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Afternoon Kickoff for Pitt, Virginia Tech at Heinz Field

Afternoon Kickoff for Pitt, Virginia Tech at Heinz Field

Pitt and Virginia Tech’s battle for first place in the ACC Coastal Division will kick off at 3:30 p.m. at Heinz Field on Saturday, Nov. 10.

The game had been placed on a six-day hold by ESPN, which will broadcast it nationally on ESPNU.

The Panthers (5-4, 4-1 in ACC) sit alone in first place, but a loss to the Hokies (4-4, 3-2) would draw those two teams and the Virginia Cavaliers (6-3, 4-2) into a three-way tie. Virginia faces non-conference opponent Liberty on Saturday.

If the history between the teams is a guide, the national TV audience will be in for a treat. In Blacksburg, Virginia last fall, then-freshman quarterback Kenny Pickett led Pitt on a furious comeback bid, only to be stuffed at the one yard line by the Virginia Tech defense and lose, 20-14.

The teams have been evenly matched since becoming conference opponents for the second time when Pitt joined the ACC in 2013. They are 3-3 in that span and the last four games have been decided by one score or less.

The loss a year ago was Pitt’s seventh of the 2017 season, sealing Pitt’s fate as the Panthers missed a bowl for the first time since 2007. This season, the Panthers would be come bowl eligible with a victory over the Hokies.

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