The WVU Rivalry

My first truly lasting memory as a Hokie was watching Mike Vick and the Miracle in Morgantown in 1999. My brother was home from school (Thanksgiving, I think), the game was on CBS (yes! Big East football on CBS!). Sean McDonogh was calling the game, and has since called many a VT game, including Tyrod's Nebraska drive. All us brothers, even my little brother who was barely 6, were in our living room watching the game.

It wasn't until I was a freshman in 2004 that I realized the hatred. Old men with walking canes trying to pick fights outside of Pritchard. Fights in the stands. We blocked a punt for 6. It rained. We stormed the field. On the walk back to Pritchard, there were broken car windows in parking lots. There were more fights.

In 2005, we quietly ended the rivalry with the flick of Marcus Vick's middle finger. The game wasn't quiet. Pat White came out of nowhere and lit a raging fire in WVU's offense. Our defense was stout, but so too was our offense. WVU fans actually left early!

In 2010, I married my wife, whose mom's family is WV born and bred. I tried to make a joke about brother cousins. Turns out, there's two sets of brother cousins in my mother-in-law's family. One was on the show COPS.

Fast forward to 2017. What a way to reignite the rivalry in Snyderville. Tailgating in people's cars cause gates weren't open yet. The intensity on the field. There were NFL players on both sides of the ball. Cam Phillips had a night. Will Grier had a night. But defense won the day. We somehow won with a wide open receiver missing a catch in the endzone.

I'm ready for Saturday. Ready to risk it all again.

What's your favorite or lasting memory of the rivalry?

What's one thing that grinds your gears about WVU?

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I went to the 2000 WVU game with my dad. It was my first Thursday Night game at Lane. We always parked over off Airport Road and then would jump on the Huckleberry Trail to get to Southgate. The whole night is just one of my favorite memories with my Dad and Tech Football.

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2004 was the first year I began watching football as a 6 year old. I was at the NC State game the week before the WVU game. After Brandon Pace's field goal "missed" (I still think he made it), I asked my dad who we played next, and he said West Virginia. I didn't understand the rivalry at all because, like I said, that was my first year ever paying attention, and I said "well it's okay if they win because we live in West Virginia!" My dad corrected me almost immediately.

The next weekend I sat on the couch for three and a half hours and watched us pull off one of the biggest wins in school history. I didn't understand the magnitude of that win at the time, but it was the beginning of a stretch of 17 games where VT football went 16-1. I was hooked.

Growing up a VT fan in West Virginia was not easy, especially in the mid-2000s shortly after we left the Big East. The hate that every WVU fan had for us was insane. Kids I didn't know at school would make fun of me and call me names like "chokie" when I would wear my VT gear to school. I'm not even sure this part is legal, but my third grade teacher would bet me on certain VT and WVU games, and if the team I wanted to win won, I would get extra recess. If the team she wanted to win won, I would have to take extra Accelerated Reading tests. To this day, one of the happiest weeks of my life was the week after they lost to Pitt and missed out on the national championship.

Fast forward to 2016, I'm a freshman at Marshall University. The WVU-VT rivalry has sort of lost its intensity due to the amount of time passed since 2005 and the fact that both teams post-2011 were mediocre at best. Apparently WVU fans carry a similar disdain for Marshall that they did for Tech. Insults like "you steal all of our tax dollars, and that's why WVU will never realize its full potential!" and "your school is in a town run by gangs and junkies! I wouldn't go near that shithole!" Oh boy, did that hatred ever come back.

The next year, we are playing WVU at FedEx. I wore my VT jersey and Marshall hat and watched the Hokies pull out a gutsy win against the quarterback they deemed a Heisman winner before he ever took a snap for them. By then, I had a bunch of Marshall friends who also loosely rooted for VT because of me and hated WVU because of how they treat Marshall fans. It was a great day for all of us.

This Friday is a rare occasion where Marshall and WVU play in a sport. They are playing in men's soccer in Huntington. WVU is ranked 4th and Marshall 6th. WVU handed Marshall its last loss back in the spring before Marshall went on to win the national championship. I will be there in the stands cheering my ass off, then the next day, my friends and I will sit on my porch while we pregame for the Marshall-ECU football game and watch the Hokies get after WVU.

So my favorite or lasting memory from the rivalry? I can't choose.

What grinds my gears about WVU? EVERYTHING.

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2004 was the first year I began watching football as a 6 year old.

After Brandon Pace's field goal "missed" (I still think he made it)

My GF (now wife) and I were sitting in SEZ that game. Sad to say that he did indeed miss it.

That wasn't the worst part of that game for me. The worst part was how Bryan Randall got sacked 10 times.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

I was in the SEZ as a freshman and it indeed looked like it was in until the cheering first disappointment as a first year Hokie fan.

Reach for Excellence!

VT Football: It'll get after ya!

Proud Hokie since 2004.

My favorite memory of WVU-VT? (starts at 1:32)

Edit: note: I was in the endzone stands with the band and we heard this hit clearly

God Bless Wayne Ward

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

Even though he was #45, he was planted under the 26...

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

The block heard around the world.

Never gets old

I enjoy hearing the crowd first go "OHHHHH" as if they just watched someone die and then having it quickly morph into excitement/screams as they watch him running towards the endzone.

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I don't remember the exact quote but Davis once said something about he heard the collision behind him and the crowd go wild and he felt like his touchdown was a bit of an afterthought.

We were celebrating the hit and didn't even realize Davis scored until Tech Triumph started.

if you look really closely, after the hit you can see Kyle Kayden roll over, sit up, and slowly confirm he still exists.

If I ever meet Wayne Ward, I'm thanking him and shaking his hand. I doubt I'll need context.

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Braxton Burmeister, Ryan Willis, Josh Jackson, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

This is the right answer!

I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them!

I had more disdain for WVU than any other team, including the brie-eating, Zima-chugging bankster scum in C-ville. And I believe their fans hated us more than Pitt, moreso than they'd care to admit. The Miracle in Morgantown is probably most Hokie fans' fondest memory. I don't think there's a bigger rivalry on the "hatred scale" than VT/WVU from 1998-2005, especially if you were a student in that timeframe. The hate was real.

I hated seeing WVU's emergence as a national "power" after we left the Big Least because we ALL KNEW they were only good because we weren't around to beat the shit out of them anymore. I loved watching them lose to Pitt in 2007.


No need to get slanderous... brie is delicious.

Its overrated as soft cheeses go.

What's your favorite or lasting memory of the rivalry?

Is this the best thing he did at Tech?


I, for one, think that Marcus was a pretty poor representative of our university because he stomped on Elvis Dumervil.

However, I think he is an ideal representative of our university for exactly f***ing this.

What's one thing that grinds your gears about WVU?

The God-danged ESPN cameraman panning up to the crowd and away from Vincent Fuller entering the end zone on his blocked field goal scoop-and-score. WHAT THE ACTUAL HELL, MAN?!?!?!?!

Also 2004 WVU, I was in the HT's and there were middle-aged WVU fans in the SEZ trying to pick fights with a bunch of the Corps cadets.

They definitely ain't the brightest.

Two of my (literal) cousins went to WVU and were in the marching band, so I got to meet up with them and rub their faces in it after the '04/'05 victories 😈

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Thanks Frank!

Growing up, the guy across the street from us had season tix to WVU. Never mind it was 6 hours each way...he still went. And had a WVU mailbox. He was a douche. Add a pinch of my dad is a Marshall grad, and seeing Major Harris rally back to beat Murland in Byrd Stadium in the 4th quarter, and well, I grew up hating WVU.

Then, on campus as a freshman in 1992...waking up on Saturday morning, looking out the dorm window in O'Shag and seeing a sea of blue and yellow was enough to make me sick to my stomach. They were insufferable in the parking lot, in the stand, on the concourse, all over town afterwards. I don't think there is anyone I would rather beat than West by God Virginia. Period. Eff them and the horse they keep at home.

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Also remember back in the day when they would put up rinky little high school type wooden bleachers in the South End Zone for visiting the 'eers...when they didn't want them mixing with the Hokies. They were full of blue/yellow for the 1992 game.

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Oh I remember. Late 90's Hokie myself.

Also, they did not start Enter Sandman entrance until after I graduated in 2000.

Also, get off my lawn.

Since my most memorable Hokie football moment on my TKP profile was Michael Vick's run for the first down in the 1999 "Miracle In Morgantown" then this one is easy.

What grinds my gears most about WVU? I remember one year where we got smoked by them on a Thursday night (2003?) I recall WVU canceling classes all week so their students could prepare for the football game. I mean...really? I know a WVU degree probably isn't the best but it may just be worthless.

It was a Wednesday, and I was there my senior year. That was the day I began truly hating them.

Beat WVU

I was home for renewing my drivers license

My first and only game in-person was in 96 I believe. It was not pretty. Lots of fights broke out.

Fast forward to 2021, I'm now moving to Wv, granted just on the other side of the Va border. Will be able to get to Blacksburg in 3 hours.

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We stormed the field and their fans stuck around and threw bottle at us from the stands and told us to come fight them... in Lane Stadium.... Total Dirt Bags

FOSTERS: Australian for defense

That was a good one. I am in that video somewhere. NEZ. Damn good memories.

It is amazing how so many WVU fans think it is within bounds to throw bags and bottles of piss. I mean come on.

"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it." - K

also, who have these things to begin with


Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

No lie, I work with a bunch of WVU fans. I mentioned this to one of them yesterday and he said he fondly remembers going to a game and them passing around a pitcher for everyone to piss in.

Your buddy has an odd definition of "fond memory".

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it was a typo?

It was a "fondle" memory I expect...

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My favorite memory of the rivalry was in 1991, in Morgantown, watching VT perform a goal line stand, from the back of the end zone, to prevent a heavily-favored West Virginia from scoring a game-winning touchdown as time expired.

That was an epically fun night...


Dancing with their cheerleaders during the rain delay, too.

But that goal line stand was epic.

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

This rivalry game always reminds my of how I REGRET not buying this shirt back then 😩

Let's Go


Thanks for the memories... I bought this shirt circa 1994. Wore it proudly for years and years. Finally had to retire it because it was threadbare. Definitely my favorite VT shirt in college. I'd pay good money to have one again.

Probably wouldn't be too hard to make one. I might try that, I've never owned this shirt but always wanted one.

Okay Joe,

Recreate the shirt with the current logo's etc. Slap a Key Play on the front and I will buy a couple.

Other than the shirts Homefield does for TKP, I am out of the merch game. Way too much work for such a low margin. I'm glad they're making HOAT for people and I expect them to do a TKP logo at some point.

All those logos are trademarked and I don't have authorization to use them. You're better of buying a TKPC membership and enjoying content.

Here's a comment from a WVU fan in a RT article.

I don't understand why they [ACC] don't like us because I think we're better than over half of their teams...

I cracked up at this! If you can't figure out that Country Roads is not about your state, you probably don't belong in the same conference as the school that resides in the territory the song is referencing.

Some say that Country Roads is actually about Maryland! Not even VA or WV. Which would be hilarious I think.

Gaithersburg actually...

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Still Montgomery County, so still basically Blacksburg and not Worst Virginia.

If you feel the leather in your hand let it rip.

Hahaha. That's even better.

One of my favorite WV stories:
My freshman year of college I had a scholarship to play soccer at a DII school in WV (I very quickly transferred to VT), but when I first went to meet with my advisor, she pulled up my file and immediately said, "Ohhh. You're not from WV". I thought that was a weird thing to say because I'm sure my file listed my VA address. But then she clarified by saying, "your SAT/ACT scores were a dead giveaway". My scores/grades were above average, but not Ivy League level. That pretty much tells you what you need to know about the entire state.

I think I heard the producer and Denver say it's actually about "western" virginia. But in song writing, you go with what sounds best. I don't blame WVU fans though... the song does present a cool opportunity to say "West Virginia"- their actual school name loud as fuck during the song, regardless of origin.

Lucky guess. I agree WVU is better than half the teams in the ACC, but it was pure luck that a WVU fan was able to divide by two and place themselves in the top half of our league.

Turns out, there's two sets of brother cousins in my mother-in-law's family. One was on the show COPS.


... turns out I can't

I have not seen the COPS episode. As described to me, he's running away from the cops, and getting tackled, holding a knife, wearing only jeans. Meth or moonshine bust, not sure which one.

Sad update: he was found dead in a motel last year with a prostitute, OD'd on meth.

My wife went and did a free trial of It's not until you get to the 1800s, that you start seeing different last names (this is not a joke). There's a lazy eye gene that runs in the family, and everyone attributes it to the incest.

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Completely unrelated but this is the GOAT COPS episode:

FOSTERS: Australian for defense

"college" "humor"

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Braxton Burmeister, Ryan Willis, Josh Jackson, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

I was but fuzz for the rivalry's peak, but I do remember the 2005 contest well. Thumped what turned out to be a pretty good team, inventing the #QualityLoss in the process (though if Pat White hadn't seen action it would've gotten much, much uglier score-wise). They just had no answers for anything we did, on either side of the ball.

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Braxton Burmeister, Ryan Willis, Josh Jackson, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

My first Thursday night game as a freshman at VT in 1994 was home against WVU. Wild night. I remember having 2 tests on Friday -Engineering fundamentals and Calculus. Let's just say...Learned the hard way how not to prepare for engineering tests in college. But it was a fun Thursday night!

Grandma (on my mother's side) was from WV and the majority of that family is still there (Logan). Good people, but...different. Betty was the cream of that crop by a mile.

One of my wife's bffs husband is a WVU grad and engineer in Raleigh. He's an exception. Great dude...likes DC Comics a little too much, but we'll let that slide.

I watched the blocked punt Vinny td from the Harley Davidson in Roanoke.

I had a wedding to attend in Louisville in 2017, pissed as I was that there was a wedding in football season, kind of liked the built in excuse not to go back to FedEx and potentially get into a kerfuffle.

People that want to legitimately fight at games baffle me and hearing horror stories of games in Morgantown, I think I'll be fine if I never attend (at least a Tech game) there.

Amateur superstar and idiot extraordinaire.

I think the fighting at football games stems from an old WV tradition. If someone is hitting on a family member at social event, like a HS football game, wedding, funeral, etc., you can challenge them to a fight with the winner getting the girl.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

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2004 WVU at VT was my first Tech game ever.

I was a Sophomore in highschool and my girlfriend got me tickets for my birthday. Her and her parents drove me to Blacksburg. Arrangements were set to where they had a hotel room and I was staying with Salad Hokie as he was a Sophomore.

He instructed them to drop me off at what turned out to be one block from the Frat Party he was at. He came and gathered me up, instructed me to say I was of age if asked.

We made our way down to the basement and he then force fed me my first ever 5 alcoholic drinks in succession consisting of Jungle Juice as a way to "catch up".

Feeling full, I then saw a chair in the corner of a room and sat down. I then got an impromptu lap dance from what I remember as an attractive college girl and saw my brother and his roommate peer around the corner with a look of astonishment as to what was happening.

I don't remember anything else from that night other than walking back somewhere behind Main Street I had to pee. Let loose behind some shrubs onto a wall of some building as I finished and walked around the side to continue my journey, realized it was a Jewish synagogue. Felt bad.

I do remember waking up feeling pretty awful, but not understanding why, as I had never been hung over before. My girlfriend and her parents picked me up from my brother's apartment to head to the stadium early as this was a noon game.

We got to the stadium, took out seats, all the while I'm trying to hide how much shit I feel like. Halfway through the 1st quarter, I lied to them claiming I needed to go buy a Coke. I ran from the top of South End Zone, all the way to the concourse, and lucked out as I encountered an open stall for which my vomit had a reservation for.

Puked, rallied, bought a Coke and some peanuts to cover my tracks, and commenced to watching VT layeth the smack down.

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Ahhhhhhh Pritchard.

"... I think he played his nuts off. And you can quote me on that shit."

Freshman in Prichard, 1989. Hokies beat Major Harris and WVU in Morgantown. Huge upset at the time.

1991 with my dad at WVU. Their fans were fine, no issues. Nice stadium. Hokies win after WVU fumbles at the Tech 1 yard line with time running out. 20-14 I think. Great ride back to Blacksburg.

As a junior in 2001 I went up to Morgantown to watch the game and then headed to Pittsburgh the next day to see the first game at Heinz field (hell
Of a cool weekend) . We absolutely destroyed them 35-0. Kevin Jones went off...the defense was nasty...hell even grant Noel balled out. However I saw one tech fan flipped over inside a porta-potty, I saw another poor guy punched and thrown down a hill by three Wvu fans, I saw an older tech fan but with a beer bottle in the forehead while walking after the game, and was personally pushed and mocked on my way into the stadium...hell I could go on for days! Decided that day I wouldn't be going back to Morgantown in this lifetime. Nonetheless it was so damn fun to watch a complete tech ass stomping in hostile territory that day...and haven't listened to a John Denver song since...heard them 167 times that day and that's enough for my lifetime🀬. Let's


grant Noel balled out

Phrases I never expected to hear for $400, Alex.

Shane's Game Winning kick in 99, our Dorm was as loud as Lane with everyone screaming at the top of their lungs!

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I was 2 years old when tech last played wvu in Morgantown so I dont have much experience with the rivalry but I will never forget the game at fedex a few years ago back and forth pro players on both sides.


I was 2 years old when tech last played wvu in Morgantown...

This is where I tell my Billy Hite story:

I covered the 1999 Miracle in Morgantown for the CT. After the Shayne Graham kick and insanity, I see Billy Hite walk up to Shayne and he says, and I quote: "Shayne, if you don't go downtown and get laid when we get back home, give me a call and I'll come over and fuck you myself"

Lmao. Well, hopefully he went downtown.

Well, did you quote him in the CT or not?

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

That one... didn't make it in

I understand why, but...

It would've been worth it.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

Neither did Billy, hopefully.

I see what you did there.

This thread is gold. And so many memories. My funny story is this: MVs bus, trying to leave Morganhole after a sickening loss in 1985. The MVs bus was stopped at an intersection with two WVU rednecks standing next to their car, happily hootin' and hollerin' while waving half-full solo cups of beer around. How do I know it was beer? soon as the light turned green and the MV bus could start moving, someone on the MVs bus yelled out "How 'bout them *eers!" (except they didn't say "'neers"). The redneck closest to the MV bus became enraged and threw the contents of his solo cup through the departing bus' side window, getting mostly GAs wet (who to their credit weren't involved in the above shout). I will not comment on my personal involvement in the incident, but those involved still laugh about it. I guess you kind of had to be there.

***For a friend...amiright.

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

"someone", LOL

The only good things that came out of West Virginia are Chuck Yeager and my rescue dog.

And Homer Hickam. Just saying.

Jerry West was ok.

Notice the common theme...they all left the state when able to do so.

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

They hate us because they ain't us.

When I was a student in the mid 80s, there were two guaranteed sellouts for a Lane that at the time sat 50,000-
UVA and WVU(other games averaged about 40k), Also just saw this quote-
"Former head coach Don Nehlen said about playing in Blacksburg, "Playing here is like airplane landings – any one you can walk away from is a good one.""

From the 2018 VT-uva game-"This is when LEGENDS are made!"

Y'all having memories from the past. Me im just trying to figure out what album I should listen to pregameπŸ˜‚

So with miles and miles to go, you never left
To find your purpose
Get up, you can and you will
Life is a task and scary as hell

There's only one logical choice...

For how much I love the album. I need a break from itπŸ˜‚ I'm thinking about spinning Nothing by Meshuggah🀘

So with miles and miles to go, you never left
To find your purpose
Get up, you can and you will
Life is a task and scary as hell

considering everything in this thread I think "It's Raining Blood" by Slayer might be appropriate.

That might be a player

So with miles and miles to go, you never left
To find your purpose
Get up, you can and you will
Life is a task and scary as hell

My first memory of this rivalry was being in 2nd grade in 2000... I wanted to go to the game with my parents and they wouldn't let me because they said West Virginia fans burned couches and were violent. They dropped me off at my grandparents' house and I watched there.

THE biggest regret of my entire college career was choosing to not go to the WVU game in 2004. I had just gone to the NC State game the week before and watched Brandon Pace miss the field goal, which I also still think was good. I was feeling pretty disheartened about the chokies, especially after the 2003 season when the team quit playing when it was apparent the MNC was unreachable.

I had a ticket to the WVU game but chose to work that day. I had a job in Radford at my uncle's music store. I had just spent the summer at home teaching drumline and felt obligated to get back to working on Saturdays. NC State was the home opener and I wanted to ask a certain girl to go to the game with me, so I asked my uncle if I could go to the game instead of working and he was cool with it. But to ask off 2 weeks in a row felt like a bit much. I listened to the game on the radio while selling musical instruments and musical instrument accessories.

When I got back to campus that night my roommate was regaling me with stories of the blocked punt for 6 and when the rain came pouring down making all of the girls' white t shirts transparent.