2000 Virginia Tech Hokies football team

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2000 Virginia Tech Hokies football
Gator Bowl Champions
Gator Bowl, W, 41–20 vs. Clemson
Conference Big East
Ranking
Coaches #6
AP #6
2000 record 11–1 (6–1 Big East)
Head coach Frank Beamer
Offensive coordinator Rickey Bustle
Defensive coordinator Bud Foster
Home stadium Lane Stadium
(Capacity: 56,272)
Seasons
« 1999 2001 »
2000 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Miami (FL)   7 0         11 1  
#6 Virginia Tech   6 1         11 1  
Pittsburgh   4 3         7 5  
Syracuse   4 3         6 5  
Boston College   3 4         7 5  
West Virginia   3 4         7 5  
Temple   1 6         4 7  
Rutgers   0 7         3 8  
† – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2000 Virginia Tech Hokies football team represented Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I-A college football during the 1999 season. Virginia Tech competed as a member of the Big East Conference. The Hokies were led by Frank Beamer in his fourteenth year as head coach.

Regular season[edit]

Michael Vick's 2000 season did have its share of highlights, such as his career rushing high of 210 yards against the Boston College Eagles in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Against West Virginia in the Black Diamond Trophy game, Vick accounted for 288 total yards of offense and two touchdowns in a 48–20 win. The following week, Vick led the Hokies back from a 14–0 deficit against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome—where the Hokies had not won since 1986. Vick put the game away with a 55-yard run with 1:34 left.[1]

The following game against Pittsburgh, Vick was injured and had to miss the rest of that game, the entire game against Central Florida, and was unable to start against the Miami Hurricanes—the Hokies' lone loss of the season. Vick's final game at Virginia Tech came against the Clemson Tigers in the 2001 Gator Bowl, where he was named MVP of the game.

The opening game on August 27 against Georgia Tech was postponed due to lightning and then cancelled due to an unplayable field.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 12:00 PM Akron* #11 Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA ESPN+ W 52–23   56,272
September 7 8:00 PM at East Carolina* #10 Dowdy–Ficklen StadiumGreenville, NC ESPN W 45–28   45,123
September 16 12:00 PM Rutgers #8 Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA ESPN+ W 49–0   56,272
September 30 3:30 PM at Boston College #4 Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA (Rivalry) CBS W 48–34   44,500
October 7 12:00 PM Temple #3 Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA W 35–13   56,272
October 12 8:00 PM West Virginia #3 Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA (Black Diamond Trophy) ESPN W 48–20   56,272
October 21 7:00 PM at Syracuse #2 Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY ESPN W 22–14   49,033
October 28 3:30 PM Pittsburgh #2 Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA CBS W 37–34   56,272
November 4 12:00 PM at #3 Miami (FL) #2 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL (Rivalry) CBS L 21–41   77,410
November 11 6:00 PM at Central Florida* #8 Citrus BowlOrlando, FL W 44–21   50,220
November 25 7:30 PM Virginia* #6 Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA (Commonwealth Cup) ESPN W 42–21   56,272
January 1 12:30 PM vs. #16 Clemson* #6 Alltel StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) NBC W 41–20   68,741
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

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2000 team players in the NFL[edit]

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Michael Vick Quarterback 1 1 Atlanta Falcons
Cory Bird Defensive back 3 91 Indianapolis Colts
Matt Lehr Center 5 137 Dallas Cowboys

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Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robertson, Jimmy (October 22, 2000). "Tech Puts End to Carrier Dome Hex". Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Department of Athletics. Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. Retrieved August 29, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Tech Football TV History". Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Department of Athletics. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=343&season=2000
  4. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/2001.htm