2004 Virginia Tech Hokies Football Team
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2004 Virginia Tech Hokies Football Team
2004 Virginia Tech Hokies football
2004 Virginia Tech NC State wide right.jpg
ACC champion
Sugar Bowl, L 13-16 vs. Auburn
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
DivisionCoastal Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 10
APNo. 10
2004 record10-3 (7-1 ACC)
Head coachFrank Beamer (18th season)
Offensive coordinatorBryan Stinespring (3rd season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorBud Foster (10th season)
Base defense4-3
Home stadiumLane Stadium
(c. 65,115, grass)
Seasons
← 2003
2005 →
2004 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 10 Virginia Tech $   7 1         10 3  
No. 15 Florida State   6 2         9 3  
No. 11 Miami   5 3         9 3  
No. 23 Virginia   5 3         8 4  
North Carolina   5 3         6 6  
Georgia Tech   4 4         7 5  
Clemson   4 4         6 5  
NC State   3 5         5 6  
Maryland   3 5         5 6  
Wake Forest   1 7         4 7  
Duke   1 7         2 9  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2004 Virginia Tech Hokies football represented the Virginia Tech in the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season. Virginia Tech won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in its inaugural year in the conference, running off a streak of eight straight wins to end the regular season after a 2-2 start. Tech finished 10th in the final Associated Press poll with a 10-3 record. The team's head coach was Frank Beamer, who was named ACC Coach of the Year.[1]

Virginia Tech began the season unranked nationally, having suffered a meltdown at the end of the 2003 season. The Hokies faced a daunting schedule, beginning with a nationally televisioned game against the defending national co-champion USC Trojans. That game, known as the BCA Classic, was the first NCAA college football game of the year, and would be followed by a tough conference schedule.

Tech lost to eventual BCS National Champion USC at FedExField in Landover, Maryland, 24-13,[2] losing the lead late in the third quarter. After a 63-0 shellacking of Western Michigan,[3] Tech played its first ever ACC game on September 18, against Duke. Tech prevailed 41-17[4] in Lane Stadium.[5] The Hokies dropped to 2-2 following a 17-16 home loss to N.C. State, in which the Hokies missed a would-be winning field goal as time expired. The team then needed to win five of its next eight games to extend its 11-season streak of playing in a post-season bowl game.

After reeling off three-straight wins, including a 19-13[6] squeaker over then #7 West Virginia, the Hokies' fortunes looked bleak in the fourth quarter of their game against Georgia Tech in Atlanta on ESPN Thursday night college football. Tech was down 14-0 at one point and trailed 20-12 with 5:28 left in the fourth quarter. Tech racked up 22 unanswered points to exterminate the Yellow Jackets.[7]

Tech would go on to win their remaining regular-season games, including a 24-10[8] win over then #16 Virginia in Lane Stadium and a 16-10[9] away victory over then #9 Miami, to clinch the ACC Championship. As ACC Champions, Virginia Tech was awarded a bid to the 2005 Sugar Bowl, a Bowl Championship Series game in New Orleans, Louisiana. Virginia Tech faced Auburn, a team that had gone undefeated in the regular season but was denied a bid to the national championship game by virtue of its lower rank in the BCS poll. In a game that was not decided until the final two minutes,[10] Virginia Tech lost to Auburn 16-13.

Tech was led by quarterback Bryan Randall during the season. Randall was named ACC player of the Year.[1]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 287:40 p.m.vs. No. 1 USCESPNL 13-24[11]91,665
September 111:00 p.m.Western Michigan*W 63-0[12]65,115
September 1812:00 p.m.Duke
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
JPSW 41-17 [13]65,115
September 2512:00 p.m.NC State
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
ESPNL 16-17[14]65,115
October 212:00 p.m.No. 6 West Virginia*
ESPNW 19-13[15]65,115
October 912:00 p.m.at Wake ForestJPSW 17-10[16]32,433
October 161:00 p.m.Florida A&M*
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
W 62-0 [17]65,115
October 287:30 p.m.at Georgia TechNo. 22ESPNW 34-20[18]48,398
November 612:00 p.m.at North CarolinaNo. 18ESPN2W 27-24[19]58,000
November 18[21]7:30 p.m.MarylandNo. 15
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
ESPNW 55-6[20]65,115
November 271:00 p.m.No. 16 VirginiaNo. 11
ABCW 24-10[22]65,115
December 41:00 p.m.at No. 9 Miami (FL)No. 10ABCW 16-10[23]62,205
January 3, 20058:00 pmvs. No. 3 Auburn*No. 9ABCL 13-16 [24]77,349
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ? = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final
AP NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 23 22 18 16 15 11 10 9 10
Coaches Poll NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 22 22 18 16 15 11 11 9 10
BCS Not released 25 22 20 18 15 14 12 8 Not released

Personnel

The Hokies take on USC in the BCA Classic.

Coaching staff

Position Name First year at VT First year in current position
Head Coach Frank Beamer 1987 1987
Associate Head Coach and Running backs coach Billy Hite 1978 2001
Offensive Coordinator and Offensive line Bryan Stinespring 1990 2002
Defensive Coordinator and Inside linebackers Bud Foster 1987 1995
Wide receivers Tony Ball 1998 1998
Strong safety, Outside linebackers, and Recruiting Coordinator Jim Cavanaugh 1996 2002
Quarterbacks Kevin Rogers 2002 2002
Tight ends and Offensive tackles Danny Pearman 1998 1998
Defensive backs Lorenzo Ward 1999 1999
Defensive line Charley Wiles 1996 1996
Source: http://www.hokiesports.com/football/players/

Roster

References

  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-31. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://www.hokiesports.com/football/stats/showstats.html?6005
  3. ^ http://www.hokiesports.com/football/stats/showstats.html?6006
  4. ^ http://www.hokiesports.com/football/stats/showstats.html?6007
  5. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=242620259 retrieved November 28, 2010
  6. ^ http://www.hokiesports.com/football/stats/showstats.html?6009
  7. ^ http://www.hokiesports.com/football/sugarbowl05.mg.pdf, p. 63, retrieved November 28, 2010.
  8. ^ http://www.hokiesports.com/football/stats/showstats.html?6015
  9. ^ http://www.hokiesports.com/football/stats/showstats.html?6016
  10. ^ "Auburn 16, Virginia Tech 13", January 3, 2005. Hokiesports.com [1] -- Accessed July 21, 2007.
  11. ^ Barnhart, Tony (August 29, 2004). "Trojans get a scare and a victory". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ "Hokies whip Western to snap losing streak". Staunton News Leader. September 12, 2004. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ "Virginia Tech cleans up on doormat Duke". Staunton New Leader. September 19, 2004. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ "Virginia Tech boots its chance to escape 'Pack". Staunton News Leader. September 26, 2004.
  15. ^ "Hokies pay back Mountaineers". Staunton News Leader. October 3, 2004. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ "Imoh leads Hokies to first ACC road win". Asheville Citizen Times. October 10, 2004. Retrieved 2019.
  17. ^ Kahn, Chris (October 17, 2004). "Virginia Tech smacks Florida A&M". Asheville Citizen-Times. Retrieved 2004.
  18. ^ Newberry, Paul (October 29, 2004). "Virginia Tech pulls out win". The Carlisle (PA) Sentinel. Retrieved 2019.
  19. ^ "Hokies hold of Heels when kick falls short". The Staunton News Ledger. November 7, 2004. Retrieved 2019.
  20. ^ "Hokies take another step to ACC title, BCS Bowl: Virginia Tech cashes in first-half turnovers for sixth straight win". Austin American Statesman. November 19, 2004. Retrieved 2019.
  21. ^ ESPN.com
  22. ^ "Va. Tech closes in on ACC title: Hokies defeat Virginia 24-10, can wrap up crown with Miami win". Baltimore Sun. November 28, 2004. Retrieved 2019.
  23. ^ "Virginia Tech tops Miamia; 1st ACC title is Sugar sweet, 16-10". Baltimore Sun. December 5, 2004. Retrieved 2019.
  24. ^ Newberry, Paul (January 4, 2005). "Auburn tops Virginia Tech to finish 13-0 season: No. 3 Tigers still have slim title hopes after 16-13 Sugar Bowl Victory". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2019.
  25. ^ a b Cedric Humes started the first four games and Mike Imoh started the others.
  26. ^ Clifton was also the emergency quarterback
  27. ^ Josh Hyman began the season at flanker, then moved to split end for the remainder of the season.
  28. ^ Collegiate Times. "Former Virginia Tech football player charged with stalking".

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