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Virginia Tech and Penn State will play for the first time in 2022, barring a postseason matchup in the interim, when they kick off a two-year, home-and-home series.
The teams are set to play in Blacksburg, Va., on Sept. 17, 2022, and in State College, Pa., on Sept. 16, 2023, the schools said Wednesday. Only 375 miles separate the two campuses.
"I am very pleased that we have been able to negotiate a home and home football series with Penn State," Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver 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."
Weaver has longtime connections to Penn State -- he earned two degrees there and played center and linebacker for the Nittany Lions. He also began his coaching career there and was an assistant from 1969-72, coaching Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner during that time at offensive tackle.
"We are excited to be able to announce this football series with Virginia Tech," Joyner said in a 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 come to fruition."