The first quarter was a battle of defenses, with the Hokies taking a 3-0 lead into the second quarter. He was productive on the ground as well, rushing for 101 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
Simms only had 95 yards receiving last year, but was expected to start for this year's iteration of the Mountaineers.
2 - In the past the West Virginia-Virginia Tech game has usually featured players from both states on each team's roster, but this year that's not the case.
That came in a 24-all tie with about seven minutes to play, as a bipartisan crowd at neutral site FedEx Field got louder and louder.
West Virginia tied things up at 10 early in the third quarter on a 34-yard field goal by Mike Molina that bounced in off the right upright. His 46-yard keeper up the middle set up Travon McMillian's 3-yard touchdown run that put Virginia Tech up 31-24 with 6:30 left. West Virginia bit on a pump fake on a receiver screen, leaving Phillips wide open for a 32-yard touchdown that put the Hokies back on top 24-17. However, the Hokies would fail to convert on a 38-yard field goal to keep the score at 17-10 with 5:07 remaining in the third. His pass to David Sills in the end zone was dropped; on the final play of the game, West Virginia was called for multiple penalties and it was over. The Mountaineers would convert one third down on the drive as Grier would connect on 4-5 passes for 69-yards. Jackson completed 15 of his 26 passes, throwing for 235 yards and one touchdown.
Virginia Tech answered on the ensuing drive with its best offensive possession of the evening, a four-play, 71-yard drive that took just 1:28 and ended in a 12-yard touchdown run from Deshawn McClease, who broke several tackles on his way to the end zone to give the Hokies a 17-10 advantage.
After forcing the Hokies to another three-and-out, WVU got something going on offense, driving to the Tech 11-yard line on a 33-yard pass from Grier to Ka'Raun White.
West Virginia's new quarterback looked good, too. From there, Virginia Tech would punch the ball into the end zone to recapture the lead again this time at 31-24.
8 - Although Virginia Tech is very familiar with WVU, that's not the case with the Big 12 Conference in general.