Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Reflecting on Nearly Two Decades of Hokie Bowl Games
As I sit and watch the final minutes of the "Advocare V100 Independence Bowl", I'm reminded of the fledgling start to Virginia Tech's consecutive bowl streak in the 1993 Independence Bowl, then sponspored by Poulan Weed Eaters in case you're wondering.
Following a 2-8-1 season in 1992 that almost cost Frank Beamer his job, wholesale changes were made to the coaching staff and the moves paid off.
1993 saw the Hokies' first winning season under Beamer and the No. 22 Techmen took on No. 21 Indiana.
The Hokies led 14-13 just before halftime with the Hoosiers driving when Tech defenders George DelRicco and DeWayne Knight hit Indiana quarterback John Paci knocking the ball loose for Hokie end Lawrence Lewis to scoop up and scamper 20 yards for a score.
The Hoosiers then returned the kickoff into Tech territory where their efforts led to a field goal attempt. It failed miserably which is where the video comes in.
Credit to Jeff Holland on the block and Antonio Banks on the return. Also, that's the quarterback of my youth the versatile Maurice DeShazo pictured above. The Hokies went on to win 45-20.