VT bears burden of validating its place

Originally Published: January 3, 2012
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

NEW ORLEANS -- As far as big wins go, none has loomed larger for Virginia Tech than its 28-10 Sugar Bowl win over Texas in 1995.

At the time, it was the most prestigious bowl appearance the Hokies had ever been in, and Virginia Tech overcame a 10-point deficit to beat the Longhorns and catapult the program into the national spotlight.

"It gave us an opportunity to step out into the national prominence to be able to beat Texas here [and] at that time I think signified our arrival ...

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