While Boise State and New Haven used different turf companies, it is the same blue look from goal line to goal line.
25 -- Before every third-down play, Virginia Tech fans at Lane Stadium jingle their keys to signify a key play.Before the fourth quarter starts, they do the Hokie Pokie. With Metallica's "Enter Sandman" blaring and fans bouncing around, the Hokies' goose-bump-raising entrance onto the field has become one of the trademarks of a fall Saturday in Blacksburg.On Saturday, Virginia Tech will have a frenetic supporting cast at the Lane Stadium.But for all the chaos among the thousands at the game, the ones with the most direct impact will be the ones doing the playing, not the cheering.Before one particularly chilly night game, some of the Virginia Tech marching band members started jumping up and down to keep warm before the team's entrance. "The next thing you know the whole band is jumping up and down," David Mc Kee, the director of the Marching Virginians, said in a telephone interview.
"And then next thing you know the whole stadium is jumping up and down.The winner would establish itself as the team to beat in the ACC.With wins over Florida State and Georgia Tech, Miami put itself in the driver's seat with a favorable remaining conference schedule after Saturday's game."We feel like we've got a tough place to play, but we've got to go play," Bud Foster, the Hokies' defensive coordinator, said earlier this season. Those 11 guys on the field do." Staff writer Amy Shipley in Miami contributed to this report.Every college football program has a unique set of traditions that sets it apart from any other team when it takes the field.Lane Stadium, where the Hokies are 38-5 since 2003, will provide the home-field advantage that Virginia Tech might need to overcome the surging Hurricanes, a rival from the teams' days in the Big East.