2004 Virginia Tech Hokies football team
|2004 Virginia Tech Hokies football|
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference (Coastal)|
|2004 record||10–3 (7–1 ACC)|
|Head coach||Frank Beamer|
|Offensive coordinator||Bryan Stinespring|
|Offensive scheme||Pro Style|
|Defensive coordinator||Bud Foster|
|Home stadium||Lane Stadium
(c. 65,115, grass)
|2004 ACC football standings|
|#10 Virginia Tech †||7||–||1||10||–||3|
|#15 Florida State||6||–||2||9||–||3|
|† – BCS representative as conference 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.
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.
Tech lost to eventual BCS National Champion USC at FedEx Field in Landover, MD, 24-13, losing the lead late in the third quarter. After a 63-0 shellacking of Western Michigan, Tech played its first ever ACC game on September 18, against Duke. Tech prevailed 41-17 in Lane Stadium. 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 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.
Tech would go on to win their remaining regular-season games, including a 24-10 win over then #16 Virginia in Lane Stadium and a 16-10 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, Virginia Tech lost to Auburn 16-13.
|August 28||7:40 PM||vs. #1 USC||FedEx Field • Landover, MD (BCA Classic)||ESPN||L 13-24||91,665|
|September 11||1:00 PM||Western Michigan*||Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, 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 Stadium • Winston-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 Stadium • Atlanta, GA||ESPN||W 34-20||48,398|
|November 6||12:00 PM||at North Carolina||#18||Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel 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 Bowl • Miami, FL (Miami – Virginia Tech rivalry)||ABC||W 16-10||62,205|
|January 3||8:00 PM||vs. #3 Auburn*||#9||Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl)||ABC||L 13-16||77,349|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.|
|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|
|Tight Ends and Offensive Tackles||Danny Pearman||1998||1998|
|Defensive backs||Lorenzo Ward||1999||1999|
|Defensive Line||Charley Wiles||1996||1996|
- http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=242620259 retrieved November 28, 2010
- http://www.hokiesports.com/football/sugarbowl05.mg.pdf , p. 63, retrieved November 28, 2010.
- "Auburn 16, Virginia Tech 13", January 3, 2005. Hokiesports.com  — Accessed July 21, 2007.
- Cedric Humes started the first four games and Mike Imoh started the others.
- Clifton was also the emergency quarterback
- Josh Hyman began the season at flanker, then moved to split end for the remainder of the season.
- Collegiate Times. "Former Virginia Tech football player charged with stalking".