In September 2011, James Madison University of Harrisonburg, Virginia, stunned the Commonwealth of Virginia’s flagship football program, #13 Virginia Tech by a score of 21-16.
Despite the fact that the 2011 matchup was arguably the most historic upset in Virginia Tech history, the memory of being defeated on their own field seven years earlier had largely been forgotten among the Hokie Nation until late in the second half of Saturday’s contest against 0-3 Old Dominion University.
Like in 2011, the Hokies entered Saturday’s game ranked as the #13th best team in the nation, with a 2-0 record, featuring wins against Florida State and William & Mary.
On the other hand, Old Dominion entered the contest 0-3, with losses to Liberty University, FIU and Charlotte.
Virginia Tech was heavily favored to win — so much so that the in-state game played on the ODU campus in Norfolk closely resembled a Virginia Tech home game based upon the colors worn by the audience.
In a game that saw both teams relying upon backup quarterbacks, Old Dominion proved too much for the team nearly everyone believed would simply slide through the matchup prior to beginning ACC play.
Call it a false sense of security or any other excuse, but Old Dominion stunned the college football world with a 49-35 victory over Virginia Tech.
Interestingly, Old Dominion was leading the Hokies 42-35 with under two minutes remaining in the game — needing only to kneel the ball, when the Monarchs ran the football for a capping touchdown, bringing the score to 49.
Prior to Saturday’s game, Virginia Tech’s defense had only allowed two touchdowns for the season.
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