VMI–Virginia Tech football rivalry
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November 29, 1894|
VMI 10, VPI 6
October 6, 1984|
Virginia Tech 54, VMI 7
|Next meeting||September 5, 2026|
|All-time series||Virginia Tech leads, 49–25–5|
|Largest victory||VPI 70, VMI 12 (1966)|
|Longest win streak||Virginia Tech, 6 (1975–1980)|
The VMI–Virginia Tech football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Keydets of Virginia Military Institute and the Hokies of Virginia Tech, (formerly known as the Virginia Polytechnic Institute "Fighting Gobblers").
The two schools first met in 1894 and played annually from 1913–71, usually in Roanoke on Thanksgiving Day. Like the current rivalry between VMI and The Citadel, the match-up was referred to as the Military Classic of the South, due to the military heritage of both schools. Starting again in 1973, the teams would continue to play on a yearly basis, making multiple appearances together in the Tobacco Bowl (1974, 1976) and Oyster Bowl (1980, 1982, 1984). The 1984 Oyster Bowl is the last time both teams played each other. After the 1984 Oyster bowl, Virginia Tech led the series 49–25–5, At 79 games, it is the second-longest series for the Hokies and fourth-longest for the Keydets. Due to the long pause of the VMI-VPI series, the Virginia–Virginia Tech rivalry has emerged as the dominant one in the state.
Due to an agreement in 2017, Virginia Tech and VMI approved of a renewed one-time rivalry matchup on September 5, 2026 at Lane Stadium.
|VMI victories||Virginia Tech victories||Tie games|
- "Team traditions: Virginia Tech's cannon deeply rooted in history". Sports Illustrated. September 2, 2014.
As with all great college traditions, Skipper was born out of a fierce rivalry -- in this case, with nearby Virginia Military Institute. VMI and Virginia Tech competed in sports for years, and each time VMI beat the Hokies, students would fire off “Little John,” their college cannon. The VMI cadets also would blast Little John before each rivalry game, then chant 'Where’s your cannon!?'
- "Virginia Tech vs VMI Series". College Football Research Center. Retrieved 2015-12-07.