Virginia Tech played in two different football conferences in the last
decade, and took part in a number of great games. Continuing our “Decade in
Review” series, it’s time to look back at the top 10 games of the 2000
decade. Today we’ll cover #10 through #6.
Picking the top players of the decade wasn’t easy. However, it’s nothing
compared to picking the top games. You can make a serious argument for five or
six games being rated the top of the decade.
There’s no magic formula, just my own personal view. Anything and everything
can be considered part of the formula: stadium atmosphere, weather, result, the
meaning of the game, who the Hokies were playing, etc. There’s no correct answer
in the end, but it is definitely fun to look back at all of these games.
#10: October 28, 2004 – #22 Virginia Tech 34, Georgia Tech 20
The Hokies ran off 22 points in the final 5:28 of the game to knock off
Georgia Tech in Atlanta in a big Thursday night game. The Hokies were 5-2
overall and 2-1 in the ACC heading into this game. Tech was looking better than
a lot of people thought they would, and the dramatic win in Atlanta convinced
fans that the Hokies had a legit shot at winning the ACC in their very first
year in the league.
The hero of the game was Bryan Randall, who was 18-of-31 for 304 yards, with
three touchdown passes and an interception. He threw touchdown passes to David
Clowney (34 yards), Eddie Royal (80 yards) and Josh Morgan (50 yards), while
also rushing for 64 yards on just nine carries. Tech’s senior quarterback went
on to become ACC Player of the Year, and he earned quite a few votes on that
October night in Atlanta.
It wasn’t the win that made this game special; it was how the Hokies got
the win. They did not lead until they went up late in the fourth quarter. In
fact, they had to battle back from an early deficit just to stay in the game.
Georgia Tech jumped up 14-0 in the second quarter, and only Randall’s 34 yard
touchdown pass to David Clowney kept Tech within striking distance. The Hokies
trailed 17-7 at halftime.
The Hokies got a bit lucky in the third quarter, when Georgia Tech
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