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The 2009 Chick-fil-A College Kickoff featured the Virginia Tech
Hokies, of the ACC, and the Alabama Crimson Tide, of the SEC, on
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                                                                                             Regular season starter game
September 5, 2009. [3] The game took place in Atlanta, Georgia at the
Georgia Dome. In the 2008 edition, Alabama defeated the Clemson
Tigers 34–10. [4] It was Virginia Tech's first appearance in the series
and Alabama's second consecutive appearance. Alabama went on to
win the match-up 34–24, comining from behind with 18 points in the
final quarter.[5] It was the 800th victory in the history of Alabama's
football program, winning on their third try (their first two tries ended in
losses).                                                                                    2009 Chick-fil-A College Kickoff logo
The two teams had last met in the 1998 Music City Bowl, which ended              Alabama Crimson Tide               Virginia Tech Hokies
in a 38–7 Virginia Tech victory. That win is Tech's sole triumph in the                  (0-0)                               (0-0)
series between the two teams, which had stood at 10–1 in Alabama's
favor. The series also includes Virginia Tech's worst football defeat—a
                                                                                           34                                 24
                                                                                         Head coach:                      Head coach:
77–6 loss in 1973 to an Alabama team that eventually won the national                    Nick Saban                      Frank Beamer
championship.                                                                            Coaches                          Coaches
                                                                                            5                                7
The game                                                                                                   1   2     3   4 Total

                                                                                                Alabama 9      7     0   18   34
Alabama played in and won the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff for the
                                                                                            Virginia Tech 7    10    0   7    24
second consecutive year, defeating the Virginia Tech Hokies 34-24.
After Bama opened the game by kicking two field goals, Dyrell Roberts          Date            September 5, 2009
of Tech ran back a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown to give VT a 7-6           Season          2009
lead. After a third Leigh Tiffin field goal Virginia Tech intercepted a        Stadium         Georgia Dome
Greg McElroy pass and took possession at the Alabama 14, but the
                                                                               Location        Atlanta, Georgia
Tide defense held up and the Hokies settled for a field goal and a 10-9
                                                                               MVP             RB Mark Ingram (Alabama) [1]
lead. Alabama responded by driving 76 yards for a touchdown and a
                                                                               Attendance      74,954
16-10 lead, the big plays coming on a 14-yard run by Mark Ingram and
passes of 16 and 10 yards from McElroy to Julio Jones. However, on                            United States TV coverage
the ensuing Virginia Tech possession three personal foul penalties and         Network         ABC
a pass interference penalty carried the Hokies downfield for a                 Announcers: Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Kirk
touchdown and a 17-16 lead. The score remained 17-16 after Leigh                           Herbstreit (color), Lisa Salters (sideline)
Tiffin missed a 36-yard field goal at the end of the first half.               Nielsen         2.4 (6.6 million viewers)[2]
                                                                               ratings
In the third quarter Roy Upchurch fumbled the ball away at the Virginia
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Tech 9 after a long run and another opportunity was missed. Early in
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the fourth quarter, with Tech still leading by a point, McElroy hit
Marquis Maze for a 48-yard completion to the Virginia Tech 6 and Mark Ingram scored a touchdown on the next play. A
successful two-point conversion gave Alabama a 24-17 lead. Alabama got the ball back immediately when Virginia Tech
fumbled the kickoff and Chris Rogers recovered for the Tide at the Tech 21. The ensuing Alabama drive stalled at the 3 but
Leigh Tiffin's fourth field goal made the score 27-17. Strong special teams play by the Hokies and Alabama penalties
victimized the Tide again as a long return and a personal foul set up a 32-yard run by Ryan Williams of Tech that cut the lead
to 27-24. Alabama quickly struck back, as Ingram rushed for 39 yards, McElroy completed a 19-yard pass to tight end Colin
Peek, and then McElroy threw to Ingram for an 18-yard touchdown and a 34-24 lead. Virginia Tech never threatened to score
again and Alabama won its opener, 34-24.[22] Virginia Tech went on to go 10-3 and finish tenth in the final AP poll.

References
  1. ^ Hayes, Matt (2009-09-06). "Mark Ingram: 'We played with more emotion and played smarter'" . Sporting News. Retrieved 2009-
     09-08.
  2. ^ "TV Ratings Saturday: ABC College Football & Crimson Tide Roll Over Repeats" . Archived from the original on 2009-09-09.
     Retrieved 2009-09-07.
  3. ^ "2009 Tulane football game vs. Alabama off" . nola.com. 2008-08-15. Retrieved 2008-12-03.
  4. ^ "No. 24 Alabama limits No. 9 Clemson's ground game in upset victory" . ESPN. 2008-08-30. Retrieved 2008-12-03.
  5. ^ "No. 5 Alabama 34, No. 7 Virginia Tech 24"    . Associated Press (ESPN.com). 2009-09-05. Retrieved 2009-09-05.

External links
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