The No. 15 Virginia Tech Hokies came up short on the road against the West Virginia Mountaineers Saturday, falling 27-21. The Mountaineers took an early 14-7 lead after the first quarter (they’re seen above celebrating a first-quarter touchdown from RB Leddie Brown) and were up 24-7 at the half, but the Hokies came roaring back in the second half, and had a chance to pull ahead inside the final two minutes when they got into first and goal. But West Virginia came up with a tremendous goal-line stand, capped off by this knockdown by cornerback Jackie Matthews on fourth down:
West Virginia hangs on after a late comeback attempt by No. 15 Virginia Tech! 🏈 pic.twitter.com/0yRVGsFvKE
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) September 18, 2021
That’s a big win for the Mountaineers, who got off to a slow start this year with a 30-24 loss to Maryland on Sept. 4 before a 66-0 win over LIU last week. It’s also a major loss for the Hokies, who had previously beaten North Carolina and Middle Tennessee. Virginia Tech’s Braxton Burmeister completed 19 of 31 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns on the day, and came up with some big plays in the second half to get the Hokies back in this, but he couldn’t get it done at the end here thanks to that great goal-line stand by West Virginia.