NASHVILLE -- The first Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl featured two powerhouses, and one historic blowout.
The Virginia Tech Hokies and Alabama Crimson Tide were the teams in the inaugural bowl game in 1998 at Vanderbilt Stadium. It was a cold, chilly and rainy night in Nashville, but the weather didn't damper Virginia Tech's gameplan.
The Hokies played signature "Beamer Ball" winning with an impressive defensive and special teams showing. Virginia Tech led 10-7 at halftime and then put the game away with 28 unanswered points. The 38-10 win was the worst loss over the past two decades for Crimson Tide until last year's College Football Playoff National Championship loss to Clemson. Alabama lost to the Tigers 44-16.
The win in 1998 was the Hokies' first-ever bowl victory over a Southeastern Conference opponent. It also ended a two-game bowl losing streak for Virginia Tech, one of only 10 teams (at the time) to go to a bowl game in each of the previous five seasons.
This has been a Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Moment. Be a part of the next moment during Nashville's holiday tradition on Dec. 30 at Nissan Stadium. Tickets for the 2019 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl are on sale now at musiccitybowl.com/tickets.