One of the ways the Hokies can get their fan base excited again is by winning games in Lane Stadium. That has been a major problem over the course of the last few years. It all began early one evening in October of 2013 when something happened that I (perhaps arrogantly) assumed would never happen: Tech lost to Duke in Lane Stadium.
Virginia Tech suffered through a tough 2012 season, going 7-6. The 10-win season streak ended, the Hokies did not compete for a Coastal Division Championship, and they had to rally from a 10-0 deficit late to beat Rutgers 13-10 in the Champs Sports Bowl.
Was the slide a one-year thing, or was it something that was going to take a while to fix? We weren’t sure at the time. The Hokies got off to a great start in 2013 behind one of the best defenses in the country. Tech started 6-1 and they were ranked #16 in the country, with Duke coming to town. They looked to be 7-1 heading into a big road battle against Miami.
That’s when the bottom fell out. The Blue Devils upset the Hokies 13-10 that day. Since that game, Virginia Tech has a below-.500 record: 9-10. We thought things were trending in the right direction before that game. As it turned out, we were wrong. Things were about to get worse…particularly at home.
Beginning with that Duke game on October 26, 2013, Virginia Tech is 5-10 inside Lane Stadium. Two of those victories were against FCS opponents, and...
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