Hokies Report: A new era


Hokies Report: A new era

Virginia Tech 6-6, (4-4) in the ACC

In the news

Justin Fuente introduced: The news during Saturday's game that Justin Fuente would be the next head coach at Virginia Tech. He was formally introduced on Monday. Here are all the big moments from Justin Fuente's introductory press conference.

Coaches retained: In addition to Bud Foster who will remain at Virginia Tech as defensive coordinator, Torrian Gray is also expected to remain on as the defensive backs coach. While Fuente has final say for his own staff, you can guess that Foster probably lobbied hard for Gray to remain on.

Weekly honors: Isaiah Ford was named the ACC's Receiver of the Week and Chuck Clark was named the ACC's Defensive Back of the Week for their performances in the win over Virginia. Ford caught six passes for 121 yards and a touchdown while Clark recorded a team-high 12 tackles. He also caught the game-clinching interception, his first of the season.

Yearly honors: Four Virginia Tech players were named to 2015 All-ACC teams as released on Monday. Isaiah Ford and Luther Maddy were named to the first team offense and defense respectively. Bucky Hodges and Travon McMillian were also named to the third team offense. Corey Marshall was an honorable mention.

One more game: Dadi Nicolas has accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl and Luther Maddy has accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Game. Both games will take place in January.

Bowl destinations? Now that Virginia Tech is bowl eligible, the question is where will they go? I will have more on possible destinations in the coming days.

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Last week's game: 23-20 win at Virginia

Read the recap of this game here.

As Frank Beamer said after the game, it was Virginia Tech's resiliency that really stood out. The Hokies scored six points through three quarters, but scored 17 in the fourth to get the win and earn their 23rd straight bowl berth.

When Albert Reid broke through for 57-yard touchdown in the third quarter to give Virginia a 13-6 lead, you can forgive those fans who may have thought UVa was going to win. Instead, a Virginia Tech offense that had done nothing to that point responded with a 71-yard catch and run by Ryan Malleck followed by a touchdown reception by Sam Rogers. Virginia scored another touchdown and again, Virginia Tech responded with a touchdown pass to Isaiah Ford. McMillian was effectively shutdown all game long, but on the Hokies' final drive he put his head down and drove the offense to setup the game-winning field goal.

It was not the most impressive victory, but you could see how much it meant to Beamer and the team when Clark caught his interception to seal the game.

Read more on this game here.

Season review

Offensive MVP: Isaiah Ford

Ford put together an incredible season even with Michael Brewer missing five games with a broken collarbone. His 10 touchdown catches set a new Virginia Tech single-season record and led the ACC. He also led the conference in receiving touchdowns. Ford provided some consistency to an otherwise inconsistent offense.

Defensive MVP: Andrew Motuapuaka

Andrew Motuapuaka showed how valuable he is when he missed two games because of a knee injury. Even so, he still was third on the team in tackles and second in tackles for loss and sacks. He also forced three fumbles and returned a fumble for a touchdown.

Best win: 23-20 at Virginia

This was hard to pick as there really wasn't a signature win this season. In fact, their best efforts all came in losses (Ohio State, Duke, North Carolina). In terms of most complete games, Boston College was the Hokies' best game, but I won't pick a game against a three-win team as the Hokies' best. The win over NC State was also a candidate because it essentially saved the season as it was Virginia Tech's only win in a five-game stretch. Because of what it meant, however, and what it took to get there, the win over Virginia has to be their best of the season. Virginia Tech went into the finale against their biggest rival needing a win to extend their bowl streak and to send Beamer out a winner. A loss would have meant an inglorious end to Beamer's remarkable career, but the Hokies were able to fight back time and time again for the victory. No win meant more to the team this season and Beamer danced like it afterwards.

Worst loss: 17-13 loss to Pitt

Everyone knew the Hokies were in trouble when Brewer suffered a broken collarbone against Ohio State. Two encouraging performances against Furman and Purdue convinced us that perhaps the offense would be able to survive without him. Then Pitt happened. On a rainy day in Blacksburg, Virginia Tech managed a whopping 100 yards of total offense. Brenden Motley threw for 91 yards and three interceptions and as a team, Virginia Tech managed only nine rushing yards. Nine. Don't even say that it was raining. It was raining just as hard for the Panthers and they still managed 276 yards.

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Georgetown snaps 4-game road losing streak, tops Butler

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Georgetown snaps 4-game road losing streak, tops Butler

INDIANAPOLIS -- Marcus Derrickson tied a career-high with 27 points, on 11-of-13 shooting, for his eighth 20-plus point game this season and Georgetown beat Butler 87-83 on Tuesday night.

After Georgetown missed two free throws, Kamar Baldwin made a scoop shot in the lane and Sean McDermott stole the inbounds pass, leading to another Baldwin basket to pull Butler to 84-81 with 1:29 to go.

Butler had a chance to tie it in the closing seconds, but Baldwin's long 3-pointer was short and Jahvon Blair sealed it at the line at 4.5.

Jessie Govan had his 12th double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds for Georgetown (15-10, 5-9 Big East). Trey Dickerson, a senior averaging 3.5 points per game, set a career-high in the first half with 12 points and finished with 18.

Kelan Martin had 22 points and eight rebounds to reach 20 points for the 17th time this season for Butler (17-10, 7-7). Tyler Wideman added 19 points and Baldwin had 16 points, six rebounds and seven assists.

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Virginia jumps to top of new AP poll for first time since 1982


Virginia jumps to top of new AP poll for first time since 1982

A loss didn't prevent Virginia from climbing to No. 1 in AP men's basketball poll for the first time in more than 35 years after all.

The Cavaliers rose a slot to sit atop Monday's AP Top 25 despite an overtime home loss Saturday to Virginia Tech, part of an upset-filled week that allowed for plenty of uncertainty in the poll. The Cavaliers (23-2, 12-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned 30 of 65 first-place votes to outdistance No. 2 Michigan State and rise above the turmoil that included last week's top three teams all losing.

Tony Bennett's Cavaliers had been at No. 2 before this season, but this is the first time the program has reached No. 1 since December 1982 — the senior season of 7-foot-4 great Ralph Sampson — back when the poll ranked only 20 teams. And that team fell out of that spot after its improbable upset loss to Chaminade in Hawaii, regarded by many as the biggest upset in the history of college sports.

Virginia looked set to reach the No. 1 spot after Villanova's home loss to St. John's before losing to the Hokies. Still, the Cavaliers ended up there a day after the NCAA selection committee had them as the No. 1 overall seed in its reveal of the top 16 seeds to date.

The Cavaliers — whose 12 previous weeks at No. 1 all came during the Sampson era — play with the top ranking for the first time since the Chaminade loss on Tuesday at Miami.

"I do not get too carried away with where we are," Bennett said after the loss to the Hokies. "I always say 'thus far,' and now we have to prove it again. ... Now we are going to get a chance to do it again and we are going to have to fight like crazy every game. Everybody is capable of beating everybody in this league and that is reality. If you are little off it is not enough."



Michigan State (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) climbed two spots after a weekend win against Purdue in a top-5 matchup. The Spartans, who reached No. 1 for a week in January, earned 21 first-place votes.

Next came Villanova (23-2, 10-2 Big East), who fell to third after a five-week stay at No. 1 and earned nine first-place votes. Xavier (23-3, 11-2 Big East) inched up a spot to fourth and earned five first-place votes, followed by Cincinnati (23-2, 12-0 American Athletic Conference) at No. 5.

This is Xavier's highest ranking in its history, while Cincinnati is in the top 5 for the first time since spending a good chunk of the 2001-02 season there.


Purdue (23-4, 12-2 Big East) fell from third to sixth after losing to Ohio State and Michigan State last week. Those losses snapped the nation's longest winning streak at 19 games, marking Purdue's first losses since falling to Tennessee and Western Kentucky on consecutive November days in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.

Texas Tech was next at No. 7, followed by Ohio State, Gonzaga and Auburn to round out the top 10.



Rivalry wins against Duke and North Carolina State helped North Carolina climb seven spots to No. 14 for the week's biggest jump. It continued the Tar Heels' wild swings in poll positioning, including a nine-slot drop last month and two other slides of eight slots.

Ohio State rose six spots to No. 8 after the Purdue win, while No. 11 Clemson was up five spots.


Oklahoma and freshman star Trae Young had the biggest fall of the week, down six spots to No. 23. The Sooners have lost three straight and six of eight after Saturday's loss at Iowa State .

St. Mary's (15th) and Arizona (17th) both fell four spots.


The newcomers aren't entirely new this week. Both No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 25 Arizona State have been ranked multiple weeks this season and appeared in the top 10, with the Sun Devils reaching No. 3 on Christmas Day.


Kentucky fell out of the rankings for the second time this season -- It hadn't happened since March 2014 before this year -- from No. 24 after three straight losses. Miami fell out from No. 25 after losing at Boston College.