Virginia Tech will open their 2017 season in primetime on Sunday, September 3rd, the school announced.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are set to renew their longstanding rivalry with the West Virginia Mountaineers when the 2017 season opens in September.
Late last week, both schools announced that the tilt between the old Big East foes was moved from Saturday, September 2nd, to Sunday, September 3rd at 7:30 PM from FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. The primetime tilt between the Hokes and the Mountaineers will be televised on ABC.
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The meeting in September will be the first time that the Hokies have squared off against West Virginia since the 2005 season when both programs were members of the Big East. Virginia Tech emerged victorious in that meeting in Morgantown, defeating the Mountaineers by a final score of 34-17. Marcus Vick was 15-of-17 for 177 yards and two touchdown passes, while also carrying the ball 12 times for 74 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
In addition, running back Cedric Humes ran the ball 22 times for 79 yards and a score, while wide receiver Eddie Royal led the pass catchers with six receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, the Hokies were able to slow down West Virginia’s powerful rushing attack, holding Mountaineers quarterback Pat White and All Big-East running back Steve Slaton to a combined 134 yards in the victory.
The winner of the renewed rivalry will take home the Black Diamond Trophy in September, which the Hokies will hope to keep at home in Blacksburg. West Virginia leads the all-time series 28-22 entering play next fall.