Reliving 1995 Game-by-Game, Part 12: UVA

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Virginia Tech beat UVA 36-29 in 1995 in one of the most famous (and beloved) football games in Virginia Tech history. The Hokies finished the season 9-2 and in a tie for first place in the Big East.  The only question at that point was whether or not Tech would face someone like Notre Dame, Florida State or Texas in an Alliance Bowl, or whether they would drop to the Gator Bowl where they would play Clemson.

This week’s video includes highlights from the first three quarters, and the entire fourth quarter.

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.

Here’s a link to all previous articles in this series.

I’d probably be sick to my stomach if I were a UVA fan.  The Hoos outgained the Hokies 420-319.  They led 29-14 at the end of the third quarter.  They had ten more first downs than Virginia Tech, and they intercepted three passes.  Not to mention UVA had already beaten then-No.2 Florida State at home just a few weeks earlier. 

To do all that and still lose the game is pretty much unfathomable.  It took some luck, for sure.  UVA’s top receiver Patrick Jeffers missed the game with an injury, and was replaced by Germane Crowell, who proceeded to torch the Tech secondary.  However, Crowell got hurt late in the third quarter, and with a third stringer in the game at that position, the Hoos weren’t able to move the football after that.  At one point Tech knocked out starting quarterback Mike Groh, who was replaced by Tim Sherman.  Sherman played great, but he was subsequently knocked out of the game right before halftime, and Groh returned to action.

But even with the injuries, there was a strange sequence of events in the fourth quarter, and had any one of them gone the other way, we might