For the second time in three years, Virginia Tech hosted a defending National Champion in Lane Stadium. Blacksburg (Va.) three-star running back Cole Beck was on hand for both.
Just as he was in 2015 when the Hokies fell to top-ranked and defending National Champion Ohio State, Beck was among the throng of recruits to see Virginia Tech’s clash against Clemson. It was a final stop for Beck, Rivals.com’s No. 17 player in Virginia, who could decide from his top three of the Hokies, Pittsburgh and North Carolina as soon as Friday.
Both games ended in losses for Virginia Tech. But for Beck, the latest one had the most significance.
“Honestly, the build up for fans and me and everyone was just bigger,” Beck said. “Part of it was because they just won the National Championship. We had the big dogs coming in and Tech is also highly ranked this year. Everyone sees that Tech is coming up, that it’s (Coach Justin) Fuente’s second year. It was just wild, even (ESPN’s) GameDay being there.”
Beck, who lives just minutes from Lane Stadium, has been to countless Hokie games over the past few years. That includes Sept. 23 when he was on hand for Virginia Tech’s win over Old Dominion. The game Saturday night, however, is one Beck said he’s had circled on his calendar.
“I couldn’t miss that,” he said. “Dude, it was unreal. The thing that’s most special is even though they were down in the fourth quarter, the fans stayed. They didn’t give up on them. I feel like that’s a big part of the fan base, man, that they just didn’t give up and they don’t give up....
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