Hokies Keep Bowl Hopes Alive

, TechSideline.com, on November 17, 2012
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Trailing 13-3 at halftime and 23-20 late in the game, Virginia Tech rallied to win 30-23 in overtime at Boston College on Saturday afternoon.  The Hokies are now 5-6 on the season, and they’ll battle UVA for a right to become bowl eligible next weekend.

Tech outgained Boston College 401-296, and they sacked Chase Rettig seven times.  The BC offensive line couldn’t handle the Hokies up front, and the following players recorded sacks…

Bruce Taylor: 2 sacks
Alonzo Tweedy: 2 sacks
Tyrel Wilson: 1 sack
J.R. Collins: 1 sacks
Derrick Hopkins: 0.5 sacks
Corey Marshall: 0.5 sacks

Besides the sacks, the Tech defense pounded Rettig into the turf on numerous other occasions, and he was just 13-of-30 for 129 yards, with a touchdown.  He also threw an interception to Antone Exum down the sideline, who made a great play on the ball.

Logan Thomas didn’t enjoy his best game from a percentage standpoint, but he avoided critical turnovers.  Thomas was 16-of-33 for 247 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Marcus Davis didn’t play a single snap in the first half, but played the entire second half.  He came up with a huge performance over the final 30 minutes, catching five passes for 104 yards and a touchdown.  He had a couple of big third down receptions early in the half, outfought a BC cornerback for a touchdown in the corner of the endzone, and came away with a huge 33 yard over-the-shoulder catch down the sideline on Tech’s field goal drive that tied the game in the fourth quarter.

It was Randall Dunn who caught the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime.  Dunn lept to make a tough catch, and then got one foot down in the back of the endzone for the touchdown to make the score 30-23.  The Tech defense then stopped the BC offense in four plays to win the game.

The Hokies used three different tailbacks in this game…

Tony Gregory: 14 carries for 69 yards
J.C. Coleman: 12 carries for 48 yards
Martin Scales: 7 carries for 27 yards

Tech used Scales in short yardage situations, and he came through.  He picked up a first down on third and one on Tech’s first drive, a key first down on third and two on Tech’s first drive of the second half, a third ane one late in the fourth quarter on Tech’s game tying drive, and a critical third and one in overtime.  Overall, Tech scored 17 points after Scales picked up first downs on third and short situations.  That’s how we envisioned Scales being used at the beginning of the season, and he came through on Saturday.

Cody Journell played a great game for the Hokies, connecting on three extra points and all three field goals.  He booted field goals of 26 and 42 yards before tying the game at 23 with just over a minute left on a 41 yard kick.

Virginia Tech returns to action next Saturday when they host in-state rival UVA.  If the Hokies win, they will go bowling.  If they lose, they will stay home for the holidays.  Kickoff time will be announced tomorrow.

Box Score

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