We will protect this house!!!

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Update: I'm going to use this space to create a personal record of one of the biggest wins in school history.

Student spell out Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University on their chests.

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From the Florida Sun-Sentinal:

MELL: Hokies, fans make loud statement
Published November 2, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- They couldn't shut them up. That's what the Hurricanes will remember about the beating they got in Blacksburg. All that ear-splitting, migraine-inducing noise.

When Miami coach Larry Coker headed onto the field to shake Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer's hand with 10 seconds still on the clock at the end of the Hokies' stunning 31-7 upset Saturday night, the joyous screams erupting here sent a disorienting jolt through all of college football.

Oklahoma may remain No. 1 atop the Bowl Championship Series poll this morning, but the national championship picture was fractured by the shock waves rolling out of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

This was the biggest win in the history of Virginia Tech football, and these Hokie fans all but willed it.

This whipping was so thorough, Virginia Tech officials had the goalposts dismantled before the Hokies' faithful started spilling onto the field. And they spilled in an endless river of Chicago Maroone and Burnt Orange. They turned the place into a giant mosh pit. They punched fists in the sky, they leapt, they danced, they howled like they've never howled here before.

This upset of No. 2 Miami (7-1) thrusts the No. 10 Hokies (7-1) back into the national title race. Though it's early November, just about every team in the top 10 (and maybe lower) in the newest poll still has title hopes. That includes Miami.

It will take some time for that to sink in for the Hurricanes. They're not out of the title race, but they'll have to shake the hangover that's destined to follow this loss.

Losing here hurt UM ears as much as it did UM hearts.

Quarterback Brock Berlin, face stuck in the turf, didn't need to see Eric Green step in front of his pass in the third quarter to know the speedy cornerback returned it 51 yards for a touchdown. He could hear what happened. He could practically feel the earth quaking.

The Hokies added a wonderful wrinkle to their game plan.

Crazy Hokie noise.

It was crazy because it started with the stadium completely empty.

The Hokies weren't even in uniform yet, and this place was already rocking. Two hours before kickoff, you could hear this strange roar wafting up over all these empty seats. Fans, thousands of them, some in goofy orange wigs, all of them in Tech's colors, were lined up outside the stadium to greet the Hokies as they arrived on the team buses. They cheered deliriously before their beloved Hokies even put on their pads.

When Virginia Tech's Corps of Cadets fired the cannon at game's start, you wouldn't have known if not for the puff of smoke. It was that loud.

The Hokies may have won, but they'll be observing a day of silence today in Blacksburg. That's because everybody should be hoarse from screaming their lungs out. I mean everybody. They must have used a shoehorn to get the last fan into sold-out Lane Stadium.

Give Virginia Tech fans credit. They overwhelmed the 'Canes in a way that no crowd ever has.

How else do you explain that failed fake field-goal attempt in the second quarter?

Miami tight end Kevin Everett was racing wide open into the end zone, holder Matt Carter's pass floating like a gift out of the sky, and Everett dropped it. There wasn't a defender within 20 yards, but he must have felt all those Hokie fans leaning in, breathing down his neck. The field is wedged into the stadium with the stands hovering ominously over the bench areas.

This is what Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer wanted. When the Hokies beat Syracuse here two weeks ago, the Orangemen said it felt like Tech fans were on the field. Hokies fans like that. Many of them came Saturday wearing T-shirts that read "I'm a walk-on."

The Hokies had seven penalties and two turnovers in the first quarter, but they led 7-0 thanks to DeAngelo Hall's 28-yard fumble return for a touchdown. They didn't complete a pass in the first half and led 10-0. They didn't need much offense. They had more than enough noise to beat down the 'Canes.

Before the game, during The Walk:

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Check out the guys in the background as a Miami receiver drops a sure TD:

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From the Greensboro News and Record:

Va. Tech brings the noise to the ACC
11-2-03

By Rob Daniels Staff Writer
News & Record

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- The biggest game in the ACC was officially contested in the Big East on Saturday night, with Virginia Tech upsetting No. 2 Miami 31-7 in the Defector Bowl.

OK, that name is unofficial and is not endorsed by either conference. But some grand title seemed appropriate.

"This feels like a bowl game, quite honestly," Tech fan Rick Robinson said 90 minutes before kickoff.

No. 10 Tech (3-1 Big East, 7-1 overall) scored two defensive touchdowns and handed Miami (3-1, 7-1) its first regular-season loss in 39 games.

As usual, the gates to Lane Stadium opened two hours early. And as usual, nobody walked in. They preferred to stand 10 deep on both sides of Spring Avenue and watch "The Walk," the biggest pregame promenade this side of the SEC.

A crowd that police estimated at 10,000 took it all in, as Tech's Corps of Cadets, a military unit similar to the more famous one at Texas A&M, preceded a state police escort of the team, Democratic Gov. Mark Warner and GOP Sen. George Allen. They resisted the urge to jeer at Allen, a former quarterback at that hated institution in Charlottesville.

They do this sort of thing at a lot of schools these days, including North Carolina and N.C. State.

They don't do it this big.

"This could be one of the best traditions in college football," said student Tom Smith of Rochester, N.Y., perhaps biased but not delusional.

It certainly made an impression on Warner. "Good evening, all future members of the Atlantic Coast Conference," he said in addressing the crowd at halftime. "I can't wait until the other ACC schools feel the power of the Hokie Nation. You know, I felt that power, that energy tonight when we went on The Walk with your team and your great coach, Frank Beamer. Virginia has already had to deal with one hurricane (Isabel) this year. Tonight, we're going to deal with another Hurricane. Go Hokies!"

Save Virginia, which faces the Hokies annually, the ACC has little to no idea what kind of fanaticism awaits it here when Tech officially joins the conference next year. The university keeps expanding its football facility -- five times in 38 years now -- and a voracious constituency keeps filling it.

If it were in the ACC this season, Virginia Tech (65,115) would rank third in home attendance, trailing only Florida State (83,008) and Clemson (75,200), both of which have substantially larger homes.

Only Florida State and N.C. State have spectators as close to the back of both end zones as Tech does.

"Sometimes, I lose (the volume) because I wear a headset," coach Frank Beamer said. "But it's loud. I think we have one of the great stadiums in the country. Some seat more, but every seat here seems to go up and the noise seems to stay down."

The most recent upgrade, finished before last season, added 11,120 seats in the south end zone, enclosed the facility and leaves visitors feeling claustrophobic.

"It gave the stadium more of a stadium feel," said Jeff Thompson, a tight end and defensive end for the Hokies from 1998-2001.

Saturday was especially raucous, as the opponent and the 7:45 p.m. start time combined to get the populace jacked.

The only pure Virginia Gentleman in this place was found in flasks. But at least during the game they didn't get violent or overly rude. Fans generally appeared to heed athletics director Jim Weaver's request to abstain from wearing profane, "disrespectful" T-shirts that belittled the Hurricanes.

Weaver made the entreaty in an e-mail to all 26,000 Tech students earlier in the week, continuing the university's "Hokies Respect" campaign.

"We would encourage our fans to continue to be the 12th person on behalf of the Hokies and to do so with respect for the University of Miami," Weaver wrote. "Cheering and noise is very acceptable, but disrespectful garments and booing is unacceptable."

Among the more popular T-shirts spotted in the crowd was one that read, "We ACCept."

The players' entrance.

The beginning of the ESPN telecast.

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Congrats to the Hokie fans!

Congrats to the Hokie fans! What an upset!

Yes, congrats. Very good

Yes, congrats. Very good stuff.

amazing when your defense

amazing when your defense outscores the other team's offense.

Thanks guys. It's a great

Thanks guys. It's a great time to be a hokie.

The hat of shame from the

The hat of shame from the WVU game is now removed, with gusto. ^_^

Look where the canes are and

Look where the canes are and look where the hokies are. Plus you guys who have gotten beaten if it was in the orange bowl.