Nov 30, 2013; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies linebacker Tariq Edwards (24) holds the Commonwealth Cup while celebrating with teammates after their game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Scott Stadium. The Hokies won 16-6. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
There were plenty of moments that made 2013 a very good year for Virginia Tech athletics like any year with tomorrow’s Sun Bowl not being eligible for this award due to timing. However, there were three moments during 2013 that were huge for Virginia Tech athletics and while none were a national championship, they felt pretty close to that type of moment in some cases. So, here are the top 3 moments that made 2013 a very good year for Hokie Nation.
3. Virginia Tech’s Triple OT Win Against Marshall
Not many people expected the game between Marshall and Virginia Tech to be the closest game of the season for the Hokies but Marshall gave the Hokies a tough challenge on what became an extremely rainy day in Blacksburg. Logan Thomas led a fairly late drive to tie the game up and force overtime in what would become a very long afternoon at Lane Stadium. A terrible drive and a 50 yard field goal miss by Ethan Keyserling made it seem that the Hokies were done. However, Beamer Ball saved the Hokies with a blocked 39 yard field goal attempt from Marshall. Derrick Hopkins also housed a fumble which would have won the game in second overtime but he didn’t and then Ethan Keyserling missed a 32 yard field goal. However, Logan Thomas found a way to get a big touchdown and 2-point conversion in third overtime with a defensive stop ending the game with the Hokies on top in what was a wild finish.
2. Virginia Tech Women’s Soccer reaches the Women’s College Cup.
Virginia Tech athletics has never had a NCAA title but the Hokies almost got it done on the pitch as the Virginia Tech Women’s Soccer team had the most successful season the program had ever had. The Hokies would make it to the ACC Tournament Championship Game only to lose to Florida State but that success put them in position to get one of the four number 1 seeds. The Hokies would make a run to WakeMed Soccer Park to play in the Women’s College Cup which is equivalent to the Final Four. Unfourtunately, the Hokies were once again taken down by the Seminoles in the national semifinals but this great success overall by the Hokies has this moment at number 2.
1. Decade Of Dominance: Virginia Tech Beats Virginia For a 10th Straight Time
Normally, our number 2 moment would have finished on top but the fact that the Hokies beat Virginia in football for the tenth straight year just shows the dominance of the Hokies over the arch rival Cavaliers. This year’s game was not one for someone who liked seeing a lot of points but the Virginia Tech defense absolutely dominated and there was enough offensive production for the Hokies to get the job done. The Hokies didn’t win the game in a nice way but the Hokies won it ugly but that didn’t matter as the Deacde of Dominance was complete. Hopefully, 2014 will be the start of the next decade of dominance for the Hokies.
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