February 12, 2009
ACC releases 2009 football schedules
Hokies open six-game home schedule on Sept. 12
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BLACKSBURG - The Atlantic Coast Conference released its 2009 football schedule Thursday, with two-time defending champion Virginia Tech's 12-game slate featuring an exciting home line up of both conference and non-conference contests. Tech is also scheduled for two appearances on ESPN's Thursday night broadcast for the sixth straight season.

The Hokies are slated to open their 2009 season on Sept. 5 in the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff with a neutral site game against the University of Alabama at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. It will mark the second-straight season the Hokies have opened the season at a neutral site, as they played East Carolina in Charlotte last year.

Tickets to the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff will not be included in the Virginia Tech football season ticket package. Hokie Club members, football season ticket holders and Virginia Tech students will have an exclusive opportunity to order tickets during a limited time period, which will begin later this month. For ticket information, please visit www.hokietickets.com. If any tickets remain available after this limited time period, tickets will go on sale to the general public. For more information, go to www.hokiesports.com/football/kickoff09/.

Tech will follow the Alabama game with three straight games at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field against Marshall (Sept. 12), Nebraska (Sept. 19) and its ACC opener against Miami (Sept. 26) before facing a demanding six-game stretch in which it plays four games on the road. That stint will begin with games at Duke (Oct. 3) and Georgia Tech (Oct. 17), with a home game with Boston College (Oct. 10) sandwiched in between those two. After an open weekend (Oct. 24), consecutive Thursday night games against North Carolina (Oct. 29) in Blacksburg and at East Carolina (Nov. 5), followed by a road contest at Maryland (Nov. 14), conclude the stint.

The Hokies are scheduled to close their six-game home slate with an ACC game against NC State (Nov. 21) and finish the regular season at Virginia (Nov. 28).

New on the schedule this year as non-conference opponents are Alabama and Marshall. Tech and Alabama last met in the 1998 Music City Bowl with Tech winning 38-7. The Crimson Tide leads the series 10-1, though. The Hokies and Thundering Herd renew acquaintances for the first time since the 2005 season when Tech won 41-14 at home. The Hokies lead that series 7-2. From an ACC standpoint, Florida State comes off the schedule this year and is replaced by NC State for the next two seasons.

Nine of the 12 teams on Tech's schedule played in bowls last year: Alabama (Sugar), East Carolina (Liberty), Nebraska (Gator), Georgia Tech (Chick-fil-A), Boston College (Music City), Miami (Emerald), North Carolina (Meineke Car Care), Maryland (Humanitarian) and NC State (Papajohns.com).

Once again this season, the league is broken into two separate divisions - the Atlantic (Maryland, Clemson, NC State, Wake Forest, Boston College and Florida State) and Coastal (Virginia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Duke, Miami and Virginia Tech) - with the two division winners meeting on Dec. 5 in the Dr. Pepper ACC Championship Game at Tampa, Fla.

Times for most games will be made available, as the season gets closer.

The full 2009 Tech football schedule can be found at www.hokiesports.com/football/schedule.html.

The composite schedule for all 12 ACC team can be found at www.TheACC.com.

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