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1999 Virginia Tech Hokies football team

The 1999 Virginia Tech Hokies football team represented Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the 1999 NCAA Division I-A football season. Virginia Tech competed as a member of the Big East Conference. The Hokies were led by Frank Beamer in his 13th year as head coach. Virginia Tech finished the regular season undefeated but lost in the national championship game to the Florida State Seminoles.

1999 Virginia Tech Hokies football
ConferenceBig East Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 2
1999 record11–1 (7–0 Big East)
Head coachFrank Beamer (13th season)
Offensive coordinatorRickey Bustle (6th season)
Defensive coordinatorBud Foster (5th season)
Home stadiumLane Stadium
(Capacity: 51,907)
Seasons
← 1998
2000 →
1999 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 Virginia Tech $   7 0         11 1  
No. 15 Miami (FL)   6 1         9 4  
Boston College   4 3         8 4  
Syracuse   3 4         7 5  
West Virginia   3 4         4 7  
Pittsburgh   2 5         5 6  
Temple   2 5         2 9  
Rutgers   1 6         1 10  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Regular season summaryEdit

Michael Vick led the Hokies to an 11–0 regular 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).

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 41:00 p.m.James Madison*No. 11W 47–0 [1]51,907
September 111:00 p.m.UAB*No. 11
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
W 31–1051,907
September 238:00 p.m.Clemson*No. 8
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
ESPNW 31–1151,907
October 26:00 p.m.at No. 24 Virginia*No. 8ESPN2W 31–751,800
October 96:00 p.m.at RutgersNo. 6W 58–2030,764
October 166:00 p.m.No. 16 Syracuse No. 4
ESPNW 62–053,130
October 307:00 p.m.at PittsburghNo. 3ESPN2W 30–1742,678
November 63:30 p.m.at West VirginiaNo. 3CBSW 22–2056,906
November 137:30 p.m.No. 19 Miami (FL)No. 2
ESPNW 43–1053,130
November 2012:00 p.m.at TempleNo. 2ESPN2W 62–725,822
November 262:30 p.m.No. 22 Boston CollegeNo. 2
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA (rivalry)
CBSW 38–1453,130
January 4, 20008:00 p.m.vs. No. 1 Florida State*No. 2ABCL 29–4679,280

RosterEdit

1999 Virginia Tech Hokies football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 88 Andre Davis So
RB 27 Jarrett Ferguson So
T 76 Dave Kadela Jr
G 69 Matt Lehr Jr
RB 38 Shyrone Stith Sr
QB 7 Michael Vick   Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 66 Chad Beasley So
DB 16 Cory Bird Jr
CB 3 Ike Charlton Sr
DE 96 John Engelberger Sr
LB 43 Michael Hawkes Sr
CB 9 Anthony Midget Sr
DE 56 Corey Moore Sr
DB 14 Nick Sorensen Jr
LB 40 Ben Taylor So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 17 Shayne Graham Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

RankingsEdit

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 15 Final 
AP 13 11 11 10 8 8 5 4 4 3 3 2 (4) 2 (6) 2 (4) 2 (6) 2 (6) 2 
Coaches 14 11 10 8 7 5 4 4 3 3 (2) 2 (1) 2 (1) 2 (2) 2 (3) 2 (3) 3 
BCS Not released 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 Not released

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Game summariesEdit

James MadisonEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
4–0 1992 W, 49–20

Michael Vick ran for three touchdowns in the first 22 minutes of the game, but left due to an injury after he somersaulted into the end zone on the third score. The freshman had run for 54 yards, and thrown for 110 yards in leading the Hokies to a 21-0 lead that turned into a 47-0 win.[1]

UABEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 1998 W, 41–0

ClemsonEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
8–17–1 1998 W, 37–0

at VirginiaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
39–36–5 1998 L, 32–36

at RutgersEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
6–3 1998 W, 47–7

SyracuseEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
5–7 1998 L, 26–28

at PittsburghEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
5–1 1998 W, 27–7

at West VirginiaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
17–26–1 1998 W, 27–13

Miami (FL)Edit

Miami (FL) at Virginia Tech
1 234Total
No. 19 Miami (FL) 10 000 10
No. 2 Virginia Tech 7 7623 43
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–12 1998 W, 27–20 OT

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at TempleEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
9–3 1998 L, 24–28

Boston CollegeEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
4–2 1998 W, 17–0

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vs. Florida State (Sugar Bowl)Edit

Virginia Tech vs. Florida State
1 234Total
No. 2 Virginia Tech 7 7150 29
No. 1 Florida State 14 14018 46
Overall record Last meeting Result
10–18–1 1991 L, 20–33

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Players in the NFLEdit

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
John Engelberger Defensive end 2 35 San Francisco 49ers
Ike Charlton Defensive back 2 52 Seattle Seahawks
Corey Moore Linebacker 3 89 Buffalo Bills
Anthony Midget Defensive back 5 134 Atlanta Falcons
Shyrone Stith Running back 7 243 Jacksonville Jaguars

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Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Vick lives up to hype: Hokies' heralded freshman makes impressive debut". The Staunton News Leader. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  2. ^ "Virginia Tech 1999 AP Football Rankings". collegepollarchive.com. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  3. ^ "Hokies Seize Their Opening To Secure a Title Game Bid". New York Times. November 14, 1999. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  4. ^ "Hokies Smell Sugar at 11-0". Washington Post. November 27, 1999. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  5. ^ "Florida State Holds Off Vick and Virginia Tech, 46-29, for National Title". Los Angeles Times. January 5, 2000. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  6. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/2000.htm