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Grier leads No. 17 West Virginia past Tennessee 40-14

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) It isn't in Will Grier's nature to panic.

So two dropped touchdown passes, a 10-minute drive by the opposing offense and an hour-long weather delay at halftime weren't about to distract the West Virginia senior quarterback on Saturday.

Grier got his Heisman Trophy campaign off to an impressive start, throwing for 429 yards and five touchdowns as the 17th-ranked Mountaineers pounded Tennessee 40-14 to spoil Jeremy Pruitt's head coaching debut .

Leading 13-7 at halftime, the Associated Press preseason All-American turned up the heat in the third quarter, connecting on touchdown passes of 33 yards to David Sills, 28 yards to Gary Jennings, and 14 yards to Kennedy McCoy as the Mountaineers opened a 33-14 lead.

Grier, who grew up in the Charlotte area watching Carolina Panthers games and once threw for 10 TD passes in a high school playoff game for Davidson Day, was 14 of 19 for 275 yards and four TDs in the second half .

''He's such a calm, collected kid that I don't think all of that affected him in any way,'' said West Virginia offensive coordinator Jeff Spavital. ''He came out in the second half and just caught fire.''

Grier said the Mountaineers used the extra time at halftime to eat and hydrate - and figure out how to beat the Vols defense.

''It took us a while to get started, but especially in the second half I had a good understanding of what they were doing and what we wanted to do against them,'' Grier said.

Coach Dana Holgorsen said Grier settled down nicely in the second half and did a better job of getting the ball out of his hands quicker, instead of trying to scramble.

''That's the Will we need to see,'' Holgorsen said.

Sills picked up where he left off last season when he had 18 touchdown receptions.

Grier's favorite target had seven grabs for 140 yards and two TDs. Jennings had a big game, too, using his size to catch six passes for 113 yards.

''Will showed out today,'' Sills said. ''He makes my job easy. I just have to catch it when it is near me.''

Tennessee defensive tackle Shy Tuttle said the Vols simply didn't come ready to play in the second half.

''We came out with high intensity in the first half. The second half we just didn't match the intensity and it got away from us,'' Tuttle said.

PRUITT'S FIRST LOSS

Pruitt has won six national championships as a defensive coach, including last year at Alabama. But his Vols had no answer for Grier and the high-powered Mountaineers offense.

Pruitt took blame for his first loss as the head coach.

''How your team plays tells you what kind of coach you are, and their team played better than our team today - so that's on me,'' Pruitt said. ''I have to get these guys where they execute at a higher level and they believe in themselves. And I think we will do that.''

JORDAN RUNS

Tim Jordan ran for 118 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown for Tennessee, which had 165 yards rushing on 38 carries.

THE TAKEAWAY

Tennessee: Jarrett Guarantano got the starting nod at quarterback over Keller Chryst and played all but the final series. That could change next week. The Vols had only one passing play of longer than 20 yards under Guarantano, who was limited to 172 yards passing. Pruitt said after the game that Chryst will get a chance to play some next week against East Tennessee State. ''We need to play him,'' Pruitt said.

West Virginia: While Grier lived up to his preseason hype, what might have been most impressive for the Mountaineers was the play of their defense in holding the Vols to just two touchdowns. They set the tone for the game by forcing Tennessee to go three-and-out on the game's first possession after two tackles for a loss of 15 yards. ''There were questions about people had about our defense and I think our kids responded,'' said defensive coordinator Tony Gibson.

INJURIES

Tennessee: The Vols lost running back Ty Chandler to an ankle injury in the first half. He did not return.

West Virginia: Linebacker Charlie Benton left the game in the first half with a sprained knee and did not return.

POLL IMPLICATIONS:

The win will certainly do nothing to hurt West Virginia's preseason ranking, but may not do much to improve it either given Tennessee is in a rebuilding mode following a 4-8 season.

UP NEXT

Tennessee: Returns home to face East Tennessee State on Saturday.

West Virginia: Will be big favorites when they host Youngstown State next Saturday night.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:02
30-E.Staley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
40
14
Touchdown 2:02
7-W.Grier complete to 13-D.Sills. 13-D.Sills runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
93
yds
04:41
pos
39
14
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Two Point Conversion 1:15
7-W.Grier incomplete. Intended for 88-T.Wesco.
plays
yds
pos
33
14
Touchdown 1:15
7-W.Grier complete to 6-K.McKoy. 6-K.McKoy runs 14 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
78
yds
04:47
pos
33
14
Point After TD 6:09
42-B.Cimaglia extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
14
Touchdown 6:09
9-T.Jordan runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
90
yds
02:00
pos
27
13
Point After TD 8:09
30-E.Staley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
7
Touchdown 8:09
7-W.Grier complete to 12-G.Jennings. 12-G.Jennings runs 28 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
60
yds
02:49
pos
26
7
Point After TD 12:54
30-E.Staley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
20
7
Touchdown 12:54
7-W.Grier complete to 13-D.Sills. 13-D.Sills runs 33 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
68
yds
02:00
pos
19
7
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:05
30-E.Staley 35 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
62
yds
01:47
pos
13
7
Point After TD 6:13
42-B.Cimaglia extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
7
Touchdown 6:13
2-J.Guarantano complete to 4-D.Wood-Anderson. 4-D.Wood-Anderson runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
17
plays
78
yds
08:47
pos
10
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:32
30-E.Staley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
0
Touchdown 3:32
7-W.Grier complete to 1-T.Simmons. 1-T.Simmons runs 59 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
85
yds
02:18
pos
9
0
Field Goal 11:04
30-E.Staley 26 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
49
yds
02:21
pos
3
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 26 19
Rushing 6 9
Passing 18 9
Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Conv 5-9 5-14
4th Down Conv 0-0 2-3
Total Net Yards 544 294
Total Plays 61 63
Avg Gain 8.9 4.7
Net Yards Rushing 118 129
Rush Attempts 27 38
Avg Rush Yards 4.4 3.4
Net Yards Passing 426 165
Comp. - Att. 25-34 19-25
Yards Per Pass 12.5 6.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-3 1-7
Penalties - Yards 4-35 6-48
Touchdowns 5 2
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 5 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 1-53.0 6-38.0
Return Yards 51 77
Punts - Returns 1--1 1-6
Kickoffs - Returns 2-52 3-71
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 6/6 2/2
Extra Points 4/4 2/2
Field Goals 2/2 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
17 West Virginia 1-0 10320740
Tennessee 0-1 077014
426 PASS YDS 165
118 RUSH YDS 129
544 TOTAL YDS 294
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
W. Grier 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
73.5% 429 5 0 228.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
73.5% 429 5 0 228.0
W. Grier 25/34 429 5 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
M. Pettaway 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 56 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 56 0
M. Pettaway 9 56 0 22
L. Brown 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 33 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 33 0
L. Brown 8 33 0 11
K. McKoy 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 18 0
K. McKoy 4 18 0 8
M. Simms 8 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
M. Simms 1 5 0 5
A. Sinkfield 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
A. Sinkfield 1 4 0 4
T. Bush 14 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
T. Bush 1 2 0 2
W. Grier 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 0 0
W. Grier 3 0 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Sills V 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 140 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 140 2
D. Sills V 7 140 2 38
G. Jennings Jr. 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 113 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 113 1
G. Jennings Jr. 6 113 1 30
T. Simmons 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 59 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 59 1
T. Simmons 1 59 1 59
M. Simms 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 40 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 40 0
M. Simms 2 40 0 32
T. Wesco 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 35 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 35 0
T. Wesco 2 35 0 29
A. Sinkfield 20 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 15 0
A. Sinkfield 2 15 0 9
K. McKoy 6 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 14 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 14 1
K. McKoy 1 14 1 14
J. Haskins 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 9 0
J. Haskins 1 9 0 9
D. Maiden 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 8 0
D. Maiden 1 8 0 8
T. Bush 14 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 1 0
T. Bush 1 1 0 1
M. Pettaway 32 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -5 0
M. Pettaway 1 -5 0 -5
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Long Jr. 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
D. Long Jr. 7-1 0.0 0
H. Bailey 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
H. Bailey 6-1 0.0 0
D. Tonkery 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
D. Tonkery 5-1 0.0 0
D. Askew-Henry 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
D. Askew-Henry 5-3 0.0 0
Da. Stills 56 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
Da. Stills 4-0 0.0 0
J. Norwood 4 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Norwood 4-0 0.0 0
T. Avery Jr. 3 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
T. Avery Jr. 3-1 0.0 0
K. Robinson Jr. 2 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-5 0 0.0
K. Robinson Jr. 3-5 0.0 0
R. Donahue 46 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
R. Donahue 2-0 1.0 0
K. Bigelow Jr. 40 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Bigelow Jr. 2-0 0.0 0
S. Campbell 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
S. Campbell 2-0 0.0 0
J. Stewart 9 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Stewart 2-0 0.0 0
E. Rose 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
E. Rose 2-0 0.0 0
J. Robinson 12 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Robinson 2-1 0.0 0
C. Benton 18 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Benton 2-0 0.0 0
D. Pitts Jr. 1 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Pitts Jr. 1-0 0.0 0
Da. Stills 55 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
Da. Stills 0-1 0.0 0
E. Loe 17 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
E. Loe 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
E. Staley 30 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 4/4
SEASON FG XP
2/2 4/4
E. Staley 2/2 35 4/4 10
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Kinney 15 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 53.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
1 53.0 0
B. Kinney 1 53.0 0 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Simms 8 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 26.0 32 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 26.0 32 0
M. Simms 2 26.0 32 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Simms 8 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -1.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 -1.0 0 0
M. Simms 1 -1.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Guarantano 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
76% 172 1 0 147.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
76% 172 1 0 147.0
J. Guarantano 19/25 172 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Jordan 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 118 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
20 118 1
T. Jordan 20 118 1 30
M. London 31 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 12 0
M. London 5 12 0 9
J. Banks 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 11 0
J. Banks 5 11 0 5
J. Palmer 84 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
J. Palmer 1 7 0 7
T. Chandler 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 -4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 -4 0
T. Chandler 4 -4 0 5
J. Guarantano 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 -15 0
J. Guarantano 3 -15 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Callaway 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 85 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 85 0
M. Callaway 7 85 0 22
J. Palmer 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 33 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 33 0
J. Palmer 3 33 0 16
J. Jennings 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 29 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 29 0
J. Jennings 2 29 0 19
T. Jordan 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 11 0
T. Jordan 2 11 0 8
J. Banks 33 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 10 0
J. Banks 1 10 0 10
J. Murphy 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
J. Murphy 1 5 0 5
D. Wood-Anderson 4 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 1 1
D. Wood-Anderson 1 1 1 1
B. Johnson 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 1 0
B. Johnson 1 1 0 1
C. Tillman 85 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -3 0
C. Tillman 1 -3 0 -3
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Kirkland Jr. 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
D. Kirkland Jr. 6-3 0.0 0
S. Tuttle 2 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
S. Tuttle 5-0 1.0 0
A. Johnson Jr. 98 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
A. Johnson Jr. 4-0 0.0 0
D. Bituli 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
D. Bituli 4-1 0.0 0
N. Warrior 18 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
N. Warrior 4-3 0.0 0
M. Abernathy 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
M. Abernathy 3-2 0.0 0
B. Buchanan 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
B. Buchanan 3-1 0.0 0
T. Flowers 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
T. Flowers 3-1 0.0 0
B. Thompson 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
B. Thompson 2-0 0.0 0
K. Phillips 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Phillips 2-0 0.0 0
E. Gooden 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
E. Gooden 2-0 0.0 0
A. Taylor 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
A. Taylor 2-1 0.0 0
D. Taylor 19 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Taylor 1-0 0.0 0
C. Fils-Aime 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Fils-Aime 1-0 0.0 0
M. Osborne 3 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Osborne 1-0 0.0 0
T. Jackson 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Jackson 1-0 0.0 0
J. Kongbo 99 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Kongbo 0-1 0.0 0
Q. Sapp 14 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
Q. Sapp 0-2 0.0 0
Z. Jancek 14 QB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
Z. Jancek 0-1 0.0 0
J. Jennings 15 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
J. Jennings 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Cimaglia 42 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 2/2
SEASON FG XP
0/0 2/2
B. Cimaglia 0/0 0 2/2 2
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Doyle 47 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 38.0 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
6 38.0 3
J. Doyle 6 38.0 3 44
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Warrior 18 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 27.0 41 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 27.0 41 0
N. Warrior 2 27.0 41 0
T. Chandler 8 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
T. Chandler 1 17.0 17 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Callaway 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 6.0 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 6.0 6 0
M. Callaway 1 6.0 6 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:25 TENN 48 2:21 7 39 FG
5:50 WVU 15 2:18 5 85 TD
1:14 WVU 39 1:13 3 5 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
6:13 WVU 25 0:53 4 -1 Punt
1:52 WVU 10 1:47 9 57 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 WVU 32 2:00 5 68 TD
10:58 WVU 40 2:49 7 60 TD
6:02 WVU 22 4:47 9 78 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:10 WVU 10 4:06 9 53 Fumble
6:43 WVU 2 4:41 8 98 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TENN 25 1:26 3 -15 Punt
10:54 TENN 18 4:56 9 36 Punt
3:32 TENN 25 2:11 4 -7 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TENN 22 8:47 17 78 TD
5:08 TENN 29 3:09 5 30 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:45 TENN 16 1:41 4 0 Punt
8:09 TENN 25 2:00 6 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:15 TENN 25 1:11 6 23 Punt
9:57 TENN 37 3:09 9 61 Downs
1:52 TENN 46 1:34 4 12