Go Pitt! Beat the Hokies…
PITT (4-6, 2-4 ACC) vs. VIRGINIA TECH (7-3, 3-3 ACC)
November 18, 2017 • 12:20 p.m., ET
Lane Stadium (65,632/Natural Grass) • Blacksburg, Va.
ACC Network (WTAE-TV Pittsburgh) • Pitt IMG Sports Radio Network
PittsburghPanthers.com • @Pitt_FB • #PITTvsVT
LINK (PDF): Pitt Game Notes (vs. Virginia Tech)
Pitt plays its final regular-season road game when it visits Coastal Division foe Virginia Tech on Saturday. The Panthers are coming off a 34-31 setback to North Carolina, while the Hokies fell at Georgia Tech, 28-22.
Pitt has won six of the past eight meetings with Virginia Tech. However, the Hokies prevailed in last season’s high-scoring encounter at Heinz Field, 39-36.
Historically, the Panthers have not fared well on the road in this series. The Panthers are just 2-5 all-time in games played in Blacksburg. That mark includes a 17-13 Pitt victory in Lane Stadium in 2015, Pat Narduzzi’s initial season as the Panthers’ head coach.
The last three games in the series have been decided by a combined 12 points, an average margin of 4.0 points per game. The largest victory margin in that span is five points, achieved by Pitt in a 21-16 victory in 2014.
Junior tailback Darrin Hall has rushed for more than 100 yards in each of Pitt’s past three contests. Hall is averaging 162 yards over this span, totaling 486 yards and eight touchdowns on 72 carries (6.75 avg.).
Darrin Hall is coming off a 121-yard, four-touchdown effort against North Carolina. Hall previously had 254 yards at Duke and 111 against Virginia. He will be challenged by a Hokies defense that ranks second in the ACC and 15th nationally, yielding just 310.6 total yards per game (136.6 on the ground).
This week’s game features two of the ACC’s most dangerous punt returners in Pitt’s Quadree Henderson and Virginia Tech’s Greg Stroman. The players are tied for the ACC lead and rank second nationally with two punt return touchdowns each.
The Panthers have six players on their 2017 roster who hail from the state of Virginia.
This marks the 17th meeting between Pitt and Virginia Tech in a series that dates back to 1993…Virginia Tech leads the overall series, 9-7, but the Panthers have won six of the past eight meetings…Pitt is 5-4 at home and 2-5 on the road against Virginia Tech…the Panthers are 4-1 all-time against the Hokies at Heinz Field, the lone loss a 39-36 decision in 2016…in its last trip to Blacksburg during the 2015 season, Pitt triumphed, 17-13…Pitt and Virginia Tech meet annually as Coastal Division members and the ACC series is tied, 2-2…the initial 11 games of the series were played when both schools were members of the Big East…the Panthers lost the initial four meetings before earning their first victory in 1997, a 30-23 decision at Pitt Stadium…five of Pitt’s wins have come against nationally ranked Virginia Tech squads (No. 13 in 2012, No. 5 in 2003, No. 3 in 2002, No. 12/13 in 2001 and No. 19/20 in 1997)…one of the most memorable games occurred in 2003 when a late touchdown by fullback Lousaka Polite lifted Pitt past the Hokies, 31-28, in an ESPN primetime battle of Top 25 teams at Heinz.
Television • ACC Network (WTAE-TV, Ch. 4, in Pittsburgh)
Brock Bowling, play-by-play
Renaldo Wynn, analyst
Pitt Radio • 93.7 The Fan & the Pitt IMG Sports Network
Bill Hillgrove, play-by-play
Pat Bostick, analyst
Larry Richert, reporter