The Virginia Tech football team (4-4, 2-2 ACC) will hit the road for a big ACC contest with the Hurricanes of the University of Miami (4-4, 3-2 ACC) Thursday at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. Kickoff is set for 7:31 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN. Rece Davis, David Pollack, Jesse Palmer and Samantha Steele will handle the announcing duties. The game can also be heard on ESPN Radio with Bill Rosinski, David Norrie and Joe Schad on the call.
• Thursday’s game will be the 30th football meeting between Virginia Tech and the University of Miami with Miami holding a 17-12 lead in the series. The two schools first met on the gridiron during the 1953 season, continuing on as members of the Big East Conference and now as members of the ACC.
• The Hokies have won the last three games in the series, holding on for a wild 38-35 win in Blacksburg last year, winning 31-17 in Miami to clinch the Coastal Division in 2010 and pulling away for a 31-7 win in 2009 at a rain-soaked Lane Stadium when both were ranked in the AP top 10.
At Sun Life Stadium
• This will be the seventh time Virginia Tech will play in the stadium now known as Sun Life Stadium with the Hokies holding a 2-4 overall mark.
• Tech lost to Nebraska in the 1996 Orange Bowl, lost to Kansas in the 2008 Orange Bowl and lost to the Hurricanes during their trip there in 2008. The Hokies beat the Hurricanes in 2010 in a regular season game and beat Cincinnati in the 2009 Orange Bowl, but lost to Stanford in the 2011 Orange Bowl.
• Tech is 10-21 under head coach Frank Beamer at current NFL stadiums.
Hokies at Home
• Tech features seven players from Florida, including four from the Miami area. Mark Leal (Greenacres), Luther Maddy (Delray Beach) and Dadi Nicolas (Delray Beach) all went to Atlantic High, while Donaldven Manning (Miami) went to Miami Central High.
• Demitri Knowles is from Freeport, Grand Bahama, a short 50-minute flight to Miami, and is expected to have quite a cheering section of friends and family for the game.
Overall On Thursdays
• Playing on Thursday used to be routine for Virginia Tech grid teams as Tech and VMI clashed in Roanoke every Thanksgiving afternoon except for two from 1913 through 1969 in what once was known as “The Military Classic of the South.” Overall, Tech has a 65-32-5 record in games played on Thursday.
• This will be the Hokies’ 25th appearance on ESPN Thursday Night Football (19-5) after beating Georgia Tech and North Carolina last year on Thursday.
• The Hokies at one point won 11 straight games played on ESPN’s Thursday Night Football from 1999-2005.
• Virginia Tech is 11-3 all-time on Thursday night ESPN broadcasts at Lane Stadium and 8-2 on the road.
Strong In The ACC And In November
• Virginia Tech is an impressive 55-13 in ACC games (27-7 in ACC road games) since joining the league in 2004. Tech has posted a 27-2 record in November (25-2 in ACC games) since 2004.
• The Hokies have lost their last six games away from Blacksburg, matching the longest losing streak since the 1990 and 1991 seasons. In 1990, Tech lost at No. 2 Florida State, at Temple and at No. 7 Georgia Tech before losing at NC State, at South Carolina and at No. 6 Oklahoma to start the 1991 season.
• Tech lost nine in a row away from home over the 1987 and 1988 seasons, head coach Frank Beamer’s first two years at Tech.
A few game notes in 140 characters or less
This will be the 30th meeting on the gridiron between @HurricaneSports and @VT_Football, with the Hurricanes leading 17-12. #VTvsMIA
The #Hokies feature four players from the Miami area and another from nearby in the Bahamas on their dress roster.
This will be the #Hokies’ 25th appearance, on @ESPN Thursday Night Football, where Tech is 19-5 after going 2-0 last year.
Tech has posted a 25-2 record in ACC November games since joining the #ACC in 2004.
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