Clutch drives to close games are some of the most memorable moments for college football fans. Today we’ll relive Virginia Tech’s best “crunch time” drives of the Bowl Streak Era.
OXVT compiled the videos and ranked the drives, so if you disagree with anything, you know where to go with your complaints!
No. 10: Virginia Tech at UNC, 2018
Who can ever forget UNC’s fumble at the Virginia Tech goal line, and the Hokies’ subsequent drive to beat the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill?
Over the next few weeks, a Top 10 listing of the best crunch time drives for the #Hokies during the Bowl Streak Era — Of course this list is highly subjective and I rate impact on season as a major factor … Without further ado …
#10 – VT/UNC 2018 pic.twitter.com/x275O25xCG
— 𝐎𝐗 (@OX_VT) May 30, 2019
No. 9: Virginia Tech at UVA, 2015
The Hokies found themselves trailing 20-13 as Frank Beamer faced UVA for the final time. A loss would have meant the end of the bowl streak, the end of the winning streak over the Hoos, and a defeat in Frank Beamer’s final game as head coach. Michael Brewer and Isaiah Ford made some clutch plays in the comeback.
#9 on the list of the Top 10 best crunch time drives for the #Hokies during the Bowl Streak Era — The back-to-back 4th Qtr scoring drives to win it for Coach Beamer and continue the streak at #12Straight …
#9 – VT/UVA 2015 pic.twitter.com/jvA2DuXbHH
— 𝐎𝐗 (@OX_VT) May 31, 2019
No. 8: UVA at Virginia Tech, 2014
The 2014 matchup between the Hoos and the Hokies played out similarly to 2015. The Hokies found themselves trailing late in the game before Michael Brewer made a huge throw to Bucky Hodges to get Virginia Tech in scoring position.
#8 on the list of the Top 10 best crunch time drives for the #Hokies during the Bowl Streak Era — The quick strike dagger and follow up TD to Bucky after UVA had gone 10 plays, 89 yards to take a 20-17 lead with 2:55 remaining …
#8 – VT/UVA 2014 pic.twitter.com/nWMJIkjgIG
— 𝐎𝐗 (@OX_VT) June 1, 2019
No. 7: UVA at Virginia Tech, 2018
Stop us if you’ve heard this before. With the bowl streak on the line, the Hokies found themselves trailing in-state rival UVA late in the fourth quarter. With a 7-4 Cavalier team up against a 4-6 Tech team, this one was finally going to go in favor of the team from Charlottesville, right?
#7 on the list of the Top 10 best crunch time drives for the #Hokies during the Bowl Streak Era — The last of a trifecta of wins over UVA, this one led by a clutch catch by TE Dalton Keene — Will there be one more win over UVA in the remaining Top 6? 🤷♂️
#7 – VT/UVA 2018 pic.twitter.com/uOBtaLyXY1
— 𝐎𝐗 (@OX_VT) June 2, 2019
No. 6: Virginia Tech at Syracuse, 2000
Michael Vick had 15 carries for -46 rushing yards against Syracuse…before the play that iced the game. Not much has ever gone right for the Hokies in the Carrier Dome, and most of this game wasn’t pretty, either. However, Vick broke off a run late in the fourth quarter that Virginia Tech fans will always remember.
#6 on the list of the Top 10 best crunch time drives for the #Hokies during the Bowl Streak Era — After trailing 14-0 at halftime in the Dome – a place Frank Beamer had been 0-5 as VT head coach, the 🐐, Michael Vick secures the W on 3rd Down up 15-14 …
#6 – VT/Cuse 2000 pic.twitter.com/Ux1sc7DjwG
— 𝐎𝐗 (@OX_VT) June 3, 2019
No. 5: Pitt at Virginia Tech, 2000
With Michael Vick injured and facing a Pitt team that was just beginning to give the Hokies trouble every season, Dave Meyer orchestrated a drive that kept Virginia Tech’s National Championship hopes alive for one more week. Ronald Moody made one of his six career catches on the drive.
#5 on the list of the Top 10 best crunch time drives for the #Hokies during the Bowl Streak Era — With M. Vick going down with an ankle sprain in the 2Q😢, #2 VT led by Lee Suggs and Dave Meyer capped off a 37-34 win with a game winning 13 play, 74yd drive …
#5 – VT/Pitt 2000 pic.twitter.com/uNI4QDN6qa
— 𝐎𝐗 (@OX_VT) June 4, 2019
No. 4: Nebraska at Virginia Tech, 2009
Outside of one long Ryan Williams run, Nebraska’s defense had dominated the Virginia Tech offense behind future first round draft picks Ndamukong Suh and Prince Amukamara. While being wrapped up by Suh, Tyrod Taylor got off a deep ball to Danny Coale against blown coverage that is one of the most famous plays in Tech history. He found Dyrell Roberts in the back of the endzone several plays later for the game-winning touchdown.
#4 on the list of the Top 10 best crunch time drives for the #Hokies during the Bowl Streak Era — TYROD DID IT, MIKEY!!!!! – Craziness likely never happens if Bo Pelini decides to go for it on 4th and 1 on VT's 37 …
#4 – VT/Nebraska 2009 pic.twitter.com/dE8HS7TApx
— 𝐎𝐗 (@OX_VT) June 5, 2019
No. 3 (tied): Miami at Virginia Tech, 2011
Logan Thomas and David Wilson put the team on their backs during the 2011 contest with the Miami Hurricanes, particularly in the final drive of the game. It wasn’t without drama, however, as Thomas scored on a run up the middle on fourth and short. This was one of the more spectacular endings to a game in the history of Lane Stadium.
#3 on the list of the Top 10 best crunch time drives for the #Hokies during the Bowl Streak Era — Hold on folks, being told by the judges that there's a tie for 3rd place! Thus two crunch time videos today at #3 – First up, "Thomas, QB keeper, Holy Cow!"
#3(t) – VT/Miami 2011 pic.twitter.com/5R2oYKmhKh
— 𝐎𝐗 (@OX_VT) June 6, 2019
No. 3 (tied): Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech, 2004
Who can forget this comeback during Virginia Tech’s inaugural season in the ACC? Clutch touchdown passes from Bryan Randall to Eddie Royal and Josh Morgan, plus Randall’s hurdling of a Yellow Jacket defender, will always be fond memories for Hokie fans everywhere.
And the other #3 on the list of Top 10 best crunch time drives for the #Hokies during the Bowl Streak Era — "Eddie Royal's gonna go! Virginia Tech within 2" — Followed up by a clutch 2pt, long run by Randall and TD pass to Morgan – Capped with INT TD return
#3(t) – VT/GT 2004 pic.twitter.com/gASpqchW47
— 𝐎𝐗 (@OX_VT) June 6, 2019
No. 2: Virginia Tech at UVA, 1995
After throwing three interceptions earlier in the game, Jim Druckenmiller, according to Bill Roth, “engineered the greatest comeback I’ve ever seen.” Druckenmiller’s pump fake fooled future NFL safety Percy Ellsworth, and he hit wide receiver Jermaine Holmes in stride for the touchdown. The day was capped with an interception return for a touchdown by Antonio Banks.
#2 on the list of the Top 10 best crunch time drives for the #Hokies during the Bowl Streak Era — "Druckenmiller wants to go long, he has Holmes, TOUCHDOWN!!!" – @BillRoth_ PM'd me to say this should be #1; I said he was crazy and knew nothing about football 😉
#2 – VT/UVA 1995 pic.twitter.com/lyFSawyzzH
— 𝐎𝐗 (@OX_VT) June 7, 2019
No. 1: Virginia Tech at West Virginia, 1999
Tops on OXVT’s list is Virginia Tech’s dramatic come-from-behind victory over West Virginia in 1999. The Mountaineers had taken the lead late against a heavily favored Hokies team, but Michael Vick led the Hokies down the field on a game-winning drive, and Shayne Graham’s 44-yard field goal kept Tech’s National Championship hopes alive.
And finally, at #1 of the Top 10 best crunch time drives for the #Hokies during the Bowl Streak Era — The 1st OT 28yd FG scoring drive vs. Wake Forest in 2014 to send the game into a 2nd OT at 3-3 … No just kidding … "They're still alive in Blacksburg"
#1 – VT/WVU 1999 pic.twitter.com/YdOirliUhq
— 𝐎𝐗 (@OX_VT) June 8, 2019