Va. Tech edges Rut­gers to avoid los­ing sea­son

The Hok­ies rally from 10 down to beat the Knights 13-10 in over­time.

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Af­ter one of its most un­ful­fill­ing sea­sons in re­cent me­mory, Vir­ginia Tech des­per­ately wanted to avoid its first los­ing sea­son since 1992. Mis­sion ac­com­plished. Cody Jour­nell kicked a 22-yard field goal on the first pos­ses­sion of over­time to help the Hok­ies beat Rut­gers 13-10 in the Rus­sell Ath­letic Bowl on Fri­day night in Or­lando, Fla.

Vir­ginia Tech won its fi­nal three games to fin­ish 7-6.

“Not ev­ery­thing in life is real smooth,” Hok­ies coach Frank Beamer said. “Th­ese play­ers worked hard and how they re­acted to ad­ver­sity and to dis­ap­point­ment and when all of them wanted to do bet­ter — they kept to­gether.”

Rut­gers (9-4) had a chance to tie it in over­time, but Nick Borgese missed a 42-yard field­goal at­tempt to the right.

The loss ended a run of five straight bowl vic­to­ries for the Scar­let Knights and kept them from record­ing their first dou­ble-digit win sea­son since 2006.

The win also was the Hok­ies’ 12th straight vic­tory over their former Big East Con­fer­ence ri­val.

Vir­ginia Tech trailed 100 at the half, then ral­lied in the fi­nal 30 min­utes thanks to some timely turnovers and of­fense. Quar­ter­back Lo­gan Thomas strug­gled in the first half and fin­ished with a pair of in­ter­cep­tions, but also had 192 yards pass­ing and the game’s only pass­ing touch­down.

“I can’t com­mend the de­fense more,” Thomas said. “The en­tire sea­son that’s kind of how it’s been. I have to give a shout out to (line­backer) Bruce Tay­lor be­cause he played his tail off the en­tire game. It felt like he was in the back­field

Texas Tech’s Der­reck Ed­wards (left) flips into the end zone for a TD ahead of Min­nesota’s An­to­nio John­son dur­ing the first quar­ter of the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Hous­ton. For cov­er­age of Fri­day’s late game, visit States­

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