SHREVEPORT, La. — Just 2 1/2 weeks before kickoff in Saturday's Independence Bowl, Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer mentioned how he was pleased to have coached a program that was strong enough on defense to avoid being involved in shootouts.
After that statement, he should've seen this coming. His final game was bananas, and nearly heartbreaking.
Tech finished Beamer's 29-season coaching career in Blacksburg with a 55-52 victory against Tulsa in a wild game that featured offensive records galore — and forgettable defensive performances. Tech nearly let a 24-point lead slip away, but managed to keep Tulsa off the scoreboard in the closing moments.
Tech (7-6) sacked...