Game 1: Sept. 4, 1999 Virginia Tech 47, James Madison 0

In short: The Hokies dominated Division I-AA JMU as redshirt freshman quarterback Michael Vick rushed for three touchdowns in his debut.

Key moment: As Vick leaped for the end zone on a second-quarter scramble, he was upended by JMU defenders and somersaulted into the end zone, landing awkwardly and painfully on his left ankle. If you ever wondered what 51,000 people gasping simultaneously sounds like, that was it.

Key player: Vick accounted for 164 yards rushing and passing and three scores in less than a half.

Their words: "I was scared to look down at my ankle at first. I thought there was probably about two or three bones sticking out. I just thank God it wasn't as severe as I thought it was." — Vick

Game 2: Sept. 11, 1999 Virginia Tech 31, UAB 10

In short: Tech's defense held the Blazers to 63 total yards, helping the offense overcome five turnovers in Vick's absence. Vick sat out nursing an ankle sprain from the previous week.

Key moment: Tailback Andre Kendrick threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Andre Davis early in the fourth quarter on a halfback option pass, giving the Hokies breathing room in a game that was closer than it should have been.

Key player: Defensive end Corey Moore had three sacks, two other tackles-for-loss, four quarterback hurries, one pass deflection and six total tackles.

Their words: "I'm an authority on Virginia Tech and I've had all I want. I've had enough." — UAB coach Watson Brown, after his teams totaled 10 points in three games versus Tech

Game 3: Sept. 23, 1999 Virginia Tech 31, Clemson 11

In short: The Hokies broke open a close game in the fourth quarter with two defensive touchdowns in a 38-second span: Ike Charlton's interception return and Moore's fumble return.

Key moment: Moore strip-sacked Clemson QB Brandon Streeter, forcing a fumble. He picked it up himself and ran 32 yards for Tech's final score.

Key player: Moore scored a defensive touchdown with his strip-sack of Streeter and forced him to throw the interception that Charlton returned moments earlier.

Their words: "That's a No. 1 draft pick coming after you. Good players will themselves in the fourth quarter to make plays." — Clemson coach Tommy Bowden, talking about Moore

Game 4: Oct. 2, 1999 Virginia Tech 31, Virginia 7

In short: Tech jumped out to a 28-7 first-half lead in Charlottesville and went conservative on offense after Vick tweaked his ankle late in the second quarter. The Hokies limited All-ACC tailback Thomas Jones to

67 yards and sacked quarterback Dan Ellis six times.

Key moment: Vick hit Davis for a pretty 60-yard touchdown pass midway through the first quarter to begin the scoring.

Key player: Vick accounted for 252 yards of offense in the first half until he got injured.

Their words: "He had time back there to get a drink and wave up in the stands. He could have waved to his mom." — Moore, on the protection Vick had behind Tech's offensive line

Game 5: Oct. 9, 1999 Virginia Tech 58, Rutgers 20

In short: Tech scored on seven of eight first-half possessions in New Jersey and might have hit 100 points had Frank Beamer not pulled the starters in the second half. The Hokies scored 35 points in the second quarter and led 49-14 at the half.

Key moment: First play from scrimmage, Vick and Davis hooked up for a 74-yard touchdown, and the rout was on.