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Random, Useless (but Interesting) Tech Football Records
by Chris Coleman,

One of the most entertaining things I do on a fairly regular basis is go through the Tech record book, which is available in the annual media guide.  There's always a lot of useful information in there, which helps in writing articles.  Nearly every time I use it, I always spend more time than I should just looking up random, useless information.  However, just because it's useless doesn't mean it's not interesting.  

When you think of the top scoring teams in Virginia Tech history, the Beamer Bowl Era comes to mind.  It's true that 10 of the 11 teams in Tech history to average more than 30 points per game have come in that era.  However, there is one team that didn't.

The 1905 team averaged 30.5 points per game during their 9-1 season.  That included an 86-0 win over Roanoke College , a 56-0 win over Gallaudet, a 35-6 triumph over UNC, and a par of 34-0 victories over South Carolina and VMI.  Tech's only loss of the year came in a 12-6 setback to Navy.  

30.5 points per game was a lot in 1905.  A lot.  Apparently the Hokies lost some key players in the offseason, because they were shutout four times the very next season.  Luckily the defense was still stout, and two of those 1906 games were actually 0-0 ties.  

Virginia Tech is known for their defensive accomplishments, but there have been a few times where the offense has put up some impressive numbers.  In 1999, the Hokies averaged 41.4 points per game, the #1 scoring offense in the nation.  Tech did get some scores off defense and special teams that year, but those numbers were mostly because of Michael Vick, Shyrone Stith, Andre Davis and a powerful run blocking offensive line.  

The Hokies are known for their running game, but did you know that in 1972, Virginia Tech was #1 in the nation in passing yards per game?  Tech averaged 304.4 passing yards that year.  Don Strock threw for 3,243 yards, which was tops in the country.  His 288.2 yards per game of total offense also led the nation.  

In 1986, the result of the Peach Bowl came down to the leg of placekicker Chris Kinzer.  There was probably no one else Bill Dooley would have rather seen attempting the kick.  Kinzer led the NCAA that year by making an average of 2.0 field goals per game.  

When you think about the great punt returners that Virginia Tech has had, names like Eddie Royal, DeAngelo Hall and Andre Davis come to mind.  Those players had elite speed, and they are all in the NFL today.  One name you may not think of is Bo Campbell.  However, Campbell led the NCAA in punt return average in 1991, averaging 18.2 yards per return.  He didn't have a touchdown, but he was obviously consistent.  

The Tech record for interceptions in a game by one player is three.  11 different Hokies have set the mark.  The first was Ron Davidson vs. Florida State in 1968, and the latest was Garnell Wilds against Syracuse in 2002.  For awhile there, it seemed like a new player was tying this record each week.  Lorenzo Ferguson, Keion Carpenter and Ike Charlton all did it in 1998, Anthony Midget did it in 1999, and Willie Pile pulled the hat trick in 2000.  

You would think that when one player gets three interceptions in a game, the defense is putting on a good performance.  That's not always the case.  When Garnell Wilds got his three picks against Syracuse in 2002, the Hokies went on to lose the game 50-42.  

In 1992, Virginia Tech intercepted five passes against Rutgers , which was just one away from a school record.  Despite the high number of turnovers forced, the Scarlet Knights still beat the Hokies 50-49 that day.  If you were there that day, and managed to escape with your sanity, give yourself a pat on the back.  

Earlier, you read that Tech beat up in Roanoke College back in 1905.  That was pretty common in those days.  Here is a list of Tech's first 15 meetings with Roanoke College .  

VT vs. Roanoke College




36-0 W


12-0 W


41-0 W


45-0 W


16-0 W


86-0 W


16-0 W


33-0 W


94-0 W


40-0 W


26-0 W


7-7 T


26-0 W


41-0 W



That's a combined score of 589-7 over 15 games.  I seriously want to know exactly what happened in 1914.  How did VT let them score?  How VT not win?  If you know any Roanoke College grads, make sure you give them a proper heckling for that 1911 shellacking.  

Here's one last crazy stat.  In 1997, Angelo Harrison led Virginia Tech in punt return yardage.  His stats were 10 returns for 90 yards.  In modern day college football, how is it possible for the leading returner on the team to have just 90 yards?  1997 did turn out to be a pretty long year. Pass - Your Ultimate Ticket to Hokie Sports!

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Friday Football Q&A: July 11, 2008

July 11, 2008
The Friday Q&A is back to its regularly scheduled time this week. In this edition, Raleigh Hokie talks about zone blocking, as well as the most important position on Tech's defense. Chris Coleman answers the defensive question as well, and then talks about possible bowl destinations for Virginia Tech at the end of the season.

Logan Thomas Narrows List to 7
July 11, 2008
Brookville (Lynchburg, VA) athlete Logan Thomas followed through on his plans to narrow his list of schools, cutting his list to seven finalists yesterday. The 6-6, 225-pound rising senior, who has received close to 20 Division 1A scholarship offers, says that it is a "relief" to have a more manageable number of schools to consider.

Mackey Updates Academic Status
July 10, 2008
One of Virginia Tech's biggest recruits - literally and figuratively - in the 2008 class has yet to gain admission to Virginia Tech, but he is working hard to do so and recently picked up some good news on the academic front. Former Hargrave Military Academy defensive end Leon Mackey provided the latest on his academic situation, which seems to have gotten brighter recently.

TSL Audio: The Final Word, 7/9/08
July 10, 2008
On Wednesday's "Catching Up With Coleman" segment of "The Final Word With George Hunsicker," Chris and George talked about Virginia Tech's defensive recruiting needs, who's on board, and who the top remaining defensive targets are (WMA format, compatible with Windows Media Player and MP3 players, 2.3 MB, 9:50).

Jeffery to Give Tech Another Look
July 9, 2008
Columbia (S.C.) star safety/linebacker Damario Jeffery has a solid three favorite schools right now, but he admits that there are other schools he is "kind of looking at" as well. Virginia Tech is not one of the top three schools, but the 6-4, 213-pound prospect will give the one-time favorite Hokies another look this week.

Chancellor, Harris Named to Thorpe Watch List
July 9, 2008
Despite losing Brandon Flowers and D.J. Parker to the NFL, Virginia Tech still has a very talented secondary. Cornerback Victor "Macho" Harris and free safety Kam Chancellor have been named to the Jim Thorpe Award preseason watch list. The award is given annually to the nation's top defensive back. A total of 40 players are on the watch list.
Also: Clayton, Hopkins to Enroll in August

Exum to Visit Blacksburg on Friday
July 8, 2008
Deep Run (Glen Allen, VA) standout athlete Antone Exum has an important unofficial visit scheduled for this Friday, when he plans to head to Blacksburg for what will be his first ever visit to Virginia Tech. The 6-0, 210-pound rising senior is looking forward to visiting Tech, which was the first Division 1A program to extend him an official scholarship offer.

Revisiting the 2009 Class Needs: The Defense
July 7, 2008
Virginia Tech does not have much room to work with in terms of 2009 class scholarship spots, but in the end I still wouldn't be surprised if the total number of signees is around the mid-teens. The Tech coaches certainly like to emphasize the defensive side of the ball in every class and this class is no exception. In total, I'd expect the staff to land anywhere from nine to 12 players on the defensive side of the ball and on special teams.

Future Hokie Leads West All-Stars to Win in VHSCA All-Star Game
July 7, 2008
Several Virginia Tech signees got to know each other a little better this past Friday night in the VHSCA All-Star Game that was played in Hampton. In a game that was limited offensively thanks to outstanding defense and wet weather, one Hokie signee made the game-deciding play.
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