— UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State's football schedule has always been done years in advance, a point slammed home today when Penn State Director of Athletics Dave Joyner and Virginia Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver today announced the first gridiron meeting between the Nittany Lions and Hokies, which is set for the 2022 season.
Penn State will visit Blacksburg on September 17, 2022 and Virginia Tech will travel to Beaver Stadium on Sept. 16, 2023. Earlier this week, the Nittany Lions announced their first meeting with San Diego State, which will take place Sept. 26, 2015 in State College.
“We are excited to be able to announce this football series with Virginia Tech,” Joyner said. “Virginia Tech is an opponent our alumni and fans have been asking about adding to the schedule. I am very appreciative of the efforts of Jim Weaver to make this long-awaited match-up become a reality.”
Despite having campuses located less than 375 miles apart, Penn State and Virginia Tech have never met. The Nittany Lions have played Virginia (5-3), VMI (1-0) and William & Mary (4-0) from The Old Dominion, earning a cumulative 10-3 on-field record.
Virginia Tech AD Jim Weaver earned bachelor’s (1967) and master’s degrees (1968) from Penn State, playing center and linebacker for the Nittany Lions. A native of Harrisburg, Weaver began his coaching career with the Nittany Lions as a graduate assistant (1967-68) and was an assistant coach from 1969-72.
Virginia Tech will be the 13th Atlantic Coast Conference institution Penn State has played on the gridiron, with Duke the only other ACC team the Nittany Lions have not played. Penn State will open this season vs. Syracuse in the Orange’s first game as an ACC member and played at Virginia last year.