The Commonwealth Cup- From 1895 to 2012
This Saturday, November 24th 2012, the Virginia Tech Hokies (5-6, 3-4 ACC) and Virginia Cavaliers (4-7, 2-5 ACC) will meet at noon in Blacksburg, VA to play for the Commonwealth Cup. The game will be aired on ESPNU where a flyover by a Lockheed C-130H Hercules from Kentucky’s Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing, 165th Airlift Squadron, will thunder above Lane Stadium to start the game. Kickoff is set for 12:01 p.m. Eastern Time.
The two schools first met in 1895 and have played each other annually since 1970. To this date Virginia Tech leads the all-time series with 51 wins, 13 coming since the start cup series in 1996. The Cavaliers have won 37 of the meetings, 3 of which came since the start commonwealth cup. Oddly enough 5 of their 93 meetings ended in ties, two of which ended in a 0-0 draw.
Virginia Tech has won the past eight meetings making it the longest winning streak since the two teams first met. While hopes for and ACC- Costal title are out of reach for the Hokies they are still playing for the chance of making a bowl game for the 20th consecutive season. The last time the Hokies missed a bowl game was 1992. That was nearly 20 years ago when gas was still $1.10, the Backstreet Boys did not exist yet, and most if not all of this years freshmen class was not even born yet.
The Hokies will have their work cut out for them heading into this weekend, but as the past 8 meetings have shown the Hokies have the upper hand. #VaTechNation