Live Blog: #21 Virginia Tech faces #22 West Virginia in loaded season opener

wvu virginia techAFP editor Chris Graham leads our live blog as #21 Virginia Tech faces off with #22 West Virginia at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

Follow along for live score updates, stats, analysis and commentary on the game.


Game Notes

  • Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson will be making his collegiate debut. The 6’1″ redshirt freshman is a four-star recruit from Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • The Hokies return seven starters on defense against a WVU offensive unit that has a new coordinator (Jake Spavital) and a new quarterback (Florida transfer Will Grier).
  • Home field advantage? Tech figures to have a huge advantage in terms of crowd size, with a large alumni contingent in the D.C.-Northern Virginia area.
  • As many as six different Mountaineer running backs could see playing time against the Hokies, including the two true freshmen – Tevin Bush and Alec Sinkfield. WVU has the Big 12’s leading returning rusher in senior Justin Crawford.
  • The two teams last played in Morgantown in 2005. Virginia Tech won the game, 34-17, West Virginia’s lone blemish on the way to an 11-1 season and a Sugar Bowl victory over SEC champion Georgia.
  • Virginia Tech has claimed seven of the last 10 meetings including blowout triumphs in 2005, 2001, 2000 and 1996.

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