Hokies Mount Historic Comeback to Stun Arkansas in Wild Belk Bowl, Capping a 10-Win Season

Justin Fuente's bunch refused to quit down 24 points at the half, scoring 35 unanswered in a stunner.

[Michael Shroyer]

With 10 minutes left in the second quarter of the Belk Bowl, it seemed inconceivable that the Hokies could score a point, let alone win the game 35-24.

Yet after turning in a thoroughly deflating first half, Justin Fuente's squad managed to flip the contest from a game that sent Hokies fans scurrying for the exits to one that featured Tech going on a remarkable 35-0 run after halftime. The game stands as the largest comeback in program history, and sends the class of seniors out with the 10-win season that's eluded the Hokies for the last few years.

"I'm not saying, 'We've arrived' or 'We're back' or any of those things, but this group has gotten us closer to how Virginia Tech has been thought of," Fuente said after the game. "They have done that."

The Hokies looked listless from their first snap on offense, and seemed on the verge of never recovering by allowing the Razorbacks to go up 24-0 before the half. But Fuente was plainly not deterred, spurring his team to a comeback that dwarfed his squad's previous bounceback from a 17-point deficit against Notre Dame.

"It's a fantastic honor," Fuente said. "I'd prefer not to do it that way."

The stats are a bit comical. At the half, Tech had 180 yards on offense to the Hogs' 258. The Hokie defense couldn't manage a single turnover, while the Razorbacks turned Tech over repeatedly.

Then came the deluge. The Hokies managed six sacks and three interceptions in the second half alone, in addition to 202 yards on offense.

"The second half has been our melting point," said Arkansas head man Bret Bielema.

QB Austin Allen started the game 13 of 16 for two scores — he would only complete five more passes in the rest of the game.

"They did a few things that got us out of some of our pressures, and we got back into them in the second half," Fuente said. "We kind of locked in and really pinned our ears back a little bit and tried to get them playing behind the chains and playing off their spot."

By contrast, Jerod Evans started 9 of 17 for 114 yards, and could net only 41 yards on the ground. He finished 21 of 33 for 243 yards, with 87 yards on the ground to key Tech's offense for long stretches of the contest.

"It was a little up and down, but thing he does do is he keeps plugging away," Fuente said. "I was not surprised by that. We had some ups and downs against Clemson, and he continued to plug away and make some plays. He's got some "stick-to-it-iveness." He continues to persevere."

The Hokies started on offense about as poorly as could be expected. Evans led things off with a quick fumble, giving the Razorbacks the ball on their own 26. Tech's defense failed to allow many yards, but Arkansas still came away with a 38-yard field goal.

The Hokies' offense seemed to get back in a rhythm on the next drive, with Evans managing a quick first down to Bucky Hodges and a 38-yard completion to Cam Phillips up the middle. But the offense sputtered, with a pair of sacks, and Tech ultimately turned the ball over on downs.

The offenses traded punts, and then Arkansas got hot. Allen kicked things off with a pass to Deon Stewart for 19 yards and a screen to Devwah Whaley for 26 yards. Keon Hatcher hauled in another 19-yard pass, then Drew Morgan grabbed a 20-yard pass to bring the Hogs to the goal line. Allen capped the drive off with a short touchdown, and the Razorbacks seized a 10-0 lead late in the first quarter.

Tech briefly seemed to find some rhythm on its next drive, but Evans just couldn't find his footing, missing a wide open man down the field and tossing the ball directly to Arkansas DB Ryan Pulley. He managed a 50-yard return, helped along by an unnecessary roughness penalty on Augie Conte, and Allen followed things up with a 28-yard TD pass to stake the Hogs to a 17-0 lead.

"I heard the guys say when it was 17, 'We've been here before' (against Notre Dame), but when it was 24, that was uncharted territory," Fuente said.

The second quarter wasn't much kinder to the Hokies. Tech went three and out once more, and Allen connected with Hatcher for a 29-yard strike to further put the pressure on Tech's defense. Allen then found Hatcher for a 12-yard pass near the goal line, and after a brief review, the Hokies were down 24-0 with 10 minutes still left before halftime.

Tech couldn't find the end zone before halftime, but at least held back the Hogs for a while, though Phillips did muff a punt to complete the Hokies' bingo card of ineptitude. Bret Bielema argued his case before the refs on that particular play for a good long while due to some strange penalty maneuvering, but the teams ultimately headed to halftime with the 24-0 score intact thanks to a missed 48-yard field goal from Joey Slye.

But the Hokies came out hot on defense to kick off the third quarter. Anthony Shegog managed to force a fumble from Morgan after a long pass completion, and DT Woody Baron recovered it to give the Hokies life.

"I knew the defense would make a play for us," WR Cam Phillips said. "Each time we've been down, they've made a play, made a stop to get things started. And the first turnover we got, we punched it in and started to play with more energy, which I think was the key tonight."

Indeed, two quick completions from Evans to WR Isaiah Ford moved Tech to the goal line and Evans plowed ahead for a 4-yard TD run to put the Hokies on the board and start the team's long road back to respectability at 24-7.

"They were a big, physical defensive front, and we felt like if we could sustain some drives and get the drive going, tempo might be an advantage for us eventually," Fuente said.

The Hokies managed a solid defensive stand to fire the stadium back up a bit, but could only pick up one first down on the next drive before punting. DB Terrell Edmunds nearly earned a targeting call on the next series, but a replay reversal kept the safety in the game, and Shegog followed up with his second forced turnover of the contest by picking off Allen on a long third down.

Phillips delivered for the Hokies once more out of a slot, using a 33-yard catch and run to bring Tech to the Arkansas 11. He ran for another five yards, and Evans capped things off with a 3-yard pass to Sam Rogers to get the Hokies within 10 at 24-14.

Allen's meltdown continued on the very next drive, as he tossed the ball directly to Tremaine Edmunds in the flat while deep in his own territory. Evans wasted no time capitalizing, finding Chris Cunningham in the endzone for an easy score, and electrifying the crowd. The 24-21 tally might've looked par for the course to someone checking the game's score on their phone, but the comeback seemed quite the feat indeed for a team once down by 24.

Arkansas couldn't hold the ball for long on their next possession, and a bad punt gave Tech the ball on their own 39-yard line. From there, Evans and RB Travon McMillian piloted the Hokies methodically down the field, and a 21-yard rush and 6-yard TD scamper from the running back gave Tech the long-elusive lead at 28-24.

The Hogs' big uglies had a rough series next, earning a pair of penalties as the hefty Tech contingent celebrated their team's sudden turnaround, and an athletic sack by Mook Reynolds helped force yet another Arkansas punt.

Tech couldn't score on its next possession, but Bud Foster's group picked up the slack. Allen got flagged for intentional grounding while flinging the ball away in the face of a charging Reynolds, and another OL penalty backed Arkansas up to its own 5. Allen promptly threw yet another back-breaking interception to the elder Edmunds, and after a quick fumble recovered by Shegog, the Hokies got the ball on the Hogs' 8.

Evans ran for a quick seven yards, then took the ball into the endzone for yet another touchdown. The Hokies, once left for dead, now owned a 35-24 lead and a 35-0 run in the second half.

All Arkansas could manage on its next drive was a flagrant unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Morgan that got him booted from the game, and the Hokies proceeded to grind out the clock with a series of Evans keepers.

Raucous cheers from Hokies fans soon rippled through the stadium, giving Evans a chance to kneel the ball and revel in the adoration of the shellshocked Tech faithful.

It may not have been the first half Fuente and Foster were looking for, but few halves of football could better represent the turnaround the pair engineered in Blacksburg in 2016.

"I'm awfully proud to coach this group of kids," Fuente said. "With the biggest comeback in Tech football history, it's fitting that these kids did it based on them and their work ethic."

But, as is his custom, Fuente isn't dancing in the end zone just yet. He admitted that he'll take a few days off once he returns from Charlotte, but he feels there's plenty more work left to do.

"Starting tomorrow, our team will be completely different," Fuente said. "I think those reference points are good, but each season's different. I think it helps with our culture, but we're going to have some huge holes to fill moving forward."

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From this psychotic game, Alex creates absolute poetry. Great article, phenomenal comeback, Go Hokies!

VB born, class of '14, Semper Paratus

I missed the unsportsmanlike penalty, did anyone see what happened and can fill in the blank?

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

Well then he got half of what he deserved.

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

Oh, I wondered what happened there.

I'm glad he got ejected. Just think, that's how he ended the last game of his college career: getting ejected for spitting on the guy who outplayed him.

Fumbled twice (got bailed out once, otherwise VT ball on that touchback), got outplayed, and spit on his opponent. Real nice showing for a senior.

I was thinking if 36 hadn't got the hand in his face in the first place, he wouldn't have caught him in time to cause the fumble, so the bailout may have worked to our favor anyway.

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-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do? -Put it up to fully dipped? -Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

The Arkansas fan behind me, talking about the Belk shoplifter, made a joke about "idiot seniors". I think that could apply to Morgan as well.

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This one is for Keoin: RIP

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This...I thought bucky had a poor game...but the tribute to Keion makes up for it. Class act.

He dropped a very catchable ball on a slant in the 2nd half, but not sure how he had an overall "poor" game. The loss on the jet sweet was also not great, but wasn't entirely his fault, that play was going for a loss no matter what he did.

There was also another pass on a comeback route that he made no effort for. I won't say he should have caught it, but Cam, Isaiah or Sam would have made a play on it.

That was a play or two before he dropped the slant. I had a pretty good angle to see that one and he would have had to reverse direction and fully extend to get both hands on that and have a great shot. It looked low effort, but it would have taken a lot for a little to make that catch.

he fell down on one where he almost would have walked into the end zone, but that's normal for him to go to the ground when catching a ball in stride. he didn't have a poor game and I thought he blocked pretty well, but he left quite a few plays out on the field.

me right now

So, if I'm doing my math correctly...

The point differential for Arkansas by half this season:
1st half: +63
2nd half: -97

Let's Go

HOKIES

Somehow starting the game +1, +63 to -62. That's what really blew me away each time they showed that stat, how quickly it was shooting up. (makes perfect sense, but a season stat shouldn't change that fast during one game. it shouldn't happen!)

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-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do? -Put it up to fully dipped? -Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

That was starting the second half. They would have come in the game +39 in the first half.

I would be interested to know what VT's 1st half vs. 2nd half is this season. Has anyone done the math already?

@vtscottyb

Bret bielema thinks it's unnatural for both those numbers to be positive...

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Daaamn. That's more like it. Thanks

@vtscottyb

Man, now I made this graph for nothing.

BTW, 1st half total is 222 points, 2nd half total is 268.

"Jerod Evans had more moves on that run than Bayer has aspirin!"

-Mike Burnop, 9/24/2016

Bert!

Thank you seniors and to any underclassmen that may be leaving . It was a great season and couldn't be happier for this team

My brother and I were texting during the game and near the end of the first half he was saying that their last score was the nail in the coffin and I was like we could have a big second half! And boy did we. What an awesome game. We are never out of it until it's over. This one was for Keion tonight. Rest easy, one of the best to ever suit up in a Hokie uniform. Bring on #statement2017 !

There are wolves and there are sheep, I am the sheep dog

Now where'yat where'yat where'yat where'yat
Now there ya go there yago there ya go there ya go.

CANT. STOP. DANCING.

Go Hokies

Flippin' FAM!

I just had the feeling if we could get that first score early in the 3rd quarter, we would make this a game, and boy did we!

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

Awesome write-up as always! Just one small correction: Sam Rogers fumbled on the first play, not Jerod.

No, the fumble was credited to Jerod. It was a bad exchange, Sam never had possession, so in that instance the QB is credited with a fumble.

Cool, thanks for the clarification

Sam took the credit for the fumble. You or the statistitian want to argue the point with him? ...... I didn't think so... He's got Evans' back even after he's done and looking for an NFL club in need of a swiss army knife.

Lets GO!!!!

I was a few bourbons in, but on the replay looked like a read sweep. When their DE blew up the sweep, I think Rogers expected Jerod to keep because it looked like he didn't even try to secure hand off. Misread. Miscommunication.

Mox nix. Yard wide, yard long.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

I had a sick kid and a sick wife today so our viewing plans went from big TV at the grandparents to me streaming the game on my laptop and the first half pissed me off so much I had to shut it down. As I did I thought, "Watch: now they'll mount the biggest comeback ever and I'll have missed it."

Fuck, I'm happy I was right.

"Jerod Evans had more moves on that run than Bayer has aspirin!"

-Mike Burnop, 9/24/2016

When you lose the TOP battle but win the game:

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

Initial impressions:

That was the coolest comeback I ever saw. I love that Virginia Tech managed to pull it off.

That call regarding that turnover after the "inadvertent whistle" was a real head-scratcher.

Oh, and Suck it, Bret Bulimia.

*credit for pic goes to u/redditjwh

Now THAT's something worthy of a celebration!

The pic is hilarious.

I thought it was one of those "jib-jab" deals... still; leg.

"...sticks and stones may break my bones but I'm gonna kick you repeatedly in the balls Gardoki!"

Halftime Hokies

Post-game Hokies

I love our Hokies, but if they're not trying to give me a heart attack, they're going for an aneurysm instead!

"Jerod Evans had more moves on that run than Bayer has aspirin!"

-Mike Burnop, 9/24/2016

At halftime, most of us were fuming over that "inadvertent whistle" call that resulted in a loss of posession, or seemed to at the time.

Wife and I decided that was the turning point of the game. We were listless and losing hope, but that call, even though we misinterpreted the whole shebang, got us all excited, fired up, lit and transformed. Seems to have worked that way for the team.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Definitely felt that in the crowd. That really pissed us all off. I know it really got me fired up. Probably pissed the players off too and got them fired up.

This team, this team. They are a team.

Who would expect a team to keep fighting down 24-0? Nobody.

Never quit, never give up. We all should be so proud.

I just got back to my hotel from a bar in Charlotte and I can't stop smiling....

Justin Fuente stood the whole game with his arms crossed; the man knew...

We were going to win...

Let's prepare for a fun ride....

Let's Go....

Exit Light, Enter Night....Go Hokies

...Hokies!

Just got home. What an experience. Sulked in my seat for the longest two hours of my life while freezing my baguettes off then stood warm as hell for next two quarters yelling my lungs out.

Was anyone else at the game frustrated with the lack of replay during challenges and reviews by the BofA Stadium crews? We never really got a good look at the fumble, the targeting, or any of the Arkansas TDs that went to a review. Just seemed strange.

Oh well. Go Hokies!

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

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

Yeah, the lack of replays was ridiculous. The three that stick out that I wanted to see was that 12 minute muffed punt disaster, the Edmunds targeting and the incompletion to Ford that might've been a fumble. I know there were more buts that's all my tired mind can think of now.

I think that's because of the game being "neutral-site"? I was upset by the lack of replay as well but a pair of decent (&, in the 2nd half, much less vociferous hahahaaaa) Hogs fans mentioned that we'd be getting more replay if the game had been in Fayetteville or Blacksburg.

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

Yeah, the weather was a lot nicer in the second half.

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

Yes, definitely frustrated with the lack of replay. I'm not usually much of a yeller but I lost my voice thursday night.

Fellas, I was there and as miserable as that first half was...I mean I was damn near the point of double fisting bud lights, that second half was amazing. This team showed so much heart and turned it on and beat the Hogs in every phase of the game, it was so awesome.

The 2004 team may be my personal all-time favorite Hokies team, but this team was pretty damn special. It wasn't always pretty but these guys represented what I want my Hokies teams to be: Tough, resilient, full of character....and having talented players helps as well. This was a great season, they got to 10 wins, took back the Coastal, extended the streak against loluva, and definitely started the change the perception of the program and where it's going. Exciting times ahead guys.

Tech Triumph!

I felt much the same way about the '95 team. If you weren't a Hokie then, or even born then, you might not have had the privilege, but this team is at least approaching the kind of love that '95 team engendered on an earlier generation of Hokie fans. We're getting back to the kind of expectations that earlier team actually started. DAMN, it sure is fun being a Hokie!

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Absolutely! That 1995 team and this team show upward trajectory which makes the future exciting.

Arkansas clearly should have won (after-all, they led TOP) /s

If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

I still have no idea what in the fucking fuck just happened. It was like 4 different teams played last night, and I am absolutely positive this game was a test bed for obscure penalties. Still, a win is a win so I will take it.

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy"

KCCO

With 10 minutes left in the second quarter of the Belk Bowl, it seemed inconceivable that the Hokies could score a point, let alone win the game 35-24.

Arkansas fans be like

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

After last night, FBS teams are now 4-902 when trailing by at least 24 points at halftime in the last 10 years.

Before our win, teams that trailed by 24 points in the 3rd quarter were 0-197 this season.

Could somebody get C-3PO some allergy medicine or at least a tissue? Han will thank you for it.

I can't remember which coach it was that said it, but this team truly embodies the "we don't lose the game the clock just runs out too soon" mentality.

i think that's one of the mantras at TAMU

Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United was known for that!

Usually ascribed to Vince Lombardi

"Our job as coaches is to influence young people's lives for the better in terms of fundamental skills, work ethic, and doing the right thing. Every now and again, a player actually has that effect on the coaching staff." Justin Fuente on Sam Rogers

35-0 is the new 38-0, bro.

Danny is always open
23 can't read

I had this exact thought during my drive home last night.

Too bad Slye missed the FG at the end of the half, then it would've been 38-0 again, bro.

What about "Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead bro"?

Don't let that distract you from the fact that Arkansas blew a 3-1 touchdown lead

I'm re-watching the game on ESPNU and all I can think is, "it's cute how Arkansas thought they were going to roll over us."

They did. But they could only manage to do it during the first half.

Then, turns out we rolled them.

In soviet russia, Tech rolls you!!

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Who's ready to jump on the Fuente+Jerod off season HYPE TRAIN baby!!!

Really looking forward to seeing Jerod's grasp of this offense next season + hoping/praying we can assemble some sort of a RB power running game to really help open more things up.

Could not have asked for a better 1st season for JF - he deserves all the credit / accolades people throw his way.

Bring on those sofa-burners from WV!!!

FOR KEION #1!!! FOR GLORY AND VICTORY! FOR KEION CARPENTER!!!! FAM!!!

#FUENTEenFUEGO
Waho's suck
Uva swallows

Anybody else thinking about this might be the first time in Tech history we have won three straight bowls?

It is

Already mentioned it twice.

#FUENTEenFUEGO
Waho's suck
Uva swallows

and now the third straight mention!

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

Any more repeated mentions and this will turn into another "Ricky Walker went to Bethel High" situation.

Bethel High! Now why does that school sound so familiar? Feel like I know somebody that graduated from there...

#FUENTEenFUEGO
Waho's suck
Uva swallows

Mark from Winchester?

No horse...Its Kevin from Covington.

Click for President

Wait, Now Kevin is loose?!? Guitarman's going to need another net.

Run to Win. Pass To Score

It was definately the tale of two halves and fortunately the story ended with a happy feeling and I believe two years we just might make a run for the roses. Very nice article Alex. You have done yoamens work all year.

The run for the Roses would be next year.

In two years, we'd be picking oranges or cotton.

It's fun to go back to the game thread and re-live the emotional roller coaster as it happened. Looking forward to what the future holds for us!

Hammerin' Hokie

True Story: At halftime, my phone would not stop vibrating with texts from all the VT haters: "Chokies", "Classic VT in a big game", "not-ready-for-primetime". I was so sick of all that crap. I didn't believe that VT would come back to win, but I could tell Jerod, Cam, and the defense felt that they were letting an inferior team make them look bad and left a lot of plays on the field that could have been made. So I responded to ALL the haters with an open bet

Case of wine from Napa per bet and I'll take VT +7. 4 people took the bet and one person gave me +10 to bump the bet up to the wine and a steak dinner.

10 minutes into the 3rd and I threw out another bet: double or nothing for VT to win outright. Everyone doubled down.

Faith in my boys paid off nicely. Tale of two halfs. Lots of fight in the team. Total culture change happening at VT. I hope our recruits were watching this team fight and claw the last 2 games.

The Dude Abides

Wait so how much wine and steak did you win?

All of it. He won all the steak and wine currently available.

I found TKP after two rails from TOTS then walking back to my apartment and re-watching the 2012 Sugar Bowl. I woke up the next day with this username.

Although most of my friends are Hokies, I must admit that few if any of them are wealthy enough to make those kinds of bets. Maybe I need a better class of friends, but I wouldn't have been able to cover if I'd lost your bets, so you're obviously doing ok yourself. Now, that's a lot of wine and dinners, need any help?

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

My Hokie friends have no problem making big in game bets. The problem is getting them to pay up. They are very consistent in claiming they did not actually make the bet, or even that a bet does not count if you are too drunk to remember making it.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Simple solution: text message contract.

That is what led to the "it does not count if I was too drunk to remember it" excuse. Tried denying the bet, and when proved wrong, disqualified it. I may never collect, but he will never live it down.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Congratulations: you won the Belk Bowl, lots of wine, a couple steak dinners, and the Internet (with that post).

"Our job as coaches is to influence young people's lives for the better in terms of fundamental skills, work ethic, and doing the right thing. Every now and again, a player actually has that effect on the coaching staff." Justin Fuente on Sam Rogers

Not a good day to be a Razorback. Tight end caught shoplifting from bowl sponsor Belk store, and another player ejected for spitting at a Tech player. Then you blow a 24 point lead. Ouch

And then a loss to Florida to open MBB conference play

Hammerin' Hokie

So funny story...

After the game we stayed pretty late to be there when the players came to to high five and celebrate with the fans. After most of the players had already gone through Sam actually came over and hopped up into the stands right beside us as that's where hi fianc was sitting. Naturally everybody was shaking his hand and taking pictures with him. At one point some girl held out her hand to shake his. When Sam reached his out she straight up planted a big wet kiss on the back of his hand. He laughed it off. His fianc gave the girl the death stare. It pretty awkward but pretty funny.

Sometimes I like to leave off the /s just to mess with people.

I want to give a shout out to the TV announcers, Mike Patrick and Ed Cunningham. During the first half, they kept it entertaining, so I still found myself chuckling in the midst of what looked like another bowl choking meltdown. But, they also have a decent knowledge about VT (since one of the guys is from Virginia). I didn't feel like they were forcing either team down the other fanbases throats.

Plus, they did their damnedest to explain everything clearly, even in the midst of the officials changing their mind multiple times.

The only issue I had is that I couldn't always tell which one was actually talking, because their voices are similar.

Their bickering over the TD review was fantastic. Someone still owes someone a diet soda

That was awesome. I think there was a double or nothing that evened it out though.

Cunningham is a NOVA guy I believe.

I've always enjoyed his color commentary, as to your point he is usually a very balanced commentator with respect to both teams.

As for Patrick, quite frankly I am glad he did this game because when he started busting out his "Holy Cow!"s and "Are you kidding me!?" It was 2011 Miami feeling all over again

People on twitter were harking on Mike and Ed hardcore but I've always enjoyed them. I DVR'd the game so I could go back and watch and I thought they did a great job..

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

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

like patrick a lot

They were also so very complimentary of our offense. The only mention of #WakeyLeaks was to compare 0-0 (possibly with inside information) to our modern offense that "is just a lot of fun to watch."

They also managed to discuss Arkansas' second half issues this season without taking anything away from our performance.

"And then the real chess match began." - Justin Fuente

I wish I caught the replay. I would have liked to hear them talk about it. There's a ton of talk about Arkansas blowing this game forgetting that we are a second half team too. We never felt out of it in the stands.

I just realized we 2006-Chik-Fil-A-Bowl-vs-Georgia'ed Arkansas last night.

They probably think about their quarterback today what we thought of Glennon the day after that one.

There are two major differences.

1.) We didn't try an onside kick at the beginning of the second half to throw them off.
2.) Any points that 2006 VT got in that bowl game were courtesy of the Eddie Royal show. Outside of him, we had nothing. 2016 Arkansas in the first half was much more balanced.

We had the same discussion in the car trying to get out of the stadium area after the game. We followed up with a discussion on which bowl game this most resembled from a win perspective. Second half reminded me of Music City, wife thought Gator over Clemson, older son too young for those and thought Chick-filet over UT.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

It was the worst of times. It was the best of times...

HTHokie93

Nice turn of the phrase. Leg!

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Thanks. The first half really frustrated the Dickens out of me :-)

HTHokie93

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

The game sure had some Twists in it

HTHokie93

You mean how we got Oliver points in the second half?

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Truly a Great Expectation indeed

HTHokie93

Still Bates me how we failed to get any Fagin points in the first half.

I sure could've swore Beilema picked a pocket or two on the muffed punt call

HTHokie93

Was definitively a tale of two halves.

I'm glad we lived up to our Great Expectations last night.

"Jerod Evans had more moves on that run than Bayer has aspirin!"

-Mike Burnop, 9/24/2016

It was the possession of times...

It was the pace of play.

"Jerod Evans had more moves on that run than Bayer has aspirin!"

-Mike Burnop, 9/24/2016

That's what I was saying to my dad walking out of the game.

I gotta hand it to the old man. The old yellow jacket wore a Hokie hat the whole game, and didn't even complain about it once!

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I was so disappointed for Cam last night. Another 17 yards and he would have been Tech's second 1,000 yard receiver.

Slacker!

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

He's got some "stick-to-it-iveness." He continues to persevere."

Good to know Fuente is taking cues from Principal Skinner

Are there any real questions?

#FUENTEenFUEGO
Waho's suck
Uva swallows

Hey Coach Bielema, the rules states the team with the most points at the end of the game 'wins', talk your way out of that one!

pj's?

If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

The game is just a distraction to smuggle in pajamas.

Dang auto-correct..... POINTS!! (It's fixed now!)

Coach Fuente at halftime:

Awesome!

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After a day to process, probably the most resilient comeback I've ever witnessed. The team has twice shown an insane grit and determination that exemplifies Hokies everywhere.

That said, we have got to find a way to start more quickly. That or my blood pressure is going to be a serious problem for years to come.

@hokie_rd

From a Fayetteville newspaper:

Allen was sacked six times. The Razorbacks finished with 36 rushing yards on 34 attempts.

And that is with the SEC rushing champion!

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Hey, I guess I'm out of the know, but where was CJ Carroll? I especially love that guy returning punts, and I was screaming after Phillips fumble that we needed CJ back there. I think that was the first full game we had Phillips back there returning punts, right? I also assume Stroman still wasn't 100%, because I only saw him in the game early on, but if healthy, he would have been our top option returning punts.

"That man was violating a city ordinance, and I was just doing my duty to enforce it." - Mike Curtis

"..because anytime you go upside a man's head, or a woman's, they have a tendency to blink their eyes.." - Deacon Jones

CJ was in a walking boot before the game and media was informed he would not play.

On that note Stroman had an extremely quiet game (for him). Noticed him briefly for a play to two but other than that didn't see him involved much. Any known reason or did I just miss something?

Can someone with photoshop skills doctor this accordingly? It seems perfect for the occasion.

Never forget that Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

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