Hokies Handle Bearcats In Military Bowl. Virginia Tech Still Hasn't Had A Losing Season Since 1992

By Phil Cantor
Dec. 28, 2014

Virginia Tech barely made it to a bowl game this year.  

But all that struggle and frustration was erased at the Military Bowl Saturday in the Hokies 33-17 win over Cincinnati.

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Head coach Frank Beamer is still recovering from throat surgery and was unable to talk.  The message he wrote for his son and acting head coach Shane Beamer read summed up the day for the Hokies.

“I’ve had many proud moments in my time at Virginia Tech,” he wrote, “but this is one of my proudest.”

Frank Beamer watched from the press box and there was concern with the Hokies only leading 13-10 at halftime.

Then the Hokie offense and particularly J.C. Coleman came to life.

Coleman set a school record for rushing yards in a bowl game gaining 157 and earning game MVP honors.  In fact Cincinnati had a tough time stopping Virginia Tech's rushing attack as the Hokies had 210 yards rushing.

It was a tough, physical game on the grounds of the Naval Academy that hosts the Military Bowl.  The type of game Virginia Tech loves.

Cincinnati fired there offensive weapons the Hokie defense bent a little as the Bearcats put up 489 yards of total offense. The Hokie defense withstood the assault from Cincinnati's offense and showed the backbone a Bud Foster coached defense is known for by creating turnovers, making the big stops when needed and then delivering the fatal blow when linebacker Deon Clarke broke through and sacked Bearcat quarterback Gunner Kiel who fumble the football that was scooped up and the Hokies took it the distance on the strangest play of the day.

Finishing 7-6 was not ideal for a team that was predicted to win the ACC Coastal Division and play for an ACC championship.  Virginia Tech barely made a bowl game but the Hokies won the Military Bowl game.

That kept Virginia Tech's streak of winning season's alive at 22 straight. 

Hokie fans haven't had to endure a losing season since 1992.

It was a emotionally charged game for the Hokies and their fans but Shane Beamer stepped in for his father and won one for the old man.

"To come out there and play like they did today I couldn’t be any happier for a group of kids.” Shane Beamer said.

“We had two objectives that we wanted to accomplish,” Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler said. “We wanted to win for the seniors and then win for Coach Beamer.”

After the game Frank Beamer joined his team in the locker room John Ballien, Virginia Tech's director of football operations, delivered a message; "I might not be able to talk, but I can still dance.”

For which Frank Beamer began to dance.