2013: 8-5 (5-3 ACC); lost Hyundai Sun Bowl to UCLA
Virginia Tech was unranked at the start of 2013, the first time they were unranked at the start of a season since their first ACC season in 2004. They faced a huge challenge in the first week against #1 Alabama in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, but after that they reeled off six straight wins to earn the #16 ranking. They did it with a great defense; no opponent scored more than 21 in that six-game stretch and they finished with the 11th-best scoring defense overall. Losses to Duke, Boston College, and Maryland curtailed hopes of a bigger season, but their biggest win came in Miami on November 9. Above-average yet slightly inconsistent quarterback Logan Thomas (16 touchdowns, 13 interceptions) led an offense that scored when it needed to more often than not. Thomas is now an Arizona Cardinal, but VA Tech typically recruits new talent well.
The Virginia Tech Hokies football program is based in Blacksburg, Virginia at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. VT hasn’t won a national title although they came a game away in the 2000 Sugar Bowl with Michael Vick. Since joining the ACC in 2004 they’ve already won four conference titles. The Hokies have made a bowl every year since 1993, one of the longest streaks in the country. Current head coach Frank Beamer is the winningest active coach in DI football and known for developing “Beamerball,” a football philosophy where the offensive, defensive, and special teams players all give an effort to put points on the scoreboard. Lane Stadium, also dubbed the “Terrordome” in 1999, is home to the Hokies and one of the most feared home field advantages in the country. With former rival West Virginia now in the Big 12 Conference, the in-state rivalry between Virginia Tech and Virginia is heating up again. Kam Chancellor, Brandon Flowers, DeAngelo Hall, and Vick are some big name Hokie NFL players, in addition to the Bears’ drafting of cornerback Kyle Fuller in the first round. See one of the ACC’s best programs at Lane Stadium--get your tickets from Gold Coast Tickets today!