On Saturday, December 4th, the #12 ranked by BCS Virginia Tech Hokies beat the #20 ranked Florida State Seminoles on Saturday 44 to 33 and have been officially invited by the Bowl Championship Series to participate in the 2011 Orange Bowl which plays at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.. The Hokies earned their 4th ACC Championship title (2004, 2007, 2008, and 2010) and completed the season with an exciting 11-2 record. This is the third Orange Bowl that Virginia Tech has participated (1-2) beating the Cinicinnati Bearcats in 2008-2009, while losing to the Kansas Jayhawks during the 2007-2008 match and the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the 1996 Orange Bowl. Frank Beamer, the Hokies head coach, won his 240th game with the win over FSU this Saturday. Beamer has the second most wins of any active coach in division I-FBS , next to Joe Paterno from Penn State. However, Joe’s been coaching since 1966!
The Hokies Orange Bowl participation is particularly surprising given they started off the season 0-2 before rising to the occasion and carrying out a perfect ACC regular season. The number of players from VA Tech that were recently named first- or second-team All-ACC by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association is very extraordinary. The team is rich with talent as 11 players took home the accolades; quarterback Tyrod Taylor, kicker Chris Hazley, and cornerback Jayron Hosley were named to the 1st team, while guard Jaymes Brooks, tackle Blake DeChristopher, special teams return man David Wilson, defensive end Steven Friday, tackle John Graves, linebacker Bruce Taylor, safety Davon Morgan, and punter Brian Saunders all earned 2nd team honors.
The Orange Bowl is part of the Bowl Championship Series(BCS) and typically features the ACC Champion against the 2nd best at large selections – the Sugar Bowl gets the highest ranked at large bid. The Orange Bowl got its starts in 1935 and is the second oldest college football bowl gamein the country behind the Rose Bowl (originated in 1902). This will be Virginia Tech’s fourth appearance, but hopefully their second win!