Photo Gallery: Bud, Beamer Ball, Big W

A field-level view of Virginia Tech's triumphant win over Florida State.

[Cory Hancock]

Publisher's Note: Cory Hancock was in Tallahassee photographing for TKP. He shares his experiences from behind the lense. — Joe

Here we are! The first game of the season was a doozy, and man, was it spectacular having a front-row seat to it all. From Bud Foster's defense flying all over the field to Beamer Ball making another special appearance with the G.O.A.T. as an honorary captain, the Hokies "chopped" down the house in Tallahassee.

This was by far the biggest game I have ever covered, and the jitters, uncertainty, and gratuitous amounts of hype that come with the season opener were tangible throughout the stadium. From the moment the Hokies stepped onto the field, they were loose and having what seemed to be the time of their lives. Something just felt different from other games I've photographed.

The Hokies were hyping up the stadium's southeast corner full of Hokie faithful right after warm ups concluded, and I could tell this team had a fresh hunger to go and prove that they could establish a solid statement win on the road in primetime.

Knowing Frank Beamer would be an honorary captain, I had to fight around hordes of media members to try to get a clear photo of him, and finally, it was as if Braxton Pfaff and Zachariah Hoyt opened the same hole they did for McClease on the opening drive.

Being the game was played in Florida, I knew some sort of rain would come down throughout the game, but the clouds over the stadium as the captains took the field provided a nice backdrop.

I wasn't prepared for all of the celebratory moments that would ensue once kickoff happened. The first fumble took place right in front of where I'd stationed myself, and the Tech fans in attendance roared at my back as Ladler hoisted the ball high. This was just the beginning...

...Beamer Ball...

...interception (this one being Farley's second).

As annoying as the rain can be to shoot in, it provides for a pretty incredible backdrop.

While the game offered numerous opportunities for excellent frames, this one of Caleb Farley may be my favorite. I watched him come in on a beautifully designed corner blitz (should we expect any different of Bud?), snag Francois, stand up and look directly at the camera while he celebrated. To me, this summed up the incredibly solid night the Tech defense had in one image.

Watching the team celebrate with the fans who traveled to see the opener only added to the expectation and thrill of what's to come.

Check out the entire gallery of Virginia Tech's 24-3 win over Florida State, and the archives at photos.thekeyplay.com.

Comments

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

I want that hat John Ballein has on (I think that's John). And I don't even like wearing hats.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

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

Dang....me also.

Oh. So much for my Dennis Hopper went on a diet and moved to SWVA theory.

Same. Not much of a hat wearer, but that looks too nice to not have

Nice photos, the first one has a high school classmate of my daughter. She spotted him on tv during the game.

Great stuff!

I had no idea how good a DB Farley was before this game.

Then he snagged 2 picks, and sacked the QB, and I still had no idea how good a DB he is.

Because on photo analysis it appears he is so good he grabs INT's with his eyes shut.

Great shots, Cory. Great job!

Good thing we moved him to DB. He falls every time he catches it /s

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

Frank the whole night looked like he's about to beat the hell out of Bobby for stealing his ring.

I don't know what a Hokie is but God is one of them- Lee Corso

You've got some good stuff here. Well done sir!

Danny Coale Caught That Ball!!!

That baller picture of Farley (or a very similar one) after the sack made its way onto his instagram, complete with an absolute savage comment from Ryan Willis

Chem PhD '16

I'm not keen to the lingo - what does tag him mean?

Same as @ing Quin Blanding

Chem PhD '16

like you tag a deer that you've killed? or maybe toe tag a corpse? i dunno...i'm old

Putting his username into the caption so that he gets a notification and has to look at it.

Achievement unlocked: All of the Fullers

"Sam Rogers is a college football icon" SB Nation

Thanks Frank!

Wow. It was that simple. I was one of the first Facebook users at Virginia Tech in 2004 and that kind of tagging never occurred to me in this instance.

Great stuff!! Out of estimate how many Hokies fans do you guys think showed up to the game ?

The two sections in the southeast corner were fairly full of Hokie fans. By the end of the game you could clearly see them all and my estimate (I have no concept of numerical judgment so I'm probably way off) would be 1,000 to 2,000? Sounded like 10,000 on the field though

Interesting opposing wrap-up from the other sideline:

They need better recruits? It's almost like these guys think there is such thing as a 6 star player...

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

Oh, man, that last comment in the video. Sorry, buddy, but that team ain't going to the NCG.

Yeah that was surely wishful thinking. The lead up to that comment, I thought would result in him talking about how we fell apart as the season went along. I was about to say this is turning into the saltiest comment ever!

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

Where can I leave a comment on this video? More "prayers for #94 on his horrific injury". I wonder if someone gave them some education.

I don't think his face/body language suggested he was serious about a Natty there at the end.

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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.

Francois walking in to the press conference with ice on his knees. Faking injuries after the fact for excuses as to why they lost???????? /ssssssssssss

- "And now Miami wants to talk about it..."

No pics of the nolies dancing :)

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

Awesome pictures! Great shot of Frank but the cream of the crop goes to Cal3b Farl3y in BeastMode standing over his 1st college sack victim.

“I'm addicted to placebos. I could quit, but it wouldn't matter”~steven wright

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Joey being bad again.