50 Years

Greatest Moments of Edward H. Lane Stadium

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    First game vs. William & Mary

    Tech christened Lane Stadium with a 9-7 win over the Tribe on Oct. 2.

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    First televised game at Lane

    The first televised game at Lane Stadium occurred in 1966, with Tech beating Florida State 23-21. A young Keith Jackson handled the play-by-play duties for ABC, which broadcast the game.

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    George Constantinides' game vs. Richmond

    Constantinides scored 26 total points in Tech's 45-14 win over Richmond on Homecoming. He still holds the record for most points by an individual at Lane Stadium.

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    Frank Loria's punt return vs. Miami

    Tech lost to Miami 14-7, and the Hokies' lone touchdown came on a 95-yard punt return by Frank Loria. The play still stands as the longest in Tech's modern-day history.

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    Don Strock's performance vs. Houston

    Strock completed 34 of 53 passes for 527 yards in Tech's 27-27 tie against Houston on Oct. 7. His completions, attempts and yardage are still school records.

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    Win over Oklahoma State on Homecoming

    Tech and the Cowboys engaged in an exciting game on Oct. 14. Oklahoma State grabbed the lead, but Tech drove into scoring position late in the game. Kicker Dave Strock missed a field goal, but got a second chance because of a penalty, and he made it, giving the Hokies a 34-32 Homecoming win.

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    John Bell's 3 interceptions vs. FSU

    John Bell intercepted three passes in Tech's 36-13 win over Florida State on Nov. 10. The next season, he intercepted three passes against West Virginia, becoming the first and only player in Tech history to intercept three passes in a single game on two occasions.

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    Rick Razzano 21 solo tackles vs. Richmond

    Tech knocked off Richmond 21-9 on Sept. 27, and Rick Razzano led the defense with 21 solo tackles. The 21 stops still stand as a school record today.

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    Wayne Latimer's field goal vs. FSU

    On Oc. 11, Tech beat Florida State 13-10, and in that game, Wayne Latimer nailed a 61-yard field goal. The field goal still stands as a school record today.

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    Roscoe Coles' 214 yards rushing vs. Tulsa

    Tech lost 35-31 to Tulsa on Nov. 6, but it wasn't because of Coles, who rushed for a school- and Lane Stadium-record 214 yards. Coles is the first Tech player to rush for more than 200 yards in a game.

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    Ron Zollicoffer's catch vs. William & Mary

    Bill Dooley's first season wasn't filled with many bright moments, but Ron Zollicoffer's touchdown catch on the last play of the game lifted Tech to a 22-19 win over William & Mary on Sept. 30. Tribe fans contend that Zollicoffer lost the ball as he hit the ground and the play should not have counted.

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    Kenny Lewis' 223 yards rushing vs. VMI

    Tech ended the season with a 28-2 victory over VMI, thanks largely to Kenny Lewis' 223 yards rushing. Lewis broke Coles' school record of 214 yards and held the record for 16 years.

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    Steve Casey's touchdown pass to Sidney Snell

    Tech beat VMI 27-20 in the season finale on Nov. 17, and Steve Casey connected with Sidney Snell for the big play. Casey's 91-yard touchdown pass to Snell is still the longest pass play in school history.

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    Cyrus Lawrence's 42 carries vs. Memphis

    Cyrus Lawrence still ranks as the school's all-time leading rusher, and he also holds the school record for carries in a game. His 42 totes against Memphis on Oct. 3 helped Tech to a 17-13 win over Memphis.

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    First night game at Lane

    The first night game at Lane Stadium occurred on Nov. 25, 1982, in the season finale against UVa. WTBS broadcast the game, and the Hokies beat the Cavaliers 21-14.

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    Bruce Smith's four sacks vs. Duke

    Bruce Smith became the first Tech player to record four sacks in a game when he had four against Duke in Tech's 27-14 win on Oct. 8. He also had four the following year in a win over William & Mary and is Tech's all-time leader with 46 career sacks.

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    Ashley Lee's interceptions vs. Vanderbilt

    Ashley Lee intercepted two passes and returned both of them for touchdowns in Tech's 21-10 win over Vanderbilt on Nov. 12. His returns of 94 and 88 yards still stand as an NCAA record for interception return yardage in a single game.

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    Eddie Hunter's kickoff return vs. South Carolina

    On Oct. 11, Tech tied South Carolina at 27. In an exciting game, Eddie Hunter made arguably the biggest play, returning a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. It still ranks tied for second among the longest in school history.

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    First win under Beamer vs. Navy

    Current Tech coach Frank Beamer is the school's all-time leader in coaching victories. His first came on Oct. 3, 1987, when the Hokies beat Navy 31-11 at Lane.

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    Mickey Thomas' six field goals vs. Vanderbilt

    Mickey Thomas provided all the scoring in the Hokies' 18-0 win over Vanderbilt on Nov. 4. His six field goals are still a single-game school record. None of the six were longer than 41 yards

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    Nick Cullen's catches vs. Southern Miss

    Tech knocked off Brett Favre and Southern Miss 20-16 on Oct. 27, and receiver Nick Cullen played a large role. His 13 receptions (for 170 yards) tied the school record and are still the most by a player at Lane Stadium.

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    Black shoes game vs. UVa

    Fired up at playing then-No. 17 Virginia on national television (ESPN), Tech's players painted their cleats black with spray paint before the game and then went on to a 38-13 win, snapping a three-game losing streak to the Cavaliers.

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    Antonio Freeman's big game vs. Temple

    Antonio Freeman caught nine touchdown passes in 1993 and three of them came in Tech's 55-7 Homecoming win over Temple. He caught eight passes for 194 yards.

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    100th win at Lane

    Tech routed West Virginia 34-6 on Sept. 22 in a Thursday night game. The win marked the program's 100th at Lane Stadium.

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    Loren Johnson preserves win over Miami

    The Hokies were 0-2 and playing No. 17 Miami, a school they had never beaten, in the third game. But Tech got up 13-7 and then held on when freshman cornerback Loren Johnson tipped away a pass in the waning moments to preserve the win. Tech went on to win out, including the Sugar Bowl.

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    Torrian Gray running down UVa's Tiki Barber

    The Hokies were looking to secure an Orange Bowl berth and needed a win over UVa on Nov. 29. On UVa's first possession, Tiki Barber burst free and down the sideline, but Torrian Gray ran him down after an 80-yard gain. The Hokies' defense held the Cavaliers to a field goal and went on to win 26-9.

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    Jamel Smith's interception return vs. Rutgers

    The Hokies cruised to a 47-7 win over Rutgers on Nov. 21, but Jamel Smith put his name in the record books with a 98-yard interception return for a touchdown. It still ranks as the longest in Lane Stadium history.

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    Michael Vick flip vs. JMU

    Michael Vick's career got off to a good start with three rushing touchdowns against James Madison in a 47-0 victory on Sept. 4. On the final one, a 7-yard run, he flipped over a JMU defender into the end zone for the score in one of many memorable plays by Vick in his career.

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    Corey Moore's game vs. Clemson

    In one of the greatest games ever by a Tech defender at Lane Stadium, Corey Moore recorded five solo tackles, two sacks and forced a fumble, which he returned 32 yards for a touchdown in the Hokies' 31-11 win over Clemson on Sept. 23.

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    ESPN Gameday visits Blacksburg for the first time

    ESPN Gameday rolled into Blacksburg for the first time on Oct. 16, and a record number of fans attended the college football pregame show. The Hokies then went on to roll No. 16 Syracuse 62-0 in what was the largest shutout loss by a ranked team in the history of the Associated Press poll.

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    Tech win over BC caps undefeated season

    The Hokies clinched a perfect regular season with a 38-14 win over BC. Tech secured a spot in its first national title game in the process.

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    Georgia Tech lightning game

    The Hokies were set to open the season against Georgia Tech and expectations were high, but the game was never played as severe thunderstorms rocked the area and left the field at Lane Stadium unplayable. The night became best known for the lightning that struck the rental car driven by ESPN's Lee Corso.

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    André Davis vs. WVU

    André Davis had a quarter to remember in Tech's 48-20 win over the Mountaineers on Oct. 12. In a span of a little more than six minutes in the third quarter, Davis scored on a 30-yard run, caught a 64-yard touchdown pass from Michael Vick and returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown. Davis, who had 127 yards receiving, finished with 273 all-purpose yards.

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    Eric Green's blocked punt vs. Miami

    Tech trailed Miami 20-3 at halftime and 23-10 entering the fourth quarter, but the Hokies cut the lead to 26-24 with six minutes to go after Eric Green blocked a punt and Brandon Manning returned it for a touchdown. Some say Lane Stadium has never been louder than after that play. The Hokies lost the game 26-24.

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    Tech downs Saban, LSU

    LSU and head coach Nick Saban had won the SEC and the Sugar Bowl following the 2001 season, but the Hokies throttled the Tigers 26-8 at Lane Stadium on Sept. 1. Lee Suggs rushed for two touchdowns in the win.

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    Lee Suggs breaks TD record vs. WVU

    Tech fell to the Mountaineers 21-18 on Nov. 20, but tailback Lee Suggs set an NCAA record by rushing for a touchdown in his 24th consecutive game, breaking a 32-year-old NCAA mark. He extended his streak to 27 games before it was broken.

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    Hurricane Isabel strikes vs. Texas A&M

    Hurricane Isabel battered parts of Virginia and North Carolina on Sept. 18, but the rain and wind didn't stop the Hokies from beating Texas A&M in a Thursday night game. Kevin Jones' 188 yards and three touchdowns led the way.

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    DeAngelo Hall two punt returns for touchdowns vs. Syracuse

    Tech blasted Syracuse 51-7 on Oct. 11, and DeAngelo Hall led the way. Hall returned two punts for touchdowns – both in the first quarter. His 58-yard return gave Tech a 14-0 lead, and less than two minutes later, his 60-yarder gave the Hokies a 21-point bulge and started the rout.

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    DeAngelo Hall fumble return vs. Miami

    Tech has struggled over the years against top-five opponents, but the Hokies hammered No. 2 Miami 31-7 on Nov. 1. DeAngelo Hall's strip and 28-yard fumble return for a touchdown got the scoring started and led the way. Eric Green added a 51-yard interception return for a score as well.

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    Vinnie Fuller returns blocked field goal for a touchdown vs. WVU

    Defensive back Vinnie Fuller provided the Hokies their only touchdown in a 19-13 win over No. 6 West Virginia on Oct. 2. His 74-yard return of Jim Davis' blocked field goal gave the Hokies a 13-0 lead at halftime and the Hokies held on for an upset of the Mountaineers.

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    Branden Ore's big night vs. Clemson

    Running back Branden Ore rushed for 203 yards and two touchdowns to lift Tech to a 24-7 victory over No. 10 Clemson on Oct. 26. The game was one of nine in which Ore rushed for more than 100 yards, but his only one of more than 200 yards.

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    Season opener vs. ECU

    In a touching pregame ceremony, Tech honored those who were killed and injured in the April 16 shootings the previous spring. The Hokies then went out and beat the Pirates 17-7, thanks to a Macho Harris interception return for a score and a Sean Glennon touchdown pass.

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    Tyrod Taylor's third-down play vs. FSU

    The Hokies and Seminoles were tied at 6 at the end of the first quarter on Nov. 10. On the first play of the second quarter, Tech faced a third-and-31 from the Tech 34. But Tyrod Taylor got Tech out of the jam by rushing for 38 yards and a first down. Tech scored on the drive and never looked back in a 40-21 win.

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    Darren Evans' record night vs. Maryland

    Tailback Darren Evans set a school record when he rushed for 253 yards in the Hokies' 23-13 win over Maryland on Nov. 6. He carried the ball 32 times and scored a touchdown in the game. His performance broke Mike Imoh's school record of 243 yards in 2004.

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    Macho Harris' interception return for a touchdown vs. Duke

    Tech found itself in a dogfight with Duke on Nov. 22, but Macho Harris made the big play. With the Hokies leading just 7-3 late in the game, Harris picked off a pass and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown to give Tech a 14-3 win over the Blue Devils.

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    Tyrod Taylor pass to Danny Coale vs. Nebraska

    Tech trailed Nebraska in the waning moments of a game on Sept. 19, but quarterback Tyrod Taylor found receiver Danny Coale for an 81-yard play to the Nebraska 3-yard line. Then with 21 seconds left, Taylor found Dyrell Roberts in the end zone to give Tech a near miraculous 16-15 win.

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    Big plays vs. NC State

    Tailback Ryan Williams ran for 120 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 38-10 Tech rout of the Wolfpack on Nov. 21. Williams' final touchdown was a 19-yard run in which he dragged Wolfpack safety Earl Wolff the final 12 yards into the end zone. Also, Cody Grimm tied an NCAA record with three forced fumbles in the game.

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    David Wilson kickoff return lifts Tech past Georgia Tech

    On Nov. 4, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech were engaged in a battle, and the Yellow Jackets tied the game at 21 with 2:34 remaining. On the ensuing kickoff, though, David Wilson returned it 90 yards for what would be the winning touchdown, giving the Hokies a 28-21 win.

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    Logan Thomas' game vs. Miami

    Quarterback Logan Thomas completed 23 of 25 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns, but it was his 19-yard rushing touchdown with 56 seconds left that gave the Hokies a 38-35 win over Miami. Thomas accounted for 348 yards and five touchdowns in the win.

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    J.C. Coleman TD run vs. Duke

    Tailback J.C. Coleman's 86-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter capped a 41-20 win in which the Hokies rallied from a 20-0 deficit. It was the longest run from scrimmage by a Tech player in a game at Lane Stadium, and the win was their 200th win at the stadium.


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