2004 Virginia Tech Hokies football team

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2004 Virginia Tech Hokies football
2004 Virginia Tech NC State wide right.jpg
ACC Champions
Sugar Bowl, L 13-16 vs. Auburn
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference (Coastal)
Ranking
Coaches #10
AP #10
2004 record 10–3 (7–1 ACC)
Head coach Frank Beamer
Offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring
Offensive scheme Pro Style
Defensive coordinator Bud Foster
Base defense 4-3
Home stadium Lane Stadium
(c. 65,115, grass)
Seasons
« 2003 2005 »
2004 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#10 Virginia Tech   7 1         10 3  
#15 Florida State   6 2         9 3  
#11 Miami   5 3         9 3  
#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 champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2004 Virginia Tech Hokies football team 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. Some publications picked the Hokies to finish as low as 8th place in the conference.[citation needed]

Tech lost to eventual BCS National Champion USC at FedEx Field in Landover, MD, 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[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 28 7:40 PM vs. #1 USC FedEx FieldLandover, MD (BCA Classic) ESPN L 13-24   91,665
September 11 1:00 PM Western Michigan* Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA W 63-0   65,115
September 18 12:00 PM Duke Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA JPS W 41-17   65,115
September 25 12:00 PM North Carolina State Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA ESPN L 16-17   65,115
October 2 12:00 PM #7 West Virginia* Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA (Black Diamond Trophy) ESPN W 19-13   65,115
October 9 12:00 PM at Wake Forest Groves StadiumWinston-Salem, NC JPS W 17-10   32,433
October 16 1:00 PM Florida A&M* Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA W 62-0   65,115
October 28 7:30 PM at Georgia Tech #22 Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta, GA ESPN W 34-20   48,398
November 6 12:00 PM at North Carolina #18 Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC ESPN2 W 27-24   58,000
November 13 7:30 PM Maryland #15 Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA ESPN W 55-6   65,115
November 27 1:00 PM #16 Virginia #11 Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA (Commonwealth Cup) ABC W 24-10   65,115
December 4 1:00 PM at #9 Miami (FL) #11 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL (Miami – Virginia Tech rivalry) ABC W 16-10   62,205
January 3 8:00 PM vs. #3 Auburn* #9 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) ABC L 13-16   77,349
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Personnel[edit]

The Hokies take on USC in the BCA Classic.

Coaching Staff[edit]

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[edit]

Quarterback
Tailback
Flanker
  •    Justin Born - Redshirt Freshman
  •  4 Eddie Royal - Freshman
  • 12 Richard Johnson - Senior
  • 39 Jeremy Gilchrist - Redshirt Freshman
  • 87 David Clowney - Sophomore
Split end
  • 16 Chris Clifton - RS Junior[12]
  • 17 Josh Morgan - Freshman
  • 19 Josh Hyman - RS Freshman[13]
  • 41 Chris Albright - Sophomore
  • 80 Robert Parker - RS Sophomore
  • 81 Justin Harper - Freshman
  • 88 Michael Malone - RS Sophomore
Fullback
  •    Billy Gorham - Freshman
  •    Mike Green - Freshman
  • 43 John Kinzer - RS Freshman
  • 37 Jesse Allen - RS Sophomore
  • 39 Carlton Weatherford - RS Freshman
Tight end
  • 83 Maurice Reevey - Freshman[14]
  • 83 Matt Roan - RS Freshman
  • 85 Jared Mazzetta - RS Senior
  • 89 Duane Brown - RS Freshman
  • 90 Jeff King - RS Junior
  • 92 Andrew Fleck - RS Sophomore
 
Center
  •    Kevin McGlothlin - Freshman
  • 57 Tripp Carroll - RS Freshman
  • 58 Ryan Shuman - Redshirt Freshman
  • 66 Will Montgomery - RS Junior
  • 69 Danny McGrath - RS Sophomore
Offensive guard
  •    Jared Horton - Freshman
  •    Zac Lowe - Sophomore
  •    John Massie - Freshman
  • 50 Mike Parham - RS Sophomore
  • 51 Matt Welsh - Redshirt Freshman
  • 61 Reggie Butler - Junior
  • 63 Rashad Ferebee - Junior
  • 76 James Miller - Senior
  • 72 Jason Murphy - RS Junior
  • 77 Brandon Gore - RS Sophomore
Offensive tackle
Defensive tackle
  •    Scott King - Freshman
  • 56 Jonathan Lewis - Junior
  • 59 Barry Booker - RS Freshman
  • 60 Chris Burnett - RS Sophomore
  • 70 Kevin Lewis - RS Senior
  • 71 Tim Sandidge - RS Junior
  • 75 Kory Robertson - RS Freshman
  • 86 Isaac Montgomery - RS Senior
  • 91 Jason Lallis - RS Senior
  • 95 Jim Davis - RS Senior
  • 99 Carlton Powell - RS Freshman
Defensive end
  •    Greg Kezmarsky - Junior
  •    David Martin - Freshman
  •    Watson Stelly - Freshman
  • 41 Jordan Trott - RS Junior
  • 49 Chris Ellis - RS Freshman
  • 54 Bob Ruff - Senior
  • 55 Darryl Tapp - Junior
  • 91 Jason Lallis - RS Senior
  • 96 Noland Burchette - RS Sophomore
 
Linebacker
  •    D.J. Preston - Freshman
  •  6 Andrew Bowman - Redshirt Freshman
  •  9 Vince Hall - RS Freshman
  • 11 Xavier Adibi - RS Freshman
  • 33 Chad Cooper - Senior
  • 35 Stevie Ray Lloyd - RS Freshman
  • 36 Aaron Rouse - RS Sophomore
  • 40 Blake Warren - RS Junior
  • 42 James Anderson - RS Junior
  • 45 Mikal Baaqee - RS Senior
  • 47 Brett Warren - Freshman
  • 48 Brandon Manning - RS Senior
  • 86 Chad Grimm - Sophomore
Free Safety
  • Vincent Fuller - RS Senior
  • 28 Corey Gordon - RS Freshman
  • 31 Mike Daniels - RS Senior
Rover
  •    Derrick Burks - Freshman
  •    Purnell Sturdivant - Redshirt Freshman
  • 22 James Griffin - Senior
  • 24 D.J. Walton - RS Junior
  • 26 Kent Hicks - Redshirt Freshman
  • 30 Cary Wade - RS Sophomore
  • 82 Brendan Hill - RS Sophomore
  • 94 Jake Patten - Sophomore
Cornerback
  •  1 Eric Green - RS Senior
  •  2 Jimmy Williams - Junior
  • 15 Roland Minor - RS Freshman
  • 18 Brandon Flowers - Freshman
  • 21 Chris Caesar - Redshirt RS Sophomore
  • 25 D.J. Parker - Freshman
  • 26 Ryan Hash - RS Sophomore
  • 29 Brian McPherson - RS Sophomore
  • 47 Theodore Miller - Redshirt Freshman
  • 97 Cory Price - Sophomore
Snapper
  •    Bart McMillin - RS Freshman
  • 53 Nick Leeson - RS Sophomore
  • 62 Travis Conway - RS Senior
Punter
  • 23 Nic Schmitt - RS Sophomore
  • 38 Vinnie Burns - RS Senior

Place Kicker

  • 46 Brandon Pace - RS Sophomore
  • 92 Jud Dunlevy - RS Freshman
  • 98 Jared Develli - Freshman

Source: http://www.techsideline.com/football/2004/2004roster.htm

Starters are in bold and players who left the team are struck out
Redshirt Players who sat out during 2004 ("redshirted") are indicated with a "red shirt" icon

Notes[edit]