Other than Florida State, the Miami Hurricanes have played more big games against Virginia Tech than any other rival.
The rivalry between the Miami Hurricanes and Virginia Tech took root in the Big East in the 1990s. Miami won the first 12 meetings against the Hokies. They first met in 1953 when both were members of the Southern Conference. Miami shutout the Hokies 26-0 at the Orange Bowl.
Two of the next five matchups came in Bowl games. Miami defeated Virginia Tech 14-7 in the 1966 Liberty Bowl. The only other Bowl meeting was Howard Schnellenberger first bowl and Jim Kelly’s only bowl game at Miami with a 20-10 victory in the Peach Bowl in 1982.
The first meeting between Miami and Virginia Tech as members of the Big East came in 1993. The number one Hurricanes went to Blacksburg and defeated unranked Virginia Tech 43-20.
After three more blowout victories by Miami, Virginia Tech finally turned the tables with a 13-7 win over the number 17 Hurricanes in Blacksburg in 1995. That was the first of five straight victories for Virginia Tech. The last of those was a 43-10 beatdown by the number two Hokies over the number 19 Canes in 1999.
Miami won the next three with memorable wins in each of the next three seasons. The 2000 meeting was between the nation’s second and third ranked teams, 2001 capped off a perfect regular season that sent Miami to the Rose Bowl on their way to a National Championship and 2002 was the Willis McGahee game.