Focus Shifts To Bowl Season For The Hokies And Vols
Tech's streak of consecutive bowl games pushed to 23
With the Virginia Tech Hokies looking to push their consecutive bowl appearance streak to 23, they needed to beat in-state rival University of Virginia during the Thanksgiving weekend matchup. The annual battle between both schools, known as the Commonwealth Clash, did not disappoint as the Hokies earned the win with a last minute interception from junior safety Chuck Clark.
Saturday's victory was also win number 237 for Coach Frank Beamer, his last regular season win as head coach for the Hokies. "That game showed everything we've tried to do at Virginia Tech," Beamer commented after the game. "Relentless - I love that word - we got down and found a way to come back."
On Sunday, Virginia Tech announced the hiring of Justin Fuente as the new head football coach, taking over as Beamer retires after this season. Fuente brings an impressive resume along with him to Tech, highlighted by a 19-6 record in his last two seasons with the University of Memphis. "Justin was absolutely our top choice and the only one we offered the job to," said Athletic Director Whit Babcock to hokiesports.com. "I'm proud to tell you he was the top choice and the one we wanted and I'm thrilled that he said yes."
Tennessee gets big win over Vandy in final regular season win
The University of Tennessee Volunteers showed they will be a team to watch in 2016 as they took down South Eastern Conference foe Vanderbilt with a convincing 53 to 28 win on Senior Night.
Junior quarterback Joshua Dobbs accounted for 233 yards of total offense and three touchdowns during the game. Dobbs completed 13 of 21 passes and had a total of 140 yards passing and 93 rushing. Dobbs threw for two touchdowns and rushed for a third. In the second half, Dobbs broke former Volunteer Jimmy Streater's record as the single-season leader for most rushing yards by a quarterback, finishing the regular season with 623 rushing yards.
After the game, Dobbs told utsports.com, "When we came in we talked about winning the game, and out preparation. We came in and we were able to execute and respond when our defense needed us to go down and drive the ball and score a touchdown, and then keep our defense off the field at times."