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Viriginia Tech unveils new uniforms that look like their old uniforms

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Virginia Tech unveiled new uniforms on Saturday, part of a department-wide branding initiative provided by Nike.

Uni-philies will notice these new kits aren’t much different than the Hokies’ previous get up (modeled by former Hokie quarterback Michael Brewer above), simply tightened with a sharper font, snazzier striping and shinier helmets. But, hey, who’s counting?

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In addition to new football uniforms, each team across campus will receive a new get-up that features typeface, colors and logo usage that is now fully consistent across the department.

Cue the corporate brand speak!

Virginia Tech Athletics is committed to the quest for excellence academically, athletically, and in the personal development of our students. With UT Prosim at our core, we stand strong together to serve our university and our community with integrity and respect.

As we enter a new chapter in our history, we do so with a refreshed brand identity that honors our visual past and positions us to attract and engage new student-athletes, faculty and supporters for the future.

In partnership with Nike, Virginia Tech Athletics refreshed its marks and colors to create a consistent look to one of the most recognized brands in all of college athletics.

Nike and Virginia Tech students-athletes, coaches, administrators and alumni collaborated on the brand evolution program for 18 months, gathering insights on key attributes of the university.

See the full brand identity explanation here.

(Screenshots via VT athletics.)

Texas Tech QB Davis Webb confirms transfer

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Rumors emerged shortly after Mike Jinks got the Bowling Green job that Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb would soon join him.

Those reports were premature, but Webb confirmed Wednesday he is leaving Lubbock.

Webb announced the transfer on his Twitter account.

A junior, Webb is the third Red Raider gunslinger to leave Lubbock under Kliff Kingsbury, following Michael Brewer‘s departure to Virginia Tech and Baker Mayfield bailing for Oklahoma. He’s also the fourth quarterback in the Texas-Oklahoma corridor to announce a transfer, following Texas A&M’s Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray and Oklahoma’s Trevor Knight.

Surpassed by Patrick Mahomes on the depth chart, Webb played in parts of three seasons for the Red Raiders, throwing for 5,557 yards with 46 touchdowns and 22 interceptions.

 

Hokies send Frank Beamer into retirement a winner

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Frank Beamer began his postseason Virginia Tech tenure with a win in Shreveport, La.  More than two decades later, as a Hall of Fame career comes to a close, the beloved Hokie head coach has literally come full circle.

In a wild affair that will serve as one of the most entertaining in what right now is a week-old bowl season, Tech used a record-setting first half to pave the way for a record-setting 55-52 win over Tulsa in the 40th Independence Bowl.  This was the 23rd straight season, all under Beamer, that Tech has played in a bowl, the second-longest streak in the country behind Florida State’s 34.  The first of those 23 bowl appearances?  Against Indiana… in the 18th Independence Bowl.

Beamer, who announced his retirement earlier this year in his 29th season as his alma mater’s head coach, finishes his stellar career with 280 wins, fourth all-time behind a trio of FBS coaching legends — Penn State’s Joe Paterno (409), Florida State’s Bobby Bowden (377) and Alabama’s Bear Bryant (323).  With the twin retirements of Beamer and Steve Spurrier (228), there is no active head coach with 200 or more wins; Kansas State’s Bill Snyder, with 193, is the closest to hitting that plateau.

In those 23 straight bowl games mentioned earlier, Beamer’s Hokies went 11-12.  This year marked the second consecutive bowl win for Tech, just the second time Beamer’s gone back-to-back with victories in the postseason (2008 Orange Bowl, 2009 Chick-fil-A Bowl).  And, unlike most of his other wins in both the regular and postseasons, this one wasn’t predicated on defense and special teams — even as the famed Beamerball made a brief first-half appearance in two quarters of play that were the absolute antithesis of the vast majority of Beamer’s time in Blacksburg.

In those first two quarters, the Hokies and Golden Hurricane combined for more than 700 yards of offense and 76 points as Tech took a 45-31 lead into the halftime locker room.  Those 45 points for Tech tied the Independence Bowl record for a half… first set by Tech in Beamer’s 1993 appearance in the game.  It was also a historic one-half performance regardless of the bowl venue:

In the second half, things calmed down, relatively speaking and ever so briefly, as the Hokies held a 52-31 lead with under five minutes remaining in the third quarter.  However, three Dane Evans touchdowns — two passing, one rushing — offset by just a single VT field goal pulled the Golden Hurricane to within three with 3:47 remaining in the fourth quarter.  The Golden Hurricane, following a Hokies punt with two minutes remaining, had one more opportunity for at least a game-tying field goal, and got to the their own 46-yard line with 1:27 remaining before Beamer’s lunch-pail defense…

… produced sacks on second and fourth down to officially seal that 280th and final win for their head coach.

The two teams ended up combining for 1,161 yards of offense — 598 for Tech, 563 for Tulsa.  Evans passed for a game-high 374 yards, while Tech’s Michael Brewer passed for 344; that marked Brewer’s second career 300-yard game, with the first (345 yards) coming last November against Boston College.

227 of Brewer’s yards were caught by Isaiah Ford, setting an Independence Bowl record for receiving yards in a game.  A pair of Golden Hurricane receivers went for 100-plus — Joshua Atkinson (139) and Keyarris Garrett (137).

Tech finishes the 2015 season at 7-6, the second straight year the Hokies have finished with that record.  The 14 wins are the fewest in back-to-back seasons since Tech won 11 games in 1992 (2-8-1) and 1993 (9-3) in Beamer’s second and third seasons with the football program.

Tulsa, meanwhile, ended 2015 at 6-7, marking their third straight year with a sub-.500 record.  This is the first time since a stretch from 1992-2002 that the Golden Hurricane had finished below .500 in three or more consecutive seasons.

UNC clinches ACC Coastal Division and spoils Beamer’s home finale in overtime

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It looked as though No. 17 North Carolina (10-1, 7-0 ACC) was well on its way to wrapping up the ACC Coastal Division in Blacksburg, but sometimes winning in Lane Stadium against the Virginia Tech Hokies (5-6, 4-3 ACC) is never as easy as it seems. The Tar Heels gave up two late fourth quarter touchdowns to the Hokies and would need to win it in overtime. Ryan Switzer caught an 18-yard touchdown from Marquise Williams on UNC’s possession of overtime to capture the win and the ACC Coastal Division championship.

Down 24-10 with just under five minutes to play, Virginia Tech quickly moved down the field after starting at their 37-yard line. Michael Brewer‘s 25-yard pass to Sam Rogers got the Hokies in UNC territory and a 26-yard pass to Isaiah Ford two plays later took them to the 11. Bucky Hodges would haul in an eight-yard pass on a fourth down from the eight-yard line for a touchdown to cut the UNC lead to one. UNC fumbled away the football on the ensuing drive, and Brewer again found Ford for a big play a few plays later. A short touchdown pass to Ford tied the game at 24-24 with 1:07 to play. The game would go to overtime, thanks in part to a bizarre timeout called by Larry Fedora on the UNC sideline.

North Carolina still has one more game to play before getting set to take on Clemson in the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte in two weeks. UNC visits North Carolina State in Raleigh next week to conclude the regular season. North Carolina can keep some outside playoff hopes alive with a win next week.

The Tar Heels have never played for the ACC Championship. Since the championship game was introduced by the ACC in 2005, only Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Duke have represented the Coastal Division in the championship game. Virgina Tech was the last Coastal team to win the ACC when it topped Florida State in 2010. Coastal champs are 3-11 in the title game, with Clemson or Florida State winning each of the past four seasons (Florida State has won the last three).

Of course, the loss also carries a bit of an additional sour note for Virginia Tech. This was the last home game to be coached by longtime Hokies head coach Frank Beamer. Beamer announced his retirement that will be effective at the end of the season. Beamer’s Hokies now must win next week’s game against Virginia in order to keep Virginia Tech’s season going. Virginia Tech needs one more win to become bowl eligible this season. Beamer has taken Virginia Tech to the postseason every year since 1993.

Hokies keeping No. 17 UNC offense in check in

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A win away from clinching a spot in their first ACC Championship Game, UNC is not finding the explosive offense it has been accustomed to in recent weeks. Perhaps playing with a bit of extra fire in their new black alternate uniforms and wanting to give Frank Beamer one more win in Lane Stadium,. Virginia Tech is keep the Tar Heels in their sights. UNC leads, however, 7-3 at the half.

North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams used some big plays to his advantage on UNC’s first offensive series. A 32-yard pass to Austin Proehl took the ball into Virginia Tech territory, and Williams soon finished the drive with an 18-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead.

Virginia Tech’s first threat to put points on the board was thwarted by a missed field goal attempt by Joey Slye from 46 yards out. The field goal try came immediately after Hokies quarterback Michael Brewer stuffed for a loss of three yards on a 3rd and 1 from the 26-yard line.

UNC will clinch the ACC Coastal Division with a win or a Pittsburgh loss.