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The Greatest Moments in Virginia Tech History

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#5. Tech Takes the Independence Bowl

Tech scores two touchdowns in the final 0:35 of the first half to break open the Independence Bowl against Indiana. Lawrence Lewis scooped up a fumble and ran 20 yards for a score, and Antonio Banks went 80 with a blocked field goal to make the score 28-13, heading into halftime.

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#4. The 1986 Peach Bowl

Using a punishing ground attack that featured a pair of 100-yard rushers (Maurice Williams, 129 yards; Eddie Hunter, 113), Virginia Tech withstood the strong arm of North Carolina State quarterback Erik Kramer and earned its first-ever bowl win, 25-24, in the Peach Bowl. Chris Kinzer’s 40-yard field goal with no time remaining was the difference.

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#3. The 2009 Orange Bowl

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The Hokies win their first-ever BCS bowl by spanking Cincinnati, 20-7, in the Orange Bowl. The Hokies forced four turnovers and got 158 yards and a TD from game MVP Darren Evans to secure the landmark victory.

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#2. The Miracle in Morgantown

The Hokies had led a 19-7 lead slip away at West Virginia, and their undefeated season and number-three ranking in the BCS standings were at risk. But beginning at his own 16, with 1:11 to play and trailing, 20-19, QB Michael Vick engineered a drive with his arm and legs that brought the Hokies to the WVU 27 with 0:05 left. Shayne Graham took it from there, drilling a 44-yard field goal to give Tech a 22-20 win in the “Miracle in Morgantown.”

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#1. Tech Spanks The Longhorns

Although the Hokies had enjoyed bowl prosperity before under Frank Beamer, it was of the modest variety. On New Year’s Eve, 1995, VT hit the mother lode, not only reaching the Sugar Bowl against Texas but spanking the Longhorns, 28-10. The nasty Tech defense held Texas to 226 total yards, and QB Jim Druckenmiller threw for 266 yards and a touchdown.

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