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No. 21 Virginia Tech beats No. 22 West Virginia 31-24

LANDOVER, Maryland (AP) Virginia Tech made FedEx Field feel like Lane Stadium Northeast and got to bring that Black Diamond Trophy back to Blacksburg for the first time in more than a decade.

Oh, and the Hokies' new quarterback looks like a keeper, too.

Josh Jackson passed for 235 yards, ran for 101 and accounted for two touchdowns in his first start for Virginia Tech, and the No. 21 Hokies made a last-second stand to beat No. 22 West Virginia 31-24 on Sunday night.

The 52nd meeting between the Appalachian region rivals was the first since 2005. It ended up being a classic. The Hokies rushed the field after their defense held the Mountaineers out of the end zone on two last plays from the 15, and their fans screamed along to Metallica's ''Enter Sandman'' to celebrate.

''This was a fantastic win,'' Virginia Tech safety Terrell Edmunds said with a huge grin.

Jackson, the redshirt freshman who won a three-way competition for the job, was up and down with his passing, but showed off some nifty moves running in the opener for both teams.

''I felt calm,'' said Jackson, the son of former longtime Michigan assistant coach Fred Jackson.

Josh Jackson's 46-yard keeper up the middle - which ended with him taking a hard low hit - set up Travon McMillian's 3-yard touchdown run that put Virginia Tech up 31-24 with 6:30 left.

''I felt that one pretty good,'' Jackson said about the hit.

Jackson said he read a blitz on that play and the Mountaineers gave him all kinds of room inside.

''That was a bad, bad call by me,'' West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson said.

West Virginia's new quarterback was just as impressive. Florida transfer Will Grier, who left Gainesville after being suspended by the NCAA for failing a test for performance-enhancing drugs in 2015, pass for 371 yards and three touchdowns.

He got one more chance to tie after usually reliable Virginia Tech kicker Joey Slye missed a 32-yard field-goal attempt with 1:55 left.

Grier slinged and scrambled West Virginia down to the Virginia Tech 15. Hokies coach Justin Fuente used a timeout before the last two plays because he was worried his defense was getting gassed chasing the shaggy-haired quarterback.

''You just want them to hold on for one more,'' Fuente said.

Grier's second-to-last pass into the end zone under pressure was a little behind David Sills and it went through the falling receiver's arms.

"I thought I had him,'' Grier said. ''I got hit and I couldn't see. I thought he caught it. That's the one I'd like to have back to get it up more for him.''

It was a tough ball to catch, but Sills wasn't hearing that.

''I just got to make that play,'' he said. ''That's really all it comes down to.''

Grier's last throw sailed high and away, but a couple of penalties on the West Virginia offensive line made it moot.

THE TAKEAWAY

West Virginia: Along with breaking in Grier, West Virginia is looking to find him some reliable targets from an inexperienced bunch. Sills (nine catches, 94 yards and two touchdowns), the former quarterback prodigy-turned-receiver, and Gary Jennings Jr. (13 for 189 and a 60-yard touchdown that tied it at 24 early in the fourth quarter) looked good against a Virginia Tech secondary that ranks among the best in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies are going with a committee of running backs and 190-pound sophomore Deshawn McClease made a case to be in the mix along with Steve Peoples and Travon McMillian. McClease slipped three tackles on the way to a 12-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He finished with 51 yards on eight carries.

T'D UP

West Virginia Coach Dana Holgorsen drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty late in the third quarter that helped push the Mountaineers out field-goal range. Holgorsen was set off by a late hit penalty on a long kickoff return by Virginia Tech moments earlier. Then on a third-and-1 at the Virginia Tech 23, West Virginia was flagged for holding. Holgorsen objected again and it cost his team another 15 on top of the 10 for holding. The NCAA rules committee made it a point of emphasis this season to rein in arguing coaches.

Another unsportsmanlike was called later on an unidentified Virginia Tech assistant coach.

UP NEXT

West Virginia: The Mountaineers return home to take on East Carolina in Morgantown.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies face FCS opponent Delaware next week before traveling to East Carolina on Sept. 16.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:30
46-J.Slye extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
31
Touchdown 6:30
34-T.McMillian runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
29
yds
02:23
pos
24
30
Point After TD 12:37
48-M.Molina extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
24
Touchdown 12:37
7-W.Grier complete to 12-G.Jennings. 12-G.Jennings runs 60 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
15
yds
00:29
pos
23
24
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:02
46-J.Slye extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
24
Touchdown 2:02
17-J.Jackson complete to 5-C.Phillips. 5-C.Phillips runs 32 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
-26
yds
00:16
pos
17
23
Point After TD 2:18
48-M.Molina extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
17
Touchdown 2:18
7-W.Grier complete to 13-D.Sills. 13-D.Sills runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
26
yds
02:49
pos
16
17
Point After TD 9:51
46-J.Slye extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
17
Touchdown 9:51
33-D.McClease runs 12 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
18
yds
01:28
pos
10
16
Field Goal 11:29
48-M.Molina 34 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
14
yds
02:29
pos
10
10
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:27
46-J.Slye extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
10
Touchdown 0:27
17-J.Jackson runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
-11
yds
02:55
pos
7
9
Point After TD 5:37
48-M.Molina extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
3
Touchdown 5:37
7-W.Grier complete to 13-D.Sills. 13-D.Sills runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
33
yds
04:34
pos
6
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 6:13
46-J.Slye 25 yards Field Goal is Good.
13
plays
6
yds
04:43
pos
0
3
Team Stats
1st Downs 28 21
Rushing 12 11
Passing 16 8
Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Conv 5-19 3-15
4th Down Conv 2-3 1-1
Total Net Yards 586 468
Total Plays 89 72
Avg Gain 6.6 6.5
Net Yards Rushing 221 234
Rush Attempts 35 45
Avg Rush Yards 6.3 5.2
Net Yards Passing 365 234
Comp. - Att. 31-54 15-27
Yards Per Pass 6.8 8.7
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-6 1-1
Penalties - Yards 10-80 14-100
Touchdowns 3 4
Rushing TDs 0 3
Passing TDs 3 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 9-36.0 8-46.5
Return Yards -3 106
Punts - Returns 1--3 1-5
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 3-93
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-8
Kicking 4/4 5/7
Extra Points 3/3 4/4
Field Goals 1/1 1/3
Safeties 0 0
1234T
22 West Virginia 0-1 0710724
21 Virginia Tech 1-0 3714731
365 PASS YDS 234
221 RUSH YDS 234
586 TOTAL YDS 468
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
W. Grier 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.5% 371 3 1 132.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.5% 371 3 1 132.2
W. Grier 31/53 371 3 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Crawford 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 106 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 106 0
J. Crawford 13 106 0 42
W. Grier 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 52 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 52 0
W. Grier 11 52 0 14
K. McKoy 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 50 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 50 0
K. McKoy 8 50 0 13
M. Pettaway 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 19 0
M. Pettaway 2 19 0 17
T. Bush 14 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -6 0
T. Bush 1 -6 0 0
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
G. Jennings 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
13 189 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 189 1
G. Jennings 13 189 1 60
D. Sills V 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
9 94 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 94 2
D. Sills V 9 94 2 14
Ka. White 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 74 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 74 0
Ka. White 4 74 0 33
R. Roberson Jr. 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 7 0
R. Roberson Jr. 1 7 0 7
K. McKoy 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 4 0
K. McKoy 2 4 0 2
T. Bush 14 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 4 0
T. Bush 1 4 0 4
J. Crawford 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
J. Crawford 1 -1 0 -1
Defense T-A SACK INT
Ky. White 8 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
Ky. White 8-0 0.0 0
H. Bailey 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
H. Bailey 8-0 0.0 0
T. Avery 16 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
T. Avery 6-1 0.0 0
M. Daniels 4 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
M. Daniels 5-2 0.0 0
R. Donahue 46 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
R. Donahue 4-0 0.0 0
D. Askew-Henry 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
D. Askew-Henry 4-1 0.0 0
A. Benton 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
A. Benton 4-3 0.0 0
A. Shuler II 88 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
A. Shuler II 3-4 0.0 0
X. Preston 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
X. Preston 3-2 0.0 0
D. Tonkery 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
D. Tonkery 3-1 0.0 0
E. Battle 19 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
E. Battle 2-0 0.0 0
L. McDougle 49 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
L. McDougle 2-0 0.0 0
J. Lewis 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
J. Lewis 0-1 0.5 0
E. Rose 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
E. Rose 0-1 0.0 0
Q. Qualls 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
Q. Qualls 0-1 0.5 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Molina 48 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
1/1 3/3
M. Molina 1/1 34 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Kinney 15 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
9 36.0 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
9 36.0 2
B. Kinney 9 36.0 2 46
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Bush 14 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -3.0 -3 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 -3.0 0 0
T. Bush 1 -3.0 -3 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Jackson 17 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.7% 235 1 0 146.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.7% 235 1 0 146.3
J. Jackson 15/26 235 1 0
C. Phillips 5 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
C. Phillips 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Jackson 17 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 101 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 101 1
J. Jackson 11 101 1 46
D. McClease 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 51 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 51 1
D. McClease 8 51 1 14
S. Peoples 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 39 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 39 0
S. Peoples 13 39 0 11
T. McMillian 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 34 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 34 1
T. McMillian 9 34 1 13
S. Savoy 15 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 6 0
S. Savoy 3 6 0 5
J. Clark 89 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
J. Clark 1 3 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Phillips 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 138 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 138 1
C. Phillips 7 138 1 32
S. Savoy 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 42 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 42 0
S. Savoy 4 42 0 22
C. Cunningham 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 39 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 39 0
C. Cunningham 1 39 0 39
C. Carroll 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 13 0
C. Carroll 2 13 0 10
T. McMillian 34 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 3 0
T. McMillian 1 3 0 3
E. Kumah 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
E. Kumah 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Motuapuaka 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-1 0 1.0
A. Motuapuaka 11-1 1.0 0
A. Alexander 36 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
A. Alexander 9-0 0.0 0
Te. Edmunds 22 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
Te. Edmunds 8-1 0.0 0
M. Reynolds 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
M. Reynolds 6-0 0.0 0
D. Deablo 17 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
D. Deablo 6-0 0.0 0
Tr. Edmunds 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
Tr. Edmunds 4-1 0.0 0
R. Floyd 21 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
R. Floyd 4-1 0.0 0
T. Hill 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
T. Hill 4-0 0.0 1
T. Settle 4 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
T. Settle 2-0 1.0 0
V. Mihota 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
V. Mihota 1-0 0.0 0
G. Stroman 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
G. Stroman 1-1 0.0 0
A. Shegog 24 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Shegog 1-0 0.0 0
R. Walker 8 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
R. Walker 1-1 0.0 0
H. Gaines 11 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
H. Gaines 1-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Slye 46 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/3 4/4
SEASON FG XP
1/3 4/4
J. Slye 1/3 25 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
O. Bradburn 91 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 46.5 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
8 46.5 3
O. Bradburn 8 46.5 3 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Clark 89 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 31.0 44 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 31.0 44 0
J. Clark 3 31.0 44 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
G. Stroman 3 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 5.0 5 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 5.0 5 0
G. Stroman 1 5.0 5 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WVU 25 0:41 3 -1 Punt
12:36 WVU 25 1:33 4 10 Punt
6:10 WVU 25 1:25 4 10 Punt
3:32 WVU 20 3:26 12 58 End of quarter
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:51 WVU 10 2:13 6 18 Punt
10:11 WVU 14 4:34 12 86 TD
4:19 WVU 3 0:49 3 9 Punt
0:27 WVU 25 0:18 2 15 End of quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:58 WVU 25 2:29 8 53 FG
9:51 WVU 25 0:41 3 2 Punt
5:07 WVU 21 2:49 10 84 TD
2:02 WVU 25 1:21 6 27 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:06 WVU 27 0:29 3 15 TD
11:10 WVU 26 2:10 5 28 Punt
6:30 WVU 25 0:31 3 5 Punt
1:55 WVU 20 1:53 14 65 End of game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:11 VATECH 33 1:24 3 3 Punt
10:56 VATECH 34 4:43 13 58 FG
4:35 VATECH 24 0:54 4 27 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:50 VATECH 28 0:51 3 9 Punt
11:31 VATECH 36 1:13 3 8 Punt
5:37 VATECH 35 1:07 3 8 Punt
3:22 WVU 47 2:55 9 -11 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:50 VATECH 32 0:44 3 4 Punt
11:19 VATECH 29 1:28 6 71 TD
9:03 VATECH 40 3:51 9 -19 FG Miss
2:18 WVU 32 0:16 2 -26 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 VATECH 16 1:43 4 8 Punt
12:37 VATECH 25 1:17 3 -1 Punt
8:53 VATECH 18 2:23 9 82 TD
5:53 VATECH 34 3:54 11 52 FG Miss