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When Ranked Opponents Collide in the VT-UVA Series
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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.

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TSL Audio: The Len Martez Show, 11/21/07

November 23, 2007
On Wednesday's show, Chris Coleman and Len Martez spent time going over the Hokies victory over Miami, plus they previewed this Saturday's clash between the Hokies and Hoos for the ACC Coastal Division championship and a shot at the ACC Championship (WMA format, compatible with Windows Media Player and MP3 players, 2.9 MB, 12:17).

Keys to the Game, Matchups to Watch, and Game Projection: Virginia
November 23, 2007
Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia have played 88 previous games, but no game in this rivalry has been as big as this one. The Hokies and Hoos will meet at noon on Saturday with the Coastal Division championship at stake and the right to play Boston College in the ACC Championship Game. Both teams come into the game with identical 9-2 records and 6-1 records in the conference, and both teams are playing their best football of the season right now. So, what are the keys to this huge game?

Led by Freshmen, Hokies Handle Eastern Washington
November 22, 2007
A trio of freshmen propelled Virginia Tech to a 69-52 victory over Eastern Washington in their first game of the Great Alaska Shootout early Thursday morning. The Hokies improved to 2-0 on the season with the win, and will take on #22 Butler on Friday night. The winner of that game will play in the championship game on Saturday.

Football Game Preview: Virginia Tech at Virginia
November 21, 2007
Since 1993, the annual Virginia Tech-Virginia matchup has featured two ranked teams seven times. There is some history in this rivalry, especially recently, but this game is bigger than all the others. Tech and the Hoos will square off Saturday in Charlottesville for the right to represent the Coastal Division in the ACC Championship Game.

Basketball Preview: The Great Alaska Shootout
November 21, 2007
Although you don't see any Kentuckys, Dukes or North Carolinas in this year's Great Alaska Shootout, the 3-day event in Anchorage still features a very talented field. From Bobby Knight and Texas Tech to arguably the two best mid-majors in the nation in Gonzaga and Butler, there are three days of challenging basketball ahead for the Hokies.

Massie Plans to Make Another Official Visit
November 21, 2007
6-7, 325-pound recruit Bobby Massie verbally committed to Virginia Tech shortly after his official visit to Tech in late September. Liberty Christian Academy's (Lynchburg, VA) star offensive tackle/defensive tackle remains committed to the Hokies but now says he may make at least one more official visit.

Miami Game Analysis: Hokies Rock Fading Hurricanes
November 20, 2007
What a difference a year makes. Last year, the Hokies went to the Orange Bowl and scratched and clawed their way to a tough, hard-fought 17-10 victory over the Miami Hurricanes. That game was a physical battle that came down to a critical turnover and a couple of key tactical decisions by the Tech coaches that out-maneuvered the guys on the other sideline. The loss to the Hokies was the second of what would become a four game losing streak for the Canes, sealing the fate of head coach Larry Coker and his staff.

Hokie Hotline Notes for 11/19/07
November 20, 2007
Presented by Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech: Monday night's guests were defensive coordinator Bud Foster, athletic director Jim Weaver, and head football coach Frank Beamer. Foster talked about the keys to his defense playing well, Weaver gave an update on Tech's nationally-ranked men's soccer team, and Beamer raved about Tech's senior receivers.

Painter Down to Two Schools
November 20, 2007
6-6, 315-pound Maury (Norfolk, VA) star Vinston Painter, ranked number one on's Preseason Top 30 list, has narrowed his list of schools to two. The senior OL/DL visited the two finalists each of the past two weekends and enjoyed both places, but one currently has the edge to ultimately gain his commitment.

Virginia Tech Impresses 4-Star CB/WR
November 20, 2007
Kathleen Senior (Lakeland, FL) star T.J. Lawrence did make his scheduled official visit to Virginia Tech this past weekend, arriving on Saturday around one o'clock in the afternoon and leaving yesterday. The 6-1, 190-pound prospect, a cornerback recruit for the Hokies, discussed his experience as well as just how long he plans to go until he makes a college decision.

Monday Thoughts: Miami
November 19, 2007
There was a lot written and said about how this latest edition of VT-Miami was a shadow of what this rivalry has been. Indeed, there have been some nasty, vicious, dramatic games in this series. This wasn't one of them. Throughout the week leading up to this game, the media, including the three prognosticators of this web site, summarily dismissed the Hurricanes. Once the ball was kicked off, the Hokie football team did the same, notching a 44-14 win that was the second-biggest beatdown Tech has ever laid on the 'Canes.

Update: VT-UVa on ESPN2, Not ESPN
November 19, 2007
This Saturday's game between Virginia Tech and Virginia will be aired on ESPN2, not ESPN as earlier reported. Information early this morning from Virginia Tech indicated ESPN, but that information was in error and has been updated to ESPN2. TSL has updated all football schedules to reflect the change.

Becton Visits VT, Sets More Officials
November 19, 2007
6-6, 290-pound defensive tackle/offensive lineman Nick Becton returned to Blacksburg on Saturday to catch Virginia Tech's home game versus Miami. It was Becton's second visit to Blacksburg and, just as he did with the first, he came away impressed with what he experienced.

Around the ACC: Week 12
November 19, 2007
The ACC Atlantic Division has been decided. BC will represent that side of the conference in Jacksonville, where they will face either Virginia or Virginia Tech. Overall, seven ACC teams already have seven or more wins. Three other teams will try to get bowl eligible this weekend.

VT-UVa to Appear on ESPN
November 19, 2007
Virginia Tech has announced that ESPN will televise this Saturday's game against the University of Virginia. The game will kick off at noon and is the 89th meeting between the two schools.

Dunn Names Favorite
November 19, 2007
Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA) wide receiver recruit Randall Dunn made his first ever visit to Virginia Tech on Saturday to see the win over Miami. Following Saturday's experience, the 6-3, 212-pound prospect was able to name a favorite in the race for his signature.

Hokies Crush Miami 44-14
November 18, 2007
#10 Virginia Tech got a strong performance from Sean Glennon, Branden Ore and the defense en route to a 44-14 pasting of Miami in Lane Stadium on Saturday. The Hokies improved to 9-2 overall and 6-1 in the ACC with the win. Miami dropped to 5-6 and 2-5. The stage is now set for the battle between Virginia and Virginia Tech for the ACC Coastal Division Championship.
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