Virginia Tech and West Virginia announced Wednesday that they’ll renew their football series in 2021 and 2022, rekindling a once-intense matchup that hasn’t been played since 2005.
“I am pleased we are able to resume the rivalry between Virginia Tech and West Virginia and have every belief that this rivalry will flourish and be good for college football,” Hokies athletic director Jim Weaver said in a release.
West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck and Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer announced the series at The Greenbrier, according to a report in the Register-Herald.
The former Big East foes will play in Morgantown on Sept. 18, 2021, and in Blacksburg on Sept. 24, 2022.
West Virginia, which is now in the Big 12, leads the all-time series 28-22-1, although Virginia Tech won the final two games in 2004 and ’05 before the series was discontinued. That last game, a 34-17 Hokies win, is best remembered for quarterback Marcus Vick flipping off the fans afterward.
Beamer is 12-7 against the Mountaineers.
“It’s two great universities that have had some great competition,” Beamer told the paper. “We’ve always had great respect for them, and I think they feel the same way about us. Where we’re located, it’s the right thing to do. We’ll take fans to Morgantown, and they’ll bring fans to Blacksburg.”
The Hokies already have a game at Michigan on the schedule in 2021. West Virginia is the first non-conference game scheduled in 2022.
Tech’s goal has been to have at least one BCS-level foe on the schedule each year. From now until 2022, the only years where that is not currently the case are 2018 and ’19, although Notre Dame figures to be on the schedule one of those seasons.