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Daniels, defense lead West Virginia past Virginia Tech 33-10 Texas Tech fined for field storming when Texas player shoved Auburn loses 2nd center, Tate Johnson, to injury

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BLACKSBURG, Virginia – J. T. Daniels threw for 203 yards and a touchdown to lead West Virginia to a 33–10 victory over Virginia Tech on Thursday night.

Freshman CJ Donaldson rushed for 106 yards, and the West Virginia (2-2) put up a strong defensive play, winning the second game in a row after losing their first two.

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“It was a great win,” West Virginia Coach. Neil Brown said. “I was pleased with our preparation and this is one of the most difficult places to play. I felt very good. It’s something we’ve been thinking about for a long time since we knew it was Thursday night’s game. I thought we were playing fast. We were really physical.”

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The Mountaineers, who beat Virginia Tech for the second straight season, hit five straight goals in the first and second half. Daniels 24 yard touchdown pass Sam James with 11 seconds left in the first half, the Mountaineers took a 13–7 lead, and they never fell behind again.

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“It was great,” Brown said of the score. “I felt that we controlled the game, but the scoreboard did not show it. I thought that really from the moment we were driving, we were in control.”

Hokies (2-2) shut out 16-10 on a field goal Will Ross from 4:19 to the end of the third quarter. West Virginia responded by kicking Justin Johnson Jr. a 6-yard goal with 14:13 left in the game. Hawkeyes stopped West Virginia twice on the road, but penalties for personal fouls Norell Pollard as well as Dax Hollyfield kept the drive alive.

Penalties plagued the Hokies all night. They made 15 for 132 yards.

“I think we press and we lose our temper,” said the Virginia Tech coach. Brent Pry, whose team scored 15 penalties at Old Dominion in their other defeat this season. “We feel like we have to do something supernatural. We have to stay within the limits and play with the basics and technique in order to remember what we are doing.

“Sometimes I look over there. and it looks like panic. We don’t play together, we don’t play as one, and we have to teach them that. We must fix this. This is the second time in a tense situation that we have not responded. We have to improve it.”


West Virginia: The Mountaineers pulled off a solid win for Brown, who went 19-20 in his fourth year in West Virginia. We played solidly in all three phases, but especially in defense. The division, which dropped 73 points in losses to Pittsburgh and Kansas, held the Hawkeyes for only 228 yards and also scored on an interception return.

“That’s how we play defense here,” Brown said. “A couple of weeks ago we had an aberration against Kansas – thanks to them. But here we are not going to play defensively. I thought tonight was closer.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies haven’t been good at any stage of the game, and they haven’t beaten a Power 5 team out of conference at Lane Stadium since 2009. This loss was their worst loss to the Mountaineers at Lane Stadium.


Donaldson’s performance marked his third 100-yard rushing run in four games. The 240-pound back made it to West Virginia as a tight end, but the staff converted it to a tailback. Following Donaldson and Johnson Jr. who rushed for 83 yards, West Virginia gained 218 yards on the ground and moved to 15-2 under Brown, rushing for at least 100 yards.

“I always do that,” Daniels said when asked if he expected climbers to succeed in rush. “I think we are very physical. We’ve been around since I’ve been here, that’s how this team works, especially with (Zach) Frazier at the helm. With a number of great runners, I expect to run like this every time.”

BREAK Rivalry

Thursday night’s game marked the last scheduled game between Virginia Tech and West Virginia, two universities only four hours apart. Climbers want to play more regularly, but Virginia Tech AD Whit Babcock filled the future Hokies schedule with non-conference Power 5 programs such as Vanderbilt, Rutgers, Arizona and Maryland, in addition to long streaks with enemies in the Old Dominion and Liberty state. Virginia Tech’s conference-free schedule is full through the 2031 season.


West Virginia: The Mountaineers play in Texas on October 1st.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies play in North Carolina on October 1st.

IRVING, Texas. Texas Tech was fined $50,000 and reprimanded by the Big 12 conference for fans rushing onto the field after an overtime win over a Texas opponent, during which video showed one of them shoving a Longhorns player.

A post on the official TX Athletic Division Twitter account included a frame from the video asking for help identifying the fan and said the case had been turned over to the school’s police department.

“Texas Institute of Technology does not condone physical altercations between spectators and student-athletes. This behavior has no place at Texas Tech sporting events,” the school said in a statement.

The video shows an older Texas extreme rusher. Ovi Ogufo he was pushed from behind by one of the fans who ran onto the field on Saturday after the Red Raiders scored a late field goal to win 37–34, their first home game in the series since 2008.

“I wouldn’t call it a fan running over our player. I think the fan went and hit our player,” said the Texas coach. Steve Sarkisian said. “These are difficult situations. I love the spectacle of college football. When the fans rush around the field, it is dangerous for us as coaches on both sides. This is dangerous for the players. I give credit to Ovi. I thought he showed great poise and composure. I thought it could turn into an ugly situation.”

Sargsyan said he does not blame the fans for rushing onto the pitch to celebrate in this way, but said it would be good to find a better and safer way for everyone involved. He also acknowledged that some conferences are forced to impose significant fines to try to eliminate such situations.

The Texas Institute of Technology was fined and issued a public reprimand under the Big 12’s athletic conduct standards policy.

“We have an obligation to provide a safe gaming environment,” said the commissioner of the Big 12 conference. Brett Yorkmark said. “The Texas Institute of Technology Athletics Department has a written event management policy that, while well thought out, has failed to ensure the safety of all visiting team athletes, officials, coaches, and staff. Any action that endangers the safety of the participants in the game is not allowed.

AUBERN, Alabama. Auburn lost second center of the season with Tate Johnson scheduled surgery on the left elbow.

tiger trainer Brian Hars said Johnson is undergoing elbow surgery and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, but could miss the season. Jalil Irvin replaced him after Johnson was injured against Missouri.

Avery Jernigan also worked at the center.

Johnson took over after a six-year center Nick Brahms retired from football shortly before the opening of the season after trying to come back from knee surgery.

Harsin said the defender TJ Finlay will train this week after missing a game in Missouri with a right shoulder injury. Robbie Ashford started with a 17–14 overtime win and is listed as a starter on the depth chart ahead of the game against LSU.


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