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2016 Virginia Tech Hokies football team

The 2016 Virginia Tech Hokies football team represented Virginia Tech in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Hokies were led by first-year head coach, Justin Fuente and played their home games at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia. Since 2004, Virginia Tech has played in the Atlantic Coast Conference and is currently in its Coastal Division.

2016 Virginia Tech Hokies football
Virginia Tech Hokies logo.svg
ACC Coastal Division champion
Belk Bowl champion
Belk Bowl, W 35–24 vs. Arkansas
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Division Coastal Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 16
AP No. 16
2016 record 10–4 (6–2 ACC)
Head coach Justin Fuente (1st season)
Offensive coordinator Brad Cornelsen (1st season)
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Bud Foster (21st as coordinator, 30th overall season)
Base defense 4–2–5
Home stadium Lane Stadium
(Capacity: 65,632)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 1 Clemson xy$#   7 1         14 1  
No. 21 Louisville x   7 1         9 4  
No. 8 Florida State   5 3         10 3  
NC State   3 5         7 6  
Wake Forest   3 5         7 6  
Boston College   2 6         7 6  
Syracuse   2 6         4 8  
Coastal Division
No. 16 Virginia Tech xy   6 2         10 4  
North Carolina   5 3         8 5  
No. 20 Miami   5 3         9 4  
Pittsburgh   5 3         8 5  
Georgia Tech   4 4         9 4  
Duke   1 7         4 8  
Virginia   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Clemson 42, Virginia Tech 35
  • # – College Football Playoff champion
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The Hokies finished the 2016 season with a regular season record of 9–3, winning its sixth ACC Coastal Division title. The Hokies played Clemson in the ACC Championship Game; Clemson won the game, 42–35.

Virginia Tech played Arkansas in the Belk Bowl on December 29, 2016. Arkansas took a 24–0 lead into halftime. However, in the second half, several Arkansas turnovers along with defensive adjustments, allowed Virginia Tech to score 35 unanswered points and win, 35–24. The comeback was the greatest in the team's 124-year history.

The Hokies finished the season with a record of 10–4, and ranked #16 in both the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll.

Contents

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Seasons at
Virginia Tech
Alma Mater
Justin Fuente Head Coach 0 Murray State (1999)
Bud Foster Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers 29 Murray State (1981)
Galen Scott Assistant Head Coach/Safeties 0 Illinois State (2001)
Zohn Burden Running Backs 1 VMI (2006)
Brad Cornelsen Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 0 Missouri Southern State (2000)
Brian Mitchell Cornerbacks 0 BYU (1995)
James Shibest Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends 0 Arkansas (1987)
Vance Vice Offensive Line 0 Oklahoma State (1990)
Holmon Wiggins Wide Receivers 0 New Mexico (2003)
Charley Wiles Defensive Line 20 Murray State (1987)
Reference:[1]

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 12:30 p.m. Liberty* Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA ACCN W 36–13   62,234
September 10 8:00 p.m. vs. No. 17 Tennessee* Bristol Motor SpeedwayBristol, TN (Battle at Bristol) ABC L 24–45   156,990
September 17 3:30 p.m. Boston College Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA (Rivalry) ESPNU W 49–0   60,054
September 24 12:30 p.m. East Carolina*  Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA ACCN W 54–17   63,712
October 8 3:30 p.m. at No. 17 North Carolina No. 25 Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC ABC/ESPN2 W 34–3   33,000
October 15 3:45 p.m. at Syracuse No. 17 Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY ESPNU L 17–31   33,838
October 20 7:00 p.m. Miami (FL) Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA (Rivalry) ESPN W 37–16   63,507
October 27 7:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh No. 25 Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA ESPN W 39–36   40,254
November 5 3:30 p.m. at Duke No. 23 Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC ESPNU W 24–21   38,217
November 12 3:30 p.m. Georgia Tech No. 18 Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA (Rivalry) ESPNU L 20–30   65,632
November 19 3:30 p.m. at Notre Dame* Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN NBC W 34–31   80,795
November 26 12:00 p.m. Virginia Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA (Commonwealth Cup) ESPN2 W 52–10   63,120
December 3 8:00 p.m. vs. No. 3 Clemson No. 19 Camping World StadiumOrlando, FL (ACC Championship Game) ABC L 35–42   50,628
December 29 5:30 p.m. vs. Arkansas No. 18 Bank of America StadiumCharlotte, NC (Belk Bowl) ESPN W 35–24   46,902
*Non-conference game.  Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Schedule Source:[2]

‡ – Current NCAA record for largest attendance for a collegiate football game.

Game summariesEdit

LibertyEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Flames 6 7 0 0 13
Hokies 7 17 9 3 36
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

vs. TennesseeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hokies 14 0 3 7 24
#17 Volunteers 0 24 7 14 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–5 2009 VT, 37–14

Boston CollegeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 0 0 0 0
Hokies 14 7 21 7 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
16–8 2015 VT, 26–10

East CarolinaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Pirates 0 0 14 3 17
Hokies 14 24 9 7 54
Overall record Last meeting Result
13–7 2014 ECU, 35–28

North CarolinaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#25 Hokies 6 7 14 7 34
#17 Tar Heels 0 3 0 0 3
Overall record Last meeting Result
20–11–6 2015 UNC, 30–27

at SyracuseEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#17 Hokies 3 0 6 8 17
Orange 7 10 0 14 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–9 2003 VT, 51–7

Miami (FL)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hurricanes 3 6 7 0 16
Hokies 3 13 14 7 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
13–20 2015 MIA, 30–20

at PittsburghEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#25 Hokies 6 10 13 10 39
Panthers 0 14 7 15 36
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–7 2015 PITT, 17–13

at DukeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#23 Hokies 7 14 0 3 24
Blue Devils 7 0 7 7 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–9 2015 DUKE, 48–45

Georgia TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Yellow Jackets 6 14 0 10 30
#18 Hokies 0 0 7 13 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–4 2015 VT, 23–21

at Notre DameEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hokies 0 14 7 13 34
Fighting Irish 10 14 7 0 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

VirginiaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cavaliers 0 0 3 7 10
Hokies 7 21 24 0 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
55–37–5 2015 VT, 23–20

vs. Clemson–ACC Championship GameEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 Hokies 7 7 7 14 35
#3 Tigers 14 7 14 7 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–20–1 2012 CLEM, 38–17

vs. Arkansas–Belk BowlEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 17 7 0 0 24
#18 Hokies 0 0 21 14 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Honorary #25 Beamer JerseyEdit

At the start of the 2016 season, Head Coach Justin Fuente began a tradition of selecting an outstanding special teams player to wear the #25 jersey in honor of former head coach, Frank Beamer, who wore #25 as a player for Virginia Tech.

The players honored in the 2016 season are:

Game Opponent Player
Game 1 Liberty Steven Peoples
Game 2 Tennessee Sean Huelskamp
Game 3 Boston College Tim Settle
Game 4 East Carolina Greg Stroman
Game 5 North Carolina Cam Phillips
Game 6 Syracuse Joey Slye
Game 7 Miami Anthony Shegog
Game 8 Pittsburgh Divine Deablo
Game 9 Duke Chuck Clark
Game 10 Georgia Tech Adonis Alexander
Game 11 Notre Dame CJ Carroll
Game 12 Virginia Sam Rogers
Game 13 Clemson Woody Baron
Belk Bowl Arkansas Terrell Edmunds

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 Final 
AP NR NR NR RV RV 25 17 RV 25 23 18 RV RV 19 18 16 
Coaches NR NR NR NR RV RV 19 RV 25 21 22 RV RV 18 19 16 
CFP Not released 19 14 NR NR 23 22 Not released


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Football Staff". Virginia Tech Athletics. Retrieved October 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ "2016 Virginia Tech Hokies Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved March 31, 2016. 

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