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A history lesson

With a win on Saturday, Virginia Tech would have a six-game winning streak against he Cavaliers, tying the longest winning streak for the Hokies in the series (1958 to 1963). Virginia’s longest winning streak in the series is eight games (1895 to 1904).

Here are some other facts about the series:

-- The biggest Virginia Tech win was by 48 points, in a shutout victory in 1983. Virginia’s biggest win was by 44, in a shutout victory in 1896.

-- The biggest comeback win by Virginia Tech was by 15 points. In 1995, the Hokies trailed by 29-14 but scored 22 points in the final 13 minutes to win, 36-29.

But Virginia’s comeback win in 1998 outdid the Hokies’ best come-from-behind effort. In that year, the Cavaliers were down, 29-7, at halftime. But Virginia Tech lost the 22-point lead in a 36-32 loss. It was the largest comeback on record against Virginia Tech; the Hokies lost a 21-point lead in a 50-49 loss at Rutgers in 1992.

-- During the 1994 game, Virginia Tech ran the ball just 17 times, an all-time low for the Hokies in a game. Virginia won that game, 42-23.

-- The Hokies’ 573 yards of total offense against Virginia in 1992 represented the most yards ever for Virginia Tech against Virginia. But the Cavaliers did better than the Hokies were it mattered most: the scoreboard. Virginia won that game, 41-38.

-- Virginia is 3-13 against ranked Virginia Tech teams.

History of the Cup

The winner of the annual Virginia-Virginia Tech football game receives the Commonwealth Cup.

The cup, now residing in Blacksburg, was created in 1996 by the university to remain in possession of the winner of the in-state rivalry game each year. It is made of marble and cherry wood, stands four feet high and weighs more than 100 pounds. The top of the Cup is silver-plated with the names of the two schools.

The scores of all 90 games in the series are engraved on the sides; Virginia Tech holds a 48-37-5 lead in the series that dates to 1895. A map of Virginia, with Blacksburg and Charlottesville marked with stars, has been etched on the front of the trophy.

By Mark Viera  |  November 27, 2009; 12:30 PM ET
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