Georgia Tech–Virginia Tech football rivalry

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Georgia Tech–Virginia Tech football rivalry
First meeting November 10, 1990
Georgia Tech 6, Virginia Tech 3
Latest meeting November 11, 2017
Georgia Tech 28, Virginia Tech 22
Next meeting 2018 in Blacksburg, VA
Statistics
Meetings total 15
All-time series Virginia Tech leads, 9–6
Largest victory Virginia Tech, 51–7 (2005)
Longest win streak Virginia Tech, 4 (2010–13)
Current win streak Georgia Tech, 2 (2016-present)

The Georgia Tech–Virginia Tech football rivalry, is an American college football rivalry[citation needed] between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Virginia Tech Hokies. Both universities are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and play football in the Coastal Division.

History[edit]

As co-members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech regularly meet in all varsity sports in which both schools field a team. The rivalry is most pronounced on the football field, however, where the schools play annually in the ACC's Coastal Division, oftentimes with significant divisional implications.

Prior to the Hokies joining the ACC in 2004, the two teams had only met once previously (an additional scheduled meeting in 2000 was canceled due to extreme weather). Since the ACC adopted divisional format for football, one of these two teams had represented the ACC Coastal Division in every ACC Championship Game except the 2013 season when Duke won the Coastal, 2015 when UNC won the division, and in 2017 when the Miami Hurricanes won the division[1][2].

The rivalry has become a significant annual matchup within the ACC. The intra-conference game has in the recent past played a key part in determining the winner of the ACC Coastal Division.[3] From 2005 (the first year of divisional play in the ACC) until 2011 the winner of this game won the Coastal Division every year, with VT winning five times and GT winning twice. In 2012, Georgia Tech represented the Coastal Division in the ACC Championship game despite losing to Virginia Tech to start the season. The rivalry has seen both teams come into the game ranked in the top 25, including the 2009 game in which both teams came into the game with 1 loss and the No. 19 Yellow Jackets upset the No. 4 Hokies. The 2011 game also saw both teams ranked in the BCS top 25, with the No. 10 Hokies beating the No. 20 Yellow Jackets. Virginia Tech currently leads the series 9–6.

Game results[edit]

Georgia Tech victoriesVirginia Tech victories
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 November 10, 1990 Atlanta, GA #7 Georgia Tech 6–3
2 October 28, 2004 Atlanta, GA #22 Virginia Tech 34–20
3 September 24, 2005 Blacksburg, VA #4 Virginia Tech 51–7
4 September 30, 2006 Blacksburg, VA Georgia Tech 38–27
5 November 1, 2007 Atlanta, GA #13 Virginia Tech 27–3
6 September 13, 2008 Blacksburg, VA Virginia Tech 20–17
7 October 17, 2009 Atlanta, GA #19 Georgia Tech 28–23
8 November 4, 2010 Blacksburg, VA Virginia Tech 28–21
9 November 10, 2011 Atlanta, GA #10 Virginia Tech 37–26
10 September 3, 2012 Blacksburg, VA #16 Virginia Tech 20–17OT
11 September 26, 2013 Atlanta, GA Virginia Tech 17–10
12 September 20, 2014 Blacksburg, VA Georgia Tech 27–24
13 November 12, 2015 Atlanta, GA Virginia Tech 23–21
14 November 12, 2016 Blacksburg, VA Georgia Tech 30–20
15 November 11, 2017 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 28–22
Series: Virginia Tech leads 9–6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chirinos, Christy Cabrera. "No. 7 Hurricanes clinch first ACC Coastal Division championship". sun-sentinel.com. Retrieved 13 April 2018. 
  2. ^ "Hokie tackle relishes rematch". Roanoke.com. 2010-11-03. Archived from the original on 2013-01-05. Retrieved 2010-11-03. 
  3. ^ Osborne, Matt. ""Battle of the Techs" Still has Meaning". SouthernPigskin.com. Retrieved 3 June 2016.