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Virginia Tech and Virginia have played seven times with both teams ranked. All seven of those meetings have taken place since 1993. In the seven games played between ranked Tech and UVa teams, the Hokies hold a 5-2 edge.
This TSLMail gives a short recap of those seven games.
November 20, 1993 - #25 Virginia Tech at #23 Virginia
The Hokies won this game 20-17 in Charlottesville. This victory was a bonus for the season, as Tech had already accepted a bid to the Independence Bowl after defeating Syracuse the previous week.
This game was typical Beamerball. Branden Semones blocked a punt and the Hokies converted it into a field goal. Defensive tackle Jeff Holland picked up a fumble and returned it for a touchdown, and the offense did just enough to win the game. Tech jumped out to a 17-3 lead and managed to hang on on the road.
November 19, 1994 - #16 Virginia at #14 Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech was having a very successful year up to this point, but the Cavaliers came into town and wrecked the Hokies' senior day with a 42-23 win that wasn't as close as the final score indicated.
Virginia Tech turned the ball over eight times as a team, and quarterback Maurice DeShazo tossed five interceptions in his final game in Lane Stadium. The Hokies actually led this game 13-12 at one point, but there was no way for them to overcome all the turnovers.
The Hokies ended up in the Gator Bowl, where they were trounced by Tennessee. Tech lost three of their last four games in 1994.
November 18, 1995 - #20 Virginia Tech at #13 UVA
This was a huge game. The Hokies had already clinched a tie for the Big East Championship, and the Hoos had beaten #2 Florida State earlier in the season and finished in a tie at the top of the ACC standings. From a Virginia Tech standpoint, this is probably the greatest game of the Tech-UVA rivalry.
UVA led 29-14 at one point, and quarterback Jim Druckenmiller had thrown three interceptions. It didn't look like the Hokies were going to be able to pull this one out. However, Druckenmiller led Tech on an improbable comeback, hitting Jermaine Holmes for a 32-yard touchdown with 47 seconds remaining in the game to take the lead 30-29. An Antonio Banks interception return for a touchdown with no time remaining on the clock made the final score 36-29.
Tech fans rushed the field in Charlottesville, and the Hokies found themselves playing in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Eve.
November 29, 1996 - #20 Virginia at #17 Virginia Tech
This game was played on a Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. For the first time in school history, Virginia Tech was going for 10 regular season wins. Standing in the way was arch rival UVA, who was coming off a bye week. UVA jumped out to a 9-7 halftime, but that didn't stand.
The Hokies dominated the game in the second half, shutting out the Hoos in the last two quarters. Tech had success on the ground and through the air, and Shawn Scales' 17 yard touchdown on a reverse put the final nail in the coffin. Tech 26, VUA 9. The Hokies were on their way to the Orange Bowl and a date with the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and Jim Druckenmiller, Cornell Brown, and other great Tech seniors went out in style on Senior Day.
November 28, 1998 - #16 Virginia at #20 Virginia Tech
As the 1995 game is what Tech fans will always remember about this rivalry, the 1998 game is the one everybody who wears orange and maroon would like to forget. The Hokies jumped out to a 29-7 halftime lead, and it looked like they were on their way to an easy victory. However a huge UVA comeback in the second half gave the Hoos a 36-32 victory.
Tech's offense couldn't get much done in the second half, and Virginia quarterback Aaron Brooks torched the Hokies' 8-man front defense. Cornerback Anthony Midget had a particularly bad day, and an injured Loren Johnson could do nothing but stand on the sideline and watch. It was a tough way to end the season for the Hokies.
This game could be considered the high-water mark for UVA in the rivalry. The Hoos have beaten the Hokies just once since.
October 2, 1999 - #8 Virginia Tech at #24 Virginia
The rivalry game was played much earlier in the season than usual, and the Michael Vick-led Hokies trounced the Hoos 31-7 in Charlottesville. Tech jumped out to a 28-7 halftime lead and spent the second half just running out the clock.
The Hokies passed the ball just nine times in the game. Michael Vick completed seven of those passes for 222 yards. Tech ran the ball 50 times, and Shyrone Stith was a workhorse in the second half as they ran out the clock. The UVA offense never had a chance against Corey Moore and the Virginia Tech defense.
The Hokies went on to play for the National Championship.
November 27, 2004 - #16 Virginia at #11 Virginia Tech
This game had ACC Championship implications, and both teams were having very good seasons. The Hokies had surprised everyone in their first year in the ACC, and UVA appeared to be a resurgent program under the leadership of Al Groh. This game was scoreless at halftime, but the Hokies came out on top 24-10.
Bryan Randall threw touchdown passes of 45 and 32 yards to redshirt freshman wide receiver Josh Hyman. Cedric Humes added a late touchdown run to stretch the lead out to two touchdowns. The Hokies clinched at least a share of the ACC Championship with the victory.
The next weekend, Tech
earned the ACC Championship outright by defeating Miami.
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