No.3 Virginia Tech at West Virginia
Unfamiliar Territory: Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick, who ranks ninth in Division I-A in pass efficiency, will be making his third start on the road. Vick made his first college start in the Hokies' season-opening 20-16 win at North Carolina State on Sept. 4 and then started at Duke and in home victories over Ohio and Georgia Tech the past two weeks. He was on Virginia Tech's roster when it lost at West Virginia, 28-7, in 2003, but didn't play in the game because Bryan Randall took all the snaps.
Last Meeting: After playing 51 times since 1912, including 13 times as members of the Big East Conference, Virginia Tech and West Virginia could be playing their last game for quite some time. With the Hokies joining the ACC before the 2004 season, there are no future games between the schools scheduled. Virginia Tech's first Big East game was a 20-14 victory at West Virginia in 1991.
No Place Like Home: In each of the past two games in the series, the home team was a decided underdog and won both times. In 2003, Virginia Tech was 6-0 and ranked No. 3 nationally before losing at West Virginia, 28-7. Last season, the Mountaineers were undefeated and ranked No. 6 before losing at Virginia Tech, 19-13. In 1989, the unranked Hokies also upset the No. 9 Mountaineers, 12-10, in Morgantown.
No Mistakes: Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer was preaching to his players all week about keeping their poise in today's game. The Hokies were penalized 13 times, had five fumbles and three interceptions in the upset loss at Morgantown two years ago. Virginia Tech had 14 penalties in its victory over the Mountaineers in Blacksburg last season, the second game in a row in which the Hokies failed to score an offensive touchdown against them.
-- Mark Schlabach