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Beautifully laden with emerald-green pastures, gentle knolls and lush rolling glens, reminiscent of a Scottish landscape, the estate was affectionately crowned Glenmore - the name it proudly honors today.
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Virginia Tech has played some classic games with Miami in the Orange Bowl. The Hokies have won three times in Coral Gables, beginning in 1996, and all three have been nail biters that went down to the wire. As a fan, it’s impossible to decide which of those games was the most exciting. If you don’t remember the games, or if you just want to bring back some old memories, we’ll recap the games for you in this week’s TSLMail.
In 1996, the game had Big East championship implications. Virginia Tech entered the game ranked #21 in the nation at 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the Big East. Miami was 6-2, with a perfect 4-0 record in Big East play. The Hurricanes were ranked #18 in the country at the time.
Miami had lost their previous two games in the Orange Bowl, but both were out of conference games to Florida State and East Carolina. They were still very much in the picture for an Alliance Bowl. So were the Hokies, whose only Big East loss had come to Syracuse in late September.
The teams combined for a lot of yards, but not a lot of points. Jim Druckenmiller threw for 202 yards during the game, while Miami quarterbacks Scott Covington and Ryan Clement combined for 340 yards. The Hokies struck first on a one yard Ken Oxendine touchdown run in the first quarter. Oxendine ran for 89 yards on 19 carries during the game.
Miami answered later in the first quarter when Clement found Chris Jones in the end zone for a two yard touchdown pass to tie the game at seven. Things got off to a fast start, but neither team scored again until Druckenmiller hit Michael Stuewe with a 13 yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to make it 14-7, Hokies.
As Miami drove to tie the game in the fourth quarter, Keion Carpenter stepped in front of Covington’s 4th and 4 pass on the goal line and returned it 100 yards for the game clinching touchdown with 1:54 remaining. Victors by the score of 21-7, the Hokies won the remainder of their games and went on to play Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.
In 1998, Virginia Tech traveled to the Orange Bowl in September. Both teams were 2-0 heading into the game, and the Hokies were ranked #21 in the nation. Most people thought the game would be close, and as it turned out, it was the first overtime game in Virginia Tech history.
The Hokies were going against a future NFL All-Pro team at the Miami skill positions: WR Reggie Wayne, WR Santana Moss and RB Edgerrin James. All of those players had big games, but the Hokies managed to win nonetheless.
Things didn’t look good in the second quarter, when Scott Covington touchdown passes to Wayne and Moss put Miami up 13-3 (one extra point attempt was no good). But the Hokies rallied. Late in the second quarter, Al Clark found fullback Cullen Hawkins for a 14 yard touchdown to make the score 13-10 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Clark led the team back down the field and scrambled in from 13 yards out, giving the Hokies a 17-13 lead. But Miami wasn’t done. Covington hit Reggie Wayne on an 84 yard touchdown to put the ‘Canes back up 20-17. Shayne Graham later hit a 19 yard field goal to tie the game at 20, but Graham missed a 35 yarder that would have ended the game late in regulation.
In overtime, Al Clark threw a 24 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Ricky Hall to take a 27-20 lead. Tech’s defense shut the door on Miami’s possession, recording back to back sacks and then deflecting the ‘Canes' last heave to the end zone. The Hokies went on to go 9-3 with a 38-7 Music City Bowl victory over Alabama.
Perhaps Tech’s most memorable trip to the Orange Bowl was the 2004 game. The Hurricanes and Hokies were playing for the ACC Championship in their first year in the expanded conference. Miami was favored in the game, but Virginia Tech fans felt very good about their chances.
The Hokies took an early lead in the second quarter behind Bryan Randall’s three yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeff King to cap a 10 play, 80 yard drive. Miami’s only touchdown came in the second quarter after they blocked a Virginia Tech punt. The Hurricanes had to drive just 15 yards for the touchdown to tie the game at seven.
Brandon Pace drilled a 45 yard field goal with four seconds left in the first half to give the Hokies a 10-7 lead going into halftime. Miami answered in the third quarter with a field goal of their own to tie the game at 10.
The game, and the ACC Championship, was decided in the fourth quarter. True freshman Eddie Royal came up with two big plays in the fourth quarter to beat Miami. First, he returned a punt from the Tech 42 yard line to the Miami 39. And on the very next play, he beat Miami All-American cornerback and future NFL first round draft pick Antrel Rolle on a crossing pattern. Randall hit him perfectly, and Royal took it in from 39 yards out.
Miami blocked the extra point, so the Hokies were clinging to a 16-10 lead with 11:29 remaining. But the Tech defense shut down the Miami offense all day long. The Hurricanes never made it past their own 32 yard line the rest of the game, and the Hokies batted down three passes in a row at the line of scrimmage on Miami's last possession to seal the victory.
How will the 2006 game compare to those classics of the past? We’ll find out on Saturday night. Join us at Champs Sportsbar in Blacksburg to watch the game!
All week long, all the content on TechSideline.com has been free, to give non-subscribers a taste of the great subscription content on TSL. The following articles, which are usually pay content, were free this week:Tyrod Taylor OK; Ready for Stretch Run - November 3, 2006
TSL Recruiting Report from "SportsBeat With Mike Harris", for 11/1/06 - November 2, 2006
Josh Oglesby's Unofficial Visit to Virginia Tech - November 2, 2006
Evans Once Again Surpasses 2,000 - November 1, 2006
Clemson Game Analysis: Perfect Plan Comes Together - October 31, 2006
4-Star LB/S Ready to Set More Visits? - October 31, 2006
Phoebus Standout Lists Two on Top - October 31, 2006
Monday Thoughts: The Clemson Game - October 30, 2006
DT Tribbey Excelling in Senior Season - October 30, 2006
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