Back In Blacksburg

Updated: September 20, 2003, 6:25 PM ET

BATTLE IN BLACKSBURG

TEXAS A&M


VS.

VA. TECH


ESPN.com came to Blacksburg, Va., for Thursday night's showdown between Texas A&M and Virginia Tech. And you were invited to tag along.

Throughout the week, staff writers Ivan Maisel and Wayne Drehs, along with college football analyst Jim Donnan, college football editor Joe Wojciechowski and the College GameDay crew, have taken you behind the scenes for a unique look at what's become a Thursday night happening.
CHAT WRAPS
  • Frank Beamer
  • Dennis Franchione
  • Reggie McNeal
  • Ernest Wilford
  • DeAngelo Hall
  • Kirk Herbstreit
  • The Show
  • MORE COLLEGE FOOTBALL
    TEXAS A&M
  • Team page
  • Message board
  • Big 12 notes

    VIRGINIA TECH
  • Team page
  • Message board
  • Big East notes
  • The Hokies kept the pressure on Reggie McNeal.

    WET AND WILD
    HOKIES STORM PAST AGGIES
  • The inclement conditions provided a perfect backdrop for Kevin Jones' coming-out party. Story

    HURRICANE FORCE
  • Kevin Jones powered through the rain, Texas A&M's defense and into the Heisman race. Story

    ESPN MOTION
  • Watch ESPN Motion highlights and postgame reaction from the Hokies victory over the Aggies.


  • GAMEDAY ONLINE
  • GameDay Online chat wrap: Check out what Jim Donnan said during the Virginia Tech-Texas A&M game.

    Maisel: Hangin' with the Hokies
    Drehs: Blacksburg diary


  • THE GAMEDAY GAMEPLAN
    THE LIFE OF BRYAN
  • It's hard being VaTech QB Bryan Randall. He wins, yet every week there's talk of who replaces him. Story

    WEB CENTRIC
  • Coaches Frank Beamer of Tech and Dennis Franchione of A&M both use websites to their advantage. Story

    ROAD TRIP
  • How does Texas A&M prepare to head to Blacksburg? We let you in on the behind-the-scenes plans. Story

    ROAD RULES
  • Former head coach Jim Donnan breaks down the rules of the road for a Thursday night game. Story

    SOMETHING SPECIAL
  • Hands-on approach: Frank Beamer keeps more than just a close eye on his special teams. Story
  • Welcome to Blocksburg: Virginia Tech's "Pride and Joy" is unlike any other special teams unit in the country. Story
  • Stand-up guys: The 12th Man is a tradition that's withstood the test of time at Texas A&M. Story

    ON THE SCENE
  • Yell of a night: In the middle of Hokie country, Texas A&M fans shook up the night with their traditional midnight yell practice. Story
  • How to root for the Hokies: 10 simple rules on how to cheer for the Virginia Tech Hokies. Story
  • Scene of the crime: Lightning strikes aside, Blacksburg is one of the friendliest venues in all of college football. Story

    THURSDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
  • A Thursday night game, especially at a place like Virginia Tech, has a life of its own. Story

    THURSDAY NIGHT ADVANTAGE
  • Kirk Herbstreit breaks down all the key match-ups. Story

    ESPN MOTION
  • Mike Tirico, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit have some suggestions for coaches Beamer and Franchione.