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Virginia Tech Football: Gobbler Country Staff Roundtable, Statement Victory Edition

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Blacksburg is celebrating, Columbus is reeling, and we're overanalyzing. Was the Hokies' victory over tOSU their biggest win of the 21st century?

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Week 2 @ Ohio State: Was the Hokies' victory over tOSU their biggest win of the 21st century?

giftedidiot

Absolutely. The 2004 victory at #9 Miami was the top one for me until Saturday. That one was significant because it showed all the trolls who didn't think Virginia Tech was worthy of being a member of the lofty ACC that we not only belong, we run this conference. The first conference champion post-expansion wasn't their darling Seminoles or their coveted Hurricanes, it was the lowly Hokies. You know, the team Virginia legislators had to twist arms to get a seat at the ACC table. But, that was a #10 ranked football team. True, they started out the season unranked because of the meldtown at the end of the '03 season; however, there was a certain amount of stability present during that season in that we all knew we had the athletes to be successful, we just had to put it all together.

Going into the game with the Buckeyes, the Hokies had suffered a two-season funk: an identity crisis, if you will. One more season of mediocrity and the program's national reach would certainly evaporate and the program would be reduced to "Remember that quaint little school with the awful shooting that used to have a good football team? You know, the one with the cute little old man coach who the game has passed by that says "Aw, shucks?" Forget attracting top recruits to Blacksburg with a third straight circa .500 season.

Historical stats are a lot of fun, but my favorite thing is that not only did we beat the Buckeyes, it was most definitely not a fluke. VT never trailed during the game, and the Buckeyes offense looked grossly overmatched in the 4th quarter against the LPD. We came out and punched them in the mouth early, survived the game's ebbs and flows, and the LPD closed it out late.

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HokieMark

Absolutely. In fact, it may be the biggest win ever. I'm not sure the Hokies have ever beaten a top 10 team on the road before. It was a record crowd in the Horseshoe. It was the first time Ohio State has lost a home opener since Woody Hayes was coach (if you're too young to know who that is, check Google). It was a dominant performance by the defense. It was a rite of passage for Michael Brewer - the first REAL quarterback Virginia Tech has had in years. It was the best special teams since the Beamerball days. Yeah, this was the biggest win in the 21st century for the Hokies!

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bobbyboogie

It's clearly the biggest non-conference victory, particularly since it was on the road in a hostile stadium, against a traditional powerhouse.  The only two games that I feel rival this win are the 2003 win vs #2 Miami and the 2010 ACC title win versus FSU, in that order.  When one factors in national perception and recruiting influence, tonight's win is huge. If we parlay the momentum from tonight's win into a 13 win season (including the bowl game), an ACC title and a recruiting haul next February, it should go down as the most influential win for a Beamer team outside of the Texas Sugar Bowl victory.

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flyers13

I'm going to call it the 2nd most important win. The first was the road win in 2004 over Miami to win the first post-expansion ACC BCS bid. It let the ACC know that even though they expanded with Miami/FSU title games in mind that VT would have some say in the matter. And with the ensuing years doing nothing to dispel that notion, you have to look at that game as the advent.

But as far as non-conference games go, in an environment as large (and supposedly intimidating) as The Shoe, you have to give style points for how easy we made it look, even with all of our own errors. Ohio State was reduced to a puddle of themselves.

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Greg Quintero

I would say this is the biggest win of the 21st century. They went into Columbus and handed Ohio State in a home opener for the first time since 1978. Also a road win against a top 10 team is huge. Aside from a few mistakes all parts of their game was clicking, and they look like a legitimate threat to challenge for the ACC if they keep playing like this. Also showed heart by scoring immediately after Ohio State tied it, a lot of teams would have folded up shop at that point. Huge win, also made me believe in Brewer.

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maroonhiker

Yes. Beamer not only gets a reprieve from the "terrible big game coach" charge, he reversed it a bit. That's crucial for the closing years of his coaching career. We will remember this win for a long time no matter what the Buckeyes do the rest of the year. Foster showed why he still is one of the top defensive coordinators. Loeffler put VT's offense back on the map. Even the special teams were decent. And this game established Brewer as THE leader of this team. You couldn't ask for much more from a single victory.

Perhaps that is why late last night my black lab, Simone, was sprayed by a skunk for the first time ever in our backyard. I'm convinced it was Woody Hayes reincarnate. And Simone wasn't even wearing a Clemson helmet.


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AnimatedHokie

It certainly was our biggest win in at least 10 years. I was a student from fall 2007 through the 2010 fall semester and there was never a massive celebration in the streets like there was last Saturday night..and we won two acc Championships while I was there. I've never seen anything like that. It could certainly be osu's biggest loss. You look on Ohio Stadium's Wikipedia website and that was their largest crowd. They lost to an unranked opponent in front of a record crowd!..?

I was freaking out and running around screaming when Michael Brewer threw that second interception, but as soon as they showed his face on the sideline..? He had zero reaction. He was cool as a cucumber. I legitimately shut up mid outburst when I saw how unaffected he was. If he's chill, then I'm chill. It was amazing.

Let's just hope that there are little to no further osu losses, and no Hokie losses..or the impact of last Saturday's win will be diminished :(

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What do YOU think--has there been one bigger this century? Tell us in the Comments section below.