Series Snapshot: Virginia Tech vs. NC State

Hokies, Wolfpack meet on the gridiron for 51st time on Thursday

10/25/2022 8:00:00 AM

Virginia Tech and No. 24 NC State will face off for the 51st time this week, revisiting a series that dates back to 1900. Kickoff is set for Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET at Carter-Finley Stadium and will be aired on ESPN.
Tech currently leads the series 28-18-4, winning five of the last six matchups, which have all come since 2004 when the Hokies joined the ACC. The last game between the two programs was in Lane Stadium on Sept. 26, 2020, when the Hokies beat the Wolfpack by a score of 45-24. Running back Khalil “Juice” Herbert led the team in rushing with 104 yards and one touchdown off just six attempts. The defense dominated, totaling seven TFLs, six sacks and two interceptions. For a closer look of the two’s history, read below for Tech’s Series Snapshot, presented by AAA.

Series Snapshot: Virginia Tech vs. NC State


Memorable Games

Oct. 2, 2010 – Virginia Tech 41, NC State 30 (Raleigh, N.C.)

The last time the two battled in Raleigh was a little over a decade ago, when a late-game comeback helped the Hokies overcome a 17-point deficit and secure the win. Tech found itself down early, after two touchdowns from quarterback Russell Wilson and a field goal from kicker Josh Czajkowski put NC State up 17-0 moments into the second quarter. After that, the Hokies kicked it into high gear, led by quarterback Tyrod Taylor and running back Darren Evans, with the two combining for 281 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Through the air, Taylor passed for 123 yards and three touchdowns. Tech capped off the comeback with a 39-yard passing touchdown to wide receiver Jarrett Boykin with just under 90 seconds left in the game. The 17-point rally marked the biggest comeback under head coach Frank Beamer at the time.



Running back David Wilson avoids NC State linebacker Zach Gentry.


Quarterback Tyrod Taylor delivers a pass on the run with NC State defensive lineman Brian Slay trailing.


Wide receiver Jarrett Boykin tries to escape a tackle by NC State defensive back Brandan Bishop.


Defensive lineman Antoine Hopkins pursues NC State quarterback Russell Wilson.

Nov. 21, 2009 – Virginia Tech 38, NC State 10 (Blacksburg, Va.)
The 2009 matchup between the two programs was a dominant performance for the Hokies, delivering on both sides of the ball. Running back Ryan Williams was the star for Tech, rushing for 120 yards and four touchdowns. His four-touchdown day helped him on his way to his eventual 21 on the season, which is currently the most by a Hokie in a season to this date. On the defensive side, the Hokies racked up six sacks, 18 quarterback hurries and four forced fumbles. The win moved Tech to 9–3 on the season and up to No. 14 in the country.


Running back Ryan Williams glides past a diving NC State defensive back Earl Wolff.

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Defensive lineman Mark Muncey sacks NC State quarterback Sean Glennon.


A gang of Hokies surround NC State running back Jamelle Eugene behind the line of scrimmage.


Linebacker Barquell Rivers dives and tries to sack NC State quarterback Russell Wilson.

Sept. 4, 2005 – Virginia Tech 20, NC State 16 (Raleigh, N.C.)
Fresh off an ACC Championship, the Hokies entered the season No. 8 in the country and were traveling to Raleigh to kick off their 2005 campaign against the Wolfpack. On the offensive side, quarterback Marcus Vick and running back Mike Imoh led the charge. Vick passed for 108 yards and one touchdown, while adding another 31 yards on the ground. For Imoh, he led the running back committee with 56 yards and one touchdown. The big-time player for the defense was rover Aaron Rouse, who combined for eight total tackles, one forced fumble, two breakups and two interceptions. Tech eventually went on to go 11-2 on the season and make an appearance in the ACC Championship game for the second straight season.


Wide receiver Eddie Royal breaks away in the open field.


Defensive lineman Chris Ellis (#49) and linebacker Vince Hall (#9) group tackle NC State running back Toney Baker.


Linebacker Xavier Adibi raises his right fist before the Wolfpack snap the ball.

Offensive lineman Brandon Gore protects the pocket versus NC State defensive lineman Mario Williams, who would end up being the No. 1 pick of the 2006 NFL Draft.

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