Jan 25 2005


At a press conference today, U.S. Senator George Allen (R-VA) presented Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) with a Virginia Ham in recognition of the Auburn Tigers’ Sugar Bowl victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies. In late December, Senators Allen and Shelby placed a friendly wager on the game, in which Auburn beat Virginia Tech 16 – 13. The wager included a Virginia Ham from Senator Allen and a Bates’ Smoked Turkey from Senator Shelby.

Senator Shelby said, “I want to thank my good friend Senator Allen for delivering this delicious Virginia ham. I look forward to enjoying it honor of Auburn’s hard fought victory in the Sugar Bowl. Coach Tuberville led the team to their most successful season in school history, finishing 13 - 0 and winning the SEC Championship. I also to congratulate Virginia Tech on an excellent season, an ACC Championship and a strong showing against Auburn in the Sugar Bowl.”

“This year’s Sugar Bowl was an outstanding game between two of the best college football teams in the land,” Allen said. “The Virginia Tech Hokies gave a valiant effort against the Auburn Tigers, but in the end, they saw the same fate as every other Auburn opponent has this season. Congratulations to Coach Tuberville and the Tigers on their undefeated season and to Coach Beamer and the Hokies for winning the ACC in their very first year in the conference. Finally, congratulations to my colleague, Senator Shelby, for winning a delicious Virginia ham thanks to the Tiger victory.”

This was Virginia Tech’s third trip to the Sugar Bowl since 1995. That year, then-Governor Allen won Texas ribs and red grapefruit from then-Governor George W. Bush following Virginia Tech’s defeat of the Texas Longhorns. This was Auburn’s first trip to the Sugar Bowl since 1988. The Tigers led the all-time series with the Hokies (3-1-1). The last time these two teams played was in 1978 when Auburn defeated Virginia Tech 18-7 in Blacksburg.