FSU and Virginia Tech tee it up Thursday night. To Seminole fans younger than 35 or 40, the Hokies are an occasional opponent from that other ACC division. But to older Noles, Va. Tech brings back lots of memories of great games over more than half a century.
A 57-YEAR OLD GRIDIRON RELATIONSHIP:
• Florida State has played Va. Tech more than any other team besides UF and Miami.
• Tech is FSU's second oldest ongoing rivalry. Only Miami goes back further (1951).
• The Noles lead the series 22 - 12 - 1.
• The series began in 1955 when FSU lost to the Hokies 24-20.
• The Seminoles first win over Tech was in 1957, 20-7. (Note: Back then Va. Tech was known as VPI, or Virginia Polytechnic).
• FSU’s only loss in 1964 was to Va. Tech, 20-11, when the Noles had a breakout 9-1-1 season featuring the passing of Steve Tensi to Fred Biletnikoff.
• Florida State’s biggest margin of victory was 41-7 in 1989.
• Tech’s biggest margin was 56-21 in 1974 during the Noles nightmare 1-10 season.
• The lone tie in the series was 10-10 in 1969.
• The Hokies were a regular fixture on the schedule through the 60s and 70s when both teams were independents. It's safe to say that FSU and Va. Tech was more than just an on-going series to the two teams and their fans back then. Ask a Nole or Hokie from that pre-ACC era and they'll tell you it was a bona fide rivalry.