Late last month, it was reported that Penn State and West Virginia were close to finalizing a future home-and-series. Instead, the first future inking for the Nittany Lions an agreement with one of WVU’s border neighbors.
Penn State and Virginia Tech announced jointly Wednesday that the two football programs have agreed to a (well-into-the-future) series in 2022 and 2023. The he 2022 game being played in Blacksburg on Sept. 17, while the 2023 game will take place in State College, Pa., on Sept. 16.
“I am very pleased that we have been able to negotiate a home and home football series with Penn State,” VT athletics director Jim Weaver, a 1967 Penn State graduate, said in a statement. “I think this will be a series that our fans will look forward to since this is another Big Ten team. Over the next 10 years, we will be playing Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Penn State.”
In addition to being a graduate of the school — and receiving his master’s degree in 1968 from there as well — Weaver was the offensive line coach for the Nittany Lions from 1969-72. One of his players? Offensive tackle Dave Joyner, who now serves as Penn State’s athletic director.
“We are excited to be able to announce this football series with Virginia Tech,” Joyner said in his statement. “Virginia Tech is an opponent our alumni and fans have been asking about adding to the schedule. I am very appreciative of the efforts of Jim Weaver to make this long-awaited match-up become a reality.”
As noted in the release, and despite having campuses located less than 375 miles apart, Virginia Tech and Penn State have never met in football.
As Weaver said in his statement, the Hokies have previously announced three future home-and-home series against Big Ten schools: Ohio State (2014, 2015), Wisconsin (2019, 2020) and Michigan (2020, 2021).
In its 111-year history, Tech has played just five games against three B1G schools (Indiana, Michigan and Nebraska). The Hokies are 3-2 lifetime against that conference.