Virginia Tech Hokies football seasons

Virginia Tech Hokies football seasons

This is a list of seasons completed by the Virginia Tech Hokies football team of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Since the team's creation in 1891 by professor Ellison A. Smyth—who coached the team in its first game, which was played the next year [Lazenby, p. 17] —the Hokies have participated in more than 1,100 officially-sanctioned games, including 21 bowl games. [ [ 2008 Virginia Tech football media guide] (PDF Pg. 17) "Miscellaneous records," Virginia Tech Athletics Communications department, July 2008. Pg. 171.]

Historically, the Hokies have had limited success. From 1892 to 1921, Tech competed as a football independent. The Hokies won several games against larger, better-funded teams during this time, but did not compete in many games outside the American South. From 1921 to 1964, Tech was a member of the Southern Conference and won the conference championship in 1963. The membership of the Southern Conference fluctuated wildly at times during Tech's tenure. When the conference was created in 1921, it boasted 23 teams. This number was reduced when the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference split away in 1932 and 1953, respectively. By the time Tech won the conference championship in 1963, the conference's membership had shrunk to less than 10 teams. Tech administrators, wanting to expand the football program, chose to leave the conference and become a football independent once more. [Lazenby, p. 98]

Though Tech joined athletic conferences in other sports during the 1980s, it remained a football independent until 1991, when Virginia Tech became a member of the Big East conference. In 1993, Tech received an invitation to the Independence bowl, beginning a 15-year streak that has seen the Hokies invited to a bowl game at the conclusion of every season since then. In 1995, the Hokies defeated the Texas Longhorns in the 1995 Sugar Bowl, [ [ 1995 Sugar Bowl] Virginia Tech Sports Information, Accessed July 23, 2008.] vaulting them into national prominence. [Denlinger, Ken. "With Win Over Texas In First Major Bowl, Hokies on Sugar High; Va. Tech Makes Case for Elite Status With Victory." "The Washington Post". January 2, 1996. Sports section.] In recent years, Virginia Tech football teams have been ranked among the best in the country according to season-ending polls. In 2000, Virginia Tech participated in the 2000 Sugar Bowl, which served as the national championship game of the 1999 college football season. [ [ 2000 Sugar Bowl] Virginia Tech Sports Information, Accessed July 23, 2008.] In addition to that appearance, the Hokies have participated in several other Bowl Championship Series games, which represent the highest tier of postseason accomplishment. [ [ BCS 101] "BCS Explained" Accessed July 23, 2008.]

Today, the Hokies are a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and have competed in that conference since 2004, when the Hokies left the Big East. Tech won three Big East conference championships prior to departing that conference, and since joining the ACC, has won that conference twice.


See also

* Virginia Tech Hokies football
* Virginia Tech bowl games



Reference sources

* Lazenby, Roland. Legends: A Pictoral History of Virginia Tech Football. Taylor, Full Court Press (1986) ISBN 978-0913767115
* Tandler, Rich. Hokie Games: Virginia Tech Football Game by Game 1945-2006. Game by Game Sports Media (September 15, 2007) ISBN 978-0972384520

External link

* [] - Official Virginia Tech Hokies football website

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