Hokies defeat Mountaineers 31-24

Hokies defeat Mountaineers 31-24

Still, it wasn't all good news for the Virginia Tech offense. And the Hokies can still win with it.

Freshman quarterback Josh Jackson completed 15-of-26 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown in his first career start for Virginia Tech.

The Mountaineers and Hokies are playing a close contest in the first half, but Grier has to be more clutch in those type of situations. His pass to David Sills in the end zone was dropped; on the final play of the game, West Virginia was called for multiple penalties and it was over. The Hokies had to settle for the senior's 64th career field goal, second most in school history, after having first and goal at the 1-yard line following Phillips's leaping grab over the middle.

It took a little while to get going, but in the end, Virginia Tech and West Virginia delivered an opener worthy of the national-television audience and pro-stadium stage.

Will Grier may be a college quarterback, but he's well ahead of the game when it comes to his family life.

Jackson also led his team in rushing with 101 yards and a touchdown on eleven carries.

West Virginia put up 592 yards on Bud Foster's guys, allowing Will Grier, in his first start for the Mountaineers, to throw for 371, Justin Crawford to run for 106, and Gary Jennings to catch 13 balls for 189 yards.

Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen told ESPN.com that his job will be to keep the eager Grier calm and relaxed while he lets the game come to him, saying "He's not going to be able to make up for a year and a half in one game". WVU kept the ball mostly on the ground for the remainder of the 10-play drive, but used Grier's arm in key spots. But in front of a almost packed house at the Washington Redskins' stadium - about evenly split between the sides - they knew they wanted to win.

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In the first quarter, the matchup of high-powered offenses produced hardly any offense. Molson 29-yard field goal to put the Bruins on top. They do return senior wide receiver Cam Phillips and junior running back Travon McMillian, who both contributed in 2016.

The Mountaineers (0-1) seized upon a Slye missed field goal, stringing together an eight-play, 79-yard drive capped by a 10-yard pass from Grier to Sills.

West Virginia running backs had just 10 TDs last season, including four from Crawford. The Mountaineers would convert one third down on the drive as Grier would connect on 4-5 passes for 69-yards.

The D did force a turnover, a first-half interception of Grier, and got a critical stop around midfield midway through the fourth, forcing a WVU punt in advance of the game-breaking run by Jackson that broke the 24-24 tie.

That was the score at halftime.

In a game that has held completely true to form for both teams, Texas A&M is blowing out UCLA 38-10 through one half at the Rose Bowl. The Mountaineers would travel 58-yards in seven plays to tie the game on a 34-yard field goal by Mike Molina that would graze the uprights before passing through.

That's when Jackson led a promising clutch drive, accounting for 58 of the Hokies' 68 yards on the march with his legs.

West Virginia's new quarterback was just as impressive. Bailey hit Jackson low, sending him tumbling head over heels. On their first possession of the fourth quarter, the Mountaineers promptly scored on a two-play, 73-yard drive, once again putting the battle at a deadlock (24-24).

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