1980 Virginia Tech Gobblers football
Peach Bowl, L 10–20 vs. Miami (FL)
ConferenceIndependent
1980 record8–4
Head coach
Home stadiumLane Stadium
Seasons
← 1979
1981 →
1980 NCAA Division I-A independents football records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 2 Pittsburgh       11 1 0
No. 5 Florida State       10 2 0
No. 8 Penn State       10 2 0
No. 9 Notre Dame       9 2 1
No. 18 Miami (FL)       9 3 0
Southern Miss       9 3 0
Navy       8 4 0
South Carolina       8 4 0
Virginia Tech       8 4 0
Boston College       7 4 0
Northeast Louisiana       7 4 0
Rutgers       7 4 0
UNLV       7 4 0
Tulane       7 5 0
Colgate       5 4 1
North Texas State       6 5 0
Villanova       6 5 0
West Virginia       6 6 0
Louisville       5 6 0
Richmond       5 6 0
Syracuse       5 6 0
East Carolina       4 7 0
Illinois State       4 7 0
Temple       4 7 0
Army       3 7 1
Holy Cross       3 8 0
Cincinnati       2 9 0
Memphis State       2 9 0
William & Mary       2 9 0
Georgia Tech       1 9 1
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1980 Virginia Tech Gobblers football team was an American football team that represented Virginia Tech as an independent during the 1980 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their third year under head coach Bill Dooley, the Gobblers compiled an overall record of 8–4 and lost to Miami (FL) at the Peach Bowl.[1]

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteTVResultAttendanceSource
September 6at Wake ForestABCW 16–724,500[2]
September 13East Tennessee StateW 35–727,500[3]
September 20William & Mary
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
W 7–327,500[4]
September 27James Madison
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
W 38–630,000[5]
October 4at ClemsonL 10–1364,558[6]
October 11Rhode Islanddagger
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
W 34–752,000[7]
October 18Virginia
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA (rivalry)
W 30–052,000[8]
October 25at RichmondL 7–1818,000[9]
November 1West Virginia
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA (rivalry)
W 34–1145,200[10]
November 8at No. 3 Florida StateABCL 7–3151,487[11]
November 15vs. VMIW 21–625,000[12]
January 2, 1981vs. No. 20 Miami (FL)CBSL 10–2045,384[13]
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Players

The following players were members of the 1980 football team.

1980 Virginia Tech roster
  • Bobby Allen
  • Robert Lars Anderson
  • Jeff Bailey
  • Dennis Behl
  • Tony Blackmon
  • Jeff Bolton
  • Mike Borden
  • Geoffrey Martin Brown
  • 93 Robert Brown
  • Wally Browne
  • Cass Camp
  • Mike Cannaday
  • Steve Casey
  • Jake Clarke
  • Rusty Cook
  • John Cowne
  • 17 Jeff Dahl
  • Paul Davis
  • Scott Dovel
  • Lowell Eakin
  • Johnnie Edmonds
  • George Evans
  • John Fitzgerald
  • Gillett Ford
  • Hannon Fry
  • Harry Keener Fry
  • John Gambone
  • Mike Giacolone
  • Robert Hill
  • Billy Hite
  • Pete Jackson
  • Steve Jacobsen
  • Phil Jamerson
  • Mike Johnson
  • Joe Jones
  • Eric King
  • Mike Kovac
  • Thor Kritsky
  • Dennis Laury
  • Cyrus Lawrence
  • Ashley Lee
  • John Ludlow
  • Ron Luraschi
  • David Marvel
  • Carl McDonald
  • Tony McKee
  • Bucky Methfessel
  • Richard Harold Miley
  • Bubba Mullins
  • Wayne Mutter
  • Eddie Otey
  • Tony Paige
  • Jerome Pannell
  • Padro Phillips
  • Rob Purdham
  • Bill Renner
  • James Robinson
  • Steve Scaggs
  • Mike Scharnus
  • John Scott
  • Mike Shaw
  • Donnie Simpson
  • Dave Smigelsky
  • Gary Smith
  • Jim Smith
  • Sidney Snell
  • Lewis Stuart
  • Jeremiah Thomas
  • Mark Udinski
  • Dave Uglow
  • Craig Van Schoick
  • Roe Waldron
  • Steve Wirt
  • Lawrence Young
  • B. J. Zwinak

References

  1. ^ "1980 Virginia Tech Hokies". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 15, 2021.
  2. ^ "Va. Tech crushes Deacons". The Charlotte Observer. September 7, 1980. Retrieved December 15, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Gobblers wear down Buccaneers, 35–7". Kingsport Times-News. September 14, 1980. Retrieved December 15, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Unbeaten Gobblers eke out 7–3 victory". Daily Press. September 21, 1980. Retrieved December 15, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Lawrence leads Gobblers' rout of Dukes 38–6". Daily Press. September 28, 1980. Retrieved October 11, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Ariri's field goal beats Gobblers". Asheville Citizen-Times. October 5, 1980. Retrieved December 15, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Tech bombs Rams". The Daily News Leader. October 12, 1980. Retrieved December 15, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Virginia Tech batters rival Virginia 30–0". The Charlotte Observer. October 19, 1980. Retrieved December 15, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "Richmond feasts on VPI". Daily Press. October 26, 1980. Retrieved December 15, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "Turkey trot by Gobblers steams Nehlen". The Pittsburgh Press. November 2, 1980. Retrieved December 15, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "Seminoles remain immune to national upset bug". The Palm Beach Post. November 9, 1980. Retrieved December 15, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ "Gobblers get the Peach". The News and Observer. November 16, 1980. Retrieved December 15, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ "Kelly, Burt lead Miami triumph in Peach Bowl". The Atlanta Journal & Constitution. January 3, 1981. Retrieved December 15, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.