Latest Justin Fuente News

ODU hosts Virginia Tech, gets rare home game vs Top 25 team

Sep. 18, 2018 3:44 PM EDT

A rare chance for Old Dominion to host a Top 25 team is also an opportunity that hasn't come along in while for No. 13 Virginia Tech: A chance for the Hokies to play in one of Virginia's most fertile recruiting areas. The Hokies (2-0) haven't played in the Tidewater region since a 1986 matchup against Temple in...

No. 2 Clemson avoids bad weather as storm batters coast

Sep. 15, 2018 8:55 PM EDT

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — No. 2 Clemson and Georgia Southern got a sunny sky, mild breezes and plenty of tailgaters at the start of the only major conference football game played Saturday in the Carolinas and Virginia while Tropical Storm Florence dumped dangerous amounts of rain elsewhere across the region....

Florence's approach causes plethora of ACC schedule changes

Sep. 12, 2018 3:58 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — While safety concerns at Atlantic Coast Conference schools are being addressed ahead of Hurricane Florence, the storm's significant impact on this week's schedule will have a lingering effect on scheduling obstacles, monetary implications and bowl considerations once it passes. The...

Hurricane Florence could impact games in Carolinas, Virginia

Sep. 10, 2018 4:33 PM EDT

With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolinas' coastline, conferences and schools are monitoring the strengthening storm's progress and exploring contingencies for games this week. The National Hurricane Center issued an advisory Monday that the storm is expected to approach the North or South Carolina...

Peoples, Jackson sharp; No. 12 Hokies beat Tribe 62-17

Sep. 8, 2018 6:53 PM EDT

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Justin Fuente said he was worried how his team would handle a quick turnaround. The No. 12 Hokies had an emotional 24-3 victory at Florida State on Monday night, then had to travel home, operate on insufficient sleep and prepare to play William & Mary on Saturday. He need not...

No. 12 Hokies battle short work week with W&M up next

Sep. 7, 2018 4:27 PM EDT

Virginia Tech's season got off to a very strong start with a decisive victory against Florida State in Tallahassee. For the No. 12 Hokies to keep it going, they need to master a short work week. The Hokies (1-0) open their home season on Saturday against William & Mary (1-0). The Tribe is an FCS-level...

Jackson's 2 TD passes help Virginia Tech handle FSU 24-3

Sep. 4, 2018 12:39 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Virginia Tech and coach Justin Fuente notched another season-opening victory against a ranked team. Florida State and Willie Taggart delivered the program's most inept offensive performance at home in a decade, hardly the start Taggart had hoped for with the Seminoles. Needless to...

Florida State's run game a concern for inexperienced Hokies

Sep. 2, 2018 12:22 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — When Florida State coach Willie Taggart makes his debut on Monday, most eyes will be fixated on Deondre Francois and how he leads an up-tempo spread offense. Taggart has affectionately called the offense "Lethal Simplicity," but what makes it dynamic is the run-pass balance. No. 19...

Taggart's debut: No. 19 Florida State hosts No. 20 Va. Tech

Aug. 30, 2018 10:50 AM EDT

No. 20 Virginia Tech (9-4 last season) at No. 19 Florida State (7-6), Monday, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN) Line: Florida State by 7½. Series record: Florida State leads 23-12-1. WHAT'S AT STAKE? Florida State opens the Willie Taggart Era with a top-25 matchup. It's the first time since 2009, when the Seminoles played...

Heupel takes over talented UCF team with great expectations

Aug. 17, 2018 2:38 PM EDT

Josh Heupel has either the most difficult job of any head coach in the country taking over a new team or the easiest. Maybe it's both. Hired to replace Scott Frost at Central Florida, Heupel takes over a team that went unbeaten last season and declared itself the national champion. Most of the playmakers return...