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January 2nd, 2006 @ Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla.

#12 Virginia Tech (10-2) vs #15 Louisville (9-3)

After a hearbreaking (and less than full effort) loss in the ACC Championship game to the Florida State Seminoles, the Hokies again journey back to Jacksonville to take on the Big East runner-up, Louisville. In what promises to be probably one of the best games of the bowl season, the all-everything Jimmy Williams and the stout VT defense will take on the record-setting offense of Louisville. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, they will be without All-Big East QB Brian Brohm, who tore ligaments in his knee in a victory over UConn. Because of this, the Cardinals will be forced to depend on All-American defensive end Elvis Dumerville, who led the nation with 20 sacks, in his real breakout year.

Dumerville will have his hands full dealing with 1st Team All-ACC QB Marcus Vick, who will attempt to put the whole package together against the Cardinals. Although he comes in with 10 interceptions, 5 of those came in two games, against Miami and Maryland. Coming off a game where he threw for 335 yards (a career high) in the loss to FSU, Vick will attempt to be a better decision maker against the Cardinals, as the Hokies seek to try to make something good come out of this season which really has been disappointing.

The Hokies started out ranked #7 in the country, and actually got all the way up to #3, until a stunning and shameful lost to the Miami Hurricanes at Lane Stadium. After that loss, the Hokies looked like they were in trouble. However, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets upset the Hurricanes in the Orange Bowl, and that gave the Hokies a second chance. The Tech players talked of not letting the opprotunity get away, and it appeared that it would happen that way, as they finished the regular season blowing out UVA and UNC by a combined score of 82-17. However, they came out flat in the ACC Championship game, and ended up falling short in a comeback bid, falling 27-22.

The Hokies will play their butt off in this game, and they will blowout the Cardinals, winning 42-20.

Go Hokies
05-footinmouth I hate to say it... but Louisville isn't a bad team. I actually think this could be one of the better bowl games
That only could happen if Brohm plays, and we know that won't happen...
We still have a better passer with our second stringer than you do we Vick.
Wilkie01 Wrote:We still have a better passer with our second stringer than you do we Vick.

You will find out that you are not playing another weak ACC team!
Wilkie01 Wrote:You will find out that you are not playing another weak ACC team!

I don't know what the heck you think the Cards have to offer that is all that much superior to what we faced within the ACC this year. Remember what happened to WVU when we played them in Mo'town? Count on a more brutal game than that...'cause the cards just don't have the defense to put the clamps on that supposedly inferior QB of ours....
[quote="Wilkie01"]You will find out that you are not playing another weak ACC team![/quote

Weak ACC team.... hahahaha and do tell us what happened when you played USF??? lmfao
Want to talk about your last visit to Louiasville? 02-13-banana
MsNole Wrote:[quote="Wilkie01"]You will find out that you are not playing another weak ACC team![/quote

Weak ACC team.... hahahaha and do tell us what happened when you played USF??? lmfao

Wow, a rebuilding Utah destroyed GA Tech! Looks like the ACC is weak to me!
Still won't tell us, huh... lmfao lmfao lmfao lmfao

The BIG EASY now that Virginia Tech and Miami left... lmfao lmfao lmfao lmfao lmfao
ACC need a team that could beat Louisville! 05-stirthepot
2000 - Silly boy... ACC/FSU 31, Louisville 0 Nada, Nothing, Zilch

lmfao lmfao lmfao lmfao lmfao

Yes, you beat FSU in 2002 by a score of 26 to 20, but anACC team BLEW Louisville AWAY!!! 04-chairshot

lmfao lmfao lmfao lmfao lmfao
Schedule another game then! Word is FSU is scared to schedule the Ville! 01-wingedeagle 01-wingedeagle 01-wingedeagle
Virginia Tech 35 Louisville 24

Another BIG WIN for the ACC!!! 04-rock
Quote:Hokies storm past Louisville in Gator Bowl

Associated Press
Post 8pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Virginia Tech players danced around the field, pausing for hugs, posing for photographs and praising their come-from-behind victory.

The Hokies had a much better experience in the River City this time around. Marcus Vick threw two touchdown passes, Cedric Humes ran for 113 yards and a score and No. 12 Virginia Tech rallied to beat 15th-ranked Louisville 35-24 in the Gator Bowl on Monday.

The Hokies overcame numerous penalties, the absence of a key offensive lineman and the ejection of a defensive leader to rebound from a surprising loss to Florida State on the same field in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game a month ago.

"This is a much better feeling than when we were here last time," tight end Jeff Kind said. "We wanted to go out on a better note than what we showed when we played Florida State. We had a lot of guys come in and step up. That's what good teams will do to get back on the winning track."

Tech (11-2) scored on three consecutive possessions in the second half, turning a 17-10 deficit into a 28-24 lead. James Anderson sealed the victory when he intercepted Hunter Cantwell's pass and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown with 5:04 to play.

"That was a big play," Anderson said. "It came at the right time and I was in the right spot. We got good pressure on the quarterback, he threw it right to me and I just made a play."

Vick made several plays while directing the comeback, which snapped a five-game winning streak for Louisville (9-3).

He completed a 54-yard pass to David Clowney, then Cedric Humes scored on the next play from 24 yards. The Hokies made the 2-point conversion when Vick scrambled right and laced a pass to Josh Morgan, cutting the lead to 24-21.

Chris Ellis sacked Cantwell on the ensuing drive and knocked the ball loose. Anderson recovered near midfield, and Vick did the rest.

He threw two deep passes that might have been caught if not for pass interference penalties. He completed another sharp throw to Clowney to set up a first-and-goal. Two plays later, he found King for the go-ahead score.

"You could feel the momentum change," Louisville linebacker Nate Harris said.

Vick finished 11-of-21 for 203 yards. He also ran 13 times for 10 yards.

But Vick found himself engulfed in controversy following the game because he stepped on the back of NCAA sack leader Elvis Dumervil's leg just before halftime. Vick wasn't penalized, but it looked intentional on television replays.

"It was an accident," Vick said.

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said he sent Vick to Louisville's locker room after the game to apologize, but Dumervil never emerged.

"Whatever happened is unfortunate," Beamer said. "I'm not happy about some of the things that happened in the first half. We'll leave it at that."

Senior cornerback Jimmy Williams also was ejected for bumping an official in the first quarter following an extra point. The Hokies were penalized two other times on the drive. Ellis was flagged 15 yards for roughing the passer, then Noland Burchette was penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct after he celebrated a hard hit that left Cantwell with a bloody nose.

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said Cantwell may have broken his nose.

"Hunter gave a great effort," Petrino said. "He got hit probably harder than he's ever been hit."

A freshman walk-on making his second start in place of Brian Brohm, Cantwell played well early but looked overwhelmed against Tech's vaunted defense late.

He finished 15-of-37 for 216 yards with three touchdowns, but also was sacked four times and had four turnovers - three interceptions and a fumble. Three of the turnovers came in the decisive second half.

"I want to remember the second half," Beamer said. "I don't particularly want to remember the first half. ... We got back to Virginia Tech football. Personal fouls, penalties and sloppy play. That's not us. We haven't won all these games by being like that."

04-jawdrop Fine bunch of role models. Vick will get 5-years!
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