Monday Thoughts: Miami, the 12th Game, and Midseason Transfer Announcements

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(Photo by Ivan Morozov)

We’ve been here before, you know. Recently. A lot.

In 2012, 2014, and 2015, Virginia Tech was 5-6 after eleven games and needed a 12th game win over Virginia to be bowl eligible. In every case, the Hokies got that win and kept the bowl streak alive.

The 2014 situation was particularly grim, as Virginia took a 20-17 lead with 2:55 left to go, and Virginia Tech faced 75 yards of turf between them and the end of what was, at the time, a ten-game Commonwealth Cup winning streak. Michael Brewer and Bucky Hodges took care of business, first hooking up on a 50-yard pass, and then connecting for the 9-yard game winner.

The 2012 situation was arguably worse. The Hokies were 4-6, just like this season, and they needed to beat Boston College on the road, then Virginia at home. Boston College was a bad team that year, finishing 2-10, but it was iffy for the Hokies, who fell behind 13-3 at the half and needed a 41-yard field goal with a minute left to go just to send it to overtime. The Hokies won 30-23 in OT, then squeaked by UVA 17-14 in Lane Stadium, in part because Mike

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