Beamer Talks About San Fran Bowl Invite
San Fran Chronicles
December 8, 2002

San Francisco, Calif. - Virginia Tech accepted today an invitation to play in the inaugural Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl. The 19th ranked Hokies (9-4 overall) will face Air Force (8-4 overall) on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. at Pacific Bell Park.

"We are excited about playing in San Francisco," said Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech head football coach. "It is a great city, and our fans will enjoy the new sights and sounds that San Francisco has to offer. We are looking forward to playing Air Force, a great institution with national recognition."

Under Beamer, Virginia Tech is one of just seven Division 1-A teams to receive a bowl bid in each of the last ten years. In the past 15 seasons, Beamer has lead the Hokies to 10 consecutive bowl appearances, three BIG EAST Conference titles, a trip to the national championship game, and an average of nine wins per year since the 1993 season. In his 16th year at Virginia Tech, Beamer is among the top four coaches in the game in terms of the longest tenure at the same school. (The others are Penn State's Joe Paterno, Florida State's Bobby Bowden, and Air Force's Fisher DeBerry).

"With Air Force vs. Virginia Tech, we now have one of the best matchups in the entire 2002-2003 post-season bowl lineup," said Gary Cavalli, executive director of the Bowl. "We have two quality teams, two of the premier programs in the country, and two of the most respected coaches in college football. It's a great start for a first-year bowl game."

Beamer and the Hokies will be looking for their tenth win of the season in the game against the Falcons. Virginia Tech is led by the team's rushing and scoring leader, senior running back Lee Suggs. With 132 points and averaging 96.5 rushing yards per game, Suggs is second in the BIG EAST in scoring (10.2 pts/g). Suggs holds the all-time NCAA record for consecutive games scoring a touchdown (26).

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