The Black Diamond Trophy is up for grabs in Morgantown as the 15th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies visit Milan Puskar Stadium to face the West Virginia Mountaineers.
The 53rd-ever meeting between the two programs is surrounded by plenty of buzz as the rivalry returns to the Mountain State for the first time since 2005. Virginia Tech has had control of the trophy since 2004, with the most recent meeting occurring in 2017 — the first edition of the rivalry since 2005.
The game kicks off at noon ET and will be shown on FS1.
Be sure to check back here for live updates as the game unfolds.
FINAL: West Virginia defeats Virginia Tech, 27-21.
0:45: TURNOVER ON DOWNS. The Hokies try another pass, but it is defended by the Mountaineers to give them the ball. With no timeouts, WVU will try to run the clock out.
0:52: Burmeister drops back and scrambles on third down, and throws to Tre Turner on the sideline, but he is pushed out of bounds to bring up fourth down.
1:01: West Virginia calls time out as Virginia Tech has the ball on the WVU 4 yard line for 3rd and goal.
2:11: West Virginia gets held to a near three-and-out, but Jarret Doege is intercepted on third down by Jordan Waller to give the Hokies the ball in WVU territory.
TOUCHDOWN VIRGINIA TECH (27-21) – 3:10: Jalen Holston gets his first touchdown of the game on a 29-yard pass to get the game within a possession. The scoring drive goes 7 plays for 47 yards.
4:48: WVU ticks just over a minute off the clock before they are forced to punt on a three-and-out. Virginia Tech gets the ball on the Mountaineer 47.
5:54: Virginia Tech was threatening, getting the ball within the 10 yard line, but the Mountaineers stayed tough and brought up fourth down — but Jared Bartlett got the ball back for WVU with a strip sack that was recovered by Lance Dixon. That was actually Bartlett’s second sack of the game after notching another one in the fourth play of the 11-snap drive.
11:13: West Virginia was moving the ball nicely on this drive, moving the ball into Hokie territory primarily with the ground game. On the eighth play of the drive, though, Doege dropped back and was strip sacked, only for the Hokies to recover it on their own 48. That’s WVU’s first turnover of the game.
END 3Q: West Virginia leads Virginia Tech 27-14 with possession.
TOUCHDOWN VIRGINIA TECH (WVU 27, VT 14) – 0:01: Raheem Blackshear gets the Hokies back on the board with a 25-yard rush to paydirt. Several times it seemed that West Virginia had Virginia Tech in a favorable spot — including a 3rd and 24 situation — but the Hokies were able to keep the drive alive.
4:21: After a good start to the drive in which Leddie Brown rushed to create a 3rd and 1 situation, Mike O’Laughlin gets whistled for a holding call to drive the Mountaineers back. Jarret Doege finds Brown on a swing pass to the right on 3rd and 11, but Brown gets popped and the ball comes out — he recovers, but WVU still needs to punt. Virginia Tech takes over on the Hokie 24 yard line.
7:01: Virginia Tech is held to its fourth three-and-out of the day, and a weak punt from Peter Moore gives WVU the ball on its own 42.
FIELD GOAL WEST VIRGINIA (WVU 27, VT 7) – 8:17: The Mountaineers get points in their opening drive of the second half after pushing the ball from their own 18 to the Hokies’ 34. After getting some early completions for Jarret Doege, the Mountaineers opt to keep the ball on the ground, but they are stopped. Casey Legg makes it from 44 yards out.
West Virginia opens with the ball.
HALF: West Virginia leads No. 15 Virginia Tech, 24-7. The Hokies received the opening kickoff, so West Virginia will take the ball to start the second half.
0:12: Raheem Blackshear takes the kickoff 78 yards to give the Hokies excellent field position, but they can’t make anything happen. Tech even gets as close as the 2 yard line, but a false start penalty and subsequent failed scoring attempts stop them in their tracks. The closest they get is on a pass towards the end zone, which appeared to be caught by Tayvion Robinson, but the call on the field was an incomplete pass — which the review confirmed. Virginia Tech tries a field goal from 24 yards out, but John Parker misses.
FIELD GOAL WEST VIRGINIA (WVU 24, VT 7) – 1:41: West Virginia eats a lot of time off the clock with this 12-yard drive, pushing 72 yards down the field. The Mountaineers get points in bunches to start it off, including a 32-yard pass from Doege to Isaiah Esdale. The Mountaineers are gifted a first down in enemy territory when the Hokies get whistled for a roughing the passer call, but the drive stalls in the red zone as WVU can’t connect on any pass calls within the 10 yard line. Casey Legg nails his first field goal of the game from 28 yards out.
5:34: Three-and-out number three for Virginia Tech. After gains of five and four yards, running back Jalen Holston gets the ball on 3rd and 1, but it’s recovered by the Hokies for a negligible gain. Tech opts to punt and gives WVU the ball on the Mountaineers’ 17.
TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (WVU 21, VT 7) – 7:44: Sam James caps off a 6-play drive with a 16-yard reception, fighting through contact to run it in the end zone up the middle. That was his second connection with Doege, with the first coming on third down for 30 yards to set up the eventual scoring play. Garrett Greene actually started the drive at QB, rushing on the first play for 10 yards before fumbling the snap on the ensuing play.
9:39: The Hokies get their second three-and-out of the game as they are unable to get their backs off their own goal line. They run a pair of rushes to Blackshear before taking a shot with Burmeister up the sideline, but that sails out of bounds. They punt and give the ball to WVU on the Mountaineers’ 44.
10:49: Again, penalties come back to bite the Mountaineers. After a 5-yard gain on second down by Leddie Brown, Winston Wright Jr. gets blown for an illegal motion call to push the Mountaineers back five yards. They get a big play on a screen pass to Brown on 3rd and 12, but come up a yard short, and punt. Tyler Sumpter puts VT on its own 3.
12:59: The Hokies have to keep it on the ground for the next three plays, bringing up a fourth-and-one situation. They opt for a QB truck play to Burmeister, but they’re stuffed. WVU takes over on its own 25.
END 1Q: Virginia Tech earns a first down on a 25-yard connection from Burmeister to Tayvion Robinson for a first down. Hokies have the ball on the WVU 34.
0:54: West Virginia is held to its first punt of the game. The Mountaineers get a couple of good runs up the middle — including one from Garrett Greene — but a couple of incompletions from Doege stall the drive and force the Mountaineers to give the ball up.
TOUCHDOWN VIRGINIA TECH (WVU 14, VT 7) – 3:11: Virginia Tech is able to move the ball for the first time all game, but their drive is aided by some stinging West Virginia penalties. The drive first gets extended by a personal foul against Daryl Porter Jr., then an illegal substitution call against the Mountaineers after a third down stuff gives the Hokies another critical first down. Burmeister eventually finds Kaleb Smith for an 8-yard touchdown pass.
TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (WVU 14, VT 0) – 9:11: The WVU offense is wasting no time. This time, it takes the Mountaineers just three plays (1 minute, 10 seconds) to set up a touchdown from Doege to Bryce Ford-Wheaton for 29 yards — the duo’s first scoring connection of the year. The West Virginia offense now has 120 yards of total offense in just 1:46 of field time.
10:21: West Virginia holds the Hokies to -4 yards on their second drive, forcing a three-and-out. VT’s Peter Moore punts it to WVU’s Isaiah Esdale, who returns it eight yards to the WVU 45 yard line.
TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (WVU 7, VT 0) – 12:24: After just missing on a potential touchdown on a deep ball from Jarret Doege to Sam James, Leddie Brown picks up the slack by punching through the line for an 8-yard touchdown right up the middle.
12:42: After Braxton Burmeister finds Raheem Blackshear on a screen to move the chains on first down, West Virginia stuffs the Hokies to force a punt. WVU takes over on its 20 after a touchback.
West Virginia’s Evan Staley will kick to Virginia Tech’s Raheem Blackshear to start this game off.