No. 15 Virginia Tech Hokies falls to West Virginia Mountaineers, 27-21

The Black Diamond Trophy won’t be going home with the No. 15 Virginia Tech Hokies

West Virginia wide receiver Isaiah Esdale (9) leaps over a Virginia Tech player during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/William Wotring) (William Wotring, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

ROANOKE, Va. – The Black Diamond Trophy won’t be going home with the No. 15 Virginia Tech Hokies after its rivalry game against the West Virginia Mountaineers.

The Hokies fell to the Mountaineers in a close game, 27-21, with the Mountaineers winning the battle for the Black Diamond Trophy.

It’s no doubt that the Mountaineers (2-1) had its eyes on the Black Diamond Trophy in its kick-off against the Hokies (2-1).

The Virginia Tech-West Virginia matchup is a storied rivalry that dates back more than a century, with the Hokies having won the last three contests—including the 2017 aerial attack in FedEx Field. Josh Jackson went toe-to-toe with Mountaineers’ signal-caller Will Grier, ending in a gutsy 31-24 win for the Hokies and the rights to retain the Black Diamond Trophy.

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The College Football Saturday started off hot with an 80-yard rush touchdown from the Mountaineers’ Leddie Brown in the first quarter. Next, we saw Mountaineers Quarterback Jarret Doege pass to Bryce Wheaton for another touchdown.

As for the Hokies, with just three minutes and 11 seconds left in the first quarter, Quarterback Braxton Burmeister hit Tayvion Robinson for 25 yards, scoring the team a touchdown.

In the second quarter, Doege made a pass to Sam James for 16 yards for a touchdown.

With just barely two minutes left in the second quarter, we saw a 21-yard field goal from Mountaineers Casey Legg, extending the lead to 24-7 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Mountaineers Kicker Casey Leg hit 37 yards for a field goal. The Hokies Raheem Blackshear scored on a 20-yard run with just a second to go in the third quarter.

With just three minutes and 10 seconds left in the game, Hokies’ Braxton Burmeister passed to Jalen Holston for 29 yards, earning the Hokies a touchdown.

The Virginia Tech Hokies will take on the Richmond Spiders next Saturday, Sept. 25.

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Jazmine Otey joined the 10 News team in February 2021.