The Virginia Tech football team won its last two games of the season to become bowl eligible, and after an up-and-down year, head coach Frank Beamer says the finale against Rutgers could define his team.
"It's easy to hang in there when everything is going great," says Beamer, "but when you have disappointment, you find out what you're really made of, and I really like what this football team is all about."
The Russell Athletic Bowl doesn't have the same national recognition as the BCS Bowls they've played in the last two years, but with twenty consecutive seasons with a winning record on the line, the Hokies still have a lot to play for.
Senior linebacker Bruce Taylor says, "We don't want to be that team with the losing record. We're definitely approaching this bowl week as a work week."
Senior offensive tackle Vinston Painter adds, "From what I've seen in practice, guys are approaching this bowl game as if it was as BCS bowl game."
For all their success, Virginia Tech hasn't fared well in the postseason (9 wins, 16 losses), with the last bowl victory coming in 2009.
Junior cornerback Antone Exum says, "If you're a redshirt junior like me, we haven't won a bowl game yet, since we're been here, so that's something that stays in the back of our mind. In the front of our mind, actually. We're definitely motivated to win this game."
Virginia Tech will take on Rutgers in Orlando on December 28th.
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