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Virginia Tech's Thursday night magic

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Ask and ye shall receive – that’s this blog’s motto.

Well, you’ll receive after I enjoy taking in the Phillies’ first championship in 28 years.

OK, that’s done with. But at least there’s a good excuse to be blogging at about 11 p.m. – I was busy watching baseball over the last few hours.

Anyway, I can’t quite remember who wanted to find out Virginia Tech’s record on Thursday nights. But here it is for all to see – a 14-3 mark since 1994:

Sept. 22, 1994: @Virginia Tech 34, West Virginia 6
Sept. 7, 1995:
Boston College 20, @Virginia Tech 13
Oct. 8, 1998:
Virginia Tech 17, @Boston College 0
Sept. 23, 1999:
@Virginia Tech 31, Clemson 11
Sept. 7, 2000: Virginia Tech 45, @East Carolina 28
Oct. 12, 2000: @Virginia Tech 48, West Virginia 20
Sept. 12, 2002: @Virginia Tech 47, Marshall 21
Oct. 10, 2002: Virginia Tech 28, @Boston College 23
Sept. 18, 2003: @Virginia Tech 35, Texas A&M 19
Oct. 28, 2004: Virginia Tech 34, @Georgia Tech 20
Nov. 18, 2004: @Virginia Tech 55, Maryland 6
Oct. 20, 2005: Virginia Tech 28, @Maryland 9
Oct. 27, 2005: @Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 10
Oct. 12, 2006: @Boston College 22, Virginia Tech 3
Oct. 26, 2006: @Virginia Tech 24, Clemson 7
Oct. 25, 2007: Boston College 14, @Virginia Tech 10
Nov. 1, 2007: Virginia Tech 27, @Georgia Tech 3

Now, that’s a fine enough list, but there’s all sorts of fun ways to sort that data beyond the impressive 14-3 record.

Like by home (8-2) and road (6-1) splits.

And by September (5-1), October (7-2) and November (2-0) splits.

And by the Hokies’ time in the Big East (8-1) and ACC (6-2).

And by conference (10-3) and nonconference (4-0) games.

Another interesting number: The Hokies’ scoring defense average of 14.1 points (13.4 points at Lane Stadium).

And finally, one last gem:

Record vs. teams that had winning seasons: 9-2
Record vs. teams that had .500 seasons: 1-0 (1999 Clemson)
Record vs. teams that had losing seasons: 4-1 (1995 BC, 1998 BC, 2003 A&M, 2004 Maryland, 2005 Maryland)

All the numbers add up to a similar conclusion: If you don’t have Matt Ryan on your side, chances are you aren’t beating the Hokies on a Thursday night.

Patrick Stevens

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