After starting the season losing three of their first four games, it was hard to see the Virginia Tech football team becoming bowl-eligible with eight ACC games ahead of them. The Hokies entered those games with a lot more questions than answers.
In the end, Virginia Tech went 5-3 to become bowl-eligible and earn a date with Tulane University in the Military Bowl Wednesday. The Hokies did what they did five times over the final eight weeks of the regular season, they outplayed their opponent on their way to a 41-20 win over the Green Wave.
Yes, Tulane was missing their head coach and several of their key players, however, that's not Virginia Tech's fault and they could only play who lined up across from them. Following the win that ended the season at 7-6 for the Hokies and gives them a ton of momentum heading into 2024 as they make quick work of their rebuild, Tech players and coach took to X on social media to react to the win.
Pheldaruis Payne, who forced a huge fumble inside the Virginia Tech 5-yard line in the second quarter, stuck things out in Blacksburg and was rewarded with a victory in his final game as a Hokie.
Derrick Canteen, who entered the transfer portal after the win over Virginia but committed to play against Tulane, is glad to end his Virginia Tech career as a champion.
Defensive tackle Josh Fuga, who is returning in 2024, had a quote after the Hokies fell to 1-3 after a loss to Rutgers, but reminded everyone that this squad was a resilient one.
Virginia Tech assistant coach Shawn Quinn was happy about the opportunity to finish the season as a team as champions of the Military Bowl.
Wide receivers coach and offensive recruiting coordinator Fontel Mines thanked Hokies fans for coming out in the bad weather conditions to support their team.
Special teams kicker Kyle Lowe posted how much he appreciated special teamers who had a big season and recovered a key fumble in the second quarter against Tulane.
Cornerbacks coach and defensive recruiting coordinator Derek Jones, whose unit played a very good game, took one more picture with his unit that got better and better as the season went along.