2000 Virginia Tech Hokies football team
|2000 Virginia Tech Hokies football|
Gator Bowl Champions
|2000 record||11–1 (6–1 Big East)|
|Head coach||Frank Beamer|
|Offensive coordinator||Rickey Bustle|
|Defensive coordinator||Bud Foster|
|Home stadium||Lane Stadium
|2000 Big East football standings|
|#2 Miami (FL) †||7||–||0||11||–||1|
|#6 Virginia Tech||6||–||1||11||–||1|
|† – 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. Their roster on offense consists of QB#7 Michael Vick, QB#11 Grant Noel, WR#19 Ernest Wilford, WR#88 Andre Davis, RB#47 Wayne Briggs, RB#22 Lee Suggs, WR#18 Emmett Johnson, WR#26 Shawn Witten, TE#86 Keith Willis, WR#82 Ron Moody, RB#32 Wayne Ward, and RB#27 Jarrett Ferguson.
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.
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.
|September 2||12:00 PM||Akron*||#11||Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA||ESPN+||W 52–23||56,272|
|September 7||8:00 PM||at East Carolina*||#10||Dowdy–Ficklen Stadium • Greenville, 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 Stadium • Chestnut 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 Dome • Syracuse, 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 Bowl • Miami, FL (Rivalry)||CBS||L 21–41||77,410|
|November 11||6:00 PM||at Central Florida*||#8||Citrus Bowl • Orlando, 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 Stadium • Jacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl)||NBC||W 41–20||68,741|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.|
2000 team players in the NFL
The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.
|Michael Vick||Quarterback||1||1||Atlanta Falcons|
|Cory Bird||Defensive back||3||91||Indianapolis Colts|
|Matt Lehr||Center||5||137||Dallas Cowboys|
Awards and honors
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- 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.
- "Virginia Tech Football TV History". Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Department of Athletics. Retrieved December 3, 2012.