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1999 Virginia Tech Hokies football team

1999 Virginia Tech Hokies football
Big East Champions
Conference Big East
Coaches #3
AP #2
1999 record 11–1 (7–0 Big East)
Head coach Frank Beamer
Offensive coordinator Rickey Bustle
Defensive coordinator Bud Foster
Home stadium Lane Stadium
(Capacity: 51,907)
1999 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Virginia Tech   7 0         11 1  
#15 Miami (FL)   6 1         9 4  
Boston College   4 3         8 4  
Syracuse   3 4         7 5  
West Virginia   3 4         4 7  
Pittsburgh   2 5         5 6  
Temple   2 5         2 9  
Rutgers   1 6         1 10  
† – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1999 Virginia Tech Hokies football team represented Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I-A college football during the 1999 season. Virginia Tech competed as a member of the Big East Conference. The Hokies were led by Frank Beamer in his thirteenth year as head coach. Virginia Tech finished the regular season undefeated but lost in the national championship game to the Florida State Seminoles.

Regular season

Michael Vick led the Hokies to an 11–1 season and to the Bowl Championship Series national title game in the Sugar Bowl against Florida State. Although Virginia Tech lost 46–29, Vick was able to bring the team back from a 21-point deficit to take a 29–28 lead into the fourth quarter. During the season, Vick appeared on the cover of an ESPN The Magazine issue.

Vick led the NCAA in passing efficiency that year, setting a record for a freshman (180.4), which was also good enough for the third-highest all-time mark (Colt Brennan holds the record at 185.9 from his 2006 season at Hawaii). Vick was awarded an ESPY Award as the nation's top college player, and won the first-ever Archie Griffin Award as college football's most valuable player. He was invited to the 1999 Heisman Trophy presentation and finished third in the voting behind Ron Dayne and Joe Hamilton. Vick's third-place finish matched the highest finish ever by a freshman up to that point, first set by Herschel Walker in 1980 (Adrian Peterson later broke that mark, finishing second in 2004).


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 4 1:00 PM James Madison* #11 Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA W 47–0   51,907
September 11 1:00 PM UAB* #11 Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA W 45–28   51,907
September 23 8:00 PM Clemson* #8 Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA ESPN W 31–11   51,907
October 2 6:00 PM at #24 Virginia* #8 Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA (Commonwealth Cup) ESPN2 W 31–7   51,800
October 9 6:00 PM at Rutgers #6 Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, NJ W 58–20   30,764
October 16 6:00 PM #16 Syracusedagger #4 Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA ESPN W 62–0   53,130
October 30 7:00 PM at Pittsburgh #3 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA ESPN2 W 30–17   42,678
November 6 3:30 PM at West Virginia #3 Black Diamond Trophy) CBS W 22–20   56,906
November 13 7:30 PM #19 Miami (FL) #2 Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA (Rivalry) ESPN W 43–10   53,130
November 20 12:00 PM at Temple #2 Veterans StadiumPhiladelphia, PA ESPN2 W 62–7   25,822
November 26 2:30 PM #22 Boston College #2 Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA (Rivalry) CBS W 38–14   53,130
January 4 8:00 PM vs. #1 Florida State* #2 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) ABC L 29–46   79,280
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

1999 team players in the NFL

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.
Player Position Round Pick Franchise
John Engelberger Defensive End 2 35 San Francisco 49ers
Ike Charlton Defensive Back 2 52 Seattle Seahawks

Awards and honors


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