After Virginia Tech’s five straight victories over Miami
from 1995-1999, the Hurricanes rebounded nicely, not just against the Hokies,
but against everyone. From 2000-2002, Miami went 35-2, including a 34-game
winning streak that left observers wondering if anyone would ever
beat the Miami Hurricanes again. The Hokies nearly derailed the Hurricanes in
2001, and it wasn’t until 2003 that VT broke Miami’s 39-game regular season
winning streak with an epic night win at Lane Stadium.
November 4th, 2000, The Orange Bowl
score and game recap
The Game: This was the first matchup of two Big
East teams ranked in the Top 5, featuring 8-0 Virginia Tech and 6-1 Miami, but a
clash of the titans never occurred, with Miami winning easily. Michael Vick had
suffered a severely sprained ankle against Pittsburgh the week before and was
questionable for this game, as was star wide receiver Andre Davis, suffering
from bursitis in his heel.
The Hokies started Dave Meyer at QB, and Meyer started out
slowly, failing to move VT in his first three series. Meanwhile, the Canes took
a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter, causing the Hokie coaching staff to yank
Meyer and replace him with Vick, who could barely walk. The Tech coaching staff
promptly called an option play, and the gimpy Vick took two steps and fell to
the ground. It was a sign of things to come, or rather, things already in
Vick later fumbled inside the Cane 30, and Miami turned it
into a 44-yard TD pass to Jeremy Shockey, who shrugged off Kevin McCadam and
Eric Green on his way to the end zone and a 21-0 Miami lead.
Vick played the remainder of the first half but was
ineffective, and the Hokie coaches
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