Va. Tech edges Rutgers to avoid losing season
The Hokies rally from 10 down to beat the Knights 13-10 in overtime.
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 Statesman.com.