The Virginia Tech football team (4-5, 2-3 ACC) will return home to Lane Stadium/Worsham Field ACC contest with the eighth-ranked Seminoles of Florida State University (8-1, 5-1 ACC) Thursday in Blacksburg. 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 football game between Virginia Tech and Florida State University will be the 36th gridiron meeting between the two schools in a series that dates back to 1955. Florida State holds a 22-12-1 edge in the rivalry, which has seen the Seminoles win 13 of the last 15 games.
• The last time the two met was in 2010 in the ACC Championship Game with the Hokies winning 44-33 in Charlotte to capture the league crown.
• The two met in the 2000 Nokia Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, with the ‘Noles taking a 46-29 win that decided the national champion.
• Tech is Florida State’s oldest out-of-state rival, having first met in 1955. The Hokies and ‘Noles have met 35 times before, many when both were independents.
• The Virginia Tech series is the third-longest in FSU history behind Miami (56 times) and Florida (55 times).
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 65-33-5 record in games played on Thursday.
• This will be the Hokies’ 26th appearance on ESPN Thursday Night Football (19-6). Tech is 11-3 all-time on Thursday night ESPN broadcasts at home and this will be the 11th-straight season Tech hosts an ESPN Thursday Night game.
Strong In The ACC And In November
• Virginia Tech is an impressive 55-14 in ACC games (28-6 in ACC home games) since joining the league in 2004.
• The Hokies have posted a 27-3 record in the month of November (25-3 in ACC games) since 2004.
• Tonight’s matchup will feature a pair of Virginia-bred quarterbacks leading their teams - Tech’s Logan Thomas (Lynchburg, Brookville HS) against Florida State’s E.J. Manuel (Virginia Beach, Bayside HS).
• Six of the 12 starting ACC quarterbacks are from the Commonwealth of Virginia: Thomas, Manuel, Clemson’s Tajh Boyd (Hampton, Phoebus HS), North Carolina’s Bryn Renner (West Springfield, West Springfield HS), NC State’s Mike Glennon (Centreville, Wesfield HS) and Virginia’s Phillip Sims (Chesapeake, Oscar Smith HS).
Did You Know?
• Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas is one of six FBS quarterbacks to lead his team in both rushing (422) and passing (2,109). The others Jordan Lynch (NIU) - 1,342 R; 2,175 P; Johnny Manziel (TAMU) - 793 R; 2,216 P; Braxton Miller (OSU) - 1,166 R; 1,753 P; Denard Robinson (UM) - 946 R; 1,319 P; and Trent Steelman (Army) - 911 R; 494 P.
Top 10 History at Lane Stadium
• Florida State, ranked eighth this week, will be the 15th Associated Press top-10 team to play in Lane Stadium. Tech is 5-9 in those contests with wins over No. 10 FSU (1964), No. 2 Miami (2003), No. 6 West Virginia (2004), No. 10 Clemson (2006) and No. 9 Miami (2009). Virginia Tech has won two of the last three games against top-10 opponents at home.
A few game notes in 140 characters or less
This will be the 36th meeting on the gridiron between @FSU_Football and @VT_Football, with the Seminoles leading 22-12-1. #FSUvsVT
This will be the #Hokies’ 26th appearance, on @ESPN Thursday Night Football, where Tech is 19-6 overall, 11-3 at home.
Tech has posted a 25-3 record in ACC November games since joining the #ACC in 2004.
Thursday’s game will feature a pair of Virginia quarterbacks in @VT_Football’s Logan Thomas and @FSU_Football’s E.J. Manuel.
While the #Hokies have struggled on the road this year, VT quarterback Logan Thomas is 9-1 as a starter at home in his career. #FSUvsVT
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