10 Key Facts About Va. Tech

North Carolina aims to bounce back from its season opening loss, as the Tar Heels play host to ACC foe Virginia Tech on Saturday at noon. Learn a bit about the Hokies ...

1. The Hokies haven't missed a beat since stepping into the Atlantic Coast Conference two seasons ago, winning the league title in 2004 and claiming the Coastal Division crown in 2005. They are 8-0 on the road in the conference since joining the ACC.

2. Tech has scored in a school record 136 straight contests, beginning with a 13-7 win over Miami on Sept. 23, 1995. The streak began after a 16-0 home loss at the hands of Cincinnati. During the streak, the Hokies have scored 13 or more points in all but four games.

3. Virginia Tech has led the ACC in scoring defense each of the last two seasons and led the nation in total defense last year. However, six starters from that unit began the summer in NFL camps.

4. The Hokies return just nine starters – five on defense and four on offense – from a team that finished 11-2, ranked No. 7 in both national polls, and won the 2006 Gator Bowl – their 13th consecutive post-season appearance – by coming from behind to defeat Louisville, 35-24.

5. Tech's receiving corps was ranked the eighth-best in the nation by Lindy's, which bases its decision on the amount of quality depth at the position. Five experienced receivers return in senior David Clowney, and juniors Eddie Royal, Josh Morgan, Justin Harper and Josh Hyman.

6. Ten different players caught passes in the Hokies' season-opening win over Division I-AA Northeastern. Clowney caught a career-high five passes against the Huskies.

7. With Marcus Vick booted from the program in the offseason, Virginia Tech's new starting quarterback is redshirt sophomore Sean Glennon. Despite his lack of experience, Glennon was 15-of-18 in the season opener for 222 yards and three touchdowns, with one INT.

8. Coach Frank Beamer, 123-39 in the past 13-plus seasons, is in his 20th year in Blacksburg. Only active coaches Joe Paterno, Penn State (40 years), Bobby Bowden, Florida State (30) and Fisher DeBerry, Air Force (22); have been at their respective schools longer.

9. Tech associate head coach Billy Hite is a former star tailback for UNC, and he served as a graduate and part-time assistant in Chapel Hill from 1974-77. He's in his 30th season with the Hokies.

10. Saturday's meeting between the two schools will be just the fourth meeting since a 14-14 tie in 1946. Tech's last trip to Chapel Hill was a close shave, as the Hokies escaped with a 27-24 win. UNC last win in the series was a 42-3 Gator Bowl victory in 1998.

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