Virginia–Virginia Tech football rivalry

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Virginia–Virginia Tech football rivalry
Teams
First meeting October 5, 1895
Latest meeting November 28, 2015
Next meeting November 26, 2016
Statistics
All-time series Virginia Tech leads, 55–37–5
The teams meet after the 2006 game.

The Virginia–Virginia Tech football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Virginia Cavaliers football team of the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech Hokies football team of Virginia Tech. The two schools first met in 1895 and have played annually since 1970. 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, and 1957); Norfolk (1940, 1941, and 1942); and Roanoke (in 17 of the 19 years between 1945 and 1963).

Virginia Tech leads the series 55–37–5,[1] and the Cup series 17–3. At 97 games, it is the longest series for the Hokies and second-longest for the Cavaliers, after the 118 game series between Virginia and North Carolina known as the South's Oldest Rivalry.

The game counts for 1 point in the Commonwealth Clash each year, and is part of the greater Virginia–Virginia Tech rivalry.

Trophy[edit]

The trophy awarded to the winner of the game is the Commonwealth Cup, which was created in 1996. Currently, Virginia Tech holds the cup, having won the 2015 game 23–20. 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.[2] 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.[3]'

Hunter Carpenter in early football days[edit]

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).

The UVA/VPI rivalry began in earnest 1899, a year that saw Virginia take on northern powerhouses Penn State and Michigan. Virginia's final game of the season was against a squad in the middle of a disastrous first full season, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute. That game, a 28–0 decision for Virginia, was a footnote in their year. But for at least one Virginia Tech player, the blowout was much more.

Hunter Carpenter enrolled at Virginia Tech in 1898. He became a man possessed by one thing after the 1899 rout: beating UVA in football. However, after five years of college, Hunter Carpenter graduated from Virginia Tech without achieving his goal.

Infuriated, he played in 1904 at the University of North Carolina. "I just want to beat the University of Virginia," Carpenter was quoted as saying by the Associated Press, in reference to his move to Chapel Hill. However, as a standout on the Tar Heels' football squad, he again failed to win against Virginia for two years in a row.[4]

Carpenter returned to Virginia Tech in 1905 for a last shot at beating Virginia in his eighth year of college football. Going into the 1905 game, UVA was 8–0 against VPI by a cumulative score of 170–5. The Cavalier Daily ran a story outlining Carpenter's motives and move from Virginia Tech to UNC and back to Tech over the preceding eight years. Virginia accused Carpenter of being a professional player, as he had played college football already for nearly a decade.[4]

Carpenter signed an affidavit that he had not received payment to play against UVA and, against a backdrop of recrimination, Carpenter led VPI to an 11-0 lead. Carpenter was ejected midway through the game for throwing the ball at the face of a Virginia defender, but stayed on the sidelines to watch as neither team was able to score against each other. Carpenter left immediately after the game and moved to Middleton, New York, never to return to the Commonwealth. Carpenter retired 1–7 against UVA, but the Cavaliers still refused to play Virginia Tech again until 1923.[4]

Game results[edit]

Virginia victories Virginia Tech victories Tie games
# Date Location Winner Score
1 October 5, 1895 Charlottesville, VA Virginia 38–0
2 October 31, 1896 Charlottesville, VA Virginia 44–0
3 November 11, 1899 Charlottesville, VA Virginia 28–0
4 November 14, 1900 Charlottesville, VA Virginia 17–5
5 October 26, 1901 Charlottesville, VA Virginia 16–0
6 November 15, 1902 Charlottesville, VA Virginia 6–0
7 October 24, 1903 Richmond, VA Virginia 21–0
8 November 5, 1904 Richmond, VA Virginia 5–0
9 November 4, 1905 Charlottesville, VA Virginia Tech 11–0
10 November 17, 1923 Charlottesville, VA Virginia Tech 6–3
11 November 15, 1924 Charlottesville, VA Virginia 6–0
12 November 14, 1925 Charlottesville, VA Virginia 10–0
13 October 23, 1926 Blacksburg, VA Virginia Tech 6–0
14 October 22, 1927 Charlottesville, VA Virginia 7–0
15 November 10, 1928 Blacksburg, VA Virginia Tech 20–0
16 November 9, 1929 Charlottesville, VA Virginia Tech 32–12
17 November 8, 1930 Blacksburg, VA Virginia Tech 31–13
18 November 14, 1931 Charlottesville, VA Tie 0–0
19 November 12, 1932 Blacksburg, VA Virginia Tech 13–0
20 November 18, 1933 Charlottesville, VA Tie 6–6
21 November 17, 1934 Blacksburg, VA Virginia Tech 19–6
22 November 16, 1935 Charlottesville, VA Tie 0–0
23 November 14, 1936 Blacksburg, VA Virginia Tech 7–6
24 November 13, 1937 Charlottesville, VA Virginia Tech 14–7
25 October 15, 1938 Blacksburg, VA Virginia 14–6
26 November 18, 1939 Charlottesville, VA Virginia Tech 13–0
27 November 2, 1940 Norfolk, VA Virginia Tech 6–0
28 November 1, 1941 Norfolk, VA Virginia 34–0
29 October 31, 1942 Norfolk, VA Virginia Tech 20–14
30 October 27, 1945 Roanoke, VA Virginia 31–13
31 October 5, 1946 Roanoke, VA Tie 21–21
32 October 4, 1947 Roanoke, VA Virginia 41–7
33 October 2, 1948 Roanoke, VA Virginia 28–0
34 October 8, 1949 Roanoke, VA Virginia 26–0
35 October 7, 1950 Roanoke, VA Virginia 45–6
36 October 6, 1951 Roanoke, VA Virginia 33–0
37 October 4, 1952 Roanoke, VA #16 Virginia 42–0
38 September 26, 1953 Charlottesville, VA Virginia Tech 20–6
39 October 23, 1954 Roanoke, VA Virginia Tech 6–0
40 October 22, 1955 Roanoke, VA Virginia Tech 17–13
41 October 27, 1956 Roanoke, VA Virginia Tech 14–7
42 October 19, 1957 Richmond, VA Virginia 38–7
43 October 11, 1958 Roanoke, VA Virginia Tech 22–13
44 October 17, 1959 Richmond, VA Virginia Tech 40–14
45 October 22, 1960 Roanoke, VA Virginia Tech 40–6
46 October 21, 1961 Roanoke, VA Virginia Tech 20–0
47 October 6, 1962 Roanoke, VA Virginia Tech 20–15
48 October 5, 1963 Roanoke, VA Virginia Tech 10–0
49 October 3, 1964 Charlottesville, VA Virginia 20–17
50 October 23, 1965 Blacksburg, VA Virginia Tech 22–14
# Date Location Winner Score
51 October 22, 1966 Charlottesville, VA Virginia Tech 24–7
52 September 12, 1970 Blacksburg, VA Virginia 7–0
53 November 6, 1971 Charlottesville, VA Virginia Tech 6–0
54 September 16, 1972 Charlottesville, VA Virginia 24–20
55 October 20, 1973 Blacksburg, VA Virginia Tech 27–15
56 October 19, 1974 Charlottesville, VA Virginia 28–27
57 October 18, 1975 Blacksburg, VA Virginia Tech 24–17
58 October 16, 1976 Charlottesville, VA Virginia Tech 14–10
59 October 15, 1977 Blacksburg, VA Tie 14–14
60 October 21, 1978 Charlottesville, VA Virginia 17–7
61 November 10, 1979 Charlottesville, VA Virginia 20–18
62 October 18, 1980 Blacksburg, VA Virginia Tech 30–0
63 November 28, 1981 Charlottesville, VA Virginia Tech 20–3
64 November 25, 1982 Blacksburg, VA Virginia Tech 21–14
65 November 19, 1983 Charlottesville, VA Virginia Tech 48–0
66 September 29, 1984 Blacksburg, VA Virginia 26–23
67 October 19, 1985 Charlottesville, VA Virginia Tech 28–10
68 October 25, 1986 Blacksburg, VA Virginia Tech 42–10
69 September 19, 1987 Charlottesville, VA Virginia 14–13
70 October 29, 1988 Blacksburg, VA Virginia 16–10
71 November 11, 1989 Charlottesville, VA #18 Virginia 32–25
72 November 24, 1990 Blacksburg, VA Virginia Tech 38–13
73 November 23, 1991 Charlottesville, VA #20 Virginia 38–0
74 November 21, 1992 Blacksburg, VA #23 Virginia 41–38
75 November 20, 1993 Charlottesville, VA Virginia Tech 20–17
76 November 19, 1994 Blacksburg, VA #16 Virginia 42–23
77 November 18, 1995 Charlottesville, VA Virginia Tech 36–29
78 November 29, 1996 Blacksburg, VA Virginia Tech 26–9
79 November 29, 1997 Charlottesville, VA Virginia 34–20
80 November 28, 1998 Blacksburg, VA #16 Virginia 36–32
81 October 2, 1999 Charlottesville, VA #8 Virginia Tech 31–7
82 November 25, 2000 Blacksburg, VA #6 Virginia Tech 42–21
83 November 17, 2001 Charlottesville, VA #18 Virginia Tech 31–17
84 November 30, 2002 Blacksburg, VA #22 Virginia Tech 21–9
85 November 29, 2003 Charlottesville, VA Virginia 35–21
86 November 27, 2004 Blacksburg, VA #11 Virginia Tech 24–10
87 November 19, 2005 Charlottesville, VA #7 Virginia Tech 52–14
88 November 25, 2006 Blacksburg, VA #17 Virginia Tech 17–0
89 November 24, 2007 Charlottesville, VA #8 Virginia Tech 33–21
90 November 29, 2008 Blacksburg, VA Virginia Tech 17–14
91 November 28, 2009 Charlottesville, VA #14 Virginia Tech 42–13
92 November 27, 2010 Blacksburg, VA #14 Virginia Tech 37–7
93 November 26, 2011 Charlottesville, VA #4 Virginia Tech 38–0
94 November 24, 2012 Blacksburg, VA Virginia Tech 17–14
95 November 30, 2013 Charlottesville, VA Virginia Tech 16–6
96 November 28, 2014 Blacksburg, VA Virginia Tech 24–20
97 November 28, 2015 Charlottesville, VA Virginia Tech 23–20
98 November 26, 2016 Blacksburg, VA
Series: Virginia Tech leads 55–37–5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Virginia Tech vs Virginia". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  2. ^ hokiesports.com
  3. ^ Hokiesports.com Commonwealth Cup Trophy. Retrieved October 12, 2007.
  4. ^ a b c Brady, Erik (2007-11-22). "Virginia allegiances driven by rivalry on football field". College Football Update. USA Today. 

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