2004 Virginia Tech Hokies football team
The 2004 Virginia Tech Hokies football 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.
|2004 Virginia Tech Hokies football|
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|2004 record||10–3 (7–1 ACC)|
|Head coach||Frank Beamer (18th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Bryan Stinespring (3rd season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Bud Foster (10th season)|
|Home stadium||Lane Stadium|
(c. 65,115, grass)
|2004 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings|
|No. 10 Virginia Tech $||7||–||1||10||–||3|
|No. 15 Florida State||6||–||2||9||–||3|
|No. 11 Miami||5||–||3||9||–||3|
|No. 23 Virginia||5||–||3||8||–||4|
Rankings from AP Poll
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 FedExField 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 p.m.||vs. No. 1 USC||ESPN||L 13–24||91,665|
|September 11||1:00 p.m.||Western Michigan*||W 63–0||65,115|
|September 18||12:00 p.m.||Duke||JPS||W 41–17 ||65,115|
|September 25||12:00 p.m.||NC State||ESPN||L 16–17||65,115|
|October 2||12:00 p.m.||No. 6 West Virginia*||ESPN||W 19–13||65,115|
|October 9||12:00 p.m.||at Wake Forest||JPS||W 17–10||32,433|
|October 16||1:00 p.m.||Florida A&M*||W 62–0 ||65,115|
|October 28||7:30 p.m.||at Georgia Tech||No. 22||ESPN||W 34–20||48,398|
|November 6||12:00 p.m.||at North Carolina||No. 18||ESPN2||W 27–24||58,000|
|November 18||7:30 p.m.||Maryland||No. 15||ESPN||W 55–6||65,115|
|November 27||1:00 p.m.||No. 16 Virginia||No. 11||ABC||W 24–10||65,115|
|December 4||1:00 p.m.||at No. 9 Miami (FL)||No. 10||ABC||W 16–10||62,205|
|January 3, 2005||8:00 pm||vs. No. 3 Auburn*||No. 9||ABC||L 13–16 ||77,349|
|BCS||Not released||25||22||20||18||15||14||12||8||Not released|
|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|
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- 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".