Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Virginia Tech Hokies
The 2009 college football season begins this week, and the excitement is building. You can almost feel fall. Well, maybe not because it is still hot and humid and the leaves arenâ€™t turning yet. But it is time to play football. Here are some interesting items of note about this weekâ€™s game featuring the Alabama Crimson Tide vs. The Virginia Tech Hokies. Notes courtesy of the schoolâ€™s media relations departments.
Some things you should know about this season opener from VT:
STABILITY AT THE TOP
â€¢ Frank Beamer, the first Tech alumnus to guide Virginia Techâ€™s football program since the 1940s, has coached and won more football games at Tech than any other head coach.
â€¢ Only two of the 120 active Division I-A head football coaches have been at their current school longer than Beamer. Those coaches are: Joe Paterno (44th yr., Penn State) and Bobby Bowden (34rh yr., Florida State).
â€¢ Prior to Beamer, no other grid coach in Tech history had served more than 10 seasons as head coach.
Rushing = Outcome?
â€¢ Under head coach Frank Beamer (268 games), the Hokies are 156-30-2 when outrushing their opponents, 20-59 when being outrushed and 1-0 when the rushing total is even.
â€¢ In Techâ€™s current 16-year bowl run (since 1993), Tech is 136-15 when outrushing its opponents, 16-34 when being outrushed and 1-0 when the rushing total is even.
â€¢ In its current 16-year bowl run (since 1993), Tech is 88-6 when rushing for 200 yards or more, including 7-0 in 2005.
â€¢ Since the start of the 1999 season, the Hokies are 91-10 when outrushing their opponent and 9-20 when being outrushed.
Thatâ€™s the most often-asked question regarding Virginia Tech athletics. The answer leads all the way back to 1896 when Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College changed its name to Virginia Polytechnic Institute. With the change came the necessity for writing a new cheer and a contest for such a purpose was held by the student body. Senior O.M. Stull won first prize for his “Old Hokie” yell which still is used today.
Later, when asked if “Hokie” had any special,meaning, Stull explained the words he used had no hidden or symbolic meaning, but had been thought up in an effort to get attention. Hokie soon became a nickname for all Tech teams and for those people loyal to Tech athletics.
Following is the “Old Hokie” yell in its original form:
Hoki, Hoki, Hoki Hy!
Tech! Tech! V.P.I.!
Rae, Ri, V.P.I.