Va. Tech at Boston College football
Virginia Tech running back J.C. Coleman cuts back to get past Boston College's Spenser Rositano (47) during the first half.
Hokies pull out win to keep alive bowl hopes
Virginia Tech players celebrate after running back Dave Dudeck of Boston College was tackled on fourth down in overtime to end the game. Dudeck, a freshman, had eight carries for 38 yards and a touchdown.
- Quick Kicks: Va. Tech 30, BC 23 (OT)
Final score: Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 23 (OT)
For starters: Another poor offensive half left the Hokies in a 13-3 hole as they went to the locker room. Tech managed only a first-quarter field goal by Cody Journell in the first half.
Turning point: Tech brought Marcus Davis into the game in the second half, after sitting him for the first two quarters. Davis made a key third-down catch, then caught a 37-yard jump-ball touchdown with 1:12 left in the third quarter that put Tech up 17-13.
Star of the game: With a nod to Davis, senior tight end Randall Dunn’s leaping catch in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown in overtime makes him the star of the game.
Big picture: Tech still is in the midst of its worst season since 1992 and still needs to beat rival Virginia next weekend at Lane Stadium to become bowl eligible for a 20th straight year. But Saturday’s win gave them a night, at least, to celebrate in this trying season.
Go figure: 7. Virginia Tech had a season-high seven sacks.
Next: Virginia Tech plays host to rival Virginia on Saturday, and needs a win to become bowl eligible. The Cavaliers’ loss to North Carolina on Thursday night ended their bowl hopes.
- Grading Virginia Tech’s three keys
1 Be motivated. Boston College actually drew fairly well, attracting an announced crowd of 34,266 to Alumni Stadium for the final home game of the season. And the Eagles played well. Tech, as usual, started a bit slowly. But effort and energy weren’t a problem. With bowl eligibility still there as motivation, the Hokies were ready to play Saturday. Grade: B+
2 Limit the passing game. Not only did Virginia Tech hold BC junior quarterback Chase Rettig to 13 for 30 and 129 yards and intercept him once, but it battered Rettig, sacking him a season-high seven times. The Eagles’ longest passing play was 23 yards. Grade: A
3 Avoid special teams gaffes. Virginia Tech’s Michael Branthover sent the opening kick out of bounds. Later, BC’s Spiffy Evans returned a punt 40 yards to set up a score. But the biggest special-teams play came when Tech’s Demitri Knowles had a 75-yard return on the second-half kickoff. Cody Journell was 3 for 3 on field-goal attempts. Grade: C+
Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2012 12:01 am
Updated: 9:24 pm, Fri Dec 7, 2012.
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. On Thursday during practice, Randall Dunn gave Logan Thomas some simple directions. If the Virginia Tech football coaches called the team’s 2-point conversion play, Dunn told Thomas to throw him the ball in the back of the end zone.
Saturday, Thomas got an A for following directions and the Hokies got a W that kept alive their bowl hopes.
Sunday, November 18, 2012 12:01 am.
Updated: 9:24 pm.