Tennessee and Virginia Tech end season's with bowl wins
Beamer coaches Hokies to final win of his career
Frank Beamer was all smiles after the Virginia Tech Hokies where able to hold on for the win 55-52 over Tulsa in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, LA. The win was Beamers last as head coach of the Virginia Tech Hokies and the win 280th of his career. With the season-ending win, the Hokies are looking to carry momentum into the 2016 season.
Continuing his hot streak, sophomore wide receiver Isaiah Ford was named Offensive MVP of the Independence Bowl after catching 12 passes for 227 yards. With his 12 catches, Ford was able to extend his streak of catching at least two passes in a game to 26 straight which is a new school record. The 12 catches pushed his total to 75 for the season which is another Virginia Tech single-season record.
"The first time, we came to Shreveport, I left here a happy guy," an elated Beamer said afterward. "The last time I come to Shreveport, I leave here a happy guy. I'm going to come back to Shreveport just for the hell of it. I like it down here."
"Great win for the program and a great way to finish this thing up."
Congratulations to Frank Beamer on his career at Virginia Tech and look for the Hokies to make a splash in the 2016 Battle At Bristol.
Vols cruise two second consecutive bowl win
The Tennessee Volunteers stormed their way past the 13th ranked Northwestern Wildcats to a 45-6 victory in the Outback Bowl in Tampa on New Year's Day. The bowl win was the largest margin of victory for the Vols in a bowl game in school history. With the win, Tennessee is now 27-24 all-time in bowl games.
Sophomore running back Jalen Hurd ran his way to the Outback Bowl MVP. Racking up 130 rushing yards along with a touchdown, Hurd became the first Vol to rush for 100 rushing yards in two bowl games, the first coming last year in the TaxSlayer Bowl.
"It was awesome, and you could tell that we were really wearing on them, and the environment and everything." said running back Jalen Hurd. I think it just goes back to our strength and conditioning program and our style of play, how we practice, and you could tell that we were really wearing them down."
The Volunteers are making national headlines and are poised to contend for the top Southeastern Conference team in 2016.