Virginia Tech vs. Arkansas Photo Gallery - Behind the Scenes of a Victory Celebration

Post-game photos of the Hokies' 35-24 Belk Bowl win over Arkansas.

[Michael Shroyer]

The 2016 Belk Bowl was the third Virginia Tech bowl victory that I have been fortunate enough to photograph. The post-game celebration and presentations afterwards are very chaotic and frequently result in several hundred additional photos. This year I took 704 of these (24% of my total) following the game, and I thought it would be interesting to walk everyone through my thought process before and during.

Once the result of the game is clear, I change lenses, adjust camera settings, and position myself behind the winning team's bench with about 4 minutes left to go. Technically, the only photographers allowed inside the team bench area are the school's so it's a bit risky going in too early, drawing attention to yourself, and potentially being pulled out by security.

With around three minutes to go, I noticed a couple of players removing the lids from the Gatorade buckets. Thinking I had a little time before Justin Fuente's bath, I moved down to the corner of the bench area to encroach a little and test the security situation. From here I was able to take many frames of Woody, Terrell Edmunds, Charley Wiles, and Vinny Mihota celebrating and hugging. Once I looked up again to check the status of the Gatorade bath I had just missed it! It happened really early with 1:30 to go; even the TV cameras were too late.

I quickly made my way over to Fuente to capture his reactions and noticed Bucky flashing his Keion Carpenter tribute shirt.

Already being near Fuente I decided to join the photographers' scrum to get a photo of the coaches shaking hands. I don't always try for this, mostly because I don't think it's a very good storytelling photo, but sometimes I join the scrum just for the fun and chaos of it.

After the head coach, the next thing I'm always looking for are important players celebrating. It's one thing to get a good photo of a second or third string guy yelling, but it's far more important to find the game's playmakers and focus on them. I quickly noticed Jerod Evans and Brenden Motley embracing. Perfect! I thought. Their story and support for each other has been well documented throughout the season.

With Evans being so important, I stayed with him to see what he would do next and was rewarded with probably my favorite photo of the day. I love its slightly imperfect symmetry and his jubilant expression, but most of all I love it because it's unique. There was only one other photographer that broke off with Evans and me, and I don't think he got in there as close to capture this.

Next I knew I needed to get to the stage and stake out a good spot in the front of the rope barrier set up to contain photographers during the formal presentations. Once I posted up beside my old boss and team photographer Dave Knachel, I knew I had a prime spot.

I was looking for an interesting detail photo of either trophy, and although nothing really materialized as I envisioned with the big trophy, I really like this frame of Cam holding his smaller hardware.

After the stage photos were done I followed the trophy for a bit as the team and coaches passed it around and posed for individual and group photos.

Lastly, with the team taking their traditional away-game victory lap, I sought to make a more interesting photo of this in addition to the traditional close up shot. Looking to incorporate Belk Bowl signage, I backed off a bit, stood on the VT benches and framed up the Belk logo and two players walking the crowd line.

View the rest of the photos from Virginia Tech's 35-24 Belk Bowl win over Arkansas.


This is a very good dog.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

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

14/10 would salute

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

That football is huge. Was there a inflategate?

Great job.

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

Outstanding work. Thanks for taking us through the thought process!

This is a great post, I loved the details. Thanks!

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

Holy shit Allen's face in this picture.

"I've made a huge mistake"

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

Getting paid $xxx,xxx a year and have spent several hours reading all the posts since last Wednesday. Hey, somebody's got to do it.

1. Great Comeback against the Hogs.
2. Great win vs. Dook.
3. Great win against UNCheat.
4. Let us not forget that this was supposed to be a rebuild year for VTFB.
5. It hurts when Va players are performing well on TV, for others. Ferrell and Sweat.
6. Please, please, please let's not stoop so low, no matter what happens in recruiting, players decisions, wins and losses, etc., that we are mentioned with the rest of the bottom feeders from other teams some of us abhor and criticize.

Happy New Year fellow TKP'ers.

US Navy Vet

Thank you for your efforts. Great images!

So apparently I can't give a leg to an article. That's a bummer.

Either way, this was a lot of fun to read and get a glimpse of what a sports photographer does at a game!

From the Bay State to Old Dominion. The coast of New England to the mountains of Appalachia. LETS GO...HOKIES!

You can leg any post except front page ones. I'm sure you can hunt for a comment by Mike and leg that if it makes you feel better.

Warning: this post occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)..

Thank you for the positive feedback everyone. It was fun to put this together!

Man they're horrible at alphabetical order (and just which conference is showing it's better this year):

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

Man their horrible at alphabetical order

*complains about something like alphabetical order
*uses the wrong "their/they're/there"

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, and hetzers gonna hetz

OK, Jeesh! Fixed it. Sorry, busy day...

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

It was great. After the game Sam came up into the stands and didn't want to leave.

Never crimp your blasting caps with your teeth. - Dr Haycocks

Its always 110 Holden...said every mining engineer ever.

Thanks for the "behind the scenes" commentary. Very interesting to hear your thought process and see the results.

Run to Win. Pass To Score
Josh Jackson on Ricky Walker - ““He is the captain of this team, He’s the leader. He’s the bell cow, the Pail Holder.“