However, Bud Foster has a lot of work to do after the Mountaineers put up 592 yards of total offense. "We also made some big-time stops".
The first quarter was filled with superb defensive play from both teams, but perhaps that was circumstantial.
Virginia Tech redshirt freshman QB Joshua Jackson completed 15-of-26 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 101 yards on 11 attempts in Sunday's 31-24 win over West Virginia.
"Yeah I think there was a little bit of rust", Grier said after making his first start in almost two years.
New West Virginia quarterback Will Grier (7).
Redshirt junior quarterback Will Grier finished with 371 yards passing a three touchdowns to go along with a interception in his Mountaineers debut.
WVU made the Hokies pay, answering the bell with a eight-play, 79-yard drive that saw Grier find his favorite target, Sills, from 10-yards out on a flawless touchdown strike that tied the game at 17-all.
Grier was just getting started, as his 60-yard touchdown pass answered a stretch of dominance from Virginia Tech that featured a 44-yard kick return and 32-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to Cam Phillips on back-to-back plays. Slye's 25-yard field goal gave the Hokies the only points in the first 15 minutes.
"I felt that one pretty good", Jackson said about the hit. "Not just on the field, but off the field".
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Here's what we learned from one of the most entertaining games of opening weekend. "Whichever number coach calls out, we're all rooting for each other".
1 - Sunday's game will be the FIRST time West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen and Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente have met on the gridiron, and the first time both coaches will vie for the Black Diamond Trophy. The combination of those two factors made for an explosive third quarter.
WEST VIRGINIA (2016: 10-3 SU, 5-8 ATS, 5-8 O/U): Holgorsen told reporters he likes where his team is, and the seventh-year coach must be especially pleased with the Mountaineers' depth at running back as sophomores Kennedy McKoy and Martell Pettaway also will play big roles. It was the Hokies' first-ever win over a ranked opponent in a season opener. Tech has won seven of the last 10 meetings in the series, including the last two contests played on campus - a 34-17 win in Morgantown (10/1/05) and a 19-13 victory in Blacksburg (10/2/04).
In the early going, both teams struggled mightily on third down. Hokies coach Justin Fuente used a timeout before the last two plays because he was anxious his defense was getting gassed chasing the quarterback.
The game turned into a back-and-forth battle midway through the third quarter. The final play of the game was rather ugly, two penalties going against West Virginia to go along with the incompletion spelled the end of the game for the Mountaineers.
"The thing I was surprised about, though, was the way (Jackson) ran the ball tonight", Phillips said. I don't think so, but there is a lot of unanswered questions still about this team. The Hokies defense was No. 3 in third-down stops previous year and 20th in 2015. But the Mountaineers must overcome big losses on their defense.
"That word 'finish, '" defensive lineman Trevon Hill said.
Jackson passed for 22 yards and rushed for 58 - including a gain of 46 - during the go-ahead drive in the fourth quarter.
The team must make a quick turnaround and look ahead to its week two matchup against DE, which is scheduled to kickoff on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 3:30 p.m.