The Hokies were favored by a conservative 6 points over the Seminoles.
The Hokies were ranked No. 11 in the nation and 7-2 overall. The Seminoles were 6-3 (3-3 in the ACC) and nowhere near consideration for a top 25 ranking.
The game was filled with more ups than downs for Hokie fans, and they were justifiably pleased with a 40-21 victory after 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. However, this by no means warranted rushing the field. Sure, it's a big deal that Frank Beamer finally beat Bobby Bowden. Yes, snapping a 15-game losing streak to a conference foe is a great accomplishment for any team.
I remember the 1999 Sugar Bowl and the 2005 ACC Championship game, but this was a 2007 regular season game.
Rushing the field after a game should not be based on games in past years. It should be based on two main criteria: the expectations for the current teams coming into the game, and in rare instances, the manner in which the game is won.
Rushing the field should be reserved for truly unexpected or highly contested victories (such as a No. 1 vs. No. 2 match-up).
It should be reserved for extraordinary finishes, like a triple-overtime win. The game ended when the Hokies ran out the clock by taking a knee.The Hokies beat the 'Noles by 19 points, with an ordinary finish, just as expected.
We already knew Beamer was more than capable of beating Bobby Bowden, and we already knew the 2007 Hokies could beat the 2007 Seminoles. I guess we rushed the field because we covered the spread.