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West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech – Recreation Recap – September 22, 2022

BLACKSBURG, Va. — — JT Daniels threw for 203 yards and a landing to steer West Virginia to a 33-10 win over Virginia Tech on Thursday evening.

Freshman CJ Donaldson rushed for 106 yards and West Virginia (2-2) acquired a robust efficiency from its protection to win its second straight sport after dropping the primary two.

“That was a terrific win,” West Virginia coach Neal Brown mentioned. “I felt nice about our preparation coming in, and this is likely one of the hardest venues to return in and play. I felt actually good. That is one thing that we have been occupied with for a very long time as soon as we came upon this was going to be a Thursday evening sport. I assumed we performed quick. We had been actually bodily.”

The Mountaineers, who beat Virginia Tech for the second consecutive season, scored on 5 straight possessions spanning the primary and second half. Daniels’ 24-yard landing go to Sam James with 11 seconds left within the first half gave the Mountaineers a 13-7 lead, they usually by no means trailed once more.

“It was large,” Brown mentioned of the rating. “I felt like we had been answerable for the sport, however the scoreboard did not say that. I assumed, actually from that drive on, we had been in management.”

The Hokies (2-2) closed inside 16-10 on a area objective by Will Ross with 4:19 left within the third quarter. West Virginia answered, scoring on a 6-yard run by Justin Johnson Jr. with 14:13 left within the sport. The Hokies had West Virginia stopped twice on the drive, however private foul penalties on Norell Pollard and Dax Hollifield stored the drive alive.

Penalties hindered the Hokies all evening. They dedicated 15 for 132 yards.

“I feel we press and we get out of types,” mentioned Virginia Tech coach Brent Pry, whose crew dedicated 15 penalties at Outdated Dominion in its different loss this season. “We really feel like we’ve got to do issues above and past. We have got to remain within the framework and play with fundamentals and method to be conscious of what we’re doing.

“Typically, I look on the market. and it is like a panic. We’re not enjoying collectively, we’re not enjoying as one, and we have got to educate them by way of that. We have got to repair that. That is the second time in a good scenario that we did not reply to. We have got to enhance there.”

TAKEAWAYS

West Virginia: The Mountaineers picked up a pleasant win for Brown, who moved to 19-20 in his fourth yr at West Virginia. They performed solidly in all three phases, however particularly on protection. A unit that gave up 73 factors in losses to Pittsburgh and Kansas held the Hokies to only 228 yards and in addition scored on an interception return.

“That is how we play protection right here,” Brown mentioned. “We had an aberration a few weeks in the past in opposition to Kansas — credit score to them. However that is not how we’ll play protection round right here. I assumed tonight was nearer.”

Virginia Tech: The Hokies weren’t good in any section of the sport and now have not crushed a nonconference Energy 5 crew at Lane Stadium since 2009. The loss marked their worst ever over the Mountaineers at Lane Stadium.

BIG DAY FOR WVU BACKS

Donaldson’s efficiency marked his third 100-yard effort in 4 video games. The 240-pound again got here to West Virginia as a good finish, however the workers moved him to tailback. Behind Donaldson and Johnson Jr., who rushed for 83 yards, West Virginia amassed 218 yards on the bottom and moved to 15-2 beneath Brown when speeding for a minimum of 100 yards.

“I at all times do,” Daniels mentioned when requested if he anticipated the Mountaineers to have success speeding. “I feel we’re very bodily. We now have been since I have been right here, simply the way in which this crew works, particularly up entrance led by (Zach) Frazier. With an entire host of nice operating backs, I anticipate to run like that each time.”

RIVALRY ON HIATUS

Thursday’s evening’s sport marked the ultimate sport scheduled between Virginia Tech and West Virginia — two universities solely 4 hours aside. The Mountaineers need to play on a extra common foundation, however Virginia Tech AD Whit Babcock has crammed the Hokies’ future nonconference schedule with struggling Energy 5 applications comparable to Vanderbilt, Rutgers, Arizona, and Maryland along with lengthy sequence with in-state foes Outdated Dominion and Liberty. Virginia Tech’s nonconference schedule is crammed till the 2031 season.

UP NEXT

West Virginia: The Mountaineers play at Texas on Oct. 1.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies play at North Carolina on Oct. 1.

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