ASK TKP: What's your all-time favorite BeamerBall memory?

In honor of Frank Beamer's 71st birthday today, I ask TKP, what's your favorite BeamerBall memory? And if another Frank moment or interaction trumps some special teams goodness on the field, feel free to share that instead.

Edit: For on the field memories, you're my hero if you find the applicable clip on YouTube.

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The blocked FG scoop-and-score by Vinny Fuller in the rain against #6 WVU in 2004.

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

First thing that came to mind for me.

Was at this game. THIS WAS AWESOME!

The Dude Abides

This was my first Tech game.... This was also my first hangover.... I was a junior in high school and got tickets from my gf at the time for my birthday.... stayed with my brother who was a junior at VT, got introduced to jungle juice, had it forced on me all night at a Frat Party, apparently a girl gave me a lap dance....commence to forgetting everything else....

then I woke up and luckily threw it all up pregame so I could sit in the stands with her parents and pretend like I wasn't about to die...

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Wayne Ward springing Andre Davis against WVU

Same here. We in Lane stadium collectively lost our minds. I was celebrating the block and it took a few seconds to realize Andre was going to score.

This exactly, I was too busy going nuts about the block to see we scored. Crazy energy in the stadium.

I would also put the blocked FG for a TD as time expired in the first half of the 1993 Independance Bowl. That was the first bowl game in the streak. Time expired in the half, but Indiana claimed they called the TO with 1 second left.
They were granted the 1 second, and they paid for it. I remember beer and hotdogs flying on that one.

Was at this game. THIS WAS AWESOME! The crowd was so stunned by the block and celebrating the aftermath that Davis' touchdown almost went unnoticed.

The Dude Abides

At this game as well. Agree with all above about the crowd noticing the block more than the score. Then when they replayed it on the screen you could hear the crowd react again to the block. Man that was awesome.

If you don't want to recruit clowns, don't run a clown show.

"I want to punch people from UVA right in the neck." - Colin Cowherd

My favorite beamerball memory might be Stroman's punt return TD against ECU while wearing #25. Even though it didn't happen during Frank's tenure as head coach, his time as head coach certainly made that moment what it was.

Chem PhD '16

Clemson 2007. I was there, it was awesome. The whole game rocked them from start to finish.

ETA:

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"Sam Rogers is a college football icon" SB Nation

Thanks Frank!

Was at this game. It was AWESOME!

The Dude Abides

Yup. Whole game had me like

“I turned down 12 other opportunities. You know what I mean?” - Fuente

I was there too - maroon effect, still have a maroon Budlight in my garage from tailgating, have a ziplock bag of maroon grass that I pulled up from the 50 yd line after rushing the field.

...It has since decomposed into maroon powder.

EDIT: MAROON POWDER IS AWESOME

Uhhhhhhhhhhhhh '07 was at Clemson. Perhaps you're thinking of '06? Similar circumstances (we were the underdog who won pretty big both times)

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"Sam Rogers is a college football icon" SB Nation

Thanks Frank!

Winner. This game had three return TDs I think, one called back, as well as a pick six. Defense and special teams, baby, this one wins

My favorite might be one of the last

The euphoria at that moment is something I can't say I ever experienced before following VT football, even in the Nebraska game, the 1999 season, or any of our ACC titles. Beating Ohio State was so completely unexpected, and the reaction at the bar when he ran it back will be something I always remember.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Watched this pick come right at me in the corner of the Shoe. THIS WAS AWESOME!

The Dude Abides

One of my favorite reactions to this.....

If you don't want to recruit clowns, don't run a clown show.

"I want to punch people from UVA right in the neck." - Colin Cowherd

"hahaha I'm Mark May, hahaha I'm Mark May..."

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Haha. I actually liked this dude, especially for a Buckeye fan after a home loss to the Hokies. I remember subscribing to his page after this came out. I like how he fit in "I have Jamaal Charles" when referencing his fantasy team. How wrong he was about their season being over.

Anyway, I think Brewer is underappreciated as a QB for us. I really hate he got hurt his last year, we scored a lot of points with him at QB. We beat the Buckeyes, how often do we win games like that? Not very often. And that was not one of our best teams. Without his injury I think we have a classic against the Buckeyes the next year. Oh well, the way it goes. IT would have been nice to have Brewer his whole career.

I was there. For some reason all I wanted to do was drive back to Blacksburg and chug a rail.

"Facyson is a baller."
-CFB

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

Hidden depths plot twist: Bud painted this himself.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

Absolutely Thrashing Miami as our only top #5 win in football history. Owned it that night. Lane rocking from start to finish.

EDIT: Was at this game. IT WAS AWESOME!

The Dude Abides

Was at this game. It was AWESOME!

“I turned down 12 other opportunities. You know what I mean?” - Fuente

Especially beamer-esque considering we had 0 passing yards at the half.

That entire night was awesome. After tearing the goalposts down, we led them downtown. The entire main street was blocked off and for some reason, I remember seeing police on horses (can't recall if that is accurate or I was just drunk). For people that were downtown after the OSU win, it was very similar to that.

I think you're confusing that one with the 1999 BC game when the fans threw the goalposts in the duck pond. They had the breakaway goalposts installed prior to that Miami game.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Personal favorite Beamerball moment was actually the whole game vs Ga Tech in 2005. Defense and special teams were just NASTY that whole game.

Leonard. Duh.

When Danny Coale made the game winning touchdown against Michigan to win the Sugar Bowl.

Whoever made that call should be thrown in jail. It was obvious that was something crooked going on. He explained "the receiver did not maintain control of the ball throughout the play". Complete bullshit, the ball never moved once secured it before he hit the ground. Elbow hit, with ball secured. NO way, by the rule, you can overturn that play.

The Director of the Sugar Bowl was a Michigan alum.

2010 - David Wilson - Georgia Tech

Gotta love Jesse Palmer saying "bye..." as Wilson out runs the kicker. Great play.

If you don't want to recruit clowns, don't run a clown show.

"I want to punch people from UVA right in the neck." - Colin Cowherd

What I love about this is he went to spike the ball while he jumped and then pulled it back down... Spike would've been a penalty enforced on the kick and probably would've given them decent field position on the ensuing kick off

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OT: Watching this makes me realize how long we've had our current uniforms. It's been at least 7 years.

I don't get to many Tech games but I did go to the ECU game in 2016 and it was a special moment. But I think being in Lane Stadium for his last home game when there was so much to honor him in addition to his post game speech and the players carrying him off was an incredible moment.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Still wish we had gone for 2 instead of going to OT. We had UNC on the ropes and OT allowed them to regroup.

This entire game...

The end of the 95 Miami game 2:33:00

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

That Miami game is my all time favorite Hokie football memory. Being there was magical.

My profile picture is from that game and the little spec above the scoreboard is me!

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

Hands down 1995 Miami. In my mind this is really the beginning of Virginia Tech's program being seen as legitimate. I was at the game and it was amazing. Most of my friends skipped because, "We never beat Miami". As Lee Corso would say, "Not so fast my friend".

There have been too many memories to count, but beating Texas in the Sugar Bowl is my number one. First big bowl....Hokies everywhere buying everything.....put us on the national map with all the bowls as a fan base that followed their team and spent money. The punt return changed the momentum and Texas was never in the game afterwards. I was so happy for my dad and his buddies who'd supported the program since the 50's.

The 3rd Quarter of the Sugar Bowl in '99

The Dude Abides

Either David Wilson's return against GT in 2010 (I think) or the BeamerBall game against Clemson in Death Valley in 2007.

2007 Clemson - INT TD, 80+ yard Punt Return TD, 100 yard Kickoff Return TD - Nuff said. Can't remember a more complete BeamerBall scoring game other than when we played against Arkansas State in the 2000's, who is not very good.

2010 GT - I remember right after GT scored to tie it in the 4th quarter, I knew DW4 was going to take it back. I just had this crazy feeling. It was a Thursday night game, in November, Lane was rocking, there was no way GT was going to stop DW. It was awesome, except for the part that I was scared we left too much time on the clock for GT and our defense was off the field for maybe 5 total minutes (about 10 seconds of game clock) after a long triple option drive.

"Facyson is a baller."
-CFB

I watched him run that back from section 37. It was awesome, but yeah I was just waiting for them to waltz down the field and put one in to win it. Good thing we decided to get an interception in the end zone instead...

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Don't forget: That Clemson game also included another punt return for a TD that was brought back after a questionable block in back or hold call.

The Dude Abides

Shayne Graham. Miracle in Morgantown.

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BSME 2009

That's a great one too.

Correy

Hard to pick one Frank memory but if I limit to purely just defense/special teams moments at games I attended, I can get down to a top 5:

2001 Miami blocked punt return for a TD
2004 WVU blocked FG return for a TD
2007 ACCCG Adibi Pick-6
2010 GT DWil KOR for a TD
2014 OSU Pick-6

Give it to me Roscoe.

Tweedy can run like a dadgum antelope or whatever. I like to use scalded dog. Do antelopes lumber? Cheetah, OK. He runs like a cheetah. He's fast. - Bud Foster

VT/Miami 2009 is up there for 'Beamerball' moments

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1995 Thanksgiving win at UVA

Hokies, Local Soccer, AFC Ajax, Ravens

Game - being at the 2004 Miami game to see us win the ACC in the old Orange Bowl.

Personal - I was the sports editor of the CT 1999-2000, and I covered the press conference after he turned down UNC and decided to stay at VT. He pulled me aside for a sidebar conversation and told me he appreciated how hard the student media worked and how professional we were (we wore suits to games, etc).

I know Fuente is the 100% best coach for us going forward, and it was time for Frank to retire when he did, but I don't know if I'll ever feel a personal connection to a coach like I did with CFB. He just always came off as a genuinely good man, which is incredibly difficult in this business. I think that's why you saw so many coaches praising him from around the country after he announced he was leaving.

Cutcliffe may be the closest. His note to James Conner when he got injured showed his class.

Correy

He came to speak to my leadership class a few weeks ago (Which was amazing btw). When it was over, he stayed around and was willing to take a picture with every single one of the over 200 kids there. It was awesome.

Please tell me he brought Hank. And that he handed out Wether's Originals to everyone after their pictures.

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“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

The punt block vs Miami in 2001, or, a less serious pick, the PAT block returned for 2 vs BC in the ACCCG (2007?).

ahhh, Miami 2001...that's the game where Wilford catches the two point conversion...errrrrrrr one can dream!

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

I think one of mine was the 1999 Clemson Corey Moore sack, fumble scoop and score. He took over that game. Another was when the clock hit 00:00 against BC in 99 to secure an undefeated regular season. David Wilson's Kick off return was great as well and Darren Evans trucking the MD safety.

Correy

I think one of mine was the 1999 Clemson Corey Moore sack, fumble scoop and score. He took over that game.

I never noticed he beat 2 blockers on that play. What an exciting 4th quarter that was

Probably the most dominant individual performance I have ever seen live. He was unstoppable.

This one...........is certainly not

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“I turned down 12 other opportunities. You know what I mean?” - Fuente

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

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

It's already been said a few times, but the David Wilson kickoff return TD at the end of the 2010 GT game was amazing. I was sitting in the NEZ and after he caught the ball, I could see the gigantic hole open up and knew he'd be gone.

2001 Miami blocked punt TD. My ears are still ringing from that.

That one time he yelled at me on TTL. I felt like we bonded.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

2001 Miami punt block for TD! I almost fell down the East side steps from jumping up and down.

I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them!

Here's one for y'all...

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

#38-0Bro

#FUENTEenFUEGO
Waho's suck
Uva swallows

My all time favorite Beamerball moment? How about my first true Beamerball moment. Clemson at VT 1999 Welcome to the Terror dome baby! The game was amazing and I still remember running into Pritchard from the game so jacked up after we won.

2:28 10 for the exact Terror Dome Quote

1990 38-13 win over lolUVa before hashtags and "lol" even existed. We stormed the field and tore down goalposts before the breakaway goalpost. Drove out 460 to our fraternity house (theta chi) on Jennelle Road in Christiansburg holding the post hanging outside the car like a jousting pole. To this day this is our flagpole and I am honored to be part of bringing this to our home. Years later I saw a VT personalized license plate that was just "38to13". Reminds me of beating Syracuse in the mid 90s and going to my local brew pub with an SU fan tending bar. Asked him, "how many ounces in a pitcher?" He said, "64" then I said "give me 62 or nothing...". Sweet smack talk...

Agree with the choice of 1999 Beatdown of #15 Syracuse 62-0. FIVE turnovers-3 fumbles(2 of which returned/recovered for TD) and 2 interceptions (one of which returned 43 yds for TD). Add in the first ever ESPN Gameday appearance at VT (20,000 in attendance in the early morning for a Saturday NIGHT game) and the fact that this was (at the time) the largest margin of victory over a ranked opponent and I think this one epitomized the Beamer era wins. (Side note-as a student form 1983-88, my two favorite PRE-BEMAER games were the 1983 squeaker at UVA (48-0 Tech win AT UVA after which the VT fans swarmed the field and torn down the goalposts in Scott Stadium to finish 9-2 and inexcusably passed over for any bowl game-ESPECIALLY pertinent this week a UNC had just LOST to UVA the previous week to fall to 8-3 yet were inexplicably picked over VT for the Peach Bowl that year-shows how long ago the UNCCheat curse existed!) and the other favorite was the first ever bowl victory for VT-a 25-24 win over NC State in the Peach Bowl NYE in Atlanta 1986 on a last second Chris Kinzer field goal-that was the year VT won multiple games with field goals in the final minute of the game in a 9-1-1 regular season for the Hokies. That year was a sign of the future for the Hokies-both in the importance of special teams and of the streak of 10 win seasons!)

Way to go Bimbo!

Here's a recap of the 1999 game against Syracuse:

via GIPHY

Mine has to be the entire Boston College game in 1999. That is where this picture came from (we ironically were sitting in about this exact location of where the picture was taken), and I will never forget being on the field after the game, listening to Coach, and giving a high five to Michael Vick. That experience was incredible!

I miss those endzones...

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Same - best in my opinion. After that game, my brother and I while we were on the field, grabbed some turf and some of the orange and maroon paint (you'd be surprised how thick that paint was- almost like a plastic, 1/4" thick). We planted the turf in my parents flower garden, and still have the paint.

wow, I was right in that general area! Got some turf after the game and was literally three feet from the goal post when it came down!

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

I miss the goal-post-tearing-down days of Lane.

I do, but don't. It was pretty intense on the field right after the game. I remember a few people falling down and basically getting trampled.

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

For me, most of my in person games were the early years of growing pains. My favorite in person moment was probably 1995 at loluva and the end of that game. My buddy and I had been listening to loluva students talk smack all game. We were both growing in our careers and doing well. The loluva students kept taunting us about having shitting jobs and working for them one day. Then Drukenmiller hit that TD pass and the ensuing pick -6. Rushing their field. Somewhere I have a picture smoking a cigar in loluva endzone with a chunk of turf in my hand. By far my favorite in person Beamerball moment. Every year I want the beatdown of loluva to be worse than the year before.
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The David Wilson return. Up till that point I thought Enter Sandman post entrance was bad luck...and there for a minute I thought it still was. But alas! The curse was broken! I was 50yd about 4 rows and he looked like a blur going down the opposite sideline. Then the place just went bizerk. My sister, who was watching in her dorm at Radford, texted me "OH MY GOD."

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Shutout vs. Syracuse in '99. Most fun I've ever had at Lane before during and after that game.

Clemson that same year was fun!

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

Best moment on the field from my Cheerleading days: Miracle in Blacksburg against Nebraska. The game was horrible, but Dyrell's TD catch was easily the loudest during my five years on the field.

Best moment from the stands: Fourth and Logan against Miami in 2011. It was the spirit squad reunion, so we got to be on the field for Enter Sandman. Amazing game from start to finish. Enter Sandman with 5 seconds left puts it over the top for me.

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Go Hokies

Go Falcons

LPD vs GT in 2013

Cody Grimm 2 ff in first 3 defensive snaps vs NC State in 2009:

Not from his coaching days but this warms my heart.

Run to Win. Pass To Score

Has to be David Wilson's kickoff return in 2010. I was in the 7th grade at the time, and I loved the Thursday night games because it meant I would get out of school early so my dad could tailgate. I didn't start watching Tech football till 2004, so that was the first kickoff return for a touchdown that I had ever seen by Tech. I was so shocked that I couldn't yell. Everyone in my section was going absolutely crazy. Given that I wasn't anywhere near anyone else's size, I got thrown around in all the pandemonium.

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