The Black Diamond Trophy is up for grabs in Blacksburg, Virginia as the West Virginia Mountaineers make their first trip to Lane Stadium since 2004 to face Virginia Tech.
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FINAL: West Virginia wins the Battle for the Black Diamond Trophy 33-10 over Virginia Tech.
TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (WVU 33, VT 10 – 9:36): That was quick! WVU finally gets that elusive interception as Jacolby Spells picks Grant Wells off and takes it to the house to add to the lead.
FIELD GOAL WEST VIRGINIA (WVU 26, VT 10 – 10:16): WVU quickly gets the ball back after the touchdown and puts together a short but productive drive to build on its lead. Casey Legg nails his third field goal of the night, this time from 38 yards out.
TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (WVU 23, VT 10 – 14:13): Justin Johnson scores his first touchdown as a Mountaineer to cap off a nine-play, 75-yard drive. The Mountaineer rushing attack is on fire with 176 yards — the Hokies allowed an average of 42 before tonight.
END 3Q: It’s a battle in Blacksburg as both teams have combined to commit 18 penalties for 162 yards. WVU takes a 16-10 lead into the final quarter of play.
FIELD GOAL VIRGINIA TECH (WVU 16, VT 10 – 4:19): Virginia Tech drives down for a messy drive (for both the Hokies and the Mountaineers). The drive ends after four straight incompletions by Grant Wells. William Ross makes his first field goal of the night from 44 yards out.
FIELD GOAL WEST VIRGINIA (WVU 16, VT 7 – 7:04): West Virginia puts together another lengthy drive, driving from its own 13 to the Virginia Tech 8. It was an even split in terms of yardage — 32 on the ground, 32 through the air. The drive stalls, though, after a wide-open Mike O’Laughlin drops a pass in the end zone that would have been a touchdown. CJ Donaldson also exits the series with an apparent injury. Casey Legg remains perfect with a kick from 25 yards.
HALF: West Virginia 13, Virginia Tech 7: VT starts the third quarter with possession.
TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (WVU 13, VT 7 – 0:11): The Mountaineers execute a perfect drive down the field to score their first touchdown of the game. Sam James is the first WVU player to find paydirt, snagging a 24-yard pass from JT Daniels.
FIELD GOAL WEST VIRGINIA (VT 7, WVU 6 – 1:50): WVU leans heavily on the run game, going to the ground on six of the nine plays in this drive. Casey Legg finishes the series off with a 35-yard field goal.
11:27: WVU’s ensuing drive is cut short after eight plays and 40 yards after Tony Mathis Jr. fumbles. The ball is recovered by Virginia Tech on its own 35 yard line.
TOUCHDOWN VIRGINIA TECH (VT 7, WVU 3 – 14:52): Grant Wells finds a falling Kaleb Smith in the end zone for a 28-yard touchdown pass to start the second quarter.
END 1Q: Virginia Tech is moving the football down the field, but snagged some better field position after a pass interference call at the end of the first quarter that put the Hokies inside the WVU 30.
FIELD GOAL WEST VIRGINIA (WVU 3, VT 0 – 3:19): West Virginia nearly drives the length of the field after getting pinned on its own two yard line, going 92 yards into the red zone. The Hokies helped them out with a number of untimely penalties, but it was led by JT Daniels, who completed seven passes for 50 yards, and Tony Mathis, who dashed for 20. Casey Legg stays perfect on the season with a 23-yard make.
Virginia Tech has won the toss and will defer.