99 days until Virginia Tech kicks off the 2014 college football season
Good news, Hokies fans! We are less than 100 days away from the start of the 2014 college football season. Virginia Tech opens against Division I-AA (FCS) William & Mary, which, as all Hokie fans remember, beat UVA in Charlottesville, 26-14, back in 2009.
Earlier this week, Virginia Tech announced the kickoff times for the Hokies’ first two home games. The season opener on Aug. 30 against the Tribe will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN3.
The second home game, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13, against East Carolina, will be a noon kickoff and will be televised on either ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2. That will the Hokies “White Effect” game.
Not that Virginia Tech fans should be looking past a lower division team given the Hokies’ struggles in recent years, but just in case anyone had forgotten about JMU in 2009, here’s a quick recap of how the Tribe has fared against higher division teams in recent years.
>While not a traditional FCS power, W&M does have a track record of giving I-A teams fits.
>In the 2013 season opener, the Tribe went on the road to Morgantown, WV and held a 10-point lead over the Mountaineers midway through the third quarter before WVU scored 17 unanswered points to win 24-17.
>In 2012, The Tribe lost a defensive battle (for lack of a better term), 6-7, on the road against Maryland. Again, the Tribe led late in the game, but gave up a fourth-quarter touchdown.
>In 2010, William & Mary nearly pulled off an upset of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, but couldn’t quite hold off a late Tar Heel rally. The final score was 17-21.
>And, of course, in 2009, the Tribe completely shut down the Wahoos in Hooville. It was a such a historic win for W&M that they’re still selling the commemorative T-shirts at The Campus Shop.