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Rich Tandler attended Virginia Tech in the mid 1970's and was immediately hooked on Hokie football. Rich has written the definitive history of the Virginia Tech program, from the standpoint that matters the most: what happened on the field.

The name of the book is Hokie Games, and it recounts the score and key plays from every Virginia Tech football game played from the start of the 1945 season through the last game of the 2006 season. You can get old scores anywhere, but Hokie Games gives you the flow of the action and the important moments and players, not just a line with point totals and a date on it.

From the Hokie Games web site: Hokie Games is the most complete book ever written about any college sports team, ever. The first Hokie game you ever watched? It's in there. Forgotten classics? Got 'em all. Learn about or relive the '72 game when Don Strock lit up Houston for 527 yards in the air or the 1966 VMI game when Tommy Francisco got into the end zone six times. Remember watching a great game with your kid or your dad? You can relive it. Are the details of the '99 thriller at West Virginia, the one that featured Vick's jaw-dropping run and Graham's clutch kick that kept the national title chances alive a little fuzzy? Hokie Games brings back every detail.


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Virginia Tech (3-2) 13, Florida State (1-4) 10
October 11, 1975, Blacksburg, Virginia

This was the last time that Tech beat Florida State. It's is a game that everyone seems to remember-- sort of. "You know, it was homecoming and that kicker, can't remember his name, it started with an 'L' I think, kicked that looong field goal to beat Florida State." The kicker was Wayne Latimer and this, to steal the phrase, is the rest of the story:

Lane Stadium -- The head coach isn't always right.

With Virginia Tech facing a fourth down at the Florida State 44 with 7:51 to go in a 10-10 game, Hokie coach Jimmy Sharpe decided to punt.

That is, until he heard from assistant coach Jack White, who was positioned in the press box. White works with the kickers and suggested that a 61-yard field goal was within Wayne Latimer's range, especially with a moderate wind at his back.

Sharpe acceded to White's suggestion, and boy-- was he glad he did. The ball boomed off of Latimer's foot and the line drive kick made it through the uprights with a little bit to spare, providing the winning margin in the Gobblers' 13-10 victory.

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But the Seminoles did not give up after Latimer's boot, which was the longest in Tech history. They drove from their own 20 to a fourth and four at the Tech 11 with 2:39 left to play. Without much to lose with his team at 1-3, FSU coach Darrell Mudra decided to eschew the tying field goal and went for the first. Rudy Thomas caught Clyde Walker's pass, but he was well out of the end zone.

The Hokies burned off all but 43 seconds of the clock before Bruce McDaniel boomed a 68-yard punt (evidently the kickers ate their Wheaties in the pregame meal) to pin the Seminoles back at their five. It was over a few plays later.

Tech trailed 10-3 entering the fourth quarter, having mustered just a Latimer field goal from a pedestrian 37 yards in the first quarter. The Seminoles responded with a one-yard Walker touchdown run in the second period and a field goal midway through the third.

For a while it looked like the Hokies wouldn't be able to get back into the game. Shortly after FSU's field goal, Tech fumbled at its own 39. After the defense held, Latimer was wide on a 32-yard field goal.

Finally, with 11:44 left in the game, Roscoe Coles found some running room down the sideline and bolted 36 yards for the tying touchdown. The next time the Hokies had the ball they moved to the FSU 44 to set up Latimer's winning boot.

Virginia Tech (5-1-1) 23, Florida State (3-3) 21
October 29, 1966, Blacksburg, Virginia

It's performances like this one that got Frank Loria first-team All-America honors, as well as recognition as one of the Hokie immortals on a banner in Lane Stadium. Oh, and check out who made an interception that kept Tech in the lead at the half!

Lane Stadium -- Frank Loria's 80-yard punt return for a touchdown gave Virginia Tech a third-quarter lead and the Gobblers held on for a 23-21 win over Florida State.

Loria was one of a number of heroes on display for the Hokies. Defensive end Dan Mooney got Tech on the board with an end zone sack of reserve quarterback Kim Hammond to give Tech its first two points of the game.

Tech expanded its lead after taking the ensuing free kick at the FSU 43. A 30-yard pass from Tommy Stafford to Tommy Francisco got the Gobblers down to the 13 and from there, Stafford fired to Ken Barefoot for a touchdown. Jon Utin kicked the first of his three conversions and Tech led 9-0 with 2:45 left in the first quarter.

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The Seminoles responded, with Bill Moreman scoring a touchdown on a three-yard run with just under four minutes left in the second quarter to cut the Tech lead to 9-7. It looked like FSU would take the lead into the locker room when they drove deep into Gobbler territory as halftime approached, but Frank Beamer came up with an end zone interception to kill the threat.

After intermission Florida State took to the air on almost every snap. Seminole quarterback Gary Pajcic would set a school record with 53 pass attempts (29 completions, 338 yards). With four and a half minutes gone in the opening quarter, Pajcic connected with Hammond for seven yards and a score. FSU had the lead a 14-9.

But the edge was short lived. Two and a half minutes later Loria fielded John Hosack's booming 54-yard punt at the 20 and followed excellent blocking to take it to the house. Utin converted for a 16-14 Tech lead.

Wanting to go for the kill, Gobbler coach Jerry Claiborne called for an onside kick after Loria's big play. It worked perfectly as Tech recovered at the Seminole 47 and drove in for a touchdown. The score came on a 10-yard pass from Stafford to Francisco and Tech was back up by nine at 23-14.

FSU stormed back behind the passing of Pajcic, moving 86 yards in just seven plays. Moreman again scored the six, this time on a seven-yard run, making it 23-21 late in the third period.

The fourth quarter was scoreless but the Seminoles put a couple of scares into the homecoming crowd of 31,000 at Lane Stadium. Tech stopped FSU just inches from the goal line the next time the Seminoles had the ball. Then, with time running out, linebacker Ken Whitley picked off a Pajcic pass at the Tech 15.

Virginia Tech (5-1) 31, Florida State (2-2-1) 23

October 26, 1963, Tallahassee, Florida

The concept now known as Beamerball was not entirely foreign to the Tech football program prior to Coach Beamer's arrival. The Gobblers used a big special teams play to beat the 'Noles a full two decades before Beamer took the whistle.

Doak Campbell Stadium -- Virginia Tech guard Newt Green blocked a Florida State punt and Jake Adams returned it for a touchdown to break a fourth-quarter tie and lift the Gobblers over the Seminoles 31-23.

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With the score deadlocked at 17, Green battled through the middle and blocked Charlie Calhoun's punt cleanly. A herd of players from both teams scampered after the loose ball and Adams wound up with it at the FSU 38. He broke free from the pack and rolled in for the touchdown. That put Tech up 24-17 with 9:15 left to play.

The Gobblers wrapped it up shortly after that after Seminole quarterback Steve Tensi fumbled and Vic Kreiter recovered at the Florida State 14. Five plays later Bob Schweickert angled in from the one to give the Gobblers a 31-17 lead. That rendered a late FSU touchdown a mere window dressing.

Tech jumped out on top in the first quarter. A short Seminole punt set the Gobblers up at the FSU 27. That led to a one-yard scoring blast by Sonny Utz. That and a 40-yard field goal by Dickie Cranwell had the Gobblers up 10-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Utz scored Tech's other first half touchdown in the second quarter with a six-yard dash. Tommy Marvin's interception and nice runback to the FSU seven set up the score.

Between the blocked punt, the fumble recovery, the short kick and the interception it's easy to see how Tech could win this game as 12-point underdogs, despite being outgained by the Seminoles by a margin of better than two to one (410 yards to 175).

FSU had to put together long drives for its touchdowns. The Seminoles drove 86 yards to score on a 10-yard pass from Tensi to halfback Winfred Bailey. A field goal just before halftime cut Tech's lead to 17-10.

The Seminoles tied it up with a 75-yard drive in the third quarter. Halfback Larry Brinkley got the lion's share of the yardage with a 52-yard run to the Tech 10. Dave Snyder scored the TD and the conversion tied the game at 17 with 6:03 left in the third quarter.

Both teams had scoring chances, but neither converted until Green's block and Adams' return turned the tide in favor of the Gobblers.

TSL Participating in MDA Lockup for Second Year in a Row

Last year, ventured into a new area, raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association by participating in the MDA's yearly "Lockup." Last year, we raised over $4,000 for MDA, and it was so successful that we promised them we'd do it again this year. The time has arrived.

We're participating in a Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Lock-up event on Thursday, November 15th. Yours truly (TSL GM Will Stewart) be thrown into a maximum security jail (cleverly disguised as a Comfort Inn), and the only way I can get out is to raise money for "bail" for MDA. I'm counting on you, TSL's readers and subscribers, to donate enough money to get me out.

This is a fundraiser, of course, one that we participated in last year, and it was a huge success, bringing in $4,156. TSL has gotten so huge over the years, that with the number of people we reach, raising money for charitable causes should be easy. We really think that TSL's vast, generous readership can make a lot of difference in the community, and this is your chance to prove us right.

This year, we have set a goal of $5,000, but there's a complication: We're getting a late start. Last year, we raised funds for three weeks before the lockup. This year (if you can read a calendar, as we know all TSL'ers can), you'll notice that we've only got one week to raise funds. So we have to hit the ground running, full speed.

It's very simple: just click on the link below to make a donation and help me get out of jail that day. Every dollar donated by TSL's readership through the link below will be collected together and credited to my "bail" ('s donation to the MDA) and will be used to help LOCAL MDA families. This particular lockup event is to benefit the Radford/Dublin/Pulaski area.

Here are some other notes and details:

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  • All donations are tax deductible (by you, not me or as a charitable contribution.
  • My bail goal of $5,000 is very modest, and the TSL faithful should be able to donate much, much more than that. If every TSL reader donates just $10 ... holy smokes, that would be a lot of money.
  • For details on what your donation will be used for, see the "What Your Money Will Buy" button located at the link below. There are also links for "MDA Local Services" and the "MDA Website".

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Please contribute, even if it's a small amount -- individuals, consider donating $25 or more, and businesses, please consider donating $100 or more.

Last year, TSL was the top donor of the event, with $4,156 raised (as noted above). When I walk into jail on November 15th, I want it to be as the top donor in this lockup event for the second year in a row, and the money won't be donated in my name; it will be donated in the name of the community.

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Scouting Report and Game Prediction: Florida State

November 9, 2007
The deepest position on Florida State's team is probably defensive tackle, with five players seeing considerable action. Andre Fluellen (#96, 6-2 280, r-Sr., 5.04) is a four-year starter who has battled injuries this season. Fluellen is extremely strong against the run, benching 440 pounds. He relies just on power moves when rushing the passer, but his primary purpose is to stuff the run. Fluellen is similar in style of play to Tech's Carlton Powell. He should have an interesting match-up with the Hokies' mammoth Nick Marshman.

Keys to the Game and Matchups to Watch: Florida State

November 8, 2007
Virginia Tech is coming off their best all-around game of the season after demolishing a good Georgia Tech squad 27-3. The offense led by Sean Glennon gained a season-high 481 yards against one of the top-ranked defenses in the country, and the Hokie defense created six turnovers in the resounding Thursday night win. Florida State one-upped the Hokies by knocking off #2 ranked Boston College at Chestnut Hill. So, how will this renewal of an old rivalry play out between these peaking teams?

Basketball Game Preview: Elon
November 8, 2007
The 2007-08 basketball season begins tomorrow night for Virginia Tech when the Elon Phoenix visit Cassell Coliseum. Elon might not sound like much of a threat, but the Hokies are starting two freshmen, and when you look around the country and see some of the upsets that have already happened, anything is possible.

TSL Participating in MDA Lockup for Second Year in a Row
November 8, 2007
Last year, ventured into a new area, raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association by participating in the MDA's yearly "Lockup." Last year, we raised over four thousand dollars for MDA, and it was so successful that we promised them we'd do it again this year. The time has arrived.

TSL Audio: The Len Martez Show, 11/7/07
November 8, 2007
Wednesday night, Chris Coleman and Len Martez reviewed the win over Georgia Tech, including the great game plans by Bud Foster and Bryan Stinespring, and the performances by Sean Glennon, Josh Morgan, and even Jahre Cheeseman (WMA format, compatible with Windows Media Player and MP3 players, 3.1 MB, 13:09).

Checking in with Jake Johnson
November 8, 2007
Tomorrow night, 6-2, 235-pound Jake Johnson will suit up for the Stafford Indians (3-6), likely for the final time in his high school career. Johnson's senior season has not gone as planned in terms of wins and losses for his team, but he has continued to play hard and certainly has a lot to look forward to in his future.

Football Game Preview: Virginia Tech vs. Florida State
November 7, 2007
What were you doing on October 11, 1975? Some of you might have been in Lane Stadium that day. If you were, then you were present the last time the Virginia Tech Hokies beat the Florida State Seminoles. And if you want to get technical, the Hokies didn't beat FSU that day ... the Fighting Gobblers did. FSU has won every meeting since then, but Tech has a chance to reverse that trend this Saturday in Blacksburg.

2007-08 Men's Basketball Preview
November 7, 2007
It's hard to believe, but basketball season begins this Friday night for Virginia Tech. The Hokies are coming off a 22-12 campaign that saw them reach the second round of the NCAA tournament before falling to Southern Illinois. Many key players from that team are gone, and there will be plenty of new faces when they take the court in Cassell Coliseum on Friday night.

Hard Work Has Paid Off for Dwayne Allen
November 7, 2007
For 6-4, 230-pound tight end Dwayne Allen, the climb to becoming a top football player really started in the offseason before his sophomore season. The Terry Sanford (Fayetteville, N.C.) star, knowing he would be a starter his sophomore year, put in the time to be as prepared as possible for his new role. Now, as a senior, he has turned himself into one of the top tight end recruits in the country.

GT Game Analysis: Hokies Carry Out Strong Game Plan
November 7, 2007
Frank Beamer always says that in any sport there will be tough losses. But the true measure of a team is its ability to rebound from adversity. The adversity has never been more evident than last Thursday night as the Hokies hit the road to face a tough Georgia Tech team just seven days after a gut-wrenching last second home loss to Boston College. No team could have rebounded more decisively. The resilient Hokies shook off the BC loss and dominated the Yellow Jackets in all three phases of the game, sending the home crowd to the exits early and the ESPN TV broadcast into a CSI episode on stolen jerseys and a side lesson on the Teletubbies.

Phoebus Star Junior up to 3 Offers
November 6, 2007
A year after helping Phoebus (Hampton, VA) capture a Division 5 state championship, 6-2, 200-pound junior quarterback Tajh Boyd has led the Phantoms to an undefeated regular season and a number one seed in the Division 5, Eastern Region playoffs in 2007. Boyd has also established himself as one of the top in-state prospects in the 2009 recruiting class.

Hokie Hotline Notes for 11/6/07
November 6, 2007
Presented by Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech: Monday night's guests were defensive coordinator Bud Foster, athletic director Jim Weaver, and head football coach Frank Beamer. Weaver talked about the sportsmanship trend in college athletics (is it going to affect tailgating?), and Foster and Beamer reviewed the GT game and looked ahead to FSU.

Miami Game Time Announced
November 5, 2007
Virginia Tech announced in a press release this afternoon that the game time and TV information have been set for Virginia Tech's game vs. Miami on November 17th. The game will kick off at 3:30 pm and will be televised by ABC.

Monday Thoughts: Georgia Tech
November 5, 2007
Thursday night, the Hokies turned in their most balanced performance of the year against a solid opponent, throttling Georgia Tech 27-3 in Atlanta. To this layman's eye, the offensive game plan, play calling, and performance rank among the best of Bryan Stinespring's tenure, if not the best, and the defense and special teams were solid again. The Hokies appear to be gelling at just the right time, with a critical three-game stretch coming up that will determine the ACC's Coastal Division championship.

Around the ACC: Week 10
November 5, 2007
And then there were none. Boston College was the only ACC team without a loss until this weekend, when they met Florida State. The Atlantic Division has turned into a race again. In the Coastal, Virginia Tech and Virginia both won, which keeps them even with each other in the loss column.

Injury Updates: Hall, Wheeler, Royal and Others
November 5, 2007
Virginia Tech is a banged up football team right now. Heading into their huge game with Florida State, the Hokies have a number of players who are making head trainer Mike Goforth earn his salary. This news and notes gives a quick recap of Virginia Tech's injury list.

Dunn Makes Unofficial
November 5, 2007
Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA) senior wide receiver Randall Dunn, a 6-3, 212-pound prospect that has risen fast on the recruiting scene this fall, made an unofficial visit to the University of Virginia for Saturday's game versus Wake Forest. It was his first game experience at Virginia, which is one of three major Division 1A programs to extend an official offer.
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