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Hokie History: Pittsburgh

By Dominic Boltz | October 07
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Virginia Tech rolls into Pittsburgh for a matchup that has been highly contested since the first meeting between the programs in 1993.

The all time record for the Hokies against Pittsburgh is an evenly matched 11-10. Each team holds an advantage against each other in home-field, with the Hokies holding a 7-3 record at home and the Panthers being 7-4 at home. Each team's largest winning streak in this matchups history lies at 4. The Hokies are 4-6 in the last ten matchups, therefore their game this weekend comes with many implications of bragging rights.

Last Season, the Hokies suffered a disappointing loss at Home against Pitt, in a game that Tech lost 7-28. Coming off of a last minute loss to Notre Dame, the Hokies went back into ACC play attempting to go 2-0 in their first two ACC games. However, the Hokie offense could not get into a rhythm, accounting for 224 total yards and 7 points in the game.

In the last game the Hokies won against the Panthers, the Virginia Tech defense shut out an eventual first round pick QB in Kenny Pickett. The two teams met in Blacksburg in 2019 for the Hokies Senior Day game. The Hokies, led by a dominant defense, won the game 28-0 while only allowing 177 yards to the Pittsburgh offense. In Bud Foster's last game at Lane Stadium, his defense dominated in a classic performance that only furthered Foster's legend and love at Virginia Tech.

For highlights form Bud Foster's last game at Lane look below.

In the first meeting between these two programs, the Hokies recorded the largest victory in the series history. The Hokies dominated the first matchup in game in which VT had seven players rush for over 40 yards. The Hokies offense ran for a program leading 500 yards in the game, with Dwayne Thomas leading the game with 172 rushing yards. The Hokies also scored 7 rushing touchdowns in this game, which is the second most rushing TDs in a game for the program. The Hokie offense totaled for 675 yards in this historic game, which is tied for the most yards in game in program history. After a historic and dominant rushing performance, the Hokies walked away with a 63-21 victory.

In 2016, the Hokies beat the Panthers it what would be the closest game between the two programs, with a final score of 39-36. In this game, VT Quarterback Jerod Evans threw for 409 yards and 2 Touchdowns in his air assault of the Panthers. The Hokies talented receivers marched the offense down the field with Cam Phillips (109), Bucky Hodges (145), and Isaiah Ford (143), all going for over 100 receiving yards. In this game, Isaiah Ford would catch his 23rd career receiving touchdown making him the Hokies all time leader in the category.

For highlights from the Hokies close win against Pitt, check below.

The Hokies have the opportunity to tie the series at 11-11 on Saturday, 3:30 pm on ACCNetwork.

See the Sons of Saturday Pitt game preview below.

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