Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina Photo Gallery - One-Thousand Word Looks at a Blowout

A photo recap of Virginia Tech taking UNC to the bright and sunny woodshed, plus a Greg Stroman punt return touchdown special feature.

Tim Settle and Tremaine Edmunds team up for the game's eleventy billionth sack. [Mark Umansky]

Now that you all have digested how the Hokies dismantled the Tar Heels 59-7, here's a glimpse at how things appeared through the lens last Saturday.

First things first, Growley II picked the absolute best spot possible to wait for the Corps to start marching into lane before the game. The light filters right through a gap in the cadets and isolates him away from the dark uniforms and shadows perfectly.

Orange effect tends to produce really interesting backgrounds, especially for daytime games, which makes things a little more unique than the usual game.

Things that don't show up on television very well: Trevon Hill's shiny gold teeth after a sack.

Speaking of sacks, the Hokies managed to get quite a few, even some.... subtle holds.

The Hokies were so good at pinning UNC against their own goal line, that it was very easy to get shots of the defense eyeing up (literally) the Tar Heel offensive look before the snap. Also, you know Bud was having a good day when the linebackers are playing right at the line of scrimmage before the snap.

In fact, the Hokies were so good the first three quarters, that I climbed up to the top of the East stands for half of the fourth quarter to watch the sunset come in, and I'm really glad that I did. I made probably 200 frames up there and will probably be playing with the edits on them here and there for weeks. This frame below was about a 10 minute quick edit job. My only complaint is that the Hokies were so good that a lot of folks left early to resume their tailgates and watch the sunset with a beer in hand. (Can't blame them, couldn't have been more perfect outside that evening.)

Finally, I'm going to focus on one play in detail, Greg Stroman's punt return touchdown.

We're going to start with Greg at about the 20 yard line, after he's doubled back and reversed the field a bit. If you look at the cheerleader in the background, he's already calling touchdown. Smart guy.

Fast forward a few dozen yards, Greg hits UNC punter Tom Sheldon with the power bobblehead fake. Offensive line coach Vance Vice is chilling on the sideline already calling for an extra point, apparently.

The head fake works, and Greg is almost home free. Offensive lineman Kyle Chung is already calling a touchdown, while fans in row A are hanging on for dear life.

UNC's punter completes the slow motion Australian face plant as CJF wisely grabs hold of his headset before starting his sprint down the sideline to pace Greg for 20 yards or so. Bud Foster doesn't so much as crack a smirk.

Pulling the frame up a bit and we see a significant portion of the crowd and sideline helpfully giving Greg directions to the correct end zone. Just in case, you know.

Finally, we end on this frame. In row A, an entire row of recruits getting a taste of BeamerBall in person on their official visits. On the sideline, strength and conditioning coach Ben Hilgart .... well looking like how a strength and conditioning coach should look like. In the center, Hokiesports and IMG radio sideline reporter Andrew Allegretta looking about as calm and cool as one can while wearing maroon and orange on the sidelines during a 91-yard punt return touchdown.

Go check out the entire UNC photo gallery here, and every other gallery we've put up at photos.thekeyplay.com. Enjoy!

Comments

Simply awesome. Everyone loves video these days, but as a fellow photographer I think a well done series of still frames can tell a deeper story than some video clips. This is just great work.

...the power bobblehead fake...

Holy shit that's funny. Great image!

Last pic....is that QP hangin out and eating nachos??

It is.

The dad (I'm guessing) grabbing his kid in the "Stick It In" shirt in the bobblehead pic is hilarious.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

The woman plugging her ears in the next shot is the one that got me.

I appreciate all the support, and I appreciate all the hate I am getting. I will continue to work as hard as I can to be the best I can be and bring this team a championship. Go Hokies 🐔 - Josh Jackson

Before

After

My dad was lamenting before the game that the only two orange shirts he had were "Stick it In" and "Gobble Gobble Bitches". My response: and your problem is?

This caught my eye, too.

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

Awesome stuff. This is on par with giftory and my terrible internet allows it to load much faster. Thanks for your hard work!

in the second and third to last shots, it looks like the dude with the red beard is practicing tai chi.

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I like to imagine that he is the Get Back Coach realizing that Fuente had broken containment.

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

so...he was trying to use the force to pull him back?

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Third from the last picture:
Red Beard is caught up in the action on the field, so he is a split second late in reacting to Fuente.

Second to last pick:
Due to his head start, Fuente is no longer contained and Red Beard is running after him. Like this:

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

He's our own Red Lightning

"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

"Red Beard" is Ryan Shuman.

In fact, the Hokies were so good the first three quarters, that I climbed up to the top of the East stands for half of the fourth quarter to watch the sunset come in, and I'm really glad that I did.

You didn't quite make all the way up to the top. I'm assuming you were the guy about 8 or 9 rows below me with what looked like about $3k worth of photo gear. If you're gonna go that far, you might as well finish the trek to row 5Q. That's where the real party's at! But thanks for the breathtaking shots from the nosebleeds nonetheless.

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

There was a large gap of empty rows that we didn't show made an artistic decision to not include, so went down about 10 rows and set up there for a while. With a lens that wide, it's not too different in the end anyway.

I was once informed I was colorblind, then later told, no, I was not. In each of the pics, which are very nice to say the least, the jerseys appear red to me. However, the fans in some are wearing red and in others orange. Are my eyes fooling me?

Tremaine Edmunds, by the way, would look much more ominous if he wore larger shoulder pads.

Most likely not. My computer at work is a lot more saturated (apparently) than my laptop at home, so it's likely a combination of different screen calibrations producing colors probably a bit more red than intended.

... I really should calibrate my laptop screen at home, it's been a long time.

What matters is you have given us some views that we rarely get to enjoy. Can't wait to see those green stripes on the back of the Duke QB's pants.

Look at the difference in pants color between shots...some of them are red-shifted.

“I remember Lee Corso's car didn't get out of the parking lot.” -cFB

I do not see any color difference between the photos.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

the dress is still blue.

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Great picture of Tremaine staring at the QB. Thanks for your efforts.

Awesome pictures. The East side pictures look like they're going to be great, even with the simple edit it looked good.

Seriously doe...that power head fake by Stro...

That gif usage is (Quaa)lude-icrous!!!

Let's Go

HOKIES

Chem PhD '16

Sheldon? More like Shel-don't know how to tackle. amirite?

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Nice work Mark!

Thanks for culling all of the head injury photos from the fan pics.
It sounded like, with all of the paper airplanes thrown, that it got pretty gory in the stands.

(Love to all!)

good stuff mannnnn

In the head bobble pic Bradburn says....."Sorry mate, but you're not gonna deck him or put him on his ass."

Beautiful photos!

"Pulling the frame up a bit and we see a significant portion of the crowd and sideline helpfully giving Greg directions to the correct end zone. Just in case, you know."
This cracks me up, coaches and spectators are constantly doing this a swim meets..jumping up and down gesturing wildly pointing to the end of the pool. As though there are a lot of choices in a pool with a black line on the bottom to follow.

As the Dad of a former competitive swimmer, I never understood the whole pointing to the end of the pool thing, either. "No, I wanna go the OTHER way"!

It's similar to the yardage books at golf courses that state "A long straight drive down the middle of the fairway is crucial to scoring well on this hole". No shit. I was thinking of taking the "through the woods" route myself.

Great photos! However, not pictured here were my 2 personal favorite snapshots of Greg's awesome punt return.... (1) when punter Sheldon pounded the sideline turf with his fist right after the face-plant in a "damnit, damnit" moment and (2) when Stroman crossed the "finish line" at the end zone with the track & field head pump! Wonderful memories...wonderful memories!

Long live Rasche Hall

(2) when Stroman crossed the "finish line" at the end zone with the track & field head pump!

The Roanoke Times snagged a cool photo of Stroman crossing the goal line.

Yesssssssss! Scorrrrre!

Long live Rasche Hall

That picture with the recruits in the background is so awesome. I think that may be there first time I have seen a picture of Eli Adams smiling. They look like Hokie fans to me.

Seriously though, I want to blow up the picture of the sun setting on Lane and put in on the wall in my office next to my diploma. Then, when people ask, "Oh, you went to Virginia Tech?" I can point at it and say yes, this is home.

Who's the guy to Bud's left in the 3rd to last photo getting some nice hang time?

VT BSEE '98, VT MSME '01

Tim Settle's eyes are always a worthy picture.

And these captions were hilarious.