Virginia Tech is coming back to where it started and playing a bowl game where their particular streak began 23 years ago. The Hokies return to Shreveport, La., the very first time since 1993 to battle Tulsa inside Camping World Independence Bowl on Dec. 26, the bowl announced Sunday.
“Our present bowl streak started at Shreveport, as well as for me, that’s where it’ll end, ” stated Coach Frank Beamer. “i am hoping Coach [Justin] Fuente and our people keep consitently the streak going, but, there'll continually be a warm spot in my heart for the Independence Bowl, and going back to Shreveport for my last dish online game simply seems suitable.”
The Hokies was hoping for the higher-esteemed Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C., due to its convenience the group of followers, but connect head advisor Shane Beamer started reading whispers of this Independence Bowl this weekend at the ACC Championship game, additionally in Charlotte.
“Personally, I’m excited. it is somewhere various, that’s where our dish streak started in 1993, and when you ask lots of people of our system they state that for the reason that it ended up being our first bowl it's many fun they’ve had, ” Beamer stated.
“i understand our followers were certainly dreaming about Charlotte, but we needed seriously to win some more games. We’re 6-6 and I also obtain it. Bowls have protocols positioned for just who they pick therefore’s to us to win a lot more than we did and we also didn’t accomplish it. I’m simply ecstatic become going to a bowl game, personally i think a whole lot much better these days than if we were sitting at 5-7 so we weren’t going everywhere and every thing was over.”
The last time Virginia Tech made a postseason look in Shreveport it absolutely was Frank Beamer’s first dish. After going 8-3 in 1993 the Hokies scored 17 things within the 4th quarter to conquer Indiana 45-20 and Frank Beamer’s squad has actually played in a bowl online game on a yearly basis since.
The matchup it self keeps less record. Virginia Tech, just who clinched their particular qualifications with a 23-20 make an impression on Virginia on Nov. 28, featuresn’t played Tulsa since 1978 and holds a 1-4 all-time record resistant to the Golden Hurricane, but Justin Fuente’s Memphis overcome Tulsa 66-42 in October.
“I’m sure several of our coaches will utilize him and we’ll happily make use of him as a reference, ” Shane Beamer said.
The competition pits Tulsa’s 11th-ranked passing offense, led by junior quarterback Dane Evans, against Bud Foster’s strict passing protection. Evans averages 330 moving yards per online game and it has thrown eight interceptions this season, their 151.3 effectiveness rating good-for 25th in country. The Hokies allowed the ninth minimum moving yards per online game in the nation and ranking 34th overall protection.