Virginia Tech 1999 game by game
Game 1: Sept. 4, 1999
In short: The Hokies dominated Division I-AA JMU as redshirt freshman quarterback Michael Vick rushed for three touchdowns in his debut, and the Hokies accumulated 274 yards on the ground.
Key moment: As Vick leaped for the end zone on a second-quarter scramble, he was upended by JMU defenders and somersaulted into the end zone, landing awkwardly and painfully on his left ankle. If you ever wondered what 51,000 people gasping simultaneously sounds like, that was it.
Key player: Vick accounted for 164 yards rushing and passing and three scores in less than a half.
Their words: "I was scared to look down at my ankle at first. I thought there was probably about two or three bones sticking out. I just thank God it wasn't as severe as I thought it was." – Michael Vick
Game 2: Sept. 11, 1999
Virginia Tech 31, UAB 10
In short: Tech's defense held the Blazers to 63 total yards, helping the offense overcome five turnovers in Vick's absence. Vick sat out nursing an ankle sprain from the previous week.
Key moment: Tailback Andre Kendrick threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Andre Davis early in the fourth quarter on a halfback option pass, giving the Hokies breathing room in a game that was closer than it should have been.
Key player: Defensive end Corey Moore had three sacks, two other tackles-for-loss, four quarterback hurries, one pass deflection and six total tackles.
Their words: "I'm an authority on Virginia Tech and I've had all I want. I've had enough. Their defense is just really, really good. They know what they're doing, they're so fast; they're out there with such confidence." – UAB coach Watson Brown, after his teams totaled 10 points in three games versus Tech
Game 3: Sept. 23, 1999
Virginia Tech 31, Clemson 11
In short: The Hokies broke open a close game in the fourth quarter with two defensive touchdowns in a 38-second span: Ike Charlton's interception return and Moore's fumble return.
Key moment: Moore strip-sacked Clemson QB Brandon Streeter, forcing a fumble. He picked it up himself and ran 32 yards for Tech's final score.
Key player: Moore scored a defensive touchdown with his strip-sack of Streeter and forced him to throw the interception that Charlton returned moments earlier.
Their words: "That's a No. 1 draft pick coming after you. Good players will themselves in the fourth quarter to make plays." – Clemson coach Tommy Bowden, talking about Moore