2004 Virginia Tech Hokies football team
|2004 Virginia Tech Hokies football|
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|2004 record||10–3 (7–1 ACC)|
|Head coach||Frank Beamer (18th year)|
|Offensive coordinator||Bryan Stinespring (3rd year)|
|Defensive coordinator||Bud Foster (10th year)|
|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|
The 2004 Virginia Tech Hokies football represented represented the Virginia Tech in the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season. Virginia Tech 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.
Tech lost to eventual BCS National Champion USC at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, 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. No. 1 USC||FedEx Field • Landover, Maryland (BCA Classic)||ESPN||L 13-24||91,665|
|September 11||1:00 PM||Western Michigan*||Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, Virginia||W 63-0||65,115|
|September 18||12:00 PM||Duke||Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, Virginia||JPS||W 41-17||65,115|
|September 25||12:00 PM||North Carolina State||Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, Virginia||ESPN||L 16-17||65,115|
|October 2||12:00 PM||No. 7 West Virginia*||Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, Virginia (Black Diamond Trophy)||ESPN||W 19-13||65,115|
|October 9||12:00 PM||at Wake Forest||Groves Stadium • Winston-Salem, North Carolina||JPS||W 17-10||32,433|
|October 16||1:00 PM||Florida A&M*||Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, Virginia||W 62-0||65,115|
|October 28||7:30 PM||at Georgia Tech||No. 22||Bobby Dodd Stadium • Atlanta||ESPN||W 34-20||48,398|
|November 6||12:00 PM||at North Carolina||No. 18||Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, North Carolina||ESPN2||W 27-24||58,000|
|November 18||7:30 PM||Maryland||No. 15||Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, Virginia||ESPN||W 55-6||65,115|
|November 27||1:00 PM||No. 16 Virginia||No. 11||Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, Virginia (Commonwealth Cup)||ABC||W 24-10||65,115|
|December 4||1:00 PM||at No. 9 Miami (FL)||No. 11||Miami Orange Bowl • Miami (Miami – Virginia Tech rivalry)||ABC||W 16-10||62,205|
|January 3||8:00 PM||vs. No. 3 Auburn*||No. 9||Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans (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".