Virginia Tech Releases 2002 Football Schedule
Hokies' schedule includes seven home games
January 25, 2002

BLACKSBURG - Three weeknight games, seven home games and a season-ending game at defending national champion Miami highlight Virginia Tech's 2002 football schedule, which was released Friday by Tech Director of Athletics Jim Weaver.

The seven home games will feature BIG EAST Conference contests against West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Temple and Rutgers. Joining the conference foes on the home schedule are non-conference opponents Virginia, Louisiana State and Marshall.

The game against West Virginia will be played on Wednesday night, Nov. 20 and will be televised by ESPN2. The Marshall game, the first contest between the Hokies and Herd since 1953, will be an ESPN Thursday night broadcast. The meeting between the Hokies and LSU, their first-ever football meeting, will be on Sunday, Sept. 1 and will be shown nationally on ABC at 2:30 p.m.

The Hokies' 2002 road schedule is a challenging one that includes BIG EAST showdowns at Miami, Syracuse and Boston College , along with non-conference games at Texas A&M and Western Michigan. The BC game will also be on Thursday night and shown on ESPN. The Hokies and Eagles played a Thursday night game at Chestnut Hill in 1998 with Tech coming away with a 17-0 win at rain-soaked Alumni Stadium.

The Hokies will once again end the season in December against Miami, this time on Dec. 7 at the Orange Bowl. The game, which will be the latest regular season game ever for Tech, will be shown nationally by ABC.

The possibility of Tech hosting a preseason game on either Aug. 24 or 25 still exists.

The 2002 schedule could be one of the toughest in the nation as seven teams on the schedule not only participated in bowl games last season, but were victorious in those postseason contests. Miami (Rose), LSU (Sugar), Syracuse (Insight.com), Boston College (Music City), Pittsburgh (Tangerine), Texas A&M (Galleryfurniture.com) and Marshall (GMAC), along with the five other opponents will make the 2002 season a challenging one for the Hokies.

Tech, which is coming off an 8-4 season and an appearance in its ninth straight bowl game, has open dates scheduled before its trip to Boston College and prior to its home games with Marshall and West Virginia.

Times and information on additional television games will not be available until a later date. The complete schedule is available here.

Hokie fans can expect their season ticket renewal mailing to be sent out in mid-March and Tech will also begin accepting orders from prospective season ticket holders at that time. The Tech athletic department expects to make season tickets available to new customers for the first time in two seasons. Individual game tickets will go on sale on July 1, following the season ticket campaign.

The 2002 season will mark the opening of the new south end zone addition, which will add approximately 11,000 new seats to Lane Stadium. Orders are currently being accepted for club and premium seats. Those interested should call the Virginia Tech Ticket Office at 1-800-VA-TECH4.