2000 Virginia Tech Hokies football
Gator Bowl champion
Gator Bowl, W 41–20 vs. Clemson
ConferenceBig East Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 6
APNo. 6
2000 record11–1 (6–1 Big East)
Head coachFrank Beamer (14th season)
Offensive coordinatorRickey Bustle (7th season)
Defensive coordinatorBud Foster (6th season)
Home stadiumLane Stadium
(Capacity: 56,272)
Seasons
← 1999
2001 →
2000 Big East football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Miami   7 0         11 1  
#6 Virginia Tech   6 1         11 1  
Pittsburgh   4 3         7 5  
Syracuse   4 3         6 5  
Boston College   3 4         7 5  
West Virginia   3 4         7 5  
Temple   1 6         4 7  
Rutgers   0 7         3 8  
† – BCS representative as champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2000 Virginia Tech Hokies football team represented Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University during the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season. Virginia Tech competed as a member of the Big East Conference. The Hokies were led by Frank Beamer in his 14th year as head coach.

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Michael Vick's 2000 season did have its share of highlights, such as his career rushing high of 210 yards against the Boston College Eagles in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Against West Virginia in the Black Diamond Trophy game, Vick accounted for 288 total yards of offense and two touchdowns in a 48–20 win. The following week, Vick led the Hokies back from a 14–0 deficit against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome—where the Hokies had not won since 1986. Vick put the game away with a 55-yard run with 1:34 left.[1]

The following game against Pittsburgh, Vick was injured and had to miss the rest of that game, the entire game against Central Florida, and was unable to start against the Miami Hurricanes—the Hokies' lone loss of the season. Vick's final game at Virginia Tech came against the Clemson Tigers in the 2001 Gator Bowl, where he was named MVP of the game.

The opening game on August 27 against Georgia Tech was postponed due to lightning and then cancelled due to an unplayable field.[2]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 278:00 p.m.Georgia Tech*No. 11ESPN2 Postponed, then cancelled56,276
September 212:00 p.m.Akron*No. 11
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
ESPN+W 52–2356,272
September 78:00 p.m.at East Carolina*No. 10ESPNW 45–2845,123
September 1612:00 p.m.RutgersNo. 8
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
ESPN+W 49–056,272
September 303:30 p.m.at Boston CollegeNo. 4CBSW 48–3444,500
October 712:00 p.m.TempleNo. 3
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
ESPN+W 35–1356,272
October 128:00 p.m.West VirginiaNo. 3
ESPNW 48–2056,272
October 217:00 p.m.at SyracuseNo. 2ESPNW 22–1449,033
October 283:30 p.m.PittsburghNo. 2
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
CBSW 37–3456,272
November 412:00 p.m.at No. 3 Miami (FL)No. 2CBSL 21–4177,410
November 116:00 p.m.at Central Florida*No. 8W 44–2150,220
November 257:30 p.m.Virginia*No. 6
ESPNW 42–2156,272
January 1, 200112:30 p.m.vs. No. 16 Clemson*No. 6NBCW 41–2068,741
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Roster[edit | edit source]

2000 Virginia Tech Hokies football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 88 Davis, AndreAndre Davis Jr
RB 27 Ferguson, JarrettJarrett Ferguson Jr
T 76 Kadela, DaveDave Kadela Sr
G 69 Lehr, MattMatt Lehr Sr
QB 7 Vick, MichaelMichael Vick So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 66 Beasley, ChadChad Beasley Jr
DB 16 Bird, CoryCory Bird Sr
DB 14 Sorensen, NickNick Sorensen Sr
LB 40 Taylor, BenBen Taylor Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

2000 team players in the NFL[edit | edit source]

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Michael Vick Quarterback 1 1 Atlanta Falcons
Cory Bird Defensive back 3 91 Indianapolis Colts
Matt Lehr Center 5 137 Dallas Cowboys

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Robertson, Jimmy (October 22, 2000). "Tech Puts End to Carrier Dome Hex". Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Department of Athletics. Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. https://web.archive.org/web/20070926225555/http://www.hokiesports.com/football/recaps/10222000aaa.html. Retrieved August 29, 2007.
  2. "Virginia Tech Football TV History". Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Department of Athletics. http://www.hokiesports.com/football/tv.html. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  3. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/2001.htm
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