Reliving 1995 Game-by-Game, Part 11: Temple

Virginia Tech beat Temple 38-16 in 1995 between massive games against Syracuse and UVA.  The Hokies weren’t sharp, but they easily dispatched overmatched Temple to clinch a share of the Big East Championship.  At that point nobody knew Tech was headed to the Sugar Bowl, but they had run off eight wins in a row and excitement was at an all-time high.

This week’s video is a bit different.  The highlights come from Virginia Tech’s old Sunday TV show, Inside Virginia Tech Football.  This week’s video also includes post-game video interviews with Frank Beamer and Virginia Tech players.

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.

Here’s a link to the Box Score.

Virginia Tech-Temple 1995

It was a bit of a rocky start for Virginia Tech, as the offense wasn’t exactly firing on all cylinders.  Then the defense showed up and did what they do…dominate and score touchdowns.  Back-to-back defensive touchdowns from Jim Baron and JC Price less than a minute apart extended a 10-6 Virginia Tech lead to 24-6, and at that point it was safe to start celebrating.  The Hokies officially clinched a share of the Big East title, and at worst they’ll be spending their holidays in Jacksonville at the Gator Bowl.

20 or 30 years from now, I doubt that anybody will actually remember that Temple led Virginia Tech 6-3 in this game, but they did.  Two early field goals put the Owls up with 4:08 remaining in the first quarter thanks in part to a Tech offense that couldn’t get going and a special teams mishap.  Punter John I. Thomas was unable to get a punt off and was tackled at Tech’s own 29, which led to Temple’s second field goal and the lead.  Frank Beamer was fuming on the sideline, as the Hokies appeared flat between two such big games against Syracuse and Virginia.

Virginia Tech had the game firmly in control a few minutes later, however.  The defense played a big role, but the offense kickstarted things with a touchdown pass from Jim Druckenmiller to Bryan Still to start a blitzgrieg of touchdowns that would put the game out of reach for the Owls by halftime.

  • 1:39 remaining, 1st Quarter: 35-yard TD pass from Druckenmiller to Still
  • 13:04 remaining, 2nd Quarter: 46-yard fumble return by Jim Baron
  • 12:16 remaining, 2nd Quarter: 24-yard interception return by JC Price

Yes, two defensive tackles scored back-to-back touchdowns less than a minute apart.  That doesn’t happen very often, but it does show you the quick-strike nature of this Virginia Tech team.  They are capable of scoring no matter which unit is on the field.

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In fact, in the last four games, Virginia Tech’s defense has scored more touchdowns than it has allowed.  That may sound far-fetched, but it’s true.  The Hokies have scored five defensive touchdowns in their last three games while allowing a total of four, one of which came in garbage time against Temple. 

Last week Cornell Brown became the first Big East defensive player to earn Player of the Week honors in back-to-back weeks after his performances against Syracuse and West Virginia.  A Tech player has been Defensive Player of the Week for four weeks