Virginia Tech (3-1, 0-0 ACC) and Georgia Tech (3-0, 2-0 ACC) will meet Thursday night in Atlanta as part of ESPN's Thursday Night Football package. The game will kick at 7:31 p.m. from Bobby Dodd Stadium with Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack and Samantha Ponder on the air. It will also be broadcast by ESPN Radio.
• Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech will be meeting on the gridiron for the 11th time in a series that dates back to 1990. The Hokies lead the series 7-3 after beating the Yellow Jackets 20-17 in overtime last year on Labor Day Night in Blacksburg. The Hokies have won five of the last six against Georgia Tech.
Winner Take All?
• Prior to last season, the winner of each of the seven previous meetings between the two Techs went on to represent the Coastal Division in the ACC Championship Game. The ACC began its league championship game in 2005 with the winners of the Coastal and Atlantic Divisions meeting up for the title.
• In 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011, Virginia Tech beat Georgia Tech and went on to win the division, while in 2006 and 2009, Georgia Tech beat the Hokies and went on to win the division. Last year, the Hokies downed the Yellow Jackets 20-17, but Georgia Tech went on to represent the Coastal Division in the ACC Championship Game against Florida State. Virginia Tech or Georgia Tech have played in every ACC Championship Game.
Battle of the Techs
• Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech are two of just four schools in the FBS that go with “Tech” in their school name. The other two are Louisiana Tech and Texas Tech.
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 65-34-5 record in games played on Thursday.
• This will be the Hokies’ 27th appearance on ESPN Thursday Night Football, where they are 19-7 overall (11-4 at home; 8-3 on the road; 4-0 vs GT).
Keep An Eye On the T.O.P.
• Virginia Tech is 4-1 in games against Georgia Tech coached by Paul Johnson and his spread option attack. In four of the five games, the winner of the time of possession battle won the game: 2008 - VT 30:02, VT won; 2009 - GT 38:22, GT won; 2010 - VT 31:11, VT won; 2011 - VT 34:13, VT won; 2012 - GT 34:56, VT won.
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Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech will be meeting on the gridiron for the 11th time with the #Hokies leading the series 7-3. #VTvsGT
Prior to last yr., the winner of each of the 7 previous games between the Techs represented the Coastal Division in the @ACCFB Champ Game.
.@VT_Football or @GTAthletics have played in every ACC Championship Game.
Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech are two of just four schools in the FBS that go with “Tech” in their school name (La Tech and Texas Tech).
This will be the #Hokies’ 27th appearance on @ESPN Thursday Night Football, where they are 19-7 overall.
In four of the five games featuring Beamer vs. Johnson, the winner of the time of possession battle won the game.
On Short Rest
• Ten times under head coach Frank Beamer the Hokies have played two games in a seven-day or less span. Only once in those 10 times has Tech lost the back end of the combination (2010, JMU). This year, it will happen for the 11th time under Beamer when the Hokies travel to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech this Thursday after winning at home Saturday against Marshall.
• The first time came in 1994 when the Hokies went to Boston College and won on a Saturday before coming home to beat West Virginia on a Thursday. In 1996, Tech had a short week to end the season, beating West Virginia at home and then beating Virginia at home six days later. In 1999, the Hokies beat Temple at home on a Saturday before beating Boston College at home six days later to clinch a spot in the national championship game.
• In 2000, the Hokies had to do this twice, beating Akron at home and then going to East Carolina for a win five days later on a Thursday night, and then beat Temple at home and West Virginia at home five days later. In 2003, Tech beat UCF and JMU, both at home, six days later. In 2005, Tech opened the season with a road win on a Sunday at NC State and then had a short turnaround to play, and beat, Duke on the road six days later.
• In 2006, the Hokies beat Southern Miss at home on a Saturday and then beat Clemson five days later on a Thursday night when tailback Branden Ore ran for over 200 yards in both games.
• In 2010, the Hokies lost to Boise State in a Monday night game played at FedExField in Landover, Md., and then returned home and fell to FCS opponent James Madison five days later on Saturday.
• The last time Tech had this same time frame was last year when Tech beat Georgia Tech at home on a Monday night and then beat Austin Peay five days later on Saturday.
• The Hokies beat Marshall Saturday, Sept. 21 and will now have to get ready quickly to play Georgia Tech five days later on Sept. 26.
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