- - Wednesday, January 4, 2012

NEW ORLEANS — After Tuesday night’s overtime loss to Michigan in the Sugar Bowl, Jayron Hosley said his team, so disparaged coming in, had nothing to be ashamed of.

“I hope the world saw that,” he said. “We played our hearts out. We had ups and downs, but we got it rolling when we needed to.”

Standing at a lectern across the hallway, coach Frank Beamer couldn’t bring himself to that conclusion. He’s been around long enough to know that the final score is often all that matters.

“We didn’t get a win,” he said. “We need wins.”

The Hokies are 1-5 in BCS games, a record that does not reflect the tension of the game’s final minutes or the controversy that ensued.

Danny Coale’s touchdown catch in overtime could have been the winner, but it went upstairs and was overturned by a Pac 12 officiating crew.

On Wednesday, ACC director of officials Doug Rhoads told reporters he didn’t see enough evidence for the replay official to overrule the call on the field.

Coale stood by his locker for more than 20 minutes after the game answering questions. He was diplomatic, saying that he thought it was a touchdown but the refs must have seen it differently.

Watching from the next locker, Jarrett Boykin offered a different perspective.

“I definitely thought he was in bounds,” Boykin said of Coale. “I’m not going to sugarcoat it: The refs were giving us a whole bunch of [expletive].”

A few yards away, in the defense’s locker room, Hosley offered similar thoughts.

“I thought it was a [heck] of a catch, man,” he said. “Danny Coale has been making plays for us all year, and that just solidified it.”

Hosley, a junior who announced that Tuesday night was his last game as a Hokie, twice intercepted passes only to see them overturned. On the second, a pass interference call negated what would have been a crucial third-quarter play.

“Both guys were into each other, and the receiver rolled his ankle, and he made it look like he got shoved down,” defensive coordinator Bud Foster said. “That’s what I saw, anyway.”

All that would have been overshadowed, though, if the Tech offense had been able to produce in the red zone. Instead, kicker Justin Myer was 4-for-4 in regulation. The senior who had never made a field goal seemed destined for a fairy tale ending, but it turned sour when he missed a 37-yarder in overtime.

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