau Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

The Virginia Tech Hokies started the 2022 college football season off on the wrong foot with a 20-17 loss at Old Dominion Saturday. The Hokies outgained the Monarchs by 95 yards and recorded 20 first downs against 13, but were doomed by five turnovers. They also saw their coaches trapped in an elevator, delaying the start of the second half, and they finished the first half with an incredible botched field goal that turned into an Old Dominion touchdown. Oh, and, as they announced Sunday, their players found items missing from their locker room:

This was the second recent loss at Conference USA’s Old Dominion for the ACC’s Hokies. They fell 49-35 there in 2018. And it was a remarkably bad night for them all around, as ESPN’s David Hale noted:

Virginia Tech does have a new head coach in Brent Pry (seen at left above), previously the defensive coordinator at Penn State. They also have new coordinators on both sides of the ball. So some growing pains are perhaps to be expected. But a Power Five team losing a road game against a Group of Five opponent is always rough in general.

And this particular loss was much more painful for the Hokies still, especially with the turnovers (including four picks from quarterback Grant Wells, plus the field goal turnover) and elevator mishaps. And these reports of stolen items from the locker room only add to that. We’ll see if any progress is made on recovering those. But it is notable that the Hokies are currently scheduled to play at Old Dominion again in 2024, 2027, 2029 and 2031.

[ESPN; photo from Peter Casey/USA Today Sports]

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.