Saturday, November 17, 2012
VT holds off BC to keep bowl hopes alive
By Andrea Adelson
Nothing has come easy for Virginia Tech this season.
Not even a win over the worst team in the ACC.
The Hokies came dangerously close to having their bowl hopes die in Boston. But a second-half rally and touchdown pass from Logan Thomas to Randall Dunn in overtime allowed Virginia Tech to pull out the 30-23 victory over Boston College on Saturday.
There was nothing pretty about this game. As has been the case this season, Virginia Tech (5-6, 3-4) was unable to establish its run game -- even against one of the worst rushing defenses in the nation. Thomas was mostly ineffective, particularly in the first half. And the Hokies defense had problems slowing down Boston College (2-9, 1-6) on the ground, allowing the Eagles to gain 162 yards rushing -- only the third time this season they have totaled more than 100 yards rushing.
But this team found ways to make plays when they needed to in the second half. Boston College led 13-3 at halftime, but Virginia Tech scored 14 straight to take the lead into the fourth quarter. The final five minutes were a mad scramble, as the Eagles went ahead on David Dudeck's 12-yard touchdown run with four minutes to go before Virginia Tech sent the game into overtime on Cody Journell's 41-yard field goal.
Dunn made a tremendous play in overtime on his touchdown catch, snagging a ball that was overthrown in the back of the end zone. The Hokies defense stepped up huge in overtime -- a key blitz on third down had Chase Rettig throw incomplete. Then Rettig threw short of the first down on fourth down. Give Virginia Tech credit for shutting down the best part of the BC offense -- its passing game. This was the first time all season the Eagles had more rushing yards than passing yards. Alex Amidon only had two catches.
So Virginia Tech escapes to win its first road game of the season -- and now must beat Virginia next week to get to its 20th straight bowl game.