No spring game for Virginia Tech this year
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Sorry Hokie fans! The COVID-19 pandemic is canceling this year’s spring game for Virginia Tech, according to Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock. “Regrettably, given the current restrictions in place and out of concern for the health and well-being of our community, our student-athletes and our fans, we have made the decision to not have a spring football game,” Babcock said. “We realize this is disappointing for many and certainly for our football team, but we believe that it is the proper decision for the Virginia Tech community and the town of Blacksburg. “Lane Stadium was not the same without Hokie Nation last year,” said head coach Justin Fuente.
‘All of Hokie Nation is thrilled’: Virginia Tech plans for multiple in-person commencement ceremonies
After a difficult year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Class of 2021 Hokies will be able to graduate in Lane Stadium this year. Virginia Tech announced in a press release that the university is planning to have multiple graduation ceremonies in Lane Stadium and an online ceremony this spring. With more than 8,000 students planning to graduate, Virginia Tech said that having more than one graduation ceremony will allow the university to safely hold graduates and their families. Students will need to register for commencement events given that a limited number of guests will be allowed due to public health concerns. Virginia Tech has yet to make details final but will do so within the next few weeks.
Big second-quarter lifts Virginia Tech past Virginia, 33-15
It was a short hiatus without the Commonwealth Cup for Virginia Tech. After getting beat by Virginia for the first time in 15 years last season in Charlottesville, the Hokies reclaimed bragging rights on Saturday, earning a 33-15 win over the Cavaliers at Lane Stadium. Khalil Herbert rushed for 162 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries for Virginia Tech (5-6), which outscored Virginia in the second quarter, 24-0, to take a 27-7 halftime lead. Brennan Armstrong went 25-of-45 passing for 259 yards and two touchdown in defeat for Virginia (5-5).
Hokies' rushing attack is ready for Duke’s defensive line
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Last year’s 45-10 loss against Duke at Lane Stadium was a turning point for Virginia Tech. But nearly one year later, that game is still on the Hokies' minds as prepare for the Blue Devils on Saturday. “We remember everything about that Duke game from last year,” said redshirt junior guard Lecitus Smith said. The ground attack tallied 314 yards, and according to Smith, it was also proof that the offensive line is coming together. More notably, their defensive line only allows opponents 3.72 yards per carry.
Virginia Tech football fans adjust to cheering on team outside of Lane Stadium
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The first Virginia Tech home football game of the season is an annual holiday for Hokie fans, but only a handful of them got to experience the action inside of Lane Stadium this season. Virginia Tech only admitted 1,000 fans into the stadium due to COVID-19 precautions, which left many students looking for a different way to watch their team. “I’ve been to a couple of games in person and nothing beats it,” said Virginia Tech freshman Chase Jaramillo. “Me and my friends are still treating this game as regularly as we can.”Many of the fans inside of Lane Stadium were friends or family of the players. Virginia Tech students on campus mostly chose between three options.
Virginia Tech prepares for home opener against NC State
BLACKSBURG, Va – On Saturday night, the Virginia Tech Hokies will take the field for their first game of the season at Lane Stadium. Any other year, Hokie fans would tell you can’t have football without tailgating, Enter Sandman and a stadium full of cheering students. “College football and game day and tailgating is such a deep valued tradition here at Virginia Tech we always look forward to the fall to be able to do that we’ve been doing it for decades, but this is an unusual year,” Virginia Tech Spokesperson Mark Owczarski said. Because of COVID-19, there will be several health precautions and restrictions when the Hokies take the field against NC State. Virginia Tech leaders agree that they are looking forward to the day when things can return to normal, but safety is the top priority for now.
Wiles expects return to Lane Stadium to bring ‘mixed’ feelings
NC State’s visit to Lane stadium will include a bittersweet homecoming for a member of there coaching staff. Assistant Charley Wiles spent 24 years alongside Bud Foster, and another two as a grad assistant under head coach Frank Beamer. But he’ll enter Lane stadium Saturday wearing the visiting Wolfpack colors. Wiles played for Coach Frank Beamer at Murray State as well. NC State at Virginia tech is set to kick off at 8 p.m. from Lane Stadium.
Virginia Tech, UVA game rescheduled for December
BLACKSBURG, Va. – After being postponed, a new date has been set for the Commonwealth Cup. UVA will travel to Blacksburg to play at Lane Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 12. Rather than begin each team’s regular season, the game is now set to be the final regular-season match-up for each squad. The game was originally scheduled to be played Saturday at 7:30 p.m., but due to coronavirus cases at Virginia Tech, was postponed. Here’s the statement Virginia Tech published regarding the game’s initial postponement:
For Blacksburg businesses no fans for college football might as well mean no football at all
BLACKSBURG, VA. Many football fans rejoiced when they learned Virginia Tech will play home games this fall. For area businesses, no fans might as well mean no football at all. Blacksburg businesses profits connect directly to Virginia Tech football. Casey Jenkins is the Executive Director of Downtown Blacksburg Inc.Its cautious optimism because the big question for many folks is the capacity of Lane Stadium, Jenkins said. Thats why no matter how many fans Virginia Tech ends up allowing, itll likely still be a loss.
Virtual graduation doesn’t mean any less celebration for Virginia Tech’s Class of 2020
Many of them found time to reunite with their closest friends on campus before the big moment. The campus is beaming with life again, even if life did not go as expected for these grads. Even just looking back at freshman year pictures, it doesn’t seem that long ago,” said O’Connor. This is more than just a graduation celebration, it’s a homecoming for the seniors who have spent their last semester learning through computer screens. Click here to watch the Class of 2020′s virtual commencement.
Hokies ready for new challenge against North Carolina
BLACKSBURG, Va. - After the win over Rhode Island on Saturday, the Hokies are ready for the next challenge, taking on North Carolina at home in Lane Stadium. He's an outstanding football coach, a great motivator, a great communicator," defensive coordinator Bud Foster said. He's got his guys playing hard and believing. I think that's one thing he's really got them doing, believing in playing hard." For his size, he can really, really run."
Hokies allow 31 unanswered points, fall in Friday night matchup against Duke
Running back Deshawn McClease #33 of the Virginia Tech Hokies is tackled by defensive end Victor Dimukeje #51 of the Duke Blue Devils in the first half at Lane Stadium on September 27, 2019 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by MichaelBLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech allowed Duke to score 31 unanswered points on Friday night as the Hokies fell 45-10. The night didn't start badly for the Hokies, as they led 3-0 after the first quarter. Duke quarterback Quentin Harris led the way for his team with two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. Despite the 102-yard rushing effort by Hokies junior running back Deshawn McClease, the Hokies are now 0-2 in conference play.
Virginia Tech football gearing up to host Duke Friday
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech Hokies are coming off a bye week and ready to take on Duke Friday night in Lane Stadium. "We need to come out of the half strong, we need to finish strong, playing the whole 60 minutes makes a difference." With 2-1 Duke looming on the horizon, the Hokies know a win against Dave Cutcliffe's squad is never guaranteed. Fuente agreed, "Obviously, we have a huge challenge this week, Duke coming in here Friday night. We've always known coach Cutcliffe is a fantastic coach, but they've got a tremendous amount of talent over there as well."
Willis leads Virginia Tech past Old Dominion, 31-17
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Ryan Willis threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Virginia Tech beat Old Dominion 31-17 on Saturday. Keshawn King also scored on a 4-yard run for the Hokies, who were stunned 49-35 when they played at Old Dominion a year ago. THE TAKEAWAYOld Dominion: Despite its victory last season, Old Dominion is not ready to contend against the Hokies and Power Five schools. UP NEXTOld Dominion: The Monarchs have a bye next weekend and play at Virginia on Sept. 21. Virginia Tech: The Hokies play host to Furman next Saturday.
AP releases first Top 25 football poll, UVA receives more votes than Virginia Tech
Quarterback Bryce Perkins #3 of the Virginia Cavaliers carries the ball against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the second half at Lane Stadium on November 23, 2018 in Blacksburg, Virginia. Atop the list are the Clemson Tigers, who neither UVA or Virginia Tech has to play in the regular season. UVA received 44 votes, while Virginia Tech received 12. 25, received 141 votes. Click here to view the full Top 25 poll.