"It's down the road a little bit, but it's the first time they could squeeze us into their schedule," said Luck, who played in the series four times, splitting those four meetings from 1978 through 1981. "But it becomes more important given the geography of the Big 12. Getting a school like Virginia Tech means a lot."
"It's two great universities that have had some great competition," agreed Beamer, who's 12-7 against the Mountaineers. "We've always had great respect for them, and I think they feel the same way about us. Where we're located, it's the right thing to do. We'll take fans to Morgantown, and they'll bring fans to Blacksburg."
It's time to polish up the Black Diamond Trophy and head to Morgantown on September 18, 2021.
I'm glad this series is happening again, in the future I'd like it to become a more regular thing. Losing is as much a part of an intense rivalry as winning. Yes, it's fun to beat the 'Hoos every year, but 9-straight wins has made the Commonwealth Cup more an anual coronation than contest. The Techmo Bowl had early promise, but Beamer Co. has handled Paul Johnson more often than not in recent years. The game against West Virginia is what's been missing from our schedule since we left the Big East. Even though the Hokies have gotten the better of the 'Eers in recent time, the series has been a tight 17-16 in favor of WVU from 1973 through 2005.
There have been thrilling wins...
...and bitter losses.
Note: If you watch that entire game, you love pain.
It's about time this series was renewed because the games were too damn fun, atmospheres too damn passionate to remain on the sidelines.