MORGANTOWN \u2014 It was the moment WVU fans had been waiting for on Sept. 3, in Landover, Md.\r\n\r\nNot only were the Mountaineers playing rival Virginia Tech for the first time in 12 years, but it was the much-anticipated debut of Will Grier.\r\n\r\nThe Florida transfer was supposed to fix all of the woes WVU had at QB since Geno Smith left, in 2012.\r\n\r\nAlthough the game against the Hokies didn\u2019t go the way the Mountaineers hoped, Grier, replacing a maligned Skyler Howard, not only lived up to his lofty expectations \u2014 he surpassed them.\r\n\r\nWith his quick release, Grier seemed like a natural fit in head coach Dana Holgorsen\u2019s and new offensive coordinator Jake Spavital\u2019s offense.\r\n\r\nNot only did Grier leap back onto the scene after transferring, he was helped by receiver David Sills.\r\n\r\nSills left WVU for El Camino (Calif.) College after 2015 to fulfill his dream of playing quarterback before deciding it was best for him to return to the Mountaineers as a receiver.\r\n\r\nAll he did was catch a nation-leading 18 touchdown passes, the second most in school history.\r\n\r\nIt was not the ending to the season most hoped for, losing the last two games to Texas and Oklahoma, all while losing Grier to a broken hand and finishing 7-5.\r\n\r\nGrier and Sills announced they will be back at WVU next season, but as far as this year goes, 2017 was certainly the year of Grier.\r\n\r\nSEPT. 3\r\n\r\nDisappointing beginning\r\n\r\nThe Mountaineers and Hokies were finally going to play again for the first tine since 2005, this time at FedExField, outside of Washington, D.C.\r\n\r\nGrier was finally going to make his debut, but it wasn\u2019t the start anyone was hoping for.\r\n\r\nWVU was held to seven points in the first half \u2014 a pass from Grier to Sills at the edge of the end zone, something that would become a theme all season.\r\n\r\nMomentum picked up in the second half as V.T. and WVU traded blows, but the Hokies had the final punch, coming away with a 31-24 win before a crowd of 67,489. Other than a slow first half, Grier looked every bit the part, as did running back Justin Crawford, who finished with\r\n106 yards.\r\n\r\nREST OF SEPTEMBER\r\n\r\nOffensive explosion\r\n\r\nThe first team to fall victim to the newly powered WVU offense was East Carolina in WVU\u2019s Sept. 9 home opener.\r\n\r\nWVU scored 49 points in the first half alone, finishing with a 56-20 win. Grier threw for 352 yards and five touchdowns \u2014 three going to Sills. Crawford had\r\n118 yards and two scores.\r\n\r\nThe Mountaineers upped their productivity Sept. 16 against Delaware State, finishing with\r\n59 points.\r\n\r\nGrier had three more touchdowns, but none to Sills. Marcus Simms caught two, while Ka\u2019Raun White added the other. Crawford had his third-straight 100-yard game, with 102 yards and three touchdowns.\r\n\r\nWVU opened Big 12 play, at Kansas, scoring another 56 points. Grier threw for two touchdowns \u2014 both to Sills \u2014 and ran for two more. Crawford had\r\n125 yards and Kennedy McKoy added 105.\r\n\r\nThe running game was more of the story offensively, but the defense did not play its best game.\r\n\r\nInjuries continued to plague the defense, missing five starters while giving up 564 yards and 34 points to the Jayhawks.\r\n\r\nOCT. 7\r\n\r\nTop 10 woes\r\n\r\nBeating top 10 teams on the road has been a problem for WVU over the last half a century. The first chance this season came at No. 8 TCU.\r\n\r\nThis game was eerily similar to the V.T. game, with each team trading blows in the second half until the Horned Frogs had the last laugh on a Kenny Hill touchdown to give them a 31-24 lead.\r\n\r\nWVU had it chances, but an Elijah Battle interception on TCU\u2019s final scoring drive was overturned, and a controversial pass interference call was made against David Sills that all but ended any chance of a tying score.\r\n\r\nGrier had three touchdowns \u2014 two to Sills and one to White. Crawford had his fifth-straight 100-yard rushing game, with\r\n111 yards.\r\n\r\nThe biggest story defensively was the return of linebacker David Long from a knee injury. He missed the first four games, but following his return, became the best defender on the WVU defense.\r\n\r\nOCT. 14\r\n\r\nComeback crew\r\n\r\nThe Mountaineers found themselves down 35-17 late in the third quarter against No. 24 Texas Tech, but scored 29-unanswered points to knock off the Red Raiders, 46-35.\r\n\r\nGrier tossed five touchdowns \u2014 three to Sills \u2014 while Ka\u2019Raun White had two, including the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter. Crawford was held to his worst game of the season, though, struggling to near 50 yards.\r\n\r\nThe defense couldn\u2019t stop a high-powered Red Raiders offense during the first 40 minutes, but shut them down late in the third quarter and into the fourth. It appeared to be a turning point for defensive coordinator Tony Gibson\u2019s group.\r\n\r\nNOV. 11\r\n\r\nThe high point\r\n\r\nThe comeback against Texas Tech helped the Mountaineers squeak past Baylor, 38-36, after the Bears mounted a late comeback that was held off on a late 2-point conversion attempt Oct. 21.\r\n\r\nIt was WVU\u2019s first win at Baylor since joining the Big 12.\r\n\r\nThe following week, on Oct. 28, a pouring rain befuddled the WVU offense against Oklahoma State. The Mountaineers\u2019 defense and special teams provided most of the scoring, with a blocked punt for a touchdown and a pick-6 by freshman safety Kenny Robinson. However, the Cowboys still rolled, 50-39.\r\n\r\nNo. 14 Iowa State came to Morgantown on Nov. 4, and although the WVU offense continued to sputter, the Mountaineers pulled through with a 20-16 win.\r\n\r\nOn. Nov. 11, another place WVU hasn\u2019t won \u2014 Bill Snyder Family Stadium \u2014 was next on the schedule, at Kansas State. The offense was out of sorts again, but Grier still threw four touchdowns and\r\n372 yards.\r\n\r\nSitting at 7-3, the Mountaineers remained in the thick of things in the\r\nBig 12 title race.\r\n\r\nNOV. 18\r\n\r\nQB rollout\r\n\r\nAfter a Crawford touchdown was taken off the board following a review in the first quarter, Grier rolled left and dived toward the pylon, fumbled the ball into the end zone and got up with his right middle finger bent in a way it shouldn\u2019t.\r\n\r\nGrier left the game and did not return, and was later diagnosed with a broken hand and dislocated finger.\r\n\r\nChris Chugunov replaced him and has his ups and down, but the injury was too much to overcome, losing to the Longhorns,\r\n28-14.\r\n\r\nNOV. 25\r\n\r\nBoomer\r\n\r\nWith Grier out against No. 2 Oklahoma, there weren\u2019t many high hopes for the Mountaineers, which ended up becoming\r\na reality.\r\n\r\nThe WVU defense couldn\u2019t come close to slowing Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield and the Sooners\u2019 offense, giving up 646 yards in a 59-31 romp. Gibson was despondent afterward.\r\n\r\nTo offset the loss of Grier, WVU ran a \u201cwildcat\u201d scheme, having a direct snap go to McKoy.\r\n\r\nIt worked to the tune of 235 yards and three touchdowns between McKoy and Crawford.