October 22, 2011
Big second half carries Hokies past BC on Homecoming
By Jimmy Robertson
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Boston College (1-6) 700714
(16) Virginia Tech (7-1) 33141030
  • Lane/Worsham Field - 66,233
  • Passing: Logan Thomas 268 yds
  • Rushing: David Wilson 134 yds
  • Receiving: Danny Coale 118 yds

BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas rushed for a touchdown and threw for one as the Hokies scored touchdowns on their first three possessions of the second half to rally past Boston College 30-14 in an ACC game at Lane Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Tech moved to 7-1 overall, 3-1 in the ACC. BC fell to 1-6, 0-4 in the league.

The Hokies trailed 7-6 at halftime, but opened the second half by scoring on their first four possessions, including touchdowns the first three times they had the ball in the second half. They racked up 281 of their 482 yards in the final 30 minutes, led by tailback David Wilson, who rushed for 113 of his 134 yards in that span.

“We like to think we get better as the day goes along,” Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. “I think from a coaching standpoint, our coaches do a good job, and I think our players believe that. They kept playing hard, and then all of the sudden, good things started happening. That’s the way it is, and that’s what we believe here.”

Tech quickly took the lead on its opening possession of the second half. The Hokies went 60 yards in five plays, and they scored when Thomas made a nice pitch to Wilson on an option play. Wilson got a great block from receiver Jarrett Boykin and went 42 yards for the touchdown. Cody Journell’s extra point gave Tech a 13-7 lead.

“I thought Logan was going to stay up-field and get what he could get,” Wilson said. “But we’re taught to stay alive on option plays. He went up-field, and I followed him. He made a good pitch, and the receivers made some good blocks. I just used my God-given ability after that.”

“He [BC’s linebacker] came right up on me, and I wasn’t sure if I should have given it to David then or try to get inside of him [the linebacker],” Thomas said. “I got inside of him. I took the safe way out, saw that he [Wilson] was open and gave it to him. He did the rest. I really didn’t do much.”

An interception by Tech linebacker Tariq Edwards on the ensuing possession stopped a BC drive at the Tech 11 and set up the Hokies’ next score. Tech marched 89 yards in 11 plays, with Thomas finishing things up by tossing a 20-yard scoring pass to Marcus Davis. Journell’s extra point gave Tech a 20-7 lead.

Tech’s defense held BC to three and out on the Eagles’ next possession, and the Hokies’ offense went back to work. A 56-yard drive ended with Thomas’ 1-yard touchdown run with 13:42 left in the game. Journell’s extra point gave the Hokies a 27-7 bulge.

BC responded, cutting the lead to 27-14 on a touchdown pass by quarterback Chase Rettig to tight end Chris Pantale with 9:08 remaining in the game. But the Hokies answered with an 11-play march that ended with Journell’s third field goal of the game – a 24-yarder with 3:43 remaining that made it 30-14 and iced the game.

Thomas played well for the third straight game, completing 22 of 36 for 268 yards, with the touchdown and no interceptions. He has now thrown 118 passes without an interception. Danny Coale caught a career-high eight passes for 118 yards, and Wilson went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season.

“We just put in more work,” Thomas said of the difference between the two halves for Tech. “We worked harder up front, and we worked harder to get open in the passing game as well. It all paid off.”

Rettig paced BC, completing 13 of 30 for 181 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. He also rushed for a touchdown – a 2-yard run on the Eagles’ first possession of the game that gave BC an early 7-0 lead. The Eagles, though, finished with 272 yards of offense.

Tech hits the road for its next game, traveling to Durham, N.C., for a conference tilt with Duke. Kickoff is slated for 12:30 p.m.

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