Ten Years of the VT-Miami Rivalry, Part 1

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In the last ten years, one of the fiercest, most competitive, meanest
rivalries in college football has blossomed between the Miami Hurricanes and the
Virginia Tech Hokies. While it still flies under the radar when compared to
rivalries like Ohio State-Michigan, Miami-Florida State, and Texas-Oklahoma,
there’s no doubt that in the last ten years, no matchup can beat VT-Miami for
drama, excitement, and eye-gouging nastiness.

Going into the 1995 football season, the Canes had dominated the Hokies,
winning all 12 of their matchups, including the 1966 Liberty Bowl and the 1981
Peach Bowl. In 1993 and 1994, Miami had defeated two pretty good Virginia Tech
teams by a combined score of 45-5, and victory against the Canes appeared to be
a prospect that was still far off in the distance. The Hokies opened the ’95
season with losses to Boston College and Cincinnati at home, and with the Canes
coming to town, things looked glum.

But remarkably, over the next ten years, the Hokies went 7-3 against the
once-unbeatable Hurricanes, two more victories than any other team has notched
against the Canes in that time frame (Florida State is 5-6 in the last ten years
against Miami). In this two-part series, we’ll relive all of the last ten
VT-Miami games – yes, even the losses – revisiting the games, the best
plays, and things you may have forgotten.

Part 1 begins with VT’s five-game winning streak from 1995 to 1999.

1995: Virginia Tech 13, #17 Miami 7

September 23rd, 1995, Lane Stadium
score and game recap

The Game: VT had lost to Boston College and Cincinnati in the first two games
of 1995, and the Hokies were staring down the barrel of an 0-3 start if they
couldn’t figure out a way to beat Miami. The Hurricanes had looked vulnerable