October 13, 2014
Tech travels to Steel City for big game at Pitt
Hokies back on Thursday Night ESPN Football for record 28th time
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Virginia Tech (4-2, 1-1 ACC) will return to action this Thursday night, taking on Pitt (3-3, 1-1 ACC) at Heinz Field in a key Coastal Division showdown. Kickoff is set for 7:32 p.m. Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack and Samantha Ponder will have the call for ESPN.

The Series
• Thursday’s game will be the 14th football meeting between Virginia Tech and Pitt. Tech holds an 8-5 lead in the series, but Pitt has won four of the past five 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 in 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 in Pittsburgh in 1999 and then edged the Panthers 37-34 at home in 2000.
• Pitt 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. In 2012, the Panthers ran away from the 13th-ranked Hokies at Heinz Field, taking a 35-17 non-conference victory. The Hokies broke a four-game skid against Pitt last year, winning 19-9 at home.

High-Scoring Affairs
• When Tech and Pitt play, it’s usually a high-scoring affair. In the 13 previous meetings, the winning team has averaged 33.9 points with a combined 51.3 points scored.

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 66-34-5 record in games played on Thursday.
• This will be the Hokies’ 28th appearance on ESPN Thursday Night Football, where they are 20-7 overall (11-4 at home; 9-3 on the road). The 27 previous appearances are the most in college football.

House of Horrors
• Tech will be looking for its first win at Heinz Field on Thursday as the Hokies are 0-3 in that stadium. Tech lost 38-7 in 2001, 31-28 in 2003 and 35-17 in 2012.
• Tech is 12-23 under head coach Frank Beamer at current NFL stadiums. Prior to last year’s win at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, the Hokies had lost seven in a row at NFL stadiums.

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