The Virginia Tech football team (3-3, 1-1 ACC) will return home for an ACC contest with the Blue Devils of Duke University (5-1, 2-0 ACC) Saturday at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field. It will be Homecoming in Blacksburg and kick-off is set for 12:29 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on the ACC Network with Steve Martin, Dave Archer and Mike Hogewood handling the announcing duties.
• This will be the 20th football meeting between Virginia Tech and Duke University. Tech has won the last 11 meetings to take a 12-7 lead in the series, including a 14-10 win on the road last season.
• The two schools met six times on the gridiron between 1937 and 1951 as members of the Southern Conference with Duke winning all six of those games.
• Tech’s first win in the series came in 1969, a 48-12 victory at Norfolk.
• Tech is 5-2 against Duke at Durham, 6-0 at Lane Stadium and 1-5 at neutral sites.
• Three of the last four games between Tech and Duke have been decided by 11 points or less, but the last time the Blue Devils visited Blacksburg, the Hokies walked away with a 44-7 win in 2010. In 2008, Tech won 14-3 in Blacksburg, won 34-26 at Duke in 2009 and held on for a 14-10 win on the road last year.
• Homecoming football games have been an official function at Virginia Tech since the beginning of the 1952 season, although there were designated games for many years, starting in 1926. Virginia Tech’s overall record on Homecoming is 61-19-4.
• Tech has a 38-7-2 mark in Homecoming games played at Lane Stadium, including a 30-14 win over Boston College last season.
• Tech’s last loss in a Homecoming game was during the 1998 season when Temple handed Tech a 28-24 loss. Tech has a 21-4 record in Homecoming games during Frank Beamer’s tenure as head coach.
• The last time the Hokies (3-3) sat at .500 or below six games into the season was in 1992 when they were 2-3-1 after six contests en route to a 2-8-1 mark.
Lane Stadium History
• Virginia Tech enters Saturday’s game against Duke needing one win for 200 victories at Lane Stadium. The Hokies have compiled an all-time record of 199-69-6 in 274 games at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field. The Hokies are 125-32-1 at home under Frank Beamer and 107-18 at home since the start of the 1996 season.
• The stadium is named for the late Edward H. Lane, a graduate of the university and a former member of the Board of Visitors. Lane headed an educational foundation project which raised more than $3 million for the original construction. Lane’s personal donation was the first received by the fund.
• The original cost was $3.5 million, compared with $3.2 million spent for the addition on top of the east stands. The stadium’s original capacity was 40,000, but the addition, completed in 1980, raised that number to 52,500. The stadium currently has a capacity of 65,632 after renovations this past offseason.
• Before moving to Lane Stadium, Tech played its home games in Miles Stadium, which had a seating capacity of 17,000. The late Stuart K. Cassell proposed the new stadium as a part of a general plan for a number of new facilities for the school
• Original construction of Lane Stadium began in April, 1964 and was completed four years later. The Hokies did not wait for completion, playing their first game in the stadium on Oct. 2, 1965. Tech defeated William and Mary, 9-7, that day with only the west stands and the center section of the east bleachers completed. Official dedication ceremonies took place Oct. 23 before a 22-14 win over Virginia.
A few game notes in 140 characters or less
This will be the 20th meeting on the gridiron between @Duke_FB and @VT_Football, with the #Hokies leading 12-7. #DUKEvsVT
Saturday will be Homecoming for @VT_Football, where the Hokies are 61-19-4 all-time, including 38-7-2 at Lane Stadium.
Three of the last four games between @VT_Football and @Duke_FB have been decided by 11 points or less.
The #Hokies last Homecoming loss came in 1998 to Temple and Frank Beamer is 21-4 at Tech in Homecoming contests.
Tech is 6-0 against @Duke_FB in Blacksburg.
The #Hokies enter Saturday’s game against Duke needing one win for 200 victories at Lane Stadium.
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