(Photo courtesy of WVU Athletics)

When Texas scored on Saturday to go up 41-34 with just 2:34 to play, Grier and Holgorsen were both thinking the same thing - they were playing to win the game.

If we score a touchdown, they agreed, we are going to go for a two-point conversion. Whether the Mountaineers walked out of Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium with a win or loss, the game was ending in regulation.

“It was an easy decision,” Holgorsen said. “If you put the fate of the game in No. 7’s hands, I feel pretty good about it.”

It was a bold move, but considering the chance Holgorsen took on Grier 2.5 years ago, it was only fitting.

Of course, Grier and company needed to get to the end zone first before they could think about what to run for a conversion. And considering the Mountaineers had to go 33 yards to go and only had 24 seconds to get there, the odds didn’t look good. Here was the thing: if the last few years had taught Grier anything, it’s that you never give up.

With time winding down and WVU’s chances slipping away, Grier uncorked the best throw of his career. His feet weren’t set, and it was over two defenders, but it didn’t matter. The throw was flawless. West Virginia receiver Gary Jennings Jr. had a step on his defenders, and Grier caught him in stride for the touchdown.


(Photo courtesy of WVU Athletics)

“It was an unbelievable throw,” Holgorsen said. “He’s as good as I’ve seen at throwing a football.”

Then there was the matter of the two-point conversion. Grier converted the pass to his favorite target, David Sills V, only to find out Texas had called a timeout moments before the snap. Now Texas knew what West Virginia had wanted to run, but Holgorsen stuck with his gut. They were running the same play. But this time, Grier took matters into his own hands. When the ball was snapped, Grier broke for the left sideline. Before anyone could touch him, Grier was high stepping his way into the end zone.


The same quarterback who left Florida after so much controversy had just delivered a signature Heisman moment. Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa might have something to say about that, but the bigger picture holds true. Grier had shown that anybody’s story can turn around, and the God he serves is a God of second chances.

Grier is hoping to share that message of hope and redemption to others in Morgantown.

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Thomas Hager