Virginia Tech (4-1, 1-0 ACC) will return home after a hard-fought win at Georgia Tech last Thursday to host the University of North Carolina (1-3, 0-1 ACC) Saturday at Lane Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the ACC Network. Steve Martin, Dave Archer and Rachel Baribeau will have the call on the air. The game marks the annual Homecoming contest for the Hokies, as well as the annual Maroon Effect game. All fans are encouraged to wear maroon to the game to support the Hokies.
• Virginia Tech and North Carolina will be meeting on the gridiron for the 36th time in a series that dates back to 1895 with the Hokies leading the series, 18-11-6, including 7-2 in ACC games.
• Tech won the first five meetings against UNC as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference (27-24 in 2004; 30-3 in 2005; 35-10 in 2006; 17-10 in 2007; and 20-17 in 2008) before the Tar Heels finally got the Hokies when they went into Blacksburg and came away with a 20-17 win in 2009.
•The Hokies rebounded with a 26-10 win in 2010 and a 24-21 win in 2011, but the Tar Heels rolled past the Hokies 48-34 last year in Chapel Hill.
• Five of the nine ACC contests between the two schools have been decided by seven points or less with four of them being decided by a field goal.
• Twenty-nine of the 35 meetings have been played either at a neutral site or at UNC. The Hokies are just 3-3 at home against the Tar Heels.
• Tech is the only school from the Commonwealth of Virginia that has a winning football record against North Carolina.
• 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 62-19-4.
• Tech has a 39-7-2 mark in Homecoming games played at Lane Stadium, including a 41-20 win over Duke 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 22-4 record in Homecoming games during Frank Beamer’s tenure as head coach.
Strong In The ACC
• Virginia Tech is an impressive 58-15 in ACC games (29-7 in ACC home games) since joining the league in 2004.
• Saturday’s game will be Tech’s home conference opener, where the Hokies are 8-1 in nine previous ACC seasons.
• In all, Virginia Tech is 18-3 in home conference openers under head coach Frank Beamer’s tenure in Blacksburg.
With Extra Time to Prepare
• After a short week against Georgia Tech, the Hokies have two extra days to prepare for North Carolina. Not counting bowl games or season openers, when head coach Frank Beamer has more than seven days during the regular season to prepare for an opponent, his record is 51-28.
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Virginia Tech and North Carolina will be meeting on the gridiron for the 36th time with the #Hokies leading the series 18-11-6. #UNCvsVT
Five of the 9 ACC contests between VT & UNC have been decided by 7 points or less with 4 of them being decided by a field goal.
.@VT_Football has a 39-7-2 mark in Homecoming games played at Lane Stadium.
Logan Thomas needs 3 yards passing to break the #Hokies school record for career passing yards (7,017 by Tyrod Taylor).
.@VT_Football is an impressive 58-15 in ACC games (29-7 in ACC home games) since joining the league in 2004.
Saturday’s game will be the #Hokies’ home conference opener, where they are 8-1 in nine previous @ACC seasons.
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