Reliving 1995 Game-by-Game, Part 13: Bourbon Street Bound

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After a 9-2 season in 1995, Virginia Tech was selected to face the Texas Longhorns in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Eve.  That game, which proved to be an important building block for the Virginia Tech program, may not have happened at all had Miami not been put on probation two days before the bowl games were to make their selections.

In Part 13 of our “Reliving 1995” series, we’ll take a look at how the week played out between the end of the regular season and the day in which the Hokies were actually selected for the Sugar Bowl.  For this article, we’ve included two special treats: the Bowl Alliance Selection Show, and a bowl preview/1995 recap with Frank Beamer and Greg Roberts, complete with an NFL Films presentation.

Thanks to former Virginia Tech defensive tackle Jeff Holland for digging up his old VHS tapes, which we were able to convert to digital format and upload to YouTube.  Watching the videos aren’t necessary to read today’s article, but I recommend it anyway because it will be a nice trip down memory lane, or perhaps even a history lesson for younger fans who don’t go back that far.

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

The Ups and Downs of Syracuse vs. Miami and the Ensuing Week

We thought we needed Syracuse to beat Miami for the Hokies to have a chance at the Bowl Alliance.  We knew there was no chance that an Alliance Bowl would pick the Orangemen over the Hokies, but the Orange Bowl would pick Miami over Tech, and perhaps the Sugar Bowl as well.  We thought we really needed Syracuse to win that game.

It got off to a good start, with the Orangemen jumping out to a 24-14 lead.  However, Miami roared back to win 35-24.  I was a little bit surprised