First Look: Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia

09/19/2022 08:00:00

After going about business for the past two weeks, the Virginia Tech football team is set for a prime-time duel with longtime foe West Virginia under the lights at Lane Stadium this Thursday night, Sept. 22.

This highly anticipated matchup is scheduled to kick off at 7:30pm ET with parking around the venue opening at 3pm


TV: Thursday’s game will be televised on ESPN with Matt Barrie (play-by-play), Louis Riddick (analyst) and Harry Lyles (sideline) on the phone.

Radio: That Virginia Tech Sports Networkincluding its flagship station 105.3 FM “The Bear” in Blacksburg, will broadcast Thursday’s competition over the airwaves. Bill Roth handles play-by-play tasks during Mike Burnop provides color commentary and Zach Mackey Reports from the sidelines.

Stream: Watch the game online and on the ESPN mobile app.

Live Audio: Listen to live audio coverage of Thursday’s matchup below and in the HokieSports mobile app.

Live Stats: Monitor the game through live stats HokieSports.comincluding play-by-play updates and full team and individual stats.

Social media: Stay connected with the Hokies on Twitter (@HokiesFB), Instagram (@hokiesfb) and Facebook (@VirginiaTechFB).

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1. Thursday’s matchup has a relapse. In a streak that stretches back to 1929, it’s no secret that Virginia Tech and West Virginia are long-time rivals. The two programs have faced each other 53 times this week, including annual on-campus meetings from 1973 to 2005. The series took a 12-year hiatus before a neutral site meeting at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland in 2017 the two briefly Foes reunited until Tech visited Morgantown last September, in the first of a two-game deal struck in 2013.

Thursday’s game marks the Mountaineers’ first trip to Blacksburg since 2004, a game the Hokies won 19-13. The fact that this year’s competition falls on a Thursday is even more special, as it marks the 28th anniversary of the Hokies’ first-ever ESPN Thursday night game. Your opponent that night? None other than West Virginia.

Fans attending this Thursday’s game will notice a throwback feel throughout the evening, including videoboard content and other in-location elements, dating back to the mid-’90s when this rivalry was at its peak.

2. The Return of the Hokie Effect. The theme prompts attendees to wear either orange or maroon depending on where they are seated. Instead of a stripe like previous years, this season’s Hokie Effect will see the north half of Lane Stadium turned orange while the south half is covered in maroon. Find out what color to wear and get the matching t-shirt through this partnership with Virginia Tech’s Undergraduate Student Senate. Car parks around Lane Stadium will open at 3pm that afternoon.

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3. Something has to give way. Tech’s defense has been strong so far this season, ranking in the top five nationally in four major defense categories, including third in third-down conversions (17.1%), third in rushing defense (42 ypg), and fourth in yards per game (3.51) and fifth in yards allowed per game (202). However, the Mountaineers have a strong offense that’s capable of 46 points per game, ranking 11th-best in the nation, and is able to convert with a high clip in third place (54.3%). 14th nationally, so watch out as these two units take a crash course in a low-scoring matter or a shootout on Thursday.


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quarterback Grant Wells: Wells completed the most passes (12) in the first quarter of school history and came out of the bag in his first series against Wofford. The 6-foot-2, 208-pound quarterback finished the day with 26 of 35 passes (74.3%) and two pass touchdowns, marking his first 300-yard game in the air since Nov. 6, 2021 against Florida Atlantic was when he was with Marshall.

defensive back Chamarri Conner: With six tackles (4 solo) against the Terriers to reach team high, Conner has had at least five tackles in every game this season to bring his total to 19 this year. He comes off a year when he had third most on the team (85) and is ranked 76th this season.

table football William Ross: Despite coming from a soccer background and not playing soccer until he was 17, Ross got off to a stellar start for the Hokies, drilling all of his tries so far this season (5 field goals, 8 PATs). The Rock Hill, South Carolina native scored on his two field goal attempts against Wofford, including a 46-yarder to start the game.

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