SALEM/BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia Tech Hokies working on a short game week as they take on their rivals in the West Virginia Mountaineers Thursday at 7:30pm from Lane Stadium. The Black Diamond Trophy is on the line in this game as WVU beat Tech in Morgantown last year. Virginia Tech is on a two game winning streak and looks to extend it to three. Hokies head coach Brent Pry knows West Virginia will be the toughest opponent the Hokies will face so far this season.

“They’ve got multiple threats. They’ve got a veteran offensive line four or five starters back good size. They’ve got two talented backs. Three talented receivers. They’ve got a solid tight end. And now they’ve got a quarterback that can run the show run the offense and make the throws. I think they’re a well balanced and there’s not a weakness in their offensive unit,” said Pry.

One guy that has seen his fair share of Virginia Tech-West Virginia games is long time former Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster. Monday night, Coach Foster was the guest speaker at the monthly Roanoke Valley Sports Club meeting at the Salem Civic Center. Bud said when you look at the Hokies-Mountaineers rivalry…it is something special when these teams hook up.

“It is a great rivalry. I have always respected this program and how they played the game. They are well coached. It is good to see it back. We got a chance to play it in 2017 up at Fed Ex Field. Which was again a great game that came down to the wire. Last season’s game came down to the wire and I don’t expect this one to be any different. It is great to have the Mountaineers on the schedule. It is great for Virginia Tech Football it is great for Mountaineer football. It is going to be a great night and a great atmosphere,” said Foster.