Virginia Tech Hokies
Saturday, September 29 • 3:30 p.m. • ESPNU
FedEx Field (85,000/Natural Grass)
Television - WATCH LIVE
ESPNU — Anish Shroff and Dan Hawkins
WLW-AM 700 (flagship)
Sports USA Radio Network
Sirius 112; XM 190 (Virginia Tech feed) John Ahlers, Gary Barnett
Cincinnati and Virginia Tech meet for the 10th time in a series that dates to the 1946 season … The Bearcats are 4-5 all-time against the Hokies … The last meeting was Virginia Tech’s 20-7 win in the 2008-09 Orange Bowl … Cincinnati scored on its first possession in that game, but was shut out the rest of the way … Cincinnati is the designated home team for Saturday’s neutral-site game.
rv/rv CINCINNATI (2-0, 1-0 BIG EAST)
Butch Jones (Ferris State ’90)
16-11, third season at Cincinnati
43-23, sixth season as collegiate head coach
Cincinnati plays just its third game of the season as the Bearcats return from a Week 4 bye … Cincinnati also had a bye in the opening week of the season and begins a stretch of 10 consecutive weeks with a game when it faces the Hokies … Cincinnati scored a 34-10 win against Pittsburgh in its season-opener and enjoyed a 23-7 win against Delaware State the following week … The Bearcats had 464 yards of offense in the win against Pittsburgh and followed with a 467-yard day against Delaware State … The Bearcats did not turn the ball over against the Panthers, but withstood six turnovers to defeat the Hornets … Cincinnati has had a different player rush for at least 100 yards in each of its last three games, dating to last season … RB George Winn is averaging 121.0 rushing yards per game and has two touchdowns … QB Munchie Legaux has thrown for 413 yards and four TDs and is averaging 71.0 rushing yards per game … WR Ralph David Abernathy IV is averaging a team-high 130.0 all-purpose yards per game … The defense is led by LB Greg Blair — the brother of San Antonio Spurs forward (and former BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Player of the Year) DeJuan Blair … Blair has 17 tackles, while DE Walter Stewart has two sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss through two games.
rv/25 VIRGINIA TECH (3-1, 1-0 ACC)
Frank Beamer (Virginia Tech ’69)
212-99-2, 26th season at Virginia Tech
254-122-4, 32nd season as collegiate head coach
Virginia Tech, which competed as a BIG EAST member from 1991-2003, plays its second BIG EAST team in a three-game stretch … The Hokies dropped a 35-17 decision at Pittsburgh Sept. 15, but bounced back with a 37-0 win against Bowling Green last Saturday in Blacksburg, Va. … QB Logan Thomas has thrown for 851 yards and seven touchdowns with four interceptions … Thomas is second on the team in rushing with 119 yards and two TDs this year, while RB Michael Holmes is the leading rusher with 151 yards on 35 carries and three touchdowns … The Hokies rank ninth nationally in pass defense, allowing just 143.5 yards per game … Virginia Tech has registered 129 blocked kicks in Frank Beamer’s 313 games with the Hokies, including a blocked punt in the win against Austin Peay … Virginia Tech has reached the postseason in 19 consecutive seasons, trailing only Florida State (30) and Florida (22) for the longest active streak among FBS members.