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WVU holds on for win over Virginia Tech

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia held on by the slimmest of margins to down No. 15 Virginia Tech, 27-21, Saturday afternoon before a sellout crowd at Mountaineer Field.

The victory is the second over a ranked opponent in Neal Brown’s three seasons as WVU’s head coach. His Mountaineers also defeated 16th-ranked Kansas State, 37-10, in Morgantown last season.

West Virginia had to make a goal-line stand in the final minute to hold on to the win. WVU led 27-7 late in the third quarter, but Tech scored two unanswered TDs to pull within six with 3:10 remaining in the game. The Mountaineers tried to run out the clock, but on third-and-10, Jarret Doege threw an interception, giving Virginia Tech life at the WVU 17. The Hokies drove to the three, looking for the go-ahead TD, but West Virginia’s defense made a stand to preserve the win.

WVU (2-1) travels to Oklahoma for its next game, where it will face the No. 3 Sooners on Saturday in a 7:30 p.m. contest that will be televised by ABC.