Tag:Virginia Tech
Posted on: September 18, 2010 3:08 pm

ECU up 24-21 at half against VaTech

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It doesn't look like Virginia Tech 's season-long nightmare is over just yet, as the Hokies currently find themselves trailing the East Carolina Pirates 24-21 at halftime in Blacksburg.  Making matters worse is the fact that starting running back Ryan Williams has been lost for the rest of the game to a hamstring injury.

ECU's offense doesn't have such problems, as thanks to the arm of Dominique Davis and legs of Jonathan Williams the Pirates were able to amass 278 yards of offense in the first half, all while holding on to the ball for 18 minutes and 12 seconds.  The Pirates jumped out to a 10-0 lead on the Hokies in the first quarter before Ryan Williams got the Hokies on the board to cut the lead to 10-7.

The Pirates answered that score by bumping their lead back to ten following a seven-yard touchdown pass by Davis to Dwayne Harris to cap off an 8-play 60-yard drive that took only 1:51 off the clock.

The Hokies then turned the game around, coming up with 14 straight points to take a 21-17 lead with just under six minutes to go in the half, but the Pirates answered with an 80-yard drive to score the go-ahead touchdown with 26 seconds left in the half.

In other words, it's been a back-and-forth affair in Blacksburg, and one that promises to provide an entertaining second half.  One that the Hokies desperately need to come away with a victory in.

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 2:50 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 5:17 pm

Hokies lose Ryan Williams to hamstring

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Virginia Tech Hokies got off to a shaky start as they try to avoid their first 0-3 start since 1987 -- Frank Beamer 's first season in Blacksburg -- falilng behind East Carolina 10-0, but they've since recovered to take a 21-17 lead in the second quarter.  Still, there is some bad news.

Starting running back Ryan Williams has left the game with an injury to his right hamstring, and though the extremity of the injury isn't known, Williams will not be returning to today's game.  Which puts even more pressure on Tyrod Taylor to carry a Hokies offense that has had some problems this season.

Williams had picked up 25 yards on six carries with a touchdown before having to leave the game, and came into the game as Virginia Tech's second-leading rusher -- trailing only Taylor -- with 130 yards through their first two games.

It'll be interesting to see if the Hokies can hold off the Pirates and pick up their first win of the season with Williams sidelined.  Keep checking the blog all day for updates on this game, Williams' injury, and every other game throughout the day.

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 7:18 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2010 7:20 pm

James Madison commemorates big win with shirt

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's beginning to feel a bit like fashion week here on the blog, as we've already covered the latest in college football fan fashion with the Chris Rainey shirt circulating in Knoxville, and the Sabanade shirt down in Alabama.  Now, we present to you, our latest effort from the folks of James Madison.

You may remember that the Dukes had a pretty big win over Virginia Tech last Saturday, and now they've come out with a new shirt to commemorate the biggest win in school history lest it escape your memory.

After a stunning 21-16 road victory over Virginia Tech last week, James Madison University fans can celebrate the memorable win by picking up a new T-shirt that has hit the interwebs.

The shirt, which is purple, has a turkey centered on it with the Virginia Tech logo on it. Under the turkey is the words 'Thanksgiving Came Early This Year.'

The back of the shirt has JMU's logo and the date and score of the game.

The shirt is selling so well right now that it's currently on back order, so if you haven't ordered one already, it's going to be a while.  Still, you should get the shirt before Christmas as I'm sure it'll make a great gift for the Hokies fan in your life.

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Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 11, 2010 4:25 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2010 4:43 pm

Would not have guessed 0-2 start for VT

Posted by Chip Patterson

Virginia Tech had to deal with a heartbreaker less than a week ago against the third-ranked team in the nation.  But it was an perennial FCS favorite who likely put the Hokies out of the national championship race.  Coming into the season, Frank Beamer's squad had their eyes set on the title game in Glendale, but after James Madison's 21-16 upset victory over the Hokies, Virginia Tech (0-2) is out of the hunt.

It was a game that most of us had written off.  After all, Virginia Tech was favored by more than four touchdowns.  After scoring the first touchdown of the game, the James Madison defense held Virginia Tech out of the end zone for the rest of the game, just needing a pair of Drew Dudzik TD runs to seal the upset for the Dukes.

One person who wasn't surprised was James Madison head coach Mickey Matthews.  He figured the Dukes might have a chance with Virginia Tech only having only four days of practice to prepare for the game.  The game is Virginia Tech's second ever loss to an FCS squad, the first coming in 1985 against Richmond.  

Posted on: September 10, 2010 11:20 am

Boise State-Virginia Tech break ratings records

Posted by Chip Patterson

What were you doing on Monday night?  

We were glued to our televisions watching Boise State blow a lead, then orchestrate a fantastic fourth quarter comeback against Virginia Tech to win 33-30 at FedExField, and we had almost 10 million friends watching along with us.

The game set viewership records for ESPN.  The telecast averaged 7,252,000 households, making it ESPN's most-watched college football game, including bowl games, among households in the channel's 31-year-old history.  As far as the eyeball-count, the 9,888,000 viewers makes the game the second most-watched game among total viewers in ESPN history, trailing the 2009 game between USC and Ohio State.  

In addition, the 7.3 rating was the highest college football game since the Miami-Florida State game, played October 8, 1994, drew a 7.7 rating. The Boise State-Virginia Tech game was the most-watched program on any channel -- cable or broadcast -- all day Monday, among households, total viewers and in key demographics.

Posted on: September 8, 2010 9:48 pm

Alabama fans keep enemies close, Boise St. closer

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Last Monday's Top 10 showdown between Boise State and Virginia Tech was a ratings smash for ESPN, posting an overnight 6.8 rating nationwide. That's sensational news for the network and up 21% from last year's Labor Day matchup between Miami and Florida State--two titans of popularity in their own right. And while the ratings increase may largely stem from the fact that Miami was unranked and FSU No. 18 at the time of their matchup, there might be more to it than just that: specifically, according to the Birmingham News, wary Alabama fans:


Birmingham, Alabama produced the highest metered rating for the Boise State-Virginia Tech game, with a 23.7, further proof that this city loves quality college football.

According to ESPN, the next-highest markets were Richmond, Va. (16.5) and Norfolk, Va. (15.7). You didn't just win, Birmingham. You blew out the competition.

One can hardly blame Bama fans, of course; the winner of the game would have a decisive first step toward BCS title aspirations, something defending champs Alabama would be acutely interested in.

Still, Boise market: you couldn't be bothered to watch your team as much as the boys from Alabama? What up with that?

Posted on: September 7, 2010 12:05 am
Edited on: September 7, 2010 12:16 am

POLL: Will Boise State be playing January 10?

Posted by Chip Patterson

Having put together another final minute comeback, Boise State was able to overcome arguably their toughest challenge on the 2010 schedule by beating Virginia Tech 33-30.  Boise State should be significantly favored for the remainder of their games and could easily finish the regular season undefeated for the second straight season.  If so, the argument to have Boise State in the title game got a lot stronger with the victory over the Hokies.  But we want to know what you think.

Will Boise State be playing for the national championship on January 10?  Drop us a line in the comments section below.
Posted on: September 6, 2010 11:16 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2010 11:42 pm

Boise State wins duel with Virginia Tech 33-30

Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE 11:35  PM ET - Wow.  Boise State has done it to us again.  Virginia Tech unable to get down the field turn the ball over on downs.  Broncos take the victory formation and the vomit-inducing BCS debates just got a lot more relevant.  FINAL: Boise State 33, Virginia Tech 30.  Keep it here at the College Football Blog for more recap and analysis.    

UPDATE 11:29 PM ET - Moore finds receiver Austin Pettis in the end zone for the second time tonight.  Boise State used only 32 seconds of game clock to get down the field and get the touchdown.  Extra point good.  Virginia Tech has two timeouts remaining.  Boise State 33, Virginia Tech 30  

UPDATE 11:27 PM ET - Moore connects on three straight completions and a late-hit penalty have moved the Broncos to the Virginia Tech 13 yard line.  No timeouts remaining for Boise State.  1:14 remaining.  Virginia Tech 30, Boise State 26 

UPDATE 11:23 PM ET - Virginia Tech finally stopped by the Boise State defense.  Kellen Moore taking over at his own 43 yard line after the punt return.  Virginia Tech 30, Boise State 26

UPDATE 11:20 PM ET - Boise State was forced to use their second timeout after failing to stop Virginia Tech's offensive attack.  With 2:10 remaining the Hokies were able to get out of their own red zone and are currently on their own 31 yard line.  Virginia Tech 30, Boise State 26

UPDATE: 11:16 PM ET - Virginia Tech forced Boise State to punt, but Kyle Brotzman was able to pin the Hokies deep in their own territory.  Virginia Tech takes over with less than five minutes remaining.  Both teams have 2 timeouts remaining. Virginia Tech 30, Boise State 26

Virginia Tech's kicking game has not been particularly on point tonight against Boise State, but when the Hokies really needed it most - kicker Chris Hazley delivered.  The senior connected from 34 yards out to put the Hokies up 30-26.  Hazley had already missed one attempt from that distance, and the lead forces the Broncos to score a touchdown to reclaim the lead.  

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