Reliving 1995 Game-by-Game, Part 4: Miami

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Virginia Tech was 0-2 after a humiliating 16-0 home loss to Cincinnati in the pouring rain, and Miami was coming to town.  Not many folks gave the Hokies a chance, but they pulled it out 13-7 in a game in which they dominated in the trenches.   The full video of the game is below…

To make this series more immersive, I recommend watching the game – or at least key parts – before reading my article.  If you pretend like this is actually 1995, this will be a lot more fun.

Like all articles in this series, I’ve written the article as if we were currently living 1995.  I imagine this is what I’d have written had I been writing day-after articles back in 1995.


What a difference a week makes.  Sure, Miami appears to be down, but did anybody actually think the Virginia Tech team that lost to Boston College and Cincinnati could beat the Hurricanes?  I sure didn’t, but it was a much-needed win.

If you recall, Virginia Tech came into the Miami game averaging just seven points per game, and they had been shut out at home by Cincinnati.  They had not scored a touchdown against Miami since 1992, managing just two points in 1993 and three in 1994.  The numbers just didn’t seem to add up to a Hokie victory, but that’s exactly what we got. 

The victory was unlikely in some other ways as well.  If I had told you that Jim Druckenmiller would only pass for 97 yards, the Hokies would drop a touchdown pass and Atle Larsen would miss four field goals, you probably would have guessed that Tech would lose the game.  I feel the same way.  But that’s exactly what happened, and the Hokies still managed to win.

To put it in perspective, Virginia Tech is only the 12th different program to beat the Miami Hurricanes over the last 11 years.  That’s how dominant the ‘Canes have been.

Let’s touch on a few topics, and then discuss what this victory could mean for the program.

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