Wendell Smallwood scored on a 2-yard run with 3:22 left to lift West Virginia to a 24-17 win over William & Mary 24-17 on Saturday.
West Virginia overcame a 10-point deficit at halftime to avoid becoming the latest Bowl Subdivision school to lose to an FCS opponent.
Houston transfer Charles Sims rushed for 120 yards and a score in his West Virginia debut and the Mountaineers mustered enough offense to earn their 10th straight win to start a season.
William & Mary's fell short in trying for its first win over an FBS team since 2009 against Virginia.
William & Mary's Michael Graham threw for one touchdown and ran for another. The Tribe built a 17-7 lead but were held out of the end zone after halftime on a hot afternoon.
West Virginia's Paul Millard made his first start at quarterback and threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Ronald Carswell late in the third quarter that tied the score at 17-17.
A short punt gave West Virginia the ball at midfield with 7 minutes left. K...