Series Snapshot: Virginia Tech versus Maryland – VT

BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech Football prepares for its bowl game matchup with Maryland in the 2021 New Era Pinstripe Bowl played at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 29 at 2:15 p.m. ET. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

Tickets to the game, which are starting at $70 for the general public, can be found here.
The last time the Hokies (6-6) and Terrapins (6-6) played each other, Maryland was still a member of the ACC. The Terps won a 27-24 contest in overtime at Lane Stadium on Nov. 16, 2013. Tech QB Logan Thomas completed 19 of 31 passes for 210 yards with two touchdowns, while LB Jack Tyler led the defense with 11 tackles, including 2.0 for loss. He also forced a fumble in the game.

This year’s Pinstripe Bowl will be the 32nd all-time meeting between the two programs. Maryland leads the series in a close 16-15 advantage. It also marks the first time the teams will square off in a bowl game.
Nov. 14, 2009 – Virginia Tech 36, Maryland 9
The Hokies last win over Maryland came in College Park behind Tech’s best passing performance versus the Terps since at least 1985. QB Tyrod Taylor completed 13 of 23 passes for 268 yards with three touchdowns in the double-digit victory. The Hokies also had a 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver in the game as RB Ryan Williams carried the ball 23 times for 126 yards with a three-yard touchdown and WR Jarret Boykin hauled in three receptions for 118 yards with a 64-yard touchdown reception. Tech’s defense was led by LB Jake Johnson who recorded seven tackles including 2.0 sacks. The Hokies took a 14-0 lead after the first quarter and Tech’s defense did not allow a touchdown as Maryland’s only TD came off a fumble recovery when the game was already well in hand. 
Nov. 6, 2008 – Virginia Tech 23, Maryland 13
The only meeting in the series when Maryland entered the game with a higher ranking than Tech ended with the Hokies upsetting the No. 23 Terrapins on a Thursday night in Lane Stadium. Tech desperately needed the victory, entering the contest with a two-game losing streak to ACC opponents. The Hokies secured the win to keep them in the hunt for the ACC Coastal division crown. RB Darren Evans carried the Hokies to victory after a 32-carry, 253-yard performance with a touchdown. It remains the only time a Tech player has rushed for more than 250 yards in a single game since at least 1987. The win began a 3-1 November for the Hokies who would go on to win their third ACC Championship in five years, as well the Orange Bowl.
Sept. 25, 1993 – Virginia Tech 55, Maryland 28
Tech marked its first win over Maryland since 1945 with an exclamation point after a 28-point second quarter vaulted the Hokies to the victory in Blacksburg. Tied 7-7 after the first quarter, the Hokies got rushing touchdowns from RBs Tommy Edwards and Dwayne Thomas and two touchdown passes from QB Maurice DeShazo, including a 70-yard TD pass to WR Bryan Still, to take a 35-14 lead at halftime. After the Terps scored two touchdowns early in the fourth quarter to cut Tech’s lead to 41-28, DeShazo again connected to two deep touchdown passes, a 57-yarder to WR Antonio Freeman and a 40-yarder to WR Jermaine Holmes, to nearly double Maryland’s score. Defensively, LB Ken Brown led the team with 13 tackles, DB Antonio Banks recorded two interceptions and Tech’s current interim head coach, J.C. Price, had an 11-yard sack.

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