Coming home to play in Bank of America Stadium was a dream come true for former Davidson Day star Will Grier and it was made even better with a win as West Virginia pounded Tennessee 40-14.
"It was a fun game," said the senior quarterback. "I grew up watching Panthers games and it was fun to able to play here but the goal was to win and we did that so that's what we came here for."
Grier came out on fire in the 1st quarter as he threw for 114 yards on 6 of 9 passing and had a touchdown to T.J. Simmons. West Virginia would storm out to a 10-0 lead.
But the Mountaineers would stall out in the 2nd quarter as Tennessee found their footing. Volunteers running back Tim Jordan would get going as he rushed for 46 of his game high 125 yards in the 2nd and a 1 yard TD pass from Jarrett Guarantano to Dominick Wood-Anders would keep Tennessee in the game.
The Volunteers would trail at the half 13-7.
A hour lightning delay during halftime gave West Virginia time to make some adjustment and they flexed their muscles in the second half.
"We were 0 for 3 on 3rd down in the first half and 5 of 6 in the second half," said Grier.
Grier threw for 4 touchdowns in the second half and finished the game with 5 total. That's the 4th time in his career that Grier has had at least 5 TD passes in a game.
He would finish the afternoon with 429 yards passing as he completed passes to 11 different receivers.
The senior not only got his team off to a 1-0 start, but he also began his Heisman campaign with a very impressive performance. Even with the high expectation and coming home, he never felt any nerves before or during the game.
"I was relaxed, I was calm, I just enjoyed being home and playing in this venue," said Grier. "It was awesome. I enjoyed every minute I spent out there."
Next week, the Mountaineers are at home to take on Youngstown State.