2019 Virginia Tech Hokies football team

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2019 Virginia Tech Hokies football
Virginia Tech Hokies logo.svg
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
DivisionCoastal Division
Ranking
APNo. 25
2019 record7–3 (4–2 ACC)
Head coachJustin Fuente (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorBrad Cornelsen (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorBud Foster (25th season)
Home stadiumLane Stadium
(Capacity: 66,233)
Seasons
← 2018
2020 →
2019 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 3 Clemson xy   8 0         11 0  
Louisville   4 3         6 4  
Florida State   4 4         6 5  
Wake Forest   3 3         7 3  
Boston College   3 4         5 5  
NC State   1 5         4 6  
Syracuse   1 5         4 6  
Coastal Division
Virginia   5 2         7 3  
Pittsburgh   4 2         7 3  
Virginia Tech   4 2         7 3  
Miami   4 3         6 4  
North Carolina   3 4         4 6  
Duke   2 4         4 6  
Georgia Tech   1 6         2 8  
Championship: Clemson vs TBD
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of November 18, 2019; Rankings from College Football Playoff

The 2019 Virginia Tech Hokies football team represents Virginia Tech during the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Hokies are led by fourth-year head coach Justin Fuente and play their home games at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia. They compete as members of the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Preseason[edit]

Preseason media poll[edit]

In the preseason ACC media poll, Virginia Tech was predicted to finish in third in the Coastal Division.[1]

Media poll (Coastal Division)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Virginia 1003 (82)
2 Miami (FL) 992 (55)
3 Virginia Tech 827 (20)
4 Pittsburgh 691 (8)
5 Duke 566 (6)
6 North Carolina 463 (1)
7 Georgia Tech 302 (1)

Schedule[edit]

In non-conference play, Virginia Tech will play home games against Old Dominion of Conference USA, Furman of the Southern Conference, and Rhode Island of the Colonial Athletic Association, as well as a road game against Notre Dame, a football independent. In ACC play, the Hokies will play the other members of the Coastal Division as well as Boston College and Wake Forest from the Atlantic Division.

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 314:00 p.m.at Boston CollegeACCNL 28–3535,213
September 712:00 p.m.Old Dominion*ESPNUW 31–1757,282
September 1412:00 p.m.No. 16 (FCS) Furman*
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
ACCNW 24–1752,314
September 277:00 p.m.Duke
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
ESPNL 10–4559,537
October 53:30 p.m.at Miami (FL)ESPNW 42–3553,183
October 124:00 p.m.Rhode Island*
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
ACCNW 34–1751,716
October 193:30 p.m.North Carolinadagger
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
ACCRSNW 43–41 6OT65,632
November 22:30 p.m.at No. 16 Notre Dame*NBCL 20–2177,622
November 93:30 p.m.No. 19 Wake Forest
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
ACCNW 36–1765,632
November 163:30 p.m.at Georgia TechACCRSNW 45–043,263
November 233:30 p.m.Pittsburgh
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
ESPN2
November 2912:00 p.m.at VirginiaABC

Source:[2]

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name Seasons Alma Mater
Justin Fuente Head Coach 4 Murray State (1999)
Jerry Kill Special Assistant to Head Coach 1 Southwestern College (1983)
Bud Foster Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers 33 Murray State (1981)
Justin Hamilton Safeties 1 Virginia Tech (2005)
Adam Lechtenberg Assistant Head Coach/Executive Director of Player Development 4 Nebraska (1999)
Zohn Burden Running Backs 5 VMI (2006)
Brad Cornelsen Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 4 Missouri Southern State (2000)
Brian Mitchell Cornerbacks 4 BYU (1995)
James Shibest Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends 4 Arkansas (1987)
Vance Vice Offensive Line 4 Oklahoma State (1990)
Jafar Williams Wide Receivers 1 Maryland (2003)
Charley Wiles Defensive Line 24 Murray State (1987)
Matt Transue Senior Director of Football Operations 4 Tennessee (2015)
Ben Hilgart Associate AD Strength & Conditioning for Football 4 Western Illinois (2001)
Mark Diethorn Director of Player Personnel 2 Virginia Tech (2007)
John Iezzi Director of Recruiting 3 Virginia Tech (2015)

Game summaries[edit]

at Boston College[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hokies 7 7 7 7 28
Eagles 7 21 0 7 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
18–9 Nov. 3, 2018 L, 21–31

Old Dominion[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Monarchs 3 0 7 7 17
Hokies 10 7 7 7 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 Sept. 22, 2018 L, 35–49

Furman[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 16 (FCS) Paladins 0 14 0 3 17
Hokies 3 0 14 7 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–0 Sept. 12, 2015 W, 42–3

Duke[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Devils 0 21 10 14 45
Hokies 3 0 7 0 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–9 Sept. 29, 2018 W, 31–14

at Miami (FL)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hokies 21 7 0 14 42
Hurricanes 0 7 7 21 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–22 Nov. 17, 2018 L, 14–38

Rhode Island[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 6 11 0 17
Hokies 10 7 7 10 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 Oct. 11, 1980 W, 34–7

North Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4OT2OT3OT4OT5OT6OT Total
Tar Heels 10 7 7 7370000 41
Hokies 7 14 0 10370002 43
Overall record Last meeting Result
23–12–6 Oct. 13, 2018 W, 22–19

Starting with the 2019 season, every overtime period starting with the fifth overtime consists solely of one two-point attempt per team from the three yard line.

at Notre Dame[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hokies 7 7 3 3 20
No. 16 Fighting Irish 7 7 0 7 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 Oct. 6, 2018 L, 23–45

After poor performances against USC and Michigan, Notre Dame stepped up defensively against Virginia Tech. The hokies were held to their lowest total yards game since 2015 and lowest yards per play since 2016 in what was billed as "one of the best group effort performances" ever seen by Sports Illustrated sportswriter Bryan Driskell.[3] Yet, Notre Dame still needed a late touchdown to win the game by a final score 21-20 and Notre Dame extended their home winning streak to 16 games.[4]

Wake Forest[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 22 Demon Deacons 3 7 7 0 17
Hokies 3 3 17 13 36
Overall record Last meeting Result
24–12–1 Nov. 22, 2014 L, 3–6

at Georgia Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hokies 14 17 14 0 45
Yellow Jackets 0 0 0 0 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–7 Oct. 25, 2018 L, 28–49

Pittsburgh[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0
Hokies 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
10–8 Nov. 10, 2018 L, 22–52

at Virginia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hokies 0
Cavaliers 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
58–37–5 Nov. 23, 2018 W, 34–31

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV RV 25  
Coaches RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV RV RV RV  
CFP Not released NR NR Not released

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Clemson Favored to Continue ACC Football Championship Run". theACC.com. Atlantic Coast Conference. July 22, 2019. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  2. ^ "2019 Virginia Tech Football Schedule". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  3. ^ Driskell, Bryan (November 4, 2019). "Grades: Notre Dame Defense vs. Virginia Tech". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  4. ^ Berardino, Mike (November 2, 2019). "No. 16 Notre Dame needs late touchdown to get past Virginia Tech". USA Today. Retrieved November 6, 2019.