If there was ever a program in need of a good, old-fashioned, feel-good bowl win, Virginia Tech was it. And they got one.
It has been a long time since the Hokies had a bowl game they could feel good about. 2009, to be exact, when Tyrod Taylor and company blew up on the Tennessee Fighting Lane Kiffins in the Chick-fil-A Bowl and won 37-14.
Since then, from 2010-2013, the Hokies were 1-3 in bowl games, and the one win (13-10 over Rutgers in the 2012 Russell Athletic Bowl) was the equivalent of a football root canal, standing in our memories as the ugliest football game in the last three seasons, until this year’s Wake Forest game happened.
- 2010 Orange Bowl: Stanford 40, VT 12
- 2011 Sugar Bowl: Michigan 23, VT 20
- 2012 Russell Athletic Bowl: VT 13, Rutgers 10
- 2013 Sun Bowl: UCLA 42, VT 12
On the heels of all that, Saturday’s Military Bowl win was a breath of fresh air.
I don’t like the weight that bowl games carry. Too much importance is placed on whether a team wins their bowl game, and how they look doing it, when the truth is that bowl games are crap shoots, and though they are intended to pair evenly-matched teams, they often fail. The 1997 Gator Bowl (UNC 42, VT 3), the 2000 Gator Bowl (VT 41, Clemson 20), and the 2010 Orange Bowl are a few games I can think of that...
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