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Grimm ties NCAA forced fumble record in game

Virginia Tech linebacker Cody Grimm became only the eight player in NCAA history to record three first fumbles in a game, needing only the first quarter to accomplish the feat.

On the first play of the game, Grimm forced and then recovered the ball after sacking quarterback Russell Wilson. Virginia Tech took over at North Carolina State’s 34-yard line but settled for a field goal after stalling in the red zone.

On the Wolfpack’s second possession, Grimm stripped wide receiver Darrell Davis after an 8-yard reception at N.C. State’s 25-yard line along the sideline; cornerback Stephan Virgil recovered the loose ball. This time, Virginia Tech parlayed the field position into a trip to the end zone, taking a 10-0 lead after Ryan Williams’s 1-yard touchdown run.

Grimm forced his third fumble of the game on N.C. State's fourth offensive play of the game, a 2-yard run by running back Toney Baker. N.C. State wide receiver Owen Spencer recovered the fumble at the Wolfpack's 21-yard line.

Grimm has seven forced fumbles this season. The NCAA record for forced fumbles in a season is 10, by Louisville's Elvis Dumervil in 2005.

By Mark Viera  |  November 21, 2009; 5:23 PM ET
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