The Virginia Tech football team (0-1, 0-0 ACC) will look to rebound from an opening-week loss to top-ranked Alabama when it opens its 2013 home schedule against FCS opponent Western Carolina Saturday at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field. Kickoff is set for 1:34 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3, an online-only entity. John Sadak, former UNC head coach John Bunting and Cat Whitehill will handle the announcing duties.
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• Today’s football game between Virginia Tech and Western Carolina will be the first between the two schools.
Unique Mascot Battle
• Today’s game features a pair of schools that go with unique nicknames: the Hokies and Catamounts. The two schools both got their nicknames through campus contests.
• Virginia Tech is the only NCAA school to play under the moniker Hokies, while Western Carolina University is one of only two NCAA schools playing under the Catamount moniker. WCU is the only football-playing school in the nation using the nickname “Catamounts,” with the University of Vermont being the only other school using that nickname.
Strong in September
• Tech has a 67-12 mark in September dating back to the start of its bowl streak in the 1993 season, including a 28-7 mark over the past seven seasons (2005-2012).
• Virginia Tech has won its home opener in 23 of Frank Beamer’s 26 previous tries as the head coach. The only teams to have beaten the Hokies in their first home game of the year during Beamer’s tenure are James Madison (21-16; 2010), Boston College (20-14; 1995) and Clemson (22-10; 1987). The Clemson game was Beamer’s first at the Tech helm.
• The Hokies did not lose their first home opener until the 1948 season. Tech went 54-0 in its first home games of the year before dropping a 13-0 decision to George Washington University to start the ’48 season.
• The Hokies did not have a home game in 1893 and did not field teams in 1943 and 1944.
Against the Southern Conference
• The Hokies don’t play teams from the Southern Conference very often any more. In fact, Tech has played just two games against CURRENT SoCon teams in the past 30 years. Overall, Tech has a 11-1-1 record all-time against current Southern Conference teams. It’s only loss to a current SoCon team came in 1927, a 14-13 defeat to Chattanooga, which went on to win the SIAA crown that year.
• Virginia Tech was a member of the Southern Conference from 1922-1964, winning the conference title in 1963, before going independent from 1965-90.
Tweet It Out
A few game notes in 140 characters or less
• This will be the first meeting between @Catamounts and @VT_Football. #WCUvsVT
• .@VT_Football is the only #Hokies in the NCAA while WCU is the only football-playing school in the nation using the nickname #Catamounts.
• .@VT_Football has a 67-12 mark in September dating back to the start of its bowl streak in the 1993 season.
• The #Hokies have won their home opener in 23 of Frank Beamer’s 26 previous tries as the head coach.
• .@VT_Football has played just 2 games against current SoCon teams in the past 30 years and is 11-1-1 all-time vs. current SoCon teams.
• The last 5 season-opening losses for the #Hokies ended with 2 Orange Bowls (08, 10), 2 Sugar Bowls (95, 04) and a Chick-fil-A Bowl win (09).
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