West Virginia, Virginia Tech to renew football series in 2021-22

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

West Virginia and Virginia Tech have not played since 2005, but will renew the series in 2021. (USATSI)
West Virginia and Virginia Tech have not played since 2005, but will renew the series in 2021. (USATSI)

As former Big East rivals, West Virginia and Virginia Tech battled for the Black Diamond Trophy; a symbol of the Appalachian region's coal history. Now with the Mountaineers in the Big 12 and the Hokies in the ACC, the border rivalry will renew in 2021 with a two game home-and-home series.

"During my three years as Athletic Director at West Virginia University, I have heard from legions of Mountaineer fans, particularly those in the Southern part of the state, who have expressed their strong sentiments to renew the football rivalry with Virginia Tech," West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck said in an official release. "This game is great for college football. We all know that the two schools have extraordinary fan bases, and both schools will be counting down the days until the Hokies and the Mountaineers meet again.

"I want to thank Virginia Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver and Coach Frank Beamer for their efforts in helping to get the two teams back on the football field. It will be a great day for all involved when the rivalry is renewed."

The two schools will meet in Morgantown on Sept. 18, 2021, with a second date scheduled in Blacksburg on Sept. 24, 2022. Unless the teams meet in a bowl game, the game will end a 16-year hiatus in the rivalry. The last meeting was in 2005, a game that infamously included a middle finger from Hokies quarterback Marcus Vick directed at the West Virginia fans.

The series has been played 51 times, beginning in 1912 with West Virginia holding a 28-22-1 advantage. When the series ceased in 2005, the Hokies and Mountaineers had played every year since 1973.

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