Virginia Tech seniors, plus Jason Worilds, recently completed their college
careers. They went out in style, whipping Tennessee 37-14 in the Chick-fil-A
Bowl, which serves as one of the program’s biggest wins of the decade. Some of
those seniors will be going to the NFL, some will be getting on with their
life’s work. Today we’ll take a look back at their accomplishments from 2006
This class finished their career with a 41-13 overall record, as well as
a 26-8 record in ACC play, which includes two ACC Championship Game victories.
They advanced to the Orange Bowl twice, and their four years in Blacksburg were
bookended by two Chick-fil-A Bowl appearances. That means the Hokies were either
the #1 or #2 bowl team out of the ACC in each of the last four years.
Tech posted a 2-2 bowl record in that span, winning the Orange Bowl and
Chick-fil-A Bowl in the past two seasons. This senior class was a big part of
Tech winning two consecutive bowl games for the first time under Frank Beamer.
Realistically, you can’t ask for more accomplishments from a single class.
There is one thing that makes this class special: their ability to overcome
adversity. When Frank Beamer is retired and he’s thinking back on all his
special players, he won’t remember the win-loss record of the 2009 seniors. He
will remember how they responded to tough losses.
In three of their four seasons, Virginia Tech dropped two consecutive games
at some point. All three times, the Hokies came roaring back with a big win
streak. Consecutive losses back in 2002 and 2003 meant the team was going to
finish poorly, but not with this group.
2006 saw Tech drop back-to-back games against Georgia Tech and Boston
College. The BC loss was an ugly 22-3 whipping on national television that
featured the Brenden Hill “dance,” as well as Brandon Flowers and
Aaron Rouse getting into it on the sideline. Kirk Herbstreit ripped Tech’s
discipline on ESPN, and things looked like they were heading south.
A few years earlier,...
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