1999 Virginia Tech Hokies football team
|1999 Virginia Tech Hokies football|
Big East Champions
|1999 record||11–1 (7–0 Big East)|
|Head coach||Frank Beamer|
|Offensive coordinator||Rickey Bustle|
|Defensive coordinator||Bud Foster|
|Home stadium||Lane Stadium
|1999 Big East football standings|
|#2 Virginia Tech $||7||–||0||11||–||1|
|#15 Miami (FL)||6||–||1||9||–||4|
The 1999 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 thirteenth year as head coach. Virginia Tech finished the regular season undefeated but lost in the national championship game to the Florida State Seminoles.
Michael Vick led the Hokies to an 11–1 season and to the Bowl Championship Series national title game in the Sugar Bowl against Florida State. Although Virginia Tech lost 46–29, Vick was able to bring the team back from a 21-point deficit to take a 29–28 lead into the fourth quarter. During the season, Vick appeared on the cover of an ESPN The Magazine issue.
Vick led the NCAA in passing efficiency that year, setting a record for a freshman (180.4), which was also good enough for the third-highest all-time mark (Colt Brennan holds the record at 185.9 from his 2006 season at Hawaii). Vick was awarded an ESPY Award as the nation's top college player, and won the first-ever Archie Griffin Award as college football's most valuable player. He was invited to the 1999 Heisman Trophy presentation and finished third in the voting behind Ron Dayne and Joe Hamilton. Vick's third-place finish matched the highest finish ever by a freshman up to that point, first set by Herschel Walker in 1980 (Adrian Peterson later broke that mark, finishing second in 2004).
|September 4||1:00 PM||James Madison*||No. 11||Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA||W 47–0||51,907|
|September 11||1:00 PM||UAB*||No. 11||Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA||W 31–10||51,907|
|September 23||8:00 PM||Clemson*||No. 8||Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA||ESPN||W 31–11||51,907|
|October 2||6:00 PM||at No. 24 Virginia*||No. 8||Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA (Commonwealth Cup)||ESPN2||W 31–7||51,800|
|October 9||6:00 PM||at Rutgers||No. 6||Rutgers Stadium • Piscataway, NJ||W 58–20||30,764|
|October 16||6:00 PM||No. 16 Syracuse||No. 4||Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA||ESPN||W 62–0||53,130|
|October 30||7:00 PM||at Pittsburgh||No. 3||Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA||ESPN2||W 30–17||42,678|
|November 6||3:30 PM||at West Virginia||No. 3||Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV (Black Diamond Trophy)||CBS||W 22–20||56,906|
|November 13||7:30 PM||No. 19 Miami (FL)||No. 2||Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA (Rivalry)||ESPN||W 43–10||53,130|
|November 20||12:00 PM||at Temple||No. 2||Veterans Stadium • Philadelphia, PA||ESPN2||W 62–7||25,822|
|November 26||2:30 PM||No. 22 Boston College||No. 2||Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA (Rivalry)||CBS||W 38–14||53,130|
|January 4||8:00 PM||vs. No. 1 Florida State*||No. 2||Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl)||ABC||L 29–46||79,280|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.|
1999 team players in the NFL
The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.
|John Engelberger||Defensive End||2||35||San Francisco 49ers|
|Ike Charlton||Defensive Back||2||52||Seattle Seahawks|
Awards and honors
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