|2005 Virginia Tech Hokies football|
ACC Coastal Division champion
Gator Bowl champion
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|2005 record||11–2 (7–1 ACC)|
|Head coach||Frank Beamer (19th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Bryan Stinespring (4th season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Bud Foster (11th season)|
|Home stadium|| Lane Stadium |
(c. 65,115, grass)
|2005 ACC football standings|
|No. 23 Florida State xy$||5||–||3||8||–||5|
|No. 18 Boston College x||5||–||3||9||–||3|
|No. 21 Clemson||4||–||4||8||–||4|
|No. 7 Virginia Tech x||7||–||1||11||–||2|
|No. 17 Miami||6||–||2||9||–||3|
Championship: Florida State 27, Virginia Tech 22
Rankings from AP Poll
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Tech's defense began the season with question marks in the secondary, having lost three starters and one key backup to graduation.Depth became a critical issue when two backup cornerbacks were arrested in the spring Despite the question marks, Tech finished third nationally in pass defense (154.23 yards per game) and first nationally in total defense (247.62 yards per game).
|September 4||7:00 p.m.||at NC State||No. 8||ESPN2||W 20-16||57,500|
|September 10||12:00 p.m.||at Duke||No. 7||JPS||W 45-0||25,014|
|September 17||3:30 p.m.||Ohio *||No. 4||ESPNU||W 45-0||65,115|
|September 24||3:30 p.m.||No. 15 Georgia Tech||No. 4||ABC||W 51-7||65,115|
|October 1||12:00 p.m.||at West Virginia *||No. 3||ESPN||W 34-17||60,193|
|October 8||12:00 p.m.||Marshall *||No. 3||ESPN2||W 41-14||65,115|
|October 20||7:45 p.m.||at Maryland||No. 3||ESPN||W 28-9||54,838|
|October 27||7:45 p.m.||No. 13 Boston College||No. 3||ESPN||W 30-10||65,115|
|November 5||7:45 p.m.||No. 5 Miami (FL)||No. 3||ESPN||L 7-27||65,115|
|November 19||12:00 p.m.||at Virginia||No. 7||ESPN||W 52-14||63,344|
|November 26||7:45 p.m.||North Carolina||No. 5||ESPN||W 30-3||65,115|
|December 3||8:00 p.m.||vs. Florida State||No. 5||ABC||L 22-27||72,749|
|January 2, 2006||12:30 p.m.||vs. No. 15 Louisville||No. 12||NBC||W 35-24||63,780|
|Position||Name||First year at VT||First year in current position|
|Head Coach||Frank Beamer||1987||1987|
|Associate Head Coach and Running backs Coach||Billy Hite||1978||2001|
|Offensive Coordinator and Offensive line||Bryan Stinespring||1990||2002|
|Defensive Coordinator and Inside linebackers||Bud Foster||1987||1995|
|Wide receivers||Tony Ball||1998||1998|
|Strong safety, Outside linebackers, and Recruiting Coordinator||Jim Cavanaugh||1996||2002|
|Tight ends and Offensive tackles||Danny Pearman||1998||1998|
|Defensive backs||Lorenzo Ward||1999||1999|
|Defensive line||Charley Wiles||1996||1996|
Starters are in bold and players who left the team are
|Marcus Vick's statistics|
|NC State||10-21 (139 yards)||1||0||21 – 31||0|
|Duke||12-19 (172 yards)||3||1||4 – (-12)||0|
|Ohio||12-16 (200 yards)||2||0||13 – 38||1|
|Georgia Tech||13-18 (223 yards)||1||0||7 – 0||0|
|West Virginia||15-17 (177 yards)||2||0||12 – 74||1|
|Marshall||11-16 (163 yards)||1||1||6 – 3||0|
|Maryland||14-23 (211 yards)||0||3||16 – 133||1|
|Boston College||22-28 (280 yards)||1||0||13 – 52||0|
|Miami||8-22 (90 yards)||0||2||17 – 7||1|
|Virginia||15-21 (170 yards)||2||1||9 – 32||0|
|North Carolina||8-15 (61 yards)||1||1||7 – 1||0|
|Florida State||26-52 (335 yards)||1||1||17 – 11||2|
|Louisville||11-22 (203 yards)||2||0||13 – 10||0|
|Source: NCAA Player Statistics|
With the departure of three-year starting quarterback Bryan Randall, the Hokies found themselves with questions at the quarterback position. Marcus Vick, who had seen limited action in 2003, before being suspended for the 2004 season for off-field transgressions,entered spring practice as the #3 quarterback on the depth chart behind Sean Glennon and Cory Holt.
In the spring game, Vick completed 9 of his 17 passes for 107 yards and he was named the starter the next day.
After a rough first start against NC State, in which the offense managed just 232 yards, Vick showed improved poise and numbers through the next several games.
During the West Virginia game, Vick made an obscene gesture towards the Mountaineer fans who had been chanting "rapist" and "child molester" at him.He later apologized for his conduct. Despite the incident, Vick was a near-perfect 15 of 17 passing against the Mountaineers and added 74 yards on the ground, including a 23-yard scramble as part of a fourth-quarter touchdown drive that would put the game out of reach.
Against Miami, Vick had the worst game of his career, turning the ball over six times and managing only one first half completion.
Following the loss to Florida State in the ACC championship game, the Hokies earned a trip to the Gator Bowl to face Louisville. During the second quarter of the game, as players were returning to the huddle after a play, Vick stomped on the left calf of Louisville defensive end Elvis Dumervil. He later claimed that the stomp was accidental, though replays show Vick appearing to deliberately aim for the leg. Vick stated that he apologized to Dumervil after the game, though Dumervil denied that any apology had been offered.
Steve Usecheck, the Big 12 Conference referee who headed the Gator Bowl officiating crew, stated that the officiating crew missed the stomp and would have ejected Vick if it had been seen.
The following week, it was revealed that Vick had been cited for speeding and driving with a suspended license. University President Charles Steger decided to dismiss Vick from the team and Vick then decided to declare for the NFL draft.
|#7 Virginia Tech Hokies||7||3||3||7||20|
|NC State Wolfpack||7||6||0||3||16|
The eighth highest-rated broadcast in the history of ESPN2, this game set a new record for the most-watched college football game in the history of ESPN2.(That mark was eclipsed later that month by a Monday-night broadcast of Tennessee @ LSU. ) Marcus Vick made his first start for the Hokies, completing 10 of 21 passes for 108 yards. Tech's offense managed only 232 yards of total offense (State piled up 438), but Nic Schmitt, in his debut game as starting punter, kept the Hokies in good field position, averaging 46.5 yards per punt. Special teams, penalties (the Wolfpack were penalized 12 times for 105 yards), and turnovers (State committed three turnovers while Tech committed none) were the difference in the game.
Leading 13-10 at halftime, the Wolfpack drove into Tech territory on their first possession of the second half, then pinned the Hokies at the 1-yard-line. With third down and 3 yards to go from his own 8, Vick threw an incomplete pass and the Hokies would have had to punt, but an NC State personal foul allowed the drive to continue. The Hokies went on to march 88 yards down the field, eating up the bulk of the time remaining in the third quarter, and capped the drive with a field goal from Brandon Pace.
In the fourth quarter, after a 21-yard punt return by Eddie Royal, Tech found itself starting at the NC State 20 and Marcus Vick hit David Clowney for the winning touchdown.
|#6 Virginia Tech Hokies||14||7||14||10||45|
|Duke Blue Devils||0||0||0||0||0|
In their second straight game in the Triangle, Hokie fans packed Wallace Wade Stadium and accounted for at least two-thirds of the 25,014-strong crowd.
The Hokies had little trouble defeating the Blue Devils, holding Duke to 35 yards of total offense – the fewest yards they have allowed in any game since before 1950.Duke managed over five yards on only two drives and their deepest penetration was to Virginia Tech's 48-yard line, whereas the Hokies started all but three drives at their own 43 or better.
Marcus Vick threw for 172 yards and three touchdowns, going 12-of-19 (three of his incomplete passes were dropped by receivers). Brandon Ore, who would become the Hokies' featured tailback in 2006, made his debut, rushing for 51 yards and one touchdown.
|#5 Virginia Tech Hokies||3||14||14||14||45|
In the Hokies' home opener and the inaugural game for the Lane Stadium expansion, the Hokie defense turned in its second straight shutout. Ohio's defense, which had scored two touchdowns the previous week in an upset win over Pitt, stifled the Hokies early, allowing only 158 first half yards and twice forcing three-and-out drives.
In their only scoring threat of the first half, Ohio penetrated deep into Tech territory, but the drive stalled at the 20 and kicker Jonathon Greene missed a field goal. The Hokies scored two touchdowns off of turnovers and took a 17-point lead into the locker room at halftime.
In the second half, the Hokies scored touchdowns on four of their first five possessions, with drives of 65, 80, 56, and 97.
|#15 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets||0||0||7||0||7|
|#4 Virginia Tech Hokies||14||10||24||3||51|
On a day when ESPN's College GameDay visited Blacksburg, the Hokies dominated Georgia Tech in every phase of the game. The Hokies scored three non-offensive touchdowns, including D.J. Parker's return of a blocked field goal.The Hokies' kicking game kept Georgia Tech bottled up with Nic Schmitt averaging 49.2 yards per punt – including a 61-yarder that was downed at the one-yard-line – and with Jared Develli kicking touchbacks on four of his eight kickoffs.
Georgia Tech quarterback Reggie Ball, who had missed the previous week's game against Connecticut due to viral meningitis was not 100%. Ball completed only 11 of his 27 passes and threw two touchdowns. The lone score for the Yellow Jackets came on a third quarter 11-yard touchdown pass from Ball to Calvin Johnson.
|#3 Virginia Tech Hokies||10||14||3||7||34|
|West Virginia Mountaineers||0||14||3||0||17|
The 2005 meeting between West Virginia and Virginia Tech was the final scheduled meeting between two teams that had met annually since 1973.Since 1997, the two teams had competed for the Black Diamond Trophy.
Hokie quarterback Marcus Vick put on one of his best performances of the season against the Mountaineers – a near-perfect 15 of 17 passing against the Mountaineers. Vick added 74 yards on the ground, including a 23-yard scramble as part of a fourth-quarter touchdown drive that would put the game out of reach. The Hokies held onto the ball, committing no turnovers to WVU's two, and ran 70 plays compared with only 48 for the Mountaineers.Tech's defense held serve, holding West Virginia without a first down on their first three possessions.
After West Virginia starting quarterback was knocked out of the game, backup Pat White came in and threw two second-quarter touchdown passes, including a 46-yarder to Dorrell Jalloh to cut the Hokies' lead to three points, but the Mountaineers' only score after that point was a field goal and Tech would go on to win 34-17.
|Marshall Thundering Herd||0||7||0||7||14|
|#3 Virginia Tech Hokies||7||7||20||7||41|
|#3 Virginia Tech Hokies||0||7||7||14||28|
|#14 Boston College Eagles||0||7||3||0||10|
|#3 Virginia Tech Hokies||6||14||0||10||30|
|#5 Miami Hurricanes||3||7||17||0||27|
|#3 Virginia Tech Hokies||0||0||0||7||7|
|#6 Virginia Tech Hokies||7||17||28||0||52|
|North Carolina Tar Heels||0||3||0||0||3|
|#5 Virginia Tech Hokies||0||6||21||3||30|
|#5 Virginia Tech Hokies||3||0||0||19||22|
|Florida State Seminoles||3||0||24||0||27|
|#5 Virginia Tech Hokies||3||7||3||22||35|
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