Virginia–Virginia Tech football rivalry
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The Virginia–Virginia Tech football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Virginia Cavaliers football team of the University of Virginia (called Virginia in sports media and abbreviated UVA) and Virginia Tech Hokies football team of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (called Virginia Tech and abbreviated VT). The two schools first met in 1895 and have played annually since 1970. The game counts for 1 point in the Commonwealth Clash each year, and is part of the greater Virginia–Virginia Tech rivalry.
|First meeting||October 5, 1895|
|Latest meeting||November 23, 2018|
|Next meeting||November 29, 2019|
|All-time series||Virginia Tech leads, 58–37–5|
|Largest victory||Virginia Tech, 48–0 (1983)|
|Longest win streak||Virginia Tech, 15 (2004–present)|
|Current win streak||Virginia Tech, 15 (2004–present)|
Since 1964, the game has always been played at either Lane Stadium or Scott Stadium on the campuses of the two universities. But the series has at times been played in Richmond (1903–1904, 1957); Norfolk (1940–1942); and at Victory Stadium in Roanoke (17 of 19 years from 1945 to 1963). Since 2000, the game has been held in late November, often on Thanksgiving weekend.
Virginia Tech leads the series 58–37–5, and the Cup series 20–3. Virginia Tech has held the Commonwealth Cup for the past 15 consecutive years with UVA's most recent win coming in 2003. Virginia Tech holds the third longest active winning streak against a conference rival in college football. (Michigan and Ohio State currently have a 23 game winning streak against Indiana).
Virginia and Virginia Tech were both led by College Football Hall of Fame coaches in the 1980s and 1990s. George Welsh led UVA to a four week stint as the AP No. 1 ranked team in 1990, conference championships in 1989 and 1995 and holds a 9-10 record against Virginia Tech. Frank Beamer led Virginia Tech to a BCS National Championship appearance in 1999, conference championships in 1995, 1996, 1999, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2010 and holds a 20-9 record against UVa.
Commonwealth Cup TrophyEdit
In 1996, a trophy was created for the rivalry, known as the Commonwealth Cup. The winning team holds the trophy until the next game, which has been held annually since 1970. Currently, Virginia Tech holds the cup, having won the 2018 game. Their 2018 win marks 15 years of consecutive wins against UVA. The trophy is constructed of marble and cherry wood, and is four feet high. It also contains the scores of all of the games in the series. The cup is engraved with the names of the two schools and is mounted atop a trapezoidal base that makes up most of the trophy's length. The front of the base features a stylized map of Virginia with Blacksburg and Charlottesville represented by stars on the map.'
The Virginia-Virginia Tech rivalry has existed since the late 1800s, but did not reach pre-eminence until the 1980s. Traditionally, Virginia's primary rival had been the Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which remains the South's Oldest Rivalry. Virginia Tech's rival was the Virginia Military Institute, with whom they shared a military tradition and similar acronyms (VMI and VPI).
|Virginia victories||Virginia Tech victories||Tie games|
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