The Hokies will play in West Lafayette, Ind., on Sept. 19, 2015, with the Boilermakers making a return trip to Blacksburg in 2023.
The 2015 game rounds out Virginia Tech’s non-conference schedule. The Hokies host Ohio State on Labor Day night (Sept. 7) and Furman (Sept. 12) before traveling to Purdue. The East Carolina game in Greenville, N.C., has been moved from Sept. 19 to 26.
It’s the fifth Big Ten team on Virginia Tech’s future schedules. The Hokies are already slated to play Ohio State (2014-15), Wisconsin (2019-20), Michigan (2020-21) and Penn State (2022-23).
The Hokies have only played three current members of the Big Ten: Indiana, Michigan and Nebraska.
There are some connections between Purdue and Virginia Tech. The school just recently announced the hire of Dr. Timothy Sands as its new president. Sands, who will start this summer, is currently the executive vice president for academic affairs and a provost at Purdue.
The Boilermakers’ coaching staff also features receivers coach Kevin Sherman, who held that same post with the Hokies from 2006-12.
Purdue struggled in coach Darrell Hazell‘s first season, going 1-11, with an 0-8 mark in the Big Ten.
Here are the Hokies’ non-conference schedules going forward:
- 2014: vs. William & Mary, at Ohio State, vs. East Carolina, vs. Western Michigan
- 2015: vs. Ohio State, vs. Furman, at Purdue, at East Carolina
- 2016: vs. Liberty, vs. Tennessee (at Bristol), vs. East Carolina, at Notre Dame
- 2017: vs. Delaware, at East Carolina, vs. Old Dominion
- 2018: vs. William & Mary, at Old Dominion, vs. East Carolina
- 2019: vs. Charlotte, vs. Old Dominion, at Wisconsin, at East Carolina
- 2020: vs. Liberty, vs. Wisconsin, at Michigan, vs. East Carolina
- 2021: vs. Richmond, vs. Michigan, at West Virginia
- 2022: vs. Penn State, vs. West Virginia, at Old Dominion
- 2023: at Penn State, vs. Old Dominion, vs. Purdue
- 2024: at Old Dominion
- 2025: vs. Old Dominion