Tuesday, December 28, 2010

1995 Sugar Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Texas

The 1995 season started the same way 2010 did, with two unnerving Hokie losses.

Tech fell to Boston College in the '95 opener then got blanked 16-0 by Cincinnati—incidentally the last time the Hokies were shut out.

0-2 is bad enough, but far worse when the Miami Hurricanes are next on the schedule. At that point, the Hokies had never defeated Miami.

But in traditional Hokie fashion, Tech rose to the challenge and won 13-7, then went on to reel off 9 consecutive victories to win the Big East championship and earn a birth in the Sugar Bowl against No. 9 Texas.

The Hokies came in ranked 13th, but were big underdogs. Tech trailed 10-7 at halftime, but stormed out of the locker room scoring 21 unanswered points largely due to the play of wideout Bryan Still (above).

Still was on the receiving end of a 54-yard Jim Druckenmiller touchdown pass and returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown.

The win was most certainly the biggest in Tech history to that point and put the program on the map nationally.

Others to keep an eye on in this video are No. 58 Cornell Brown ( who most certainly would have been called for roughing the QB a few times if he played today), No. 81 Bryan Jennings, No. 42 Dwayne Thomas and current Hokie defensive backs coach No. 14 Torrian Gray who tracked down two interceptions in the contest.

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