VT contains Smith, West Virginia unable to execute in 10-3 loss. Geno Smith is arguably the best player on the West Virginia football team this season. The Virginia Tech Hokies knew that coming into this week’s rivalry game, and focused on containing Smith. The strategy worked well, as the Hokies held West Virginia to 3 points on the day and Smith to about 100 yards of offense. The story of the day for West Virginia was their missed opportunities. Despite driving into Va Tech territory multiple times, the Mountaineers could never capitalize. Two missed field goals in the first half would cost the Mountaineers late as Virginia Tech jumped out to a 10-0 first half lead. With Virginia Tech focused on containing the feet of Geno Smith, holes opened up in the spread rushing attack for the halfbacks. But the Mountaineers didn’t stick to the ground game enough and sacks hurt the WVA offense by stalling may drives. With 3 minutes or so left to play, the Mountaineers got a shot when Logan Thomas fumbled around midfield. But, yet again the West Virginia offense couldn’t capitalize, turning the ball over on downs around the Va. Tech 20. If the Mountaineers had made their field goals earlier in the game, West Virginia wouldn't have had to go for it. West Virginia still had all their timeouts, but all the Hokies needed was a first down and the game was over. On third and 4 from midfield, the Hokies got the first down and took knees to run the rest of the clock.