Josh Jackson shines in debut as Virginia Tech holds off West Virginia

West Virginia Virginia Tech Football

West Virginia Virginia Tech Football

Will Grier and Josh Jackson played a game of one-upmanship until the very end, throwing and running their way to big plays. Carroll (Good Counsel High) is among those in store for elevated playing time after Virginia Tech had top wide receivers Isaiah Ford and Bucky Hodges selected in April's National Football League draft.

Sunday marked the 4,719th consecutive day that No. 21 Virginia Tech was in possession of the Black Diamond Trophy, which is given to the victor of its football game with No. 22 West Virginia. Virginia Tech's Josh Jackson, also making his first start, broke down the Mountaineer defense more with his legs than arm, with 101 yards on just 11 carries.

Grier connected with David Sills V on a scoring play for the second time in the contest, but a good kick return and a pass to a wide-open Cam Phillips regained the lead for Virginia Tech in a matter of seconds on the game clock.

Either goes through, and the last-minute WVU drive that ended in the red zone is meaningless.

Grier, meanwhile, completed 31 of 53 passes for 371 yards and three touchdowns, leading West Virginia to 592 yards of total offense.

The Tech defense did have success on third downs, holding West Virginia to 5-for-19 on third-down plays.

For now, West Virginia wide receiver Marcus Simms is still suspended, but the charges against him that stem from an incident in Maryland have been dropped, per a report from WVMetroNews.com's Allan Taylor.

West Virginia will look for its first win of the season Saturday in its home opener against East Carolina.

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On the other side, Grier made his Mountaineer debut after transferring from Florida and serving a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.

"I think I'll be ready", Jackson said. Most importantly, Jackson did not turn the ball over and was almost flawless after missing an easy touchdown throw to Cam Phillips midway through the first.

West Virginia and Virginia Tech may not have the horses to crash the playoff discussion themselves this year, but on Sunday night it became clear that they are nearly definitely going to get in the way of a contender that had been en route to the final four.

"If you talk to him or you're around him, he acts much more mature than a freshman", Phillips said of Jackson, "so I wasn't surprised that he was that composed". Virginia Tech controlled the pace of play for most of the game. "Watching film is going to be really, really important this week, only because we don't have that extra day of on-the-field time". His receivers, they made some big-time catches.

"I actually walked out of the locker room (in time for) the last two plays", Edmunds said in a postgame press conference. At running back, the three-headed monster of Deshawn McClease, Steven Peoples, and Travon McMillan combined to rush for 124 yards and 4.1 yards per carry.

It was the first start in quite some time for Grier too. Mike Molina delivered a 34-yard field goal in the third quarter.

West Virginia leads the rivalry with a 28-22 record.

The Hokies had a chance to put the game away with less than 2 minutes to go, but kicker Joey Slye missed a 32-yard field goal that would have given Tech a 10-point lead. The Hokies were 0-for-7 on third down before converting two third-and-10s during their second-quarter touchdown drive.

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