September 29, 2014
Hokies and Tar Heels to meet in key Coastal clash
Game time set for 12:30 p.m. on Saturday
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Virginia Tech (3-2, 0-1 ACC) will return to conference play this Saturday afternoon, taking on North Carolina (2-2, 0-1 ACC) at Kenan Stadium in a key Coastal Division matchup. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. Tim Brant, Dave Archer and Rachel Baribeau will have the call for the ACC Network.

The Series
• Virginia Tech and North Carolina will be meeting on the gridiron for the 37th time in a series that dates back to 1895 with the Hokies leading the series, 19-11-6, including 8-2 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 in 2012, the last time the two teams played in Chapel Hill. Last year, the Hokies won 27-17 at home.

• Five of the 10 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 36 meetings have been played either at a neutral site or at UNC. The Hokies are 5-3-2 against the Tar Heels on the road.

• Tech is the only school from the Commonwealth of Virginia that has a winning football record against North Carolina.

Early Risers
• Saturday will be the fourth-straight game for the Hokies to kick off before 1 p.m., marking the first time that’s happened since 2004 (Duke, NC State, West Virginia, Wake Forest … all noon kicks).

• In 2001, Virginia Tech opened the season with five noon games, and all but three games that year started before 1 p.m.

• Head coach Frank Beamer is 74-31 in games starting before 1 p.m. local time (relative to where the game is played). This includes any bowl games that kicked off before 1 o’clock.

Success in the Tar Heel State
• Tech has had pretty good success playing in the state of North Carolina, winning 11 of its last 13 games. Since 2000, the Hokies are 18-3 in games played in the Tar Heel State with the lone losses coming at the hands of ECU in Charlotte in 2008, Clemson in Charlotte at the 2011 ACC Championship Game and 2012 at UNC. Under Frank Beamer, Tech is 21-6 in games played in North Carolina.

• Since joining the ACC, the Hokies are 33-6 vs. teams from the state of North Carolina, and 38-7 dating back to 1993.

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