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July 10, 2014

#MemoryLaneVT: bhurst24

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In our series of stories from you, our readers, HokieHaven.com non-subscriber bhurst24 recalls his favorite Lane Stadium moment. Do you have a favorite moment? Send us your story and give us the details. Subscribers especially can win some big prizes!

I have three that stand out to me. One of them stands out more then others, but it's not so great. My third best memory is September 19th 2009. The whole stadium was dead and people had left the game, and quarterback Tyrod Taylor hit wide receiver Danny Coale for that 80 yard wide open catch (that led to the win over Nebraska). My dad and I had a little hope after that play. Then Tyrod ran for his life and made that bullet pass to wide receiver Dyrell Roberts, it was a spine-tingler. I jumped up and hugged my dad and looked around for others to hug, I think I kissed and hugged ten people in three seconds flat.

My second best memory was November 26, 1999, when we handled Boston College and fans tore the goal post down. My friend and I followed the goal post all the way downtown and celebrated with them all. That was a magical season after thumping Syracuse, and the Morgantown miracle.

I know this is supposed to be the greatest memory, but the one that stands out to me is October 25, 2007. The Hokies had lost to the eventual National Champions in a no show against LSU but Tyrod kept the season alive to hopefully play them again for the Championship. On that Thursday night game against Matt Ryan and company it faded into a rematch game against Boston College.

My father and I are hunters, and we have the best rain gear and boots you can buy. It didn't stop us from a total soaking and the absolute most up and down emotional game I have ever been a part of. The Hokies pretty much dominated the O-line of the Eagles and it was a low scoring defense game. The bad weather didn't stop the Hokie Nation from cheering up one of the loudest games I have ever heard.

Before that game winning touchdown pass from Ryan, Lane Stadium was so loud that that i was vibrating. Then when that damn guy caught that pass, you could hear a pin drop in Dublin. It was a total exhaustion for not all the coaches and players, but most of all the fans. The walk back to the car had went from a light sprinkle to a waterboarding torture. Again, I know this is the greatest memory of Hokie football, but it is the one that stands out to me. My dad and I still had fun at that game as we do at every game.

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