Virginia University of Technology and the University of Maryland today accepted the invitations to play in the 2021 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, December 29, kicking off at 2:15 p.m. ET. For both teams, this will be their first time attending the current or original Yankee Stadium.

Virginie Tech, directed by JC Price Interim Head Coach, will make his 34th all-time appearance in a bowl (13-20) and his first in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. They will become the sixth different ACC team to participate in the contest in the bowl’s seven-year partnership with the ACC (Boston College is the only ACC team to have entered twice). Continuing a remarkable streak of sustained success, Virginia Tech has been eligible for bowling for 29 consecutive seasons (since 1993), the longest streak in the country. The Hokies began their 2021 campaign with a victory over No.10 North Carolina, scoring their first victory over a Top 10 opponent in the Top 25 AP since September 6, 2014 (35-21 victory over No.8 Ohio State). Reaching 15th in the Top 25 AP this season, Virginia Tech (6-6, 4-4 ACC) won bowl eligibility in their final game of the season with a 29-24 victory over rival Virginia in of the Commonwealth Clash. .

The run-heavy Hokies offense totaled 2,286 rushing yards and averaged 190.5 rushing yards per game. Junior red shirt running back Raheem Blackshear has had a stellar season, rushing for 714 yards and six TDs to the team lead. Junior red shirt quarterback Braxton Burmeister ran for 521 yards on top of his 1,960 passing yards.

Virginia Tech’s strong defense has allowed just 22.9 points per game this season. Junior cornerback Jermaine Waller, who tallied four interceptions, a high for the team (tied for most in the ACC), landed on third-team All-ACC. Junior linebacker and co-captain Dax Hollifield finished with a total of 88 total tackles (40 solo), 9.0 loss tackles and 4.5 sacks.

On November 30, 2021, Former Penn State Defensive Coordinator / Linebacker Coach Brent Pry was named the next head football coach at Virginia Tech. JC Price will remain in his current role for the Hokies at the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Pry returns to Virginia Tech after working as a graduate defensive assistant for the Hokies from 1995 to 1997.

“It is our privilege to represent the Atlantic Coast Conference as Virginia Tech makes its very first appearance in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl,” said Virginia Tech Athletics Director Whit Babcock. “I know how important it was for Coach Price and our players to extend our season and we are certainly happy that their efforts are being rewarded. The holiday season is always a great time to visit New York and I can’t wait to see Hokie Nation cheer on our team against the University of Maryland.

“Virginia Tech has long enjoyed its relationship with the Yankees organization, and we’re delighted that the Hokies are finally making this bowl game at Yankee Stadium. The Virginia Tech community will forever be grateful for the generosity and kindness that the Yankee organization and the Steinbrenner family have shown us in the wake of the 2007 tragedy on our campus.

Following the tragic events of April 16, 2007, the Yankees donated $ 1 million to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund. On May 23, 2007, the Yankees invited police and the Virginia Tech Rescue Team to Yankee Stadium in solidarity with the Hokies. Virginia Tech president at the time, Charles Steger, threw the ceremonial first pitch and the Yankees wore a “VT” patch on the left side of their cap for the game against the Boston Red Sox. In March 2008, the Yankees visited the April 16 victims memorial and played an exhibition game against the Tech baseball team in Blacksburg.

“I am honored to lead our team in New York for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl,” said Virginia Tech Interim Head Coach JC Price. “The Hokies have a proud bowl tradition, and we are delighted to present our football team in the Big Apple. We have a very resilient group of players who have stood together through a number of challenges this season. ‘They wouldn’t want anything better than to end our season on a winning note against a Big Ten opponent like the University of Maryland.

Maryland will play his first game of boule under Head Coach Michael Locksley. The 28th bowl appearance in program history will be the Terrapins’ first at the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, as they will become the seventh different Big Ten team (in seven games of the bowl’s conference partnership) to play in the game. The New Era Pinstripe Bowl will mark the program’s first bowl game since 2016. Dating back to 2002, the Terrapins are 5-4 in bowl games.

Pass-heavy Terrapin’s offense leaned on redshirt’s second year quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, who set program records in a single season for completed passes (308, first in Big Ten) and passing yards (3,595, second in Big Ten), while also placing second in the conference for passing yards per game (300.8), tied for second in touchdown passes (24) and third in completion percentage (68.4). Second year wide receiver Rakim Jarrett led the team with 56 receptions and 783 receiving yards, while recording five touchdowns. In addition, seniors tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo tied for five touchdowns with the team to go along with 49 receptions for 433 receiving yards.

Senior defensive lineman Sam Okuayinonu won third-team All-Big Ten honors (coach selected), leading the Maryland defense with 6.0 sacks and 8.5 tackles for a loss. Senior defensive back Jakorian Bennett collected 16 assists (tied for most among Power Five players) and was an Honorable All-Big Ten selection.

“We are delighted to play the Pinstripe Bowl at one of the sport’s most iconic stadiums, Yankee Stadium,” said Barry P. Gossett Director of Athletics Damon Evans. “It’s special to play bowling in the New York metro area, which has more than 40,000 Maryland alumni. It’s the perfect setting for our program as we continue our ascent under Coach Locksley. He will prepare our team and prepare them for competition against Virginia Tech, a familiar foe in the ACC today. December 29th will be a special day for the entire Terp Nation.

“We are delighted to be selected to play in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl,” said Maryland Head Coach Michael Locksley. “Returning to the playoffs is the next step in our program’s uptrend. I’m delighted that our players, especially the seniors, have the chance to play inside Yankee Stadium and experience all of the special events that come with a bowl trip. I’m also happy that our fans have the chance to travel to New York and see us take on Virginia Tech, a former ACC rival.

“We are delighted to welcome the student-athletes, staff and families of Virginia Tech and Maryland to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl 2021,” said Mark Holtzman, Executive Director of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. “The holiday season in New York City will provide an incredible atmosphere for the entire week of bowl-related activities, and Yankee Stadium will feature two great teams that have such dedicated fans and alumni. We are delighted to have the college football returns to Yankee Stadium and look forward to adding to the history and tradition of “New York’s Bowl Game”.

“We are delighted to be part of the varsity bowl season again at Yankee Stadium,” said Josh Feine, New Era Cap Co. Inc., Vice President of Sports Marketing, Corporate Partnerships and Business Development. “The New Era Pinstripe Bowl is a unique New York vacation tradition, and we’re excited to share the event with the Yankees, Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland.”

Courtesy of New Era, fans can enjoy the 2021 New Era Pinstripe Bowl Collection, which includes headwear and apparel options for men and women and features team logos and Pinstripe Bowl logos. Fans will be able to purchase 39THIRTY® stretch caps, t-shirts, sweatshirts, visor and knitwear at Yankee Stadium during the game or at neweracap.com for a retail price range of $ 24.99-61 , US $ 99.

This year’s game will be televised nationally by ESPN and broadcast by ESPN Radio.

Special events, promotions and outreach will take place throughout New Era Pinstripe Bowl week to once again create an unforgettable experience for fans, families, students and staff. Scheduled tours of New York City landmarks will include One World Observatory, 9/11 Memorial, Radio City Music Hall and more.

Tickets for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl are currently on sale at www.pinstripebowl.com, the official website of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, and at www.ticketmaster.com. For up-to-date information on the game, fans are also encouraged to follow the official Bowl Game Twitter and Instagram accounts – @PinstripeBowl.