For the past 16 memorable seasons, Virginia Tech has finished their season with a trip to a bowl game, all under Frank Beamer. This is the third longest active streak, trailing only Florida State and Florida.
Over this 16-year span, it has been mainly a team effort. However, there have been memorable individual performances that have stayed in the minds of many Hokie fans.
The following is a list of the top 10 individual performances over the past 16 seasons. Keys to making the list are statistics, importance of the game, the timing of the performance, and the exposure it gave to Virginia Tech.
Before the list begins, there are two performances that will obtain the honorable mention moniker. They are performances by non-players that still produced amazing games, results, and memories:
Non-Player Performance No. 1:
Frank Beamer/Bud Foster/Coaching Staff vs. Syracuse (Oct. 16, '99)
This was the introduction of the Hokies to millions of college football fans. ESPN Gameday visited Lane Stadium seven hours before the game. The Hokie faithful came to see, breaking the attendance record by having over 13,000 people attend.
The pressure was on the Hokies to see if they were for real with their No. 4 ranking. Beamer, Foster, and the rest of the coaching staff, with all the pressure and spotlight on them, had their players ready to play the full 60 minutes.
This was a complete team effort as the Hokies destroyed the Orangemen with their offense, defense, and special teams In fact, the Orangemen controlled the final seven and-a-half minutes and were still outscored 14-0.
The 62-0 score broke the record of largest shutout over an AP ranked team. This complete performance proved to the nation the Hokies were for real and had the offense, defense, and special teams to complete with anybody in the nation.
(Next - Honorable Mention No. 2: VT Nation makes the list)