Virginia Tech holds on to win wild opener over West Virginia

Still, Grier had plenty of plays left in him - a 60-yard touchdown pass to Gary Jennings early in the fourth quarter tied the game again. The Mountaineers lost quarterback Skyler Howard (3,328 yards and 26 touchdowns) and top receivers Shelton Gibson (951 yards and eight touchdowns) and Daikiel Shorts (894 yards and five touchdowns). The game ended with Grier throwing two balls in the end zone that might've forced overtime.

The defenses continued to dominate, until a 42-yard Justin Crawford run through the middle of the Hokie defense sparked a 10 play, 86-yard drive for the Mountaineers that was capped with the game's first touchdown when Grier found David Sills in the front corner of the end zone just in front of the Virginia Tech band.

Virginia Tech got a huge kickoff return, and Jackson threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Cam Phillips on the next play to give Virginia Tech the lead back.

On the other side, West Virginia's much-ballyhooed Florida transfer, Will Grier, threw three touchdown passes in a game in which the yards and points picked up after halftime. The Mountaineers - who have 77 yards of total offense, compared to the Hokies 93 - faced a fourth-and-2 from that spot when the second quarter began.

WVU was looking to answer late in the opening frame, driving into Virginia Tech territory on a couple of laser completions from quarterback Will Grier, but the drive stalled on the 22-yard line.

A boring first half that finished with the Hokies holding a 10-7 lead on a Jackson touchdown run in the final minutes ramped up quickly in the second half.

The Hokies flooded onto the field to celebrate their first FedEx triumph as the fans sung "Enter Sandman" in the background.

West Virginia would quickly move the ball to the Virginia Tech 23-yard line and had appeared to convert a third and one, but after a holding penalty, head coach Dana Holgorsen was flagged on the sideline and the Mountaineers would punt the ball from their own 48-yard line ending a promising drive.

Tech's new quarterback popped up and - two plays and a penalty later - McMillian ran in for the game-winner.

Virginia Tech wasted little time regaining the lead. Keep reading for the press release from West Virginia. The drive eclipsed 82-yards in six plays.

However, Virginia Tech would miss its second field goal of the night giving the Mountaineers offense life on the final possession trailing by seven.

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