Newly ranked Virginia Tech (5-1, 2-0 ACC) will look to run its winning streak to six games when it hosts new ACC foe Pittsburgh (3-1, 2-1 ACC) Saturday at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field. Kickoff is set for 12:01 p.m. Tom Hart and John Congemi will have the call for ESPNU, which will broadcast the game.
• Saturday’s game will be the 13th football meeting between Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh. Tech holds a 7-5 lead in the series, but Pitt has won the last four games.
• The schools met for the first time in football at Pitt Stadium during the 1993 season with the Hokies taking a 63-21 win. Tech defeated the Panthers by a score of 45-7 in Blacksburg in 1994 and followed with a 26-16 come-from-behind victory at Pittsburgh during the 1995 season. The Hokies won the 1996 meeting 34-17 at Lane Stadium.
• The Panthers’ first win in the series was a 30-23 decision at Pitt Stadium in 1997. Tech won 27-7 in Blacksburg during the 1998 season, took a 30-17 victory at Pittsburgh in 1999 and then edged the Panthers 37-34 at home in 2000.
• Pittsburgh won 38-7 at Heinz Field in 2001 behind two touchdown receptions from Antonio Bryant and then beat the third-ranked Hokies 28-21 in Blacksburg in 2002 behind three touchdown catches from Larry Fitzgerald.
• In 2003, Tech’s last season in the BIG EAST, the Panthers took a 31-28 win at Heinz Field. Despite 241 yards rushing from Tech’s Kevin Jones, Pitt’s Lousaka Polite scored on a 2-yard rushing touchdown with 47 seconds left to lift the 25th-ranked Panthers to the win over No. 5 Tech.
• Last season, the Panthers ran away from the 13th-ranked Hokies at Heinz Field, taking a 35-17 non-conference victory.
• When Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh play, it’s usually a high-scoring affair. In the 12 previous meetings, the winning team has averaged 35.3 points. On average, there were 53.3 combined points scored per game in the 12 previous games, including 52 last year ... right about on average.
Strong In The ACC
• Virginia Tech is an impressive 59-15 in ACC games (30-7 in ACC home games) since joining the league in 2004.
Former Big East Foes Reunite
• When the Hokies and Panthers meet Saturday, it will be like old times as the two were members of the now-defunct Big East Football Conference. This is Pitt’s first year in the ACC, while Tech joined in 2004. Tech has played Miami and Boston College as members of both the Big East and ACC, and will now add Pitt to that list. Syracuse is new to the ACC this year after leaving the Big East, but the Hokies aren’t scheduled to play the Orange until 2016.
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Virginia Tech and Pitt will be meeting on the gridiron for the 13th time with the #Hokies leading the series 7-5. #PITTvsVT
@GoPittFootball has won the last four in the series against @VT_Football, including a 35-17 non-conference victory last year at Heinz Field.
In the 12 previous meetings between the #Hokies and #Panthers, the winning team has averaged 35.3 points.
.@VT_Football is an impressive 59-15 in #ACC games (30-7 in ACC home games) since joining the league in 2004.
The #Hokies and #Panthers met 11 times as members of the Big East Football Conference, but this is their first meeting as #ACC foes.
The #Hokies make their return to the AP Poll after a 19-poll stretch, coming in at 24th. They exited the poll last yr after a loss to Pitt.
Tech’s 4-game losing streak to @GoPittFootball is tied for the 2nd-longest losing streak to 1 team under Frank Beamer (FSU: 7; Miami: 4).
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