Go Tech Go, Part 58: Hokies Ride BC Win to the Sugar Bowl

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Frank Beamer and the Hokies beat Boston College to end the regular season in 1999. (Virginia Tech sports photography)
Frank Beamer and the Hokies beat Boston College to end the regular season in 1999. (Virginia Tech sports photography)

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Head-scratching computer rankings aside, Virginia Tech still led Nebraska in six of the eight polls used by the BCS to determine the nation’s top two teams. To pass the Hokies, the Cornhuskers would have to top them in five of the eight polls—which was theoretically still possible, if they beat Colorado and then Texas in the Big XII Championship game on December 4. Bottom line—Virginia Tech had to beat No. 22 Boston College in the regular-season finale on November 26.

The game was no gimme. The Eagles (8-2) could have been 10-0, but they blew a 14-0 lead over Temple on October 9 to lose 24-14, and on October 23 they somehow lost to Miami 31-28 after being up 28-0. On ESPN’s The Sports Reporters, New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica (a BC alum) said he thought his alma mater could beat Virginia Tech. Washington Post columnist Tony Kornheiser disagreed. “Tech is a really good team,” he said.

Virginia Tech and Boston College met on a post-Thanksgiving Friday evening, with reporters from New York, Boston, Washington, Dallas, New Orleans and Sports Illustrated joining the usual collection of Virginia

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