Bristol, TN– Less than one week ago, a record was broken right down the road in Bristol, Tennessee. The Virginia Tech Hokies and the University of Tennessee Volunteers competed in the biggest college football game ever. More than 150,000 spectators were there to witness the Vols play the Hokies on what used to be a racetrack less than one month ago.
The idea for the game started about 20 years ago and blossomed into one of the biggest weekends in college football history. Both Tennessee and Virginia Tech are less than two hours away from Bristol, so the track was the perfect place to play the game.
Friday night was the Bristol tailgate party, which the track called the “greatest concert ever for the greatest game ever.” Country music bands Old Dominion and The Band Perry played before the headliner Kenny Chesney come on stage.
Saturday, the scene was bigger than ever. Fans from all over the country came to see the “showdown at sundown.” Finally, the game kicked off at 8:15 p.m. Virginia Tech started off the scoring early, jumping up on Tennessee 14-0 at the end of the first half. The Volunteers would erupt and respond by scoring 28 unanswered points. They never let off the throttle, as Tennessee would come away with the victory by a final score of 45-24.
Virginia Tech outgained Tennessee in yardage 400-330, but Tennessee won due to turnovers. Tech fumbled the ball not once, not twice, but five times. The game really did live up to all the hype that was anticipated and there are already talks about a reunion game 10 years from now.
– Andrew McClung