Miracle in Morgantown

One of the most improbable finishes in Tech history began long before Shayne Graham stepped onto the field.

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kinda wish I was alive to see it

GET OFF MY LAWN!!!

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- The BoD

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

Watched this game in a "bar" in Moab, Utah while on a camping trip. One other couple watching, they ended up rooting for WVA just for the fun of competition with us, but they left before the end of the game. Guy at the bar looked at my VT hat, looked at the TV, back to my hat then said that he didn't know Vermont even had a football team. I told him that it was our year and that he'd remember Virginia Tech at the end of the year. I'll just bet he did.
My wife and I celebrated ourownselves. Great game.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

You may not have been alive to see it, but, if my math is correct, it might be the reason you are alive. The game was played 11/6/99 and you were born on 8/6/00...exactly 9 months later.

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

see those fans making out at the end? mom?

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If you ever meet Shayne Graham, thank him for being the reason you're alive.

Met him once as a bartender, not crowded, him and some friends. Nicest guy ever.

The end credits had me cracking up.

Isn't that how they ended "Remember the Titans"?

Exactly. Pretty much a direct imitation.

Great way to get psyched up for next season, though maybe a bit early :(

Very cool video.

I thought the sound on the Beamer pieces needed some work. Sounded like he was in an empty room.

I'll never forget watching this game - was at my parents house, dad was doing the Surrender Cobra while repeatedly saying "I can't watch, I can't watch..." He left the room right before the snap, and my mom, brother, sister, and I watched as the ball sailed right through the goal posts to win the game. We had to find him in the house to let him know that we won.

To this day, he claims it was one of the best moments in Tech history that he has seen (though he actually did not see it).

We had to find him in the house to let him know that we won.

I do not understand this. My neighbors three doors down probably knew that we won, and my dog was scarred for the rest of her life after the end of this game.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

1999 was my freshman year. A large portion of my family are WVU alum, and had season tickets. I traveled up with my cousin, of which was a VT student also, sitting with our family. I remember watching this game from the stands, hearing the hecklers and clinging to hope. After Vick's improbable scramble and Shane's heroics, the Mountaineers were an angry bunch. I heard the entire walk back just how lucky we were and how we didn't deserve the ranking. I just smiled and kept my head down.

To this day, my relatives and I trade jabs. Most of the time friendly; occasionally, not as much. I hope we pound them in game 1. My talking started months ago. Get'em boys!

If it ain't orange, it better be maroon...and if it ain't maroon, it better be soon!

I traveled up with my cousin

Seems a bit risky when going to Morgantown

"I traveled with my cousin"

Well, didn't everyone?

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Listened to this game in the parking lot on a radio at my cousins wedding, her and her husband are VT grads and the entire wedding was filled with Hokies. Game wasn't on TV in there for some reason.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Man, that's rough

I feel like this game is so memorable because of what was on the line and the fact that it was a win/loss result based on the final plaly. This got me to thinking, what other games have we won or lost on a FG as time expired?

The only one I can think of off the top of my head is I believe we lost to NCSU in 2004 on a missed FG at the end.

Nebraska is another that comes to mind but I don't think that was the final play of the game.

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"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

Why would you want us to relive games the Hokies lost on a final play?

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Danny Coale caught that ball

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

NC State game sucked.

We've lost a lot of games by not being able to convert at the end.

We won the 1986 Peach Bowl with a last minute field goal.

I remember Kinzer's no time field goal well. Seems like I also remember a "dubious" injury on the field that gave us time to set up for the field goal, but my memory can be faulty, and sometimes the ends justify the means, right?

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Off the top of my head - (I'll count games that go to the wire, not just last second)

Wins:
NCSU Peach Bowl
WVU '99
BC '07 ACC Championship
Nebraska '09
GT '12

Losses:
NCSU '04
BC '07
Boise '10
Michigan Sugar Bowl
FSU '12
Wake '14
Clemson '16 ACC Championship

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

2012 against the wahoos. Journell put in a FG with 4 seconds left to give us the 17-14 win. This is the game where London got his "TimeCop" moniker because he refused to use any timeouts to keep time on the clock. Instead, when we had gotten into good position for the field goal and milked the clock, he used them to try to ice Journell. Ironically, one of them saved us as Cody missed a FG, but it had been determined that LOLUVa had called timeout before the snap. Thanks Coach FML!!!

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'86 Peach Bowl - 25-24 over NC State - Chris Kinzer's last second FG to give us our first bowl win in school history
1990 - 6-3 loss to GT - Scott Sisson hits the FG at the end to give Georgia Tech the win.
1992 - 50-49 loss to Rutgers - Rutgers TD pass as time expires
1998 - 28-26 loss to Syracuse - McNabb to Brominski
2003 - 24-23 win over Temple - Temple misses an XP in OT
2009 - 20-17 loss to UNC - UNC second Barth hits the FG at the end

uggggggggggggh the 2009 UNC game. Set up because of a fumble by Ryan Williams on our own 24 yard line with 2 mins left in a tie game. Fuuuuuck I had forgotten that one, for good reason.

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

apologies to whoever was cleaning up the north endzone for leaving the remains of the pumpkin I was wearing there after that game

2012 loss to Cincinnati at FedEx Field

"Facyson is a baller."
-CFB

2012 Russell Athletic Bowl victory over Rutgers.

This game was almost as painful to watch as the Wake Forest game.

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I refuse to remember this game.

The two teams combined for 21 punts and 3 missed field goals

Individually...

Virginia Tech
3 YARDS RUSHING ON 32 CARRIES
15/39 passing for 193 yards by Logan Thomas with 2 interceptions and 1 touchdown

Rutgers (seriously? Rutgers?)
67 yards rushing on 39 carries
17/40 passing for 129 yards with an interception

At least we had cool helmets?

It was a horrible game, but the win was very satisfying. First of all, it snapped a two-game losing streak in bowl games. Secondly, we avoided our first losing season since 1992. And last, but certainly not least, our victory absolutely shocked the Rutgers fans. Rutgers was coming off one of its best seasons in school history; they were 9-3 and claimed to be Co-Champions of the Big East (even though there was a four-way tie and Rutgers lost the tiebreaker). Rutgers fans were talking so much crap the entire week, saying things like "You don't belong on the same field as us." They honestly thought they would beat us by 50. So the fact that they lost on a missed field goal was absolutely hilarious.

Was it be the best game in Hokie history? Of course not. But a bowl victory is a bowl victory.

Gotta remember though, that was the game that gave us this...

Worst game I have ever seen but the best helmets I have ever seen.

I watched the game in Tennessee at my aunts house and laid on the floor with my head in my hands waiting for kick. Once Graham made history I ran through her house like an absolute mad man, jumped the railing to her deck (ground level), then screamed and ran around her backyard.

I was at that game...in the WVU student section.

Going into the final drive a ton of students made their way to the wall of the stadium waiting to jump off and storm the field; the 'eers were convinced that they won the game. When Vick made that last scramble he jumped out of bounds right in front of me. That scramble caused such a level of disbelief that it went quite in the stadium and when he landed after his jump, I could hear the 'Thud" on the field of him landing. At that moment, everyone knew that they lost. Kicking the field goal felt like a foregone conclusion.

Strangely, when field goal went through the uprights, you heard a few f-bombs and the like but most people were shellshocked. Shellshocked enough that I did not witness a single 'eer try and fight any Hokies. They were dead inside. And I loved it.

Confession: At the time, I was a WVU student. However, I had made the decision prior to that semester that I was going to transfer to Tech - I absolutely hated WVU and everyone there (don't know what I was thinking when I decided to go there after high school). Went on to graduate from Tech. I never speak of my time at WVU because there is no part of me that considers myself an 'eer.

My only positive memory of my time in Morgantown is that night. Thank you Michael Vick and the rest of the '99 squad.

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

That's a pretty sweet quote from Graham:

"When you perform at a high level, you don't perform with the thought of the outcome. You perform with the thought of the process."