Virginia Tech's Top 10 Plays of the Last Ten Years: No. 3

TKP is counting down the Hokies' top ten devastating and dominating plays of the last 10 years.

As a TKP reader, and therefore Virginia Tech Hokies fanatic, EVERY play of every game has you captivated and your emotional state hangs on every pass, every tackle, every penalty, every little detail of every game. But of course not all plays are as big as others and as your memory of the mundane fades you're left with last memories of the truly game-changing plays of every season. Here we use analytics to count down the biggest, most game-changing plays in the past 10 years of Virginia Tech football...

In each installment of this series I'll bring you two plays: one play devastating to the Hokies' chance to win, and one dominating play in Virginia Tech's favor. They will count down in order of how much each play affected the odds of Tech's victory.

For details on the method, see Virginia Tech's Top 10 Plays of the Last Ten Years: No. 10.

The Countdown

Most Devastating:

10. Boise State 9/6/2010 - Kellen Moore pass complete to Austin Pettis for 13 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
9. Miami 11/4/2006 - Tyrone Moss rush for 50 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
8. Boston College 11/2/2013 - Logan Thomas pass intercepted by Kevin Pierre-Louis at the VTech 33, returned for 33 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
7. Lamar Miller rush over right guard for 30 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
6. Boston College 10/25/2007 - Matt Ryan pass complete to Andre Callender for 24 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
5. Georgia Tech 9/20/2014 - Paul Davis 41 Yd Interception Return for a TOUCHDOWN
4. Florida State 11/8/2012 - EJ Manuel pass complete to Rashad Greene for 39 yards for a TOUCHDOWN

Most Dominating:

10. Boston College 12/1/2007 - Sean Glennon pass complete to Eddie Royal for 24 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
9. North Carolina 10/29/2009 - T.J. Yates pass intercepted by Rashad Carmichael at the North Carolina 10, returned for 5 yards to the North Carolina 5
8. Georgia Tech 9/3/2012 - Logan Thomas pass complete to Demitri Knowles for 42 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
7. Rutgers 12/29/2012 - Logan Thomas pass complete to Corey Fuller for 21 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
6. Marshall 9/21/2013 - Logan Thomas pass complete to Willie Byrn for 2 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
5. East Carolina 8/30/2008 - Patrick Pinkney rush, fumbled, recovered by VTech Stephan Virgil at the ECaro 28, Stephan Virgil for 28 yards, to the ECaro 0 for a TOUCHDOWN
4. Miami 10/8/2011 - Logan Thomas rush quarterback draw for 19 yards for a TOUCHDOWN

The 3rd-most Devastating Play: Cincinnati 9/29/2012 - Munchie Legaux pass complete to Damon Julian for 39 yards for a TOUCHDOWN

FedExField is the ex that walked all over you. The one you swore you'd never talk to again. Then one day you bump into them at the grocery store. They look great, charm you with smalltalk and before you know it you wake up next to them wrapped in nothing except tears, guilt, and self-pity.

Whit Babcock shouldn't schedule any games at FedExField, and if he does you shouldn't go. Even if she sounds like she's changed and it's nothing long-term, just this once has disastrous appeal. This story has been told before and guess who gets left at the altar and who rides off into the sunset? You're alone, and whoever Virginia Tech just played is carrying away your dignity.

The first half against Cincinnati in 2012 was an uninspired affair. Virginia Tech was short on both yards and points but did more than enough defensively to hold a 7-6 halftime lead. The Hokies contained two long Bearcats drives to field goals, and converted a Kris Harley interception at the Cincinnati 13-yard-line into a touchdown drive.

However, the second half was an action-packed back-and-forth battle that left the Hokies protecting a 4-point lead with less than two minutes left on the clock.

On 3rd-and-10 with 20 seconds to go, Munchie Legaux took the snap out of the shotgun and pressure immediately comes from both ends. It seemed less uncertain of whether he would be sacked and more a question of who would get there first. Somehow quickly fires a pass deep just before getting plowed, and finds Damon Julian, who slides to make the catch as he enters the end zone.

In any other stadium the play is a sack.

Despite a couple of plays to try to get in field goal range, FedExField would not allow the Hokies to leave with pride intact and they lost, 24-27.

The 3rd-most Dominating Play: Cincinnati 9/29/2012 - Logan Thomas pass complete to Corey Fuller for 56 yards for a TOUCHDOWN

You see, the crushing emotional drama delivered by FedExField wouldn't be so damaging if it wasn't preceded by the highest of highs. Let's back up a few ticks from that devastation.

Just a minute before Legaux's pass put the game firmly in Cincinnati's hands, Virginia Tech was down by 3 points in what seemed like their last drive. At the very least, they needed to drain the clock and get into field goal range for a 50/50 overtime proposition. Given the lackluster performance by the offense to that point in the game, it would have been too much for Hokie fans to hope for a touchdown.

On 2nd-and-9 from Tech's own 44-yard-line, Logan Thomas threw a laser about 20 yards upfield. Corey Fuller catches the ball in stride at the Cincinnati 40-yard-line; while it may seem like Fuller is in traffic, he is quick to remind the viewer and the Bearcat defense that he was a track star before he was a football star. With an upfield blocker to provide coverage, Corey easily outran the defense and took it home untouched.

(Mohawk guy, you are a true Hokie hero.)

If only the game had ended there. Why, FedExField, why?

Comments

If I drank coffee this morning that was left out since Friday, it would be like reading today's entry, "ugh, what the hell, I thought this was fresh...[pauses, drinks again]....meh."

But, good stats though! We're getting close to #1 so I have that to look forward to.
Oh, and fresher coffee I hope ^_^

get some dum-dums!

These both made me sad...

"FedEx Field is the ex that walked all over you. The one you swore you'd never talk to again. Then one day you bump into them at the grocery store. They look great, charm you with smalltalk and before you know it you wake up next to them wrapped in nothing except tears, guilt, and self-pity."

lmao, I would give you a leg if I could just for this gem right here

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:
β€œI served in the United States Navy"

KCCO

The actual stats of this project are killing me. I didn't see that game as I was working that weekend but remember seeing the score in the paper and was like "whhhhaaaattttt????" This was obviously the beginning of our decline as of recent. A play from the same game is a little underwhelming because it's like "Oh nice play! Oh wait its from the same game as above." Kind of like watching the end of the movie and then watching the rest of the movie.

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

No, our decline had begun two weeks prior with Pitt. We just didn't realize it at the time.

The worst part was that this game was the first one after my son was born. And then we had UNC the next week...And then Duke went up by 20 the week after that. If he hadn't spit up on me requiring me to change my shirt, we probably would have lost that one too. I realized then that I had been wearing the wrong color shirt for most of the games that season.

Oof. This was not a fun one. Interesting that both things were the same game.

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

I dont like you today Joel. Yet I love these for some reason. I know its only going to get worse. Much Worse. Yet I am excited for them.... Guuhhuuuhh...

I too take some kind of perverse pleasure in these

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Josh Jackson, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

I may be the only person on here with good memories of that day. I was watching that game (and a lot of others) from the MGM Grand sportsbook in Vegas. Great memories.

I was in buffalo wild wings, absolutely smashed. And sad.

The defensive breakdowns in the last 5 mins of games are killing me.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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FedEx's field looked awful. That's in September. Grow better grass.

I believe there are some folks in Colorado who can help you out there.

I took my son to that game for his birthday. We got to meet Tyrod Taylor and Ray Rice (pre-punch obviously). Got his picture with them, VT goes up on a big play late, got the keys out and screaming on 3rd and 10. And then a QB named Munchie runs a dagger through VT with a hail mary over A FULLER! After that play my son looked at me like I just told him there is no Santa Claus anymore because he is in jail after killing the Easter Bunny. Shock and Horror.

The Dude Abides

I think the answer to winning at FedEx is pretty clear. We just need to bring only Fullers because the stadiums hex obviously doesn't affect the Full...... Looks up and sees that the winning touchdown was covered by Kyle Fuller... Never mind.

Yes,that's the Hokie Bird riding a camel. Why'd you ask?

Cinci dude was down at the 1.

"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

Seriously. I came here to post the exact same thing. Pause it at 0:10 and you can see that he is clearly on the ground, with the ball, and short of the endzone.

"Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill our heart with tolerance."
-Stan Lee

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

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

that raises an interesting question. If a receiver slides into the endzone, but does not fully control the ball until after he has crossed the plane (or the ball has, rather) where do you spot the ball? Because yes, he is down, but I'm not convinced he has control of the ball when he hits the ground.

Also, I saw a hold on #78 of cinci delaying the rusher and making the throw possible.

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I believe that was the decision that was made on the play. Full possession was not had until he was in the endzone, in which case, the ball would be spotted at the place in which he has full possession and is down.

That was one shisty day

The lack of Tyrod Taylor on this list is very interesting. I mean, I am guessing that won't last but its still kinda crazy

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Fan of Hokies, Ravens, NY Giants, Orioles

Nebraska?

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

I would think its due up soon

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First play was probably the 2nd worst play of Kyle Fuller's career. 2nd play was probably Logan's 2nd best pass as a Hokie. That game was also Michael Holmes' best game in his short Tech career.

That was a weird game.

Leonard. Duh.

and a Kris Harley highlight too

The Dude Abides

What was KF's worst play?

In my opinion, worst play was getting burned by FSU player in the 2010 ACCCG. He was a frosh, subbing in for Rock Carmichael. Brutal, brutal bite on a standard double move.

It all turned out OK, of course.

Leonard. Duh.

I think KF got burned on a double move by Rashad Greene in the final minutes when FSU was in lane.

Really glad i dont remember this game

@VTimHokie85

That play just reminds me at how pissed off I was that Sherman wasn't playing Fuller more and instead kept focusing on the mythical breakout game Marcus "DGAF" Davis was "bound" to have happen.

Fuller also suffered from Sherman's ill-fated belief in the miraculous return of Dyrell Roberts to pre-injury form.

"Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill our heart with tolerance."
-Stan Lee

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

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

I have been at every game at FedEx field the Hokies have played there since the record crowd setting USC game. After the Cinncinati meltdown, I have vowed to never set foot in that stadium again. There experience not only has been ridicuously expensive, they have been been extremely hearatbreaking too. Besides, I hate Daniel Snyder.

Ugh. I wonder how many games since 2012 have we lost in the last 3 minutes. It seems like it's almost every one.

I remember watching this game, and honestly thinking we had the sack on Legaux, before seeing the ball come out of his hands somehow...

I knew from the second I saw him get the pass off that it was going to be a touchdown. We were playing at FedEx Field for god sake

"These people, are losing their minds! This is beautiful"

Was lucky enough to be in the countryside in China without U.S. TV or internet for this one. All of my friends went and made a weekend of it... I think I eventually watched the game a year or so later.

So I just looked it up, and our regular season (that is, excluding bowls and conference title games) record in Neutral Sites, regardless of venue, is notoriously poor. Just look at our results over the past 30 years:

Oct 6, 1984 - 54-7 Win over VMI in Norfolk
Oct 18, 1986 - 29-13 Loss against Temple in Norfolk (later forfeited)
Oct 12, 1991 - 33-20 Loss against #1 FSU in Orlando, Fl
Nov 11, 1995 - 38-26 Win over Temple in Washington DC
Aug 28, 2004 - 24-13 Loss against #1 USC in Landover, Md
Aug 30, 2008 - 27-22 Loss against ECU in Charlotte, NC
Sep 5, 2009 - 34-24 Loss against #5 Alabama in Atlanta, Ga
Sep 6. 2010 - 33-30 Loss against #3 Boise St in Landover, Md
Sep 29, 2012 - 27-24 Loss against Cincinnati in Landover, Md
Aug 31, 2013 - 35-10 Loss against #1 Alabama in Atlanta, Ga

Suddenly, that 2017 matchup with WVU in Landover, Md doesn't look enticing at all.

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

ugh. I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

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What's worse is when you look at all of the recent ones and remember how we lost them.

Add in there the bowl game losses and it starts to look really bad

The Dude Abides

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Based on this, neither does Bristol in 2016.

Except Bristol isn't at an NFL stadium.

Or a football stadium.

So what's our record when not playing football? I mean not playing in a football stadium?

I mean at least 11 straight, right?

___

-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.

I get it, being a totally dedicated student of Karmology.

But as far as the cousins are concerned... Anywhere, anytime. Let's just do it. It's time.

Leonard. Duh.

To be fair, we've also played some really good teams. 5 top-5 teams and 3 unranked. Not ideal, but understandable. A lot of those have been really, really good games too.

I remember us scoring in that game to go up 24-20, but when I saw how much time was left, I knew it was too much and knowing our neutral field luck, I knew we were going to lose. Made the loss hurt a little less I guess.

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

I said the exact same thing last year when we scored to tie it up against ECU. We should have held the ball at the half yard line and run the clock down before punching it in to force overtime.

He's no good to me dead.

This game was possibly the worst experience of my adult life. My now wife and I rode a bus up from RVA with her parents and a bunch of other Hokies. We were told that they would leave 30 minutes after the end of the game. Anyone who has been to FedEx knows that if you are in bad seats in the upper section, a half hour is not a lot of time to get out of the stadium and to a parking lot, especially on the other side of the stadium. My wife and I got separated, and I made a drunken decision to run for the bus to try to get them to wait for her.Needless to say, I didn't make it there before they left.

Thankfully, we met some very nice Cinci fans from Richmond, and one of them gave us a ride home so that we wouldn't be stranded. Between the way that game went, getting separated and then left behind, and having to ride home in a stranger's mini cooper, that was an experience that I won't soon forget. Worst game I've ever been to.

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Brother, that's a tale of woe. I gave you a leg up for surviving the misery, but we need to have a vote to give for "that sucked for you", because, well,..........

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It's pronounced Kevin

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Fuck Matt Ryan

Now that I've got time to leave a more appropriately-lengthed comment...Had a chance to go to this one with a bunch of buddies but couldn't for some reason. They got so plastered beforehand they didn't remember most of the game, and I think they're better off for it.

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Josh Jackson, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

Seriously though, how tf get he get that ball out?

Holding. That's how.

I think the top two most dominating will be Jermaine Holmes aginst UVa and Tyrod against Nebraska in no specific order. Most devestating might the Ryan Williams fumble against UNC in 09 and Larry Fitzgerald in 03. Just my two cents.

Two of those occurred longer than a decade ago, when the list is for the statistically most dominating and devastating plays in the past decade...

Darren Evans fumble?

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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And the second clip was a glorious example of Marcus Davis running by two defensive players without attempting a block. =^/

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

Why does he need to block anyone? The player he had a chance to make a block on had no chance to make a play on Corey. Instead, he stayed with Corey to be a blocker in the event that the last DB had an angle. In the end, he didn't. The Marcus Davis you are thinking of would have lightly jogged once Corey caught the ball. This Marcus Davis actually ran all the way and did good things. You don't have to make a hit to be a blocker. Sometimes you just have to be between the ball carrier and the defender as they are running down the field.

I really don't care if it actually is mathematically the #1 play. Can we just make the Donovan Riley pick 6 be the top play of the last 10 years? And can #2 just be the start of the #JacoryHarrisHeismanWatch game?

Rip his freaking head off!

Ugh. Once again this list is far more agonizing than joyous.

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