Pitt & Virginia Tech tidbits

Sure, we all know Pitt upset then-No. 12 Virginia Tech 38-7 last season, but what else do you know about the history between these two teams?

The Panthers will face Virginia Tech Saturday night in Blacksburg, Va., but here are some tidbits you might not have known…

*Pitt seeks its first-ever 4-0 start in the Big East and a 7-2 overall start for the first time since 1983.

*The Panthers are seeking their first ever win in Blacksburg.

*A victory over Virginia Tech would be Pitt's first versus a top 5 team since a 30-22 win over No. 4 Notre Dame on Oct. 10, 1987.

*Virginia Tech leads the all-time series, which began in 1993, 7-2, including 4-0 at home.

*The last meeting between the teams resulted in a 38-7 Pitt upset last season (Nov. 3, 2001) at Heinz Field.

*Pitt head coach Walt Harris is 2-3 against the Hokies while VT's Frank Beamer is 7-2 against Pitt.

*Virginia Tech is the only Big East team that Pitt did not have a history with prior to the formation of the conference 1991.

*The winning team has scored at least 30 points in each of the last 3 games and in 7 of 9 meetings.

*With the 19-16 overtime victory against Boston College, Pitt has now won 7 consecutive Big East contests dating back to last season's 33-7 win over Temple. It is the Panthers' longest streak since round-robin conference play began in 1993.

*The Panthers are 0-2 when playing ranked teams this year, falling to No. 8 Notre Dame (14-6) and No. 20 Texas A&M (14-12). If Pitt wins at No. 3 Virginia Tech, it will be the highest ranked opponent the Panthers have defeated since their 24-20 victory over No. 2 Georgia in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 1982.

*With the win over Boston College, Pitt improves its all-time overtime record to 3-2. The Panthers' five overtime games are the most of any Big East team.

*Pitt has connected on its last nine field goal attempts.

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