By Abbey Way and Matt Popchock

PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Head coach Paul Chryst told 93.7 The Fan that he is looking for overall improvement against the 13th-ranked Hokies on Saturday.

“You want see guys rising to the occasion, playing against a good team and, traditionally, a great program,” he said at his press briefing on the South Side Thursday afternoon.

Communication on the field and identifying things on both sides of the ball are areas that Chryst said he would like to see get better.

“Everyone takes ownership in this thing and that’s what I like about these guys, their manning up and they said we’ve got to do better here,” Chryst said.

He took responsibility for calling a play that he said never should have been called in last week’s 34-10 loss at Cincinnati: the incomplete pass by Tino Sunseri as time expired in the first half. He added that when coaches and players have that type of attitude and the ability to take credit for mistakes it makes it easier for everyone to improve.

Going into the third game of the season, he feels he knows his team a lot better as individuals, and knows what each player can bring to the team. He also talked about what he hopes to see the rest of the season, especially from his three-man running back system and fledgling defensive line:

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