Slept On It: Hokies Win Another Instant Classic Against the Mountaineers

After the Hokies secured possession of the Black Diamond Trophy for another four years, its hard to deny that Tech's rivalry with WVU has a more traditional feeling to it.

[Mark Umansky]

As the minutes ticked closer and closer to kickoff, the knot in my stomach turned tighter and tighter. Was it excitement for the end of a long off-season? The overwhelming buildup of nerves heading into a renewed rivalry game? Surely it was both.

It had been twelve years since the Hokies and Mountaineers last met, which for many had been twelve years too long. For those of you who never had the opportunity to attend Virginia Tech during the annual series, the West Virginia game always had a different feeling to it. The aggression was palpable.

The series has never been like other match-ups considered rivalries by Tech fans. The venom spewed at Miami was borne out of a flourishing program's desire to prove themselves against a national powerhouse and has rapidly shifted into a tussle for divisional superiority. The Commonwealth Cup has become less and less intriguing over the years, progressively devolving into a must-win game if only to be saved from twelve months of crowing by family and friends.

Playing West Virginia was always a nasty affair. The tension was felt in the parking lots, in the stands and on the field. Batteries were thrown and couches were burned. Over the final decade, the stakes were raised as both programs regularly found themselves in the Top 25. Each team would take great pride in not only claiming victory over their neighbors, but also rubbing the other's noses in their fallibility. Sure, the reprieve was blamed on conference realignment, but tensions had grown so high that by 2005 Hokies fans weren't exactly sad to see its end.

Both programs had since moved on, but it was clear Sunday night that the fanbases hadn't. As the FedExField parking lots remained locked and traffic backed up around the stadium early Sunday afternoon, Mountaineers and Hokies were slinging the traditional trash talk back and forth as though more than a decade hadn't passed since they were last used with such regularity. The intensity in the stands had clearly transferred to the players, for the energy on display from the Hokies and the Mountaineers was reminiscent of the juice from the rivalry's hayday.

So there they were, playing for a trophy that advertises a fading industry, like print media and yellow cabs; a trophy that memorializes a shared regional institution and symbolizes the many commonalities between the two fanbases. And boy did they not disappoint.

Though the rivalry instantly felt familiar, both interested parties spent the game familiarizing themselves with the many fresh faces on their respective sidelines. Despite all of the turnover on defense and a starting quarterback that hadn't taken a snap in nearly two years, the Mountaineers proved to be a dangerous team. For the Hokies, it took almost two quarters for the offense to get their sea legs, but once comfortable they proved how talented they are.

Josh Jackson lived up to the billing as a heady, sneaky athletic quarterback who has an extremely bright future. The much maligned running game displayed an intriguing collection of skillsets, between Steven Peoples' burst inside the tackles, Deshawn McClease's tenacity and Travon McMillian's balance. The offensive line (plus freshman H-Back Dalton Keene) had a number of strong drives. And Cam Phillips and Sean Savoy made big play after big play.

The offense's early growing pains reared their head early as their inability to convert on third down forced an already thin Hokies' defensive line to stay on the field against Dana Holgorsen's multi-dimensional attack. As the game wore on, you could see how gassed the Tech defense was — best exemplified by the severity of Terrell Edmunds' fourth quarter cramps.

Bud Foster's group, which has been viewed (once again) as the bedrock of this year's team, showed incredible resilience in the fourth quarter. Despite surrendering two 7-point leads in the second half, they were able to keep WVU off the scoreboard when it mattered most. The fact that the Mountaineers ran 89 offensive plays and gained almost 600 yards of total offense yet only managed 24 points in the loss underscores the extraordinary defensive performance.

In the end, it was the Hokies' new quarterback who came through in the clutch. It was an ending that seemed unlikely two quarters earlier. While Jackson deftly managed the game throughout, a series of incorrect reads and inaccurate throws kept the offense in neutral for most of the first half. But it was Jackson who capped off an 8-play, 47-yard scoring drive in the waning seconds of the first half, running it in from 5-yards out on a beautifully executed inverted veer.

That first collegiate touchdown seemed to shed Jackson of the mounting weight that had begun to bog down he and his offense. From there, the offense began to open up and big plays came one after another. But no play was bigger than Jackson's 46-yard scamper to set up the winning score.

It may have been Week One, but — given the stakes — that run could go down as the play of the season. Who knows, we may end up looking back on that play as the moment Josh Jackson arrived.

I found myself lying awake in bed during the wee hours of Monday morning trying to put the performance in context. I realized that, unlike every other big win I could remember, my mind wasn't speculating on this team's ceiling or what it meant for the rest of the season.

All summer, my mind had been fixated on West Virginia. Not as a measuring stick or a stepping stone. It was focused on beating the Mountaineers and nothing more. I had inadvertently been viewing the game in a vacuum, rather than through a prism of what a win would mean for the season to come.

I didn't grow up in Appalachia. I don't have any family or friends from the region, so the rivalry between the Hokies and the Mountaineers is far more experiential than familial for me. I learned to buy into the rivalry with West Virginia by watching the two teams play and immersing myself in the tension.

So as Tech's rivalry with the Hoos has become more of an exercise in not losing, I had slowly forgotten how much gratification you could feel from a regular season victory. These types of games should end with pure unadulterated excitement and celebration, not an overwhelming sense of relief.

That is what rivalry games are all about. Big hits. Big plays. Big moments. I felt like I was about to have a heart attack during the final 9 seconds, but my god was it fun. I may not be looking forward to a trip to Morgantown, but boy am I excited for the next matchup in this series. 2021 can't come soon enough.

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After a couple of national championships in our case, the cousins are going to be really hyped for 2021 as well.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

All summer, my mind had been fixated on West Virginia. Not as a measuring stick or a stepping stone. It was focused on beating the Mountaineers and nothing more. I had inadvertently been viewing the game in a vacuum, rather than through a prism of what a win would mean for the season to come.

#1-0

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

Beating those guys at that field feels like we just pulled off a crazy bowl game victory. Normally when I feel like this, it is accompanies the impending sadness of the off-season. Not this time FAM! Back to business as usual this weekend.
Going to roll into the parking lot Saturday like

The fact that the Mountaineers ran 89 offensive plays and gained almost 600 yards of total offense yet only managed 24 points in the loss underscores the extraordinary defensive performance.

^^This^^

Good word my friend.

Is it football season yet?

This is the most satisfied I've been with a win since the trip to Columbus. This win represents a ton of progress.

We won a primetime opening weekend game.
We won a primetime opening weekend game against a ranked team.
We won a primetime opening weekend game against a ranked West Virginia team.
We won a primetime opening weekend game against a ranked West Virginia team at FedEx Field.

The offense answered the bell every time it really needed to, and players on the defensive 2 deep stepped up big time when called upon.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

#MissionAccomplished

VT Class of '12 (MSE), MVBone, Go Hokies!

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

You could extend it longer
We won a game.
We won a primetime game.
We won a primetime opening weekend game.
We won a primetime opening weekend game against a ranked team.
We won a primetime opening weekend game against a ranked West Virginia team.
We won a primetime opening weekend game against a ranked West Virginia team at FedEx Field.
We won a primetime opening weekend game against a ranked West Virginia team at FedEx Field with a new quarterback
We won a primetime opening weekend game against a ranked West Virginia team at FedEx Field with a new quarterback that was a freshman.
We won a primetime opening weekend game against a ranked West Virginia team at FedEx Field with a new quarterback that was a freshman with a team that did not really understand the rivalry
We won a primetime opening weekend game against a ranked West Virginia team at FedEx Field with a new quarterback that was a freshman with a team that did not really understand the rivalry with multiple holes at the bottom of the sea

You put those words together, those are my favorite words, Popeyes and bahama
- Mike Burnup

Was wondering where you were headed, and you did not disappoint

I swear to drunk, I'm not God

The husband and I sat this one out as we are 0-2 at FedEx (you're welcome) and sent two other people in our place. They had a great time and we got to bed before midnight.

A win-win for everyone!

Looks like the passing game is ready to improve (or rebuild quickly) despite the losses. Chris Cunningham's TD/reception ratio took a major hit.

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-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do? -Put it up to fully dipped? -Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

So true about the passing game. The next three weeks will be instrumental for our WR's to get it together.

Allow me to add the perspective of someone who did grow up in the Appalachian mountains. Having moved to the Midwest fifteen years ago, my kids (who were born here) chuckle but never really understand why I make West Virginia the butt of jokes at every opportunity. When you say the Black Diamond Trophy symbolizes the fanbases' many similarities, you have also stumbled onto the lifeblood of our rivalry with WVU: we aren't them.

The hatred toward WVU that was in abundance in the Big East days drew from a similar source as why I know so many people from the South who can't stand Larry the Cable Guy. The Mountaineers and their fans are a charicature of every negative stereotype of people from the Appalachias. They throw batteries and bottles of piss, try to start fights, yell racial epithets at the opposing players. They are crass, and cringeworthy, and we are better than them.

"I mean, you know, fuck them, but good for them." -Too Druck to Funk

This is why I am adamant about there being a distinction between the state of WV and the school, WVU.

Nothing about Morgantown or the school or the fanbase is appealing. My home state though, that's a beautiful place full of wonderful people.

VT Class of '12 (MSE), MVBone, Go Hokies!

So there they were, playing for a trophy that advertises a fading industry...

I've always thought the Black Diamond trophy was named as such because of the decent skiing spots between the two schools.

Leonard. Duh.

I laughed at this as only someone who learned to ski in Appalachia can laugh.

Snowshoe is a pretty damn good hill, though.

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

Thanks Pierson!

How many folks season predictions have changed from 9-3 to 10-2 just because of this 'W'? Checking over at Athlon, most of their writers had VT at 9-3 including the W, with losses to the U, Clemson and GT/Pitt.

Secondly, anyone revising their outlook on those 3 games based on opening weekend?

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-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do? -Put it up to fully dipped? -Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

I said 10-2 before this weekend and I'm sticking to it. I think we drop two games in the Clemson/Miami/GT group.

VT Class of '12 (MSE), MVBone, Go Hokies!

I was really confused by the GT game last night. At times they looked fantastic on both sides of the ball. At other times they looked dazed and confused. It will be interesting to watch that team between now and November 11.

"Our job as coaches is to influence young people's lives for the better in terms of fundamental skills, work ethic, and doing the right thing. Every now and again, a player actually has that effect on the coaching staff." Justin Fuente on Sam Rogers

Yep hard to get a read on GT right now. I want to see how GT plays in conference against teams that play them every year, especially the Miami game.

Week 1 for GT tends to be one of two things, either:

A) They hold onto the ball and crush whomever they're playing
B) Stupid mistakes and turnovers sink them at the worst time

I know that sounded simple enough to be a Madden-ism, but I think it takes an elite defense playing lights out to shut down GT's triple option in week 1. It looks a little bit different each year with the different personnel, you've got no film from the season, and you probably aren't used to playing against it frequently. Early on in the season, GT tends to only beat itself as teams try to figure out how to attack it defensively.

I saw a huge number of positives from this game and I am really excited about this team. However, I do have two pretty big concerns that could cost us if we don't correct them or address them.

1) DL depth, I'm not sure how "correctable" this is, per se, other than we need our backup DL to go 120% every snap they are in because we got damn near negative push often when the whole 2nd team DL was in. A few players did play well like Jimmie Taylor though.

2) The three and out streaks, for as many yards as the defense gave up, they did a great job of playing tired for long stretches of the game. I was so impressed with the offense making plays and drives when we really needed them, but we squandered so many opportunities to take control of the game and the play calling at times was cringeworthy conservative and put our tired D right back on the field. I hope that with some more trust in Josh Jackson, who showed his poise as the game went on, will allow them to play call a little more openly. If we keep having those long stretches of quick 3 and outs, someone is going to build a quick lead on us.

These are two valid points. I cringed when Wiles put in the entire 2nd D-line and they proceeded to give Grier about 10 seconds to throw the ball with absolutely zero penetration. We gotta find ways to either pull singular DL or DE's off at a time or have those guys improve more to hold their own.

The 3 and outs early were concerning because it gassed the D but think it was more on the execution than playcalling. Jackson was pretty mediocre throwing on the run, especially in the first half, and I saw Cunningham and Keene miss several key blocks in the running game. All thing that can be corrected though.

I'm worried about DL depth and the pass rush as much as anyone, but I'm also wondering if WVU's O-line was just good enough to prevent a 4-man rush from getting pressure regularly. Without us blitzing, their line handled us pretty well, so I almost want to just chalk it up to them being a good O-line.

Their line did a great job creating running room for their running backs. They had some good vision and patience to find those holes too. I was impressed.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

I don't know. It really felt like EVERY PLAY Grier had an eternity to throw. More time than I remember us giving almost any QB

They spread us out too thin. Most plays we were only able to rush 3 or 4 with the weapons they were spread out wide, and would have the blocking to double us up in the middle. This allowed them to dink and dunk, but we kept them in check, for the most part. Once they got nearer to the red zone, we were able to tighten up the defense a little bit, and stalled them out.

As long as we aren't spread that thin again, we should be able to consistently get pressure more often than we saw. Clemson might be the only team that is able to do that to us the rest of the way.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

I agree with you, but Foster also referenced how he was even dropping a DE into coverage quite often. That's how Hill got the INT in the first half.

The next three weeks are going to be critical for our continued development on offense. Jackson had arguably the most impressive debut at QB we've had at VT, and hopefully he will continue to build confidence and chemistry with the receivers. We also need to use these upcoming games to find depth at WR. Cam is obviously our #1, and Savoy impressed in his first action, but we need to get other guys some reps. I'm hopeful we can continue to integrate James Clark into the offense and establish a credible deep threat to keep defenses from keying in on Cam. Clark really impressed with his speed, and he's the best return threat we have had since David Wilson. He will take one to the house this season. Would like to Patterson or Kumah step up to give us another big bodied option at receiver.

I'm very encouraged by what we saw week 1 against a very good team. DL depth is a concern, and like you said, I don't think there's a direct fix for that. But our offense continuing to improve and establish some long drives will keep the defense from becoming gassed.

The ACC is wide open right now. Clemson may have more talented depth, but they weren't tested by Kent State, and I don't think Bryant is going to be able to make all the throws like Watson could. I'm hopeful we will continue to build each week as we head toward that showdown.

Clark really impressed with his speed, and he's the best return threat we have had since David Wilson. He will take one to the house this season.

He damn near took one to the house on Sunday. I expect he'll find the endzone at least twice in September.

And you're goddamn right about the ACC being wide open now. Clemson becomes the favorite to win the conference, even though Florida State still returns more starters even without Francois, and Lamar Jackson gives Louisville a chance in every game on their schedule. On the Coastal side, our returning cast is eerily similar to Clemson's (see below for more details) from a team that came within 23 yards of sending the ACCCG to overtime, and we aren't even the favorites to win the Coastal (a distinction which dubiously belongs to Miami).

(see below for more details) from a team that came within 23 yards of sending the ACCCG to overtime, and we aren't even the favorites to win the Coastal (a distinction which dubiously belongs to Miami). By my count, that's 5 teams with a realistic shot at winning the ACCCG, unless you somehow count GT (huh?), UNC (ha), or Pitt (lolnope) among them.

Oh yeah, about that eerily similar returning cast: admittedly, I don't have a good way to quantify returning defensive production, but I do know that depending on who you ask we return either 7 or 8 starters on defense, and what I can find says that Clemson returns 7, so pretty close.

On offense, though, is where things get interesting. Obviously, we are both replacing starting quarterbacks, and looking at a passing-yardage standpoint, Clemson only returns 1.6% of their passing production (82 yards of 5009), and we return exactly 0% (meaning, not a single player that completed a pass for us last year is still on the roster in 2017), but our new starter redshirted last year so it's not like we're tossing someone brand-new into the spotlight either, since he's had 2 offseasons worth of work with Fuente's system. Looking at rushing, Clemson returns 25.4% and we return 36.1%. We have an edge there, but you could easily make the argument that their 25.4% was more effective than our 36.1%, so I'll call it a wash as well. And finally on receiving yards, Clemson returns 42.4% compared to our 41.2%, meaning that neither fresh QB is working with a completely green group of receivers.

This win became a lot more easy to stomach since we only trailed 7-3.

Grier is a gamer. Will be interesting to see how the rest of his season shakes out for him an Jennings. They look to be in a real sync. I'd say almost as in sync as Cam and Jackson.

I loved watching the WVU DB throw his hands and stomp around on that fake screen wheel route. He was mad before Cam even caught the ball because he knew it was going for 6. Loved it.

One thing that WVU can look back on and be angry was when they had 3rd and 1, got a holding penalty, a 15 yard penalty on the coach and never recovered. Boy am I glad we don't have a Nardouch for a coach, gotta stay even keeled there Dana.

Joey Slye took a few years off the backend of my life by missing that late FG. Come on Joey. My heart can't take it.

The Dude Abides

Well technically we did do the same thing to ourselves because Fuente got a 15 yarder and put is 1st and 30 and we managed to get some yards back and ultimately bailed out by a blatant PI.

Did we ever get a sideline warning before Fuente got flagged? If we did, I missed it.

"I mean, you know, fuck them, but good for them." -Too Druck to Funk

Yes, in the first half. It might've been on that drive to end the first half actually

Rip his freaking head off!

Yea we did it was early

Edit: beat me to it

I swear to drunk, I'm not God

Actually, it was not Fuente; it was an assistant coach.

Doesn't matter if it's cake or pie as long as it's chocolate.

Ah, I guess the angry Fuente on the sideline and the commentary made it seem like it was on Fuente.

I was in the stands behind the VT sideline (up in the nosebleeds) and it looked like it was Vice who was running onto the field pissed off. The coach who was out there was clearly not Fuente (Fuente was wearing a white hat) and the coach had a fairly full head of graying hair. Since the call came right after Nijman reacted the WVU dline's movement, I'm pretty sure it was him who was angry.

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

At least we didn't do it near the redzone while trailing 7 in the second half. Facepalm

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And since I am fully dipped after a Big W, I'll double post

Jackson impressed me not only with the throws he made (that dart to Carrol on the run WHHOOOA), but also with the throws he didn't make. There were a few times that the play broke down and the young kid knew to fight another day and pitch it out of bounds. One play stands out in that respect, we tried to throw a RB screen pass and there was a LB lurking who would have taken that thing to the house. At the last second, Jackson sees that the play is busted and throws it right into the ground. A less aware QB tries to sling that out there. Good eye youngster.

Also, great play calling from Cornelson (are we going with Corny, or nah?). He set them up nicely for those QB keepers up the middle. Got one for a TD and one for a back breaker. Well done.

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(are we going with Corny, or nah?)

I believe it's pronounced Kevin CornFu

I think Jackson's game management was my biggest takeaway.... He made good plays, and then great plays when we needed them. And never made the bad plays worse. Threw it away/on the ground when it was needed.

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Agreed. He didn't force the issue and his situational awareness was great. The play that comes to mind at the end of the game when he ran to the left, slid to avoid a hit AND stayed in bounds to keep the clock running.

I'm bummed that we don't get to hear Cornelson on any of the post game shows. It's Bud and then Fuente. I'd be interested to hear his insights on how things played out in the game and some of the play calling decisions.

Shhhhhh, now. Let's just keep Cornelson to ourselves, shall we?

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

There was only one throw I remember that he forced through a tight window, can't remember the target but he threw it just low and outside enough to keep it away from the defender so the receiver could make the catch in the red zone. It was immediately after that play that I came to the realization that he'd been playing like a veteran pretty much all game, with all the throwaways and conservative passes he had made.

If he was playing that smartly in his first game, I'm really looking forward to what he looks like towards the end of the season.

CJ Carroll caught it in the red zone. It got to him just barely in time. Great throw.

"Facyson is a baller."
-CFB

I don't have much to add to this excellent post and comments, so I'll just sum up my feelings with this:

Gobbling intensifies

I love these posts! Not to take away from what French does but I'm not so much an X's and O's guy as I am a big picture guy when analyzing this sport.

Jackson was great. He didn't make any "Freshman" mistakes and made the plays when we needed them.

I think a lot of people will just glance at the box score and say our defense had a rough night but they kept us in that game in the first half. We could've easily gone into the half down two possessions had it not been for them.

It will be interesting to see if how well we take care of business the next few weeks. Hopefully the staff can keep everything in perspective and get the guys motivated to just run over some lesser competition. There's a big game looming come the end of September but I've seen too many Hokie teams walk away from an impressive W only to lay an egg in the next few weeks to rest easy.

I have to give credit to WVU fans, I had no bad experience with any of them and I was right next to the start of the WVU section. Everyone I saw/heard cheered for there team while not berating the other. I think this rivalry needed the time to cool off but it is certainly in a healthy place now. I hate that we have to wait 4 years to do that again.

You must have been in a 'nice' section.

My take away: they are the worst fans Ive come in contact with. I was definitely around a few unruly folks that were completely blasted, that swerved my perception but still...

Their whole WVU section was chanting when Edmunds went down or maybe it was when Settle went down. I was on the opposite end of the field so I couldnt hear what they were chanting but I thought it was super disrespectful.

Every fanbase has bad apples. WVU was no worse than any other group I've seen. I was anxious to get away from the stadium after the game ended seeing as emotions were high and I didn't want to end up in a bad spot but even among a ton of Hokies reveling in their sorrow, all the WVU fans I encountered leaving the stadium were composed and let us celebrate.

I'm sure there are plenty who can post their own stories contradicting my experience but that is the case for any game.

Only one fan base has used the VT shootings in a football argument, WVU ones.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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I lost track of the number of times I saw someone post a picture of that guy in reply to the VT_Football or HokiesFB accounts after the game.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

And VT fans made a joke about Jose Fernandez when we played Miami. That doesn't make any of that type of crap right but I certainly hope nobody judges Hokies based on the worst of our fan support.

I left twitter about two years ago mostly because I got tired of letting a few trolls ruin my day and my perception of other teams fans.

Yep, unless we all want to be lumped in with that VT 'Fan' behind me in FedEx yelling that he hopes Joey Slye gets AIDS and dies.

VT Class of '12 (MSE), MVBone, Go Hokies!

If you had an ok experience with the WVU fans you came into contact with, count yourself lucky. I would suggest you attend a game at their house before you take up for them. Certainly, all fan bases have their idiots, we're no different, but until you have actually gone there and experienced their widespread and vehement animosity, don't think you know their fans. No, not all of their fans, and that should go without saying, but I'll say it here for the record. Problem is, there are so many assholes that it is hard to come away with any impression other than the worst. This isn't my problem anymore, though. I wouldn't be caught dead in Morganhole on game day, and I should be boiled in 30 day old WVU State Fair oil if I were to be stupid enough to forget that vow.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

I went to the game. I sat literally right next to the WVU section in earshot of hundreds of their fans. I walked by hundreds more throughout the day. I had zero sour experiences.

I've heard the horror stories. And I'm sure going to a game in Morgantown is a very different animal. But this is not the rivalry of the early 2000's. I'm not defending every WVU fan but the crowd that I saw Sunday night was fun and I would 10/10 attend another neutral site game.

There are plenty of reasons to hate WVU, including the behavior of some of their fans, but there are also plenty of WVU fans that aren't jerks.

I'm sure, and tried to at least give a nod to the ones that aren't jerks. You're also right about the time having gone by and hopefully, their fan base has grown up a bit. I am particularly happy that you had a positive experience from a fan perspective. That's the whole point of going to a ball game and the reason that I would never go back to WVU for a game. No doubt, I am still hung up on the past, but there's plenty of reason for it. So go forth and make friends with the cousins and hopefully, the next generation of tilts will be all sweetness and light, with maypole dancing and unicorns.....ok, s/.

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My friend went, invited me to go with him but I declined, suspecting it wouldn't be worth the 6+ hour drive to have to deal with their fanbase. One of the members of his group got jumped in the bathroom by 4 WVU fans after the game, was shoved to the ground and repeatedly kicked before it was fortunately broken up by security. One of the 4 was arrested, the other 3 supposedly got away. He was fortunate to have only suffered minor injuries.

I will never go to any game against WVU in the future. Call it confirmation bias or whatever, but until shit like this stops happening with such regularity I'm going to speak with my wallet and stay home. I'm sure it was a great time for 95% of the Hokies in attendance, but the other 5% should not have to put up with that kind of behavior.

Yeah that sucks and is inexcusable. I'm sorry your friend had that happen to them. Like I said previously, I was rushing out of the stadium to make sure I didn't end up in a similar type of situation. I'll count myself fortunate.

Glad at least one of those idiots is going to have to answer for it.

Yep, our friend ended up with a couple bruised ribs, but he's also over 6' and easily 200+ pounds, so he probably took the beating better than anyone else in our group would have.

Also had a guy and his gf try to squeeze my group of 4 out of a seat since his scalped tix were bad - and we had one open space next to us. Constant elbows to our party, lots of arguing with his gf which then escalated to him arguing with us, dropping a bunch of homophobic slurs at us (his logic was on the basis I was an engineer? haha), and then threatening to fight all of us, including the 2 girls with us, before we could get him removed.

If a buddy can get jumped @ a neutral site in the VT section (with no fans stepping in to help), or I witness a guy about to swing on my girlfriend and her frat sister, no way in hell I'm going to Morgantown. I hope VT gets the message when our fan base refuses to travel as well as we normally do.

Strongly not considering going to the WVU game in Lane either. Every school has bad fans, but when you have enough of them, they are twice as dangerous as the sum of them individually. I'm not going anywhere it's likely I may end up in a fight to defend myself or others I'm responsible for at a football game.

Me during the game - "He threw it to Cunningham, that's a touchdown!" My 12 year old son - "Dad, that wasn't a touchdown". Me - but...but.. it's always a touchdown.

"They got us field position and then the offense stuck it in." - Frank Beamer

JJ looked like he had been running that system for years!

Where is Lawson?!

Wyatt scares me in this picture, and I'm on HIS side!

Such an awesome moment for JJ. That's a pic for Daddy Fred's fireplace mantle.

"I think at a certain point you’ve got to kind of shut your mouth and understand where you are."
-Corey Marshall

Your signature makes this post hilarious. Probably unintentionally, which makes it more hilarious.

And since I haven't seen your signature before, I'll answer your rhetorical question: he gave his number to a Hooker.

JJ is a competitor. You could just tell. He's a kid who wants the ball in his hands. He's a kid who is going to sacrifice his body for an extra yard. I think it's increasingly hard to find players like him, and I'm glad he's a Hokie.

JJ, however, is probably going to get dinged up. He's not the biggest guy, and he runs with reckless abandon. He definitely has not his physical ceiling...although it may be unfair to call him "chubby" Cam!

With that, I'm hoping we can get AJ Bush some live reps the next few weeks. Game action will be good for him. And hey, maybe in 3-and-1 or goal line situations, maybe AJ's athleticism can become a difference maker.

As always, I'm glad we made it out of a hard fought physical game healthy.

I was very happy when JJ slid to avoid a big hit late in the game.

I was definitely surprised to see that. I never thought that was coached at VT

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

Gotta say I like the rivalry with the hoos right where it's at.

They have been competitive in at least a few of the recent games and it took some major fight from the Hokies to pull out some of those victories - that's a good rivalry.

And there's been plenty of meaning to winning those hoo games over the last five years - having winning records, keeping the bowl streak alive, keeping the hoo streak alive.

Can't get complacent with them, we're their number one target whether they admit it or not.

They were competitive in our 4 worst seasons since 1992. It doesn't mean they're any good, and it doesn't mean they're going to still be competitive now that we're back at the top of the Coastal, and I gotta admit that the streak at this point is more anxiety-inducing than anything else (in that "is this the year they finally pull off the upset and end it" kind of way), but it is still so much fun whenever we can lay down a 52-10-type beating on them. Doesn't matter if they're any good or not, beating UVA will never get old.

I hope it's a long, long time before the last game of the season determines our bowl eligibility again. I'm not even comfortable waiting to the last game to know we're representing the Coastal Division in the ACC championship.

"Our job as coaches is to influence young people's lives for the better in terms of fundamental skills, work ethic, and doing the right thing. Every now and again, a player actually has that effect on the coaching staff." Justin Fuente on Sam Rogers

Watching live, I wondered how #79 drew two penalties for tackling Ricky Walker on the last play. (Wondered vaguely, as I began jumping around like an idiot celebrating.)

Rewatching highlights, I realized that he got up from tackling Walker, and threw himself at the back of Mihota's knees. Man, fuck that guy.