Go Tech Go, Part 35: The Losses Mount Up In 1992

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Maurice DeShazo, photo courtesy of Virginia Tech athletics photography.
Maurice DeShazo, photo courtesy of Virginia Tech athletics photography.

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If some Virginia Tech fans thought their football team was stinking it up on the field in 1992, it was nothing compared to Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.

As the Hokies exited their buses and headed down a wide ramp from the parking lot to the field for Friday afternoon’s workout, they were greeted with a black heap of some unidentifiable refuse. Make that partially unidentifiable—a half-eaten hot dog was clearly visible, sticking out of the rubble as if it were crying for help.

The following day, a garbage truck had motored down the ramp and removed the mess prior to kickoff—but the stench from the truck made several players cough as it passed by. And from the open-air press box reporters sniffed something that smelled like manure—which was slightly baffling, because while everybody knows about cow pastures near Lane Stadium, there weren’t too many bovines chewing the cud in the Vet parking lot.

Maybe the Temple fans were hip to the stench, because only about six thousand of them showed up in the cavernous place. Those who came saw the Hokies beat the Owls 26-7.

It was the last time Tech (2-1) would win that season; Temple would finish the year 1-10 under Jerry Berndt, his only win coming in the season opener against Boston University.