Monday, January 3, 2011
Greetings from the Discover Orange Bowl
By Heather Dinich
MIAMI -- Virginia Tech fans are out in full force and they were tailgating outside Sun Life Stadium about four hours before kickoff. Hokies fans have been spotted all over South Florida the past few days, and even started the "Let's go ... Hokies!" chant one night at a local restaurant. It's still too early to tell how many Stanford fans have made the trip, so right now, it just feels like a Virginia Tech-Miami game. Without Miami. That, of course, is another story.
Each team's captains will meet former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, the game's honorary captain, during pregame, where he'll participate in the coin toss. Virginia Tech's captains are John Graves, Davon Morgan, Andre Smith and Tyrod Taylor. The Hokies will be wearing orange helmets for what's believed to be the first time in school history.
Running back Darren Evans will start at tailback, but Ryan Williams, who has a sore hamstring, is expected to play after being limited in practice most of the week.
Virginia Tech has come full circle this year. The Hokies started their season on a Monday night, on ESPN, at a neutral NFL stadium against a top five opponent and will end their season the same way. There's a lot on the line for both Stanford and Virginia Tech Monday night, but here's a look at exactly what a win would mean for the Hokies:
- They'll become the first ACC team to lose its first two games and win the rest.
- They'll be the fourth team in ACC history to win 12 games in a season.
- A 12-game winning streak would be the longest single-season winning streak and the second-longest winning streak in school history.
- The 12 wins would be the most in school history for a single season.
- The senior class would finish as the winningest four-year class in school history at 43-12.
- The Hokies would have won bowl games in three straight seasons for the first time in school history.