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Battle of the Commonwealth QBs
by Chris Coleman,

On many occasions the outcome of the annual Battle for the Commonwealth Cup has been decided by the play of the quarterbacks. Both UVA and Virginia Tech have won games on the arm of their quarterback during the series, and both teams have lost games because of turnovers by their quarterback. The Cavaliers have had some good quarterbacks through the years, but generally the Hokies come out on top in the battle of the signal callers.

Virginia Tech has won eight of the last 12 games and five of the last six. Going back to 1993, the first year of the Beamer Bowl Era, we see that when the Hokies have a good game from their quarterback, they generally beat Virginia.

Quarterback Stats in the VT-UVA Series
Year Result UVA VT
Comp/Att/Yds TD/INT Comp/Att/Yards TD/INT
1993 VT 20-17 11-30-189 1-1 19-31-153 0-1
1994 UVA 42-23 9-16-146 0-0 22-34-235 2-5
1995 VT 36-29 21-34-317 3-2 17-36-230 2-3
1996 VT 26-9 12-32-176 0-1 15-22-197 2-0
1997 UVA 34-20 23-34-390 4-0 12-27-187 2-1
1998 UVA 36-32 19-32-345 3-1 13-22-172 0-1
1999 VT 31-7 16-26-162 1-0 7-9-222 1-0
2000 VT 42-21 9-24-157 0-0 16-25-202 1-0
2001 VT 31-17 21-36-261 1-2 12-22-190 3-1
2002 VT 21-9 13-24-51 1-1 5-11-85 0-1
2003 UVA 35-21 32-46-358 1-1 14-26-214 1-2
2004 VT 24-10 8-14-111 1-0 16-22-200 2-0

The table above combines quarterbacks’ stats if more than one quarterback played in the game for a team, but for the most part UVA-Tech games have been battles of starting quarterbacks.

The first time during the Beamer Bowl Era that the quarterbacks had a tremendous impact on the outcome of the game was in 1994. Maurice DeShazo was a senior quarterback who enjoyed a lot of success in 1993, but was struggling under new offensive coordinator Gary Tranquil in 1994. DeShazo had a good game from a percentage standpoint, but he threw five interceptions and the Hokies got blasted by almost three touchdowns.

In 1996 Virginia led at halftime, but senior quarterback Jim Druckenmiller rallied Tech in the second half for a big victory. Druckenmiller greatly outclassed UVA quarterbacks Tim Sherman and Aaron Brooks in this game. The Cavalier signal callers completed less than 40% of their passes, while Druckenmiller, who would be a first round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers the next April, played great in his final home game as a Hokie.

Unfortunately for the Hokies, Aaron Brooks would make up for his 1996 performance with big games in 1997 and 1998. In those two games, Brooks passed for 735 yards, threw seven touchdown passes and had just one interception. He was head-and-shoulders above Virginia Tech’s Al Clark, who never beat UVA in two years as a starter. While it’s true the 1997 game was a blowout, the 1998 game most definitely came down to which team had the better quarterback. The Hoos did, and they won a tight game because of it. Clark threw a key interception for a touchdown to UVA linebacker Bryon Thweatt, while Brooks completed some incredible passes, including an 18-yard TD pass to Thomas Jones and a 47-yard TD pass to Ahmad Hawkins for UVA's last two scores.

In 1999 and 2000, we all know what happened. Michael Vick completed just 23 passes in those two games combined, but he still threw for 424 and two touchdowns without an interception. He was efficient and made a lot of big plays with his arm. In 1999 he threw for 222 yards on just seven completions (he only attempted nine passes for the game). The Hokies were better than Virginia at just about every position on the field in those two years, and Vick’s presence made the games even more lopsided in Tech’s favor.

Now it’s time to talk about a trend that has started the past two seasons. In 2003 and 2004, the winner of the Commonwealth Cup had a senior quarterback who was playing the final home game of his career. Matt Schaub, one of the most efficient college quarterbacks in the country, beat the Hokies 35-21 in 2003, with help from tight end Heath Miller, who caught 13 passes.

In 2004, ACC Player of the Year Bryan Randall was outstanding on his Senior Day, throwing two touchdown passes in the second half to lead the Hokies to a victory. Virginia jumped on top 7-0, but Randall and Tech outscored the Cavs 24-3 the rest of the way for a 24-10 victory.

While everyone knows that Marcus Vick will be the most talented quarterback on the field this Saturday, remember to be wary of those senior quarterbacks who are making their last start at home. They want to go out on top. Marques Hagans is the senior quarterback who will be honored on Senior Day on Saturday. He is a big time competitor who can beat you in a number of different ways. He is 0-1 as a starter against Virginia Tech, but he’ll be looking to even that record with a victory on Saturday.

Starting Quarterback Records
Player Record Player Record
Aaron Brooks 2-0 Michael Vick 2-0
Mike Groh 1-1 Jim Druckenmiller 2-0
Matt Schaub 1-1 Grant Noel 1-0
Tim Sherman 0-1 Bryan Randall 2-1
Dan Ellis 0-1 Maurice DeShazo 1-1
Bryson Spinner 0-2 Al Clark 0-2
Symmion Willis 0-1  


Marques Hagans 0-1  


Since 1993, Virginia Tech has had three quarterbacks that finished their careers undefeated as starters against UVA. Michael Vick, Jim Druckenmiller and Grant Noel never lost to the Hoos in their careers, earning five of Tech’s eight wins since 1993. Bryan Randall was 2-1 in three years.

On the other side of the fence, Virginia has had only one quarterback since 1993 that beat the Hokies more than once as a starter, Aaron Brooks in 1997 and 1998. Al Clark, who started for Tech in 1997 and 1998, is the only Tech quarterback since 1993 who never beat UVA.

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-- Will Stewart Updates From the Past Week
Keys to the Game: Virginia
November 17, 2005
Anxious to prove that the Miami game was a fluke, the Hokies head to Charlottesville to face their in-state rivals. At stake is the Commonwealth Cup, a potential at-large BCS bowl bid, and the chance to silence the doubters and critics that are expecting another late season fade. This is a very important game for the Tech seniors. The “Team United” baton was passed on to them after last season's unexpected ACC championship. It’s on their shoulders to prove that they can lead this Tech team through the adversity of a tough loss. They have said all the right things in the two weeks since the Miami loss. Can they turn those words into the performance they need to get back on track?

Star WR Ready to Set Officials
November 17, 2005
Hertford County (Ahoskie, N.C.) star wide receiver LaMarcus Bond, who finished the 2005 season with 30 touchdowns (including 7 punt-returns, 2 kick-returns and 2 interception returns), is ready to set some official visits now that his senior season is finished. Which schools is the 5-9, 175-pound prospect looking to visit?

McNeil Close to VT Commitment?
November 17, 2005
Virginia Tech appears in good position to land a commitment from New Town (Owings Mills, MD) 6-4, 190-pound standout Douglas McNeil. McNeil has not yet made a decision, but has set an official visit to Blacksburg for next weekend.

Game Preview: #6 Virginia Tech at Virginia
November 16, 2005
The Commonwealth Cup will be on the line once again this Saturday when Virginia Tech travels to Charlottesville to take on archrival UVA in an important ACC battle. The Hokies are desperately trying to get an at-large bid to a BCS game, and UVA sees this as their last decent chance for a win in the regular season. Bowl pairings are at stake, as well as bragging rights for another year. This one is going to be huge.

One Chance to Get it Right
November 16, 2005
When Virginia Tech enters Scott Stadium Saturday at noon, the Hokies will be looking to shake some nasty recent history and prove to their fans and the media that one loss doesn't necessarily lead to two … or three … or more. On Saturday, the question will be asked and answered: Is it 2003 all over again?

Advance Auto Parts Hokie Hotline Notes for 11/14/05
November 15, 2005
Monday night’s Hokie Hotline featured athletic director Jim Weaver, defensive line coach Charley Wiles and head coach Frank Beamer. Men’s soccer coach Oliver Weiss also joined the show briefly via phone. Conversation ranged from the UVA game to the soccer team’s upcoming NCAA Tournament appearance.

4-Star OL Has Great VT Visit
November 15, 2005
Although he had been to Virginia Tech for an unofficial visit this summer, 4-star offensive line prospect Lou Eliades still had several things he was looking forward to seeing on his official visit to Blacksburg on the weekend of November 4th. "The last time I was there I really didn't get a chance to get a good feel for the campus," Eliades said. "That's one thing I wanted to see was the campus. I wanted to see what its like with the students on it because the last time I was there it was summer and there really wasn't too many people there. Also, the first time I was there people were telling me to come for a game and see the atmosphere. I really wanted to see the atmosphere, and I got to see that." How did Virginia Tech measure up in those areas?

One More Visit for Luckett
November 15, 2005
Holy Spirit (Absecon, N.J.) athlete Zach Luckett has only one more official visit scheduled before he plans to make a decision. His decision will come down to two schools and he is looking forward to making that decision soon.

Hokies Remain Sixth in the BCS
November 14, 2005

The BCS released their latest batch of rankings on Monday afternoon at 2:30, and once again Virginia Tech finds itself ranked sixth. Despite the Hokies moving up in the Harris Interactive Poll and the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, LSU’s victory at Alabama vaulted the Tigers past the Hokies to fifth in the BCS. USC remains at number one, followed by Texas, Miami and Penn State.
Also: No decision on TV coverage of UNC game; Hokies vs. Hoos Off the Field; Hurricane Katrina Relief Project Ongoing

Two on Top for Phillip Taylor
November 14, 2005
6-4, 330-pound defensive tackle/offensive tackle Phillip Taylor continues to focus primarily on his senior season, but admits he also thinks about recruiting quite a bit. The Gwynn Park (Brandywine, MD) star currently lists six schools under consideration, but two have moved to the top.

Tech Beats Western Carolina 54-40
November 13, 2005
The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team rallied from Saturday’s loss to Bowling Green and defeated Western Carolina 54-40 Sunday afternoon in Cassell Coliseum. Four Hokies scored in double figures, with junior guard Markus Sailes leading the team with 13 points. Jamon Gordon played another good game for Tech. Gordon recorded a double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing ten rebounds.

Hokies Drop Close Game to Bowling Green, 72-71
November 12, 2005
The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team dropped a heartbreaker on their home court to Bowling Green on Saturday afternoon, losing 72-71 on a tip in at the buzzer. As time was running down, Bowling Green’s John Floyd put up a shot from the baseline but missed. With no opposing players in the vicinity, three Virginia Tech players went up to grab the game-ending rebound, but freshman forward A.D. Vassallo accidentally tipped the ball into the basket for the Falcons just before the buzzer sounded.

Predictions for This Week's Games
November 11, 2005
Virginia Tech has a much-needed bye this week to regroup and regain focus on next week’s all-important clash with rival Virginia. The Hokies still have a good chance at a BCS at-large spot if they can take care of business with UVA and UNC. Tech fans need to keep an eye on a number of games that will impact the Hokies’ BCS fate, particularly in the SEC. I’ll run through my predictions and talk about some probable scenarios with the teams remaining in the BCS hunt, but first let’s take a last, painful look back at the Miami game.

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