On Dec. 31, 1993, Frank Beamer coached Virginia Tech to a 45-20 win over Indiana in the Independence Bowl. It was the first bowl game of his tenure at Virginia Tech and the first bowl win of his career. Little did he know that he would go on to coach the Hokies to a bowl game in each of the next 22 years. On Dec. 26, he will bring the Hokies back where it all began.
Virginia Tech will return to the Independence Bowl to face Tulsa in what will be Beamer's final game as coach. The game will kickoff in Shreveport, La. on Dec. 26 at 5:45 p.m. It will be the Hokies' third appearance.
“It’s fitting that we started our bowl streak at the Independence Bowl back in 1993, and what a wonderful ride it’s been," Beamer said in a release from the school. "It’s certainly been a privilege and a pleasure to work with this group of coaches and student-athletes. We’d love to send them out with a victory in Shreveport."
Tulsa finished the season with a 6-6 record, 3-5 in the American Athletic Conference including a 66-42 loss to Justin Fuente's Memphis.
There was some talk that Virginia Tech could get an invite to a Tier I bowl, specifically the Belk Bowl, but that bid went to NC State and instead the Hokies slid down to Tier II.
Here's a full list of ACC bowls:
- Orange: Clemson vs. Oklahoma (College Football Playoff game)
- Fiesta: Notre Dame vs. Ohio State
- Peach: Florida State vs. Houston
- Russell Athletic: North Carolina vs. Baylor
- Sun: Miami vs. Washington State
- Belk: N.C. State vs. Mississippi State
- Music City: Louisville vs. Texas A&M
- Pinstripe: Duke vs. Indiana
- Military: Pittsburgh vs. Navy
- Independence: Virginia Tech vs. Tulsa