Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/21/11
The high point in the history of Virginia Tech football occurred on an early January evening in 2000, when freshman Michael Vick dazzled a national audience with incredible athleticism and football moxie.  The Hokies lost their bid for a national championship that night, losing the Sugar Bowl to Florida State.
 
Virginia Tech has not challenged for a national crown in the years before or since, but that doesn’t mean the school hasn’t had a number of big bowl victories.  The one constant in all but one of the bowl wins is coach Frank Beamer, who is currently in his 25th season at Virginia Tech.  He is the successful active FBS coach with 250 wins (208 coming at VaTech).  The school is 9-15 all-time in bowl games (dating back to its first appearance in the 1946 Sun Bowl), but 8-10 under Beamer.


 

TOP FIVE VIRGINIA TECH BOWL VICTORIES
 
5.  1998 Music City Bowl: VIRGINIA TECH 38, Alabama 7
Dec. 29, 1998, Nashville, Tenn.
Significance:  Virginia Tech ended its futility against Alabama in dominating fashion (after previously going 0-10 all-time) and posted its largest margin of victory in a bowl game.

The game:  The Hokies scored the final 31 points in a game played in poor weather (sleet and rain).  DE Corey Moore blocked a punt and forced a fumble to lead the surge for a Hokies team that blocked two punts, picked off three passes and held the Tide to 50 rushing yards.  The VaTech offense churned out 207 yards on the ground.
 

4.  1986 Peach Bowl: VIRGINIA TECH 25, N.C. State 24
Dec. 31, 1986, Atlanta
Significance:  After five bowl losses, the Hokies finally broke through to win their first postseason game, in coach Bill Dooley’s final game at the school.

The game:  Trailing 24-22 with under 2 minutes remaining in the game, QB Erik Chapman led the Hokies down the field.  Chapman converted a fourth-and-three to keep the drive alive, and with 11 seconds left, threw a deep incomplete pass.  The Wolfpack was whistled for pass interference, allowing VaTech kicker Chris Kinzer to kick a game-winning 40-yard field goal as time expired.
 

3.  2001 Gator Bowl:  VIRGINIA TECH 41, Clemson 20
Jan. 1, 2001, Jacksonville, Fla.
Significance:  With a perfect Big East mark (7-0) and an overall record of 11-1, the Hokies finished the season ranked No. 5 in the BCS.  This game also marked the collegiate finale for QB Michael Vick.

The game:  Vick earned the MVP award for the game on the strength of 205 passing yards and 21 rushing yards.  The future No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft passed for a score and ran for another as the Hokies rushed for a team total of 205 yards.  The defense posted six sacks and had a pair of interceptions.
 

2.  2009 Orange Bowl:  VIRGINIA TECH 20, Cincinnati 7
Jan. 1, 2009, Miami
Significance:  The win ensured the school’s fifth consecutive 10-win season (a season that included an ACC title), and was the school’s second BCS bowl victory.

The game:  One of the best defenses in the country did not disappoint, shutting down Cincinnati after allowing an opening-drive TD.  VaTech did allow a total of 310 yards, but forced four turnovers and also blocked a field goal.  The Hokies held a nearly 2:1 advantage in time of possession for the game.  Freshman RB Darren Evans set a school bowl-game record with 28 carries and tied a school record with 158 rushing yards.
 

1.  1995 Sugar Bowl:  VIRGINIA TECH 28, Texas 10
Dec. 31, 1995, New Orleans
Significance:  The Big East champions didn’t disappoint in their first appearance in a major bowl game.  With the win, Virginia Tech finished 10thin the AP poll; it was the first big win for Beamer that signaled the program was headed for elite status.

The game:  QB Jim Druckenmiller and WR Bryan Still connected early and often to lead the offense.  In addition to his 119 receiving yards (and a score), Still also returned a punt 60 yards for another TD.  DT Jim Barron returned a fumble for a TD and Torrian Gray picked off two passes.
 
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