Maryland to face Virginia Tech in 2021 Pinstripe Bowl

COLLEGE PARK – After playing their way into the postseason, the Maryland Terrapins will face Virginia Tech in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York.

The game will be played on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 2:15 pm and televised nationally on ESPN. It will also mark the 32nd meeting between the Terps and Hokies.

“We are excited to be selected to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl,” said Maryland head coach Michael Locksley. “Returning to postseason play is the next step in the upward trend of our program.”

It will be the Terps’ first bowl game appearance since 2016, when the team faced Boston College in the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit, losing 36-30.

Maryland finished the 2021 regular season with a 6-6 record while playing the 19th toughest schedule in the country. The Terps beat Rutgers 40-16 in their season finale to garner bowl eligibility for the first time in five years.

Terps quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa has had a stellar season, setting school records for both passing yards (3,595) and completions (308). The junior has also completed 68.4% of his passes and thrown 24 touchdowns, ranking amongst the best passers in the Big Ten in nearly every passing category.

“I’m thrilled that our players, especially the seniors, will have the chance to play inside Yankee Stadium and experience all of the special events that come with a bowl trip,” said Locksley. “I’m also happy that our fans will have the chance to drive up to New York City and watch us take on Virginia Tech, a former ACC rival.”

Virginia Tech finished with a 6-6 record (4-4 in ACC), ending the regular season with a win over rival Virginia to become bowl eligible.

Maryland is 16-15 all-time against the Hokies, and both teams faced off five times when they were members of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) from 2004-2013. Their previous meeting was during the Terps’ final ACC season in 2013 when the Terps won 27-24 in overtime in Blacksburg.

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