The scoring streak: close calls

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When Mark Leal hit Isaiah Ford with a 14-yard scoring strike with 1:30 remaining against Miami, it extended a scoring streak for the Hokies that is now 251 games, dating back to a 16-0 shutout against Cincinnati in game two of the 1995 season.

Tech’s streak is the fifth-longest active streak, and the 11th-longest streak all time. Every week, OXVT updates this infographic of the active scoring streaks (click for a larger version).


The streak is detailed on page 23 of Virginia Tech’s BC game notes, and Wikipedia has a page listing consecutive game scoring records as well.

As you can imagine, that streak of nearly 20 years of non-shutout football has come close to ending a number of times. We thought it would be interesting (fun isn’t the right word) to revisit all the times the Hokies have scored just once during the streak, and to detail how they have often hung on to this streak by the skin of their teeth (much like the other night).

Let’s start with the last time the Hokies got shut out.

All video clips are by VTPhreak4evr, and you can see his awesome archive of game highlights by clicking here.

September 16, 1995
Cincinnati 16, Virginia Tech 0

Early in the second quarter, the Hokies drove to the Cincinnati 21 yard line, but Jim Druckenmiller, under pressure as he executed a double screen, threw a pass into the flat that