Virginia Tech's Bowl Dreams are Alive...For Now

By Ryan McCart

It took an overtime to get the win, but Frank Beamer and the Virginia Tech Hokies will take it. The win over Boston College made the Hokies 5-6 on the season and still holding on to bowl hopes by the slimmest of margins. Virginia Tech’s last three losses came in games where the Hokies outgained their opponents by fairly substantial margins, however in this game outgaining the opponent resulted in a Hokie W.

It has to be said that Virginia Tech got lucky in this game. For the majority of the contest all of the emotion and the momentum was on the Boston College sideline. The Eagles led the game 13-3 at the half, but Beamer must have said something at the half that resonated with the team. The Hokies started the second half with great field position as Demitri Knowles returned the kickoff 75 yards. Quarterback Logan Thomas ran the ball into the end zone later in the drive on fourth down.

A couple of series later receiver Marcus Davis caught a 37 yard touchdown pass that gave the Hokies the lead, but the Eagles stormed back to take the lead late in the fourth quarter. Thomas then orchestrated a drive to give kicker Cody Journell a chance to tie the game with a field goal. Journell’s 41 yard attempt just squeaked by inside the left upright. The field goal forced overtime.

Tight end Randall Dunn was the hero in overtime as he made an acrobatic touchdown catch in the back of the end zone to give the Hokies a seven point lead. The defense then did their jobs and didn’t allow BC to even get a first down.

This game may have saved the Hokies’ season, but it still leaves plenty to worry about for fans and coaches alike. Boston College is the worst team in the ACC this year, and the fact that Virginia Tech had to win this game in overtime is a problem. The Hokies couldn’t get on the same page for most of the game. Logan Thomas, once again, completed less than 50% of his pass attempts. Outside of a few explosion plays, the Hokies couldn’t move the ball, and while the defense played well for most of the game they relinquished the lead late in the fourth quarter (again).

If Virginia Tech plays like this again next week against Virginia, then the Hokies might not be so lucky. The Cavaliers have assured that they will have a losing season, but believe me nothing would make the fans in Charlottesville happier then ending Tech’s 19-year bowl streak. The Hokies can’t celebrate this win any longer; it is time to get to work so that the bowl streak can stay intact.

Side Rant: This website is called Rant Sports so I think it is time for me to throw a little rant in here about Virginia Tech’s helmets. Whoever designed those atrocities needs to be fired immediately. The Hokie Bird is a great mascot, but it does not belong on a helmet in any way, shape or form. Virginia Tech has a solid logo with the connected VT and does not need to be changed. It may be simple but it works.

I get it, more uniform combinations help lure in recruits, but this is getting ridiculous. A number on one side and the Hokie Bird on the other, are you kidding me? This program needs to get back to basics. Do you know what helps lure in more recruits then jerseys, winning. Traditional powerhouses like Alabama, Texas and Ohio State don’t wear different uniforms every week and neither should Virginia Tech. The Hokies should wear Maroon or White and that is it (get rid of the orange while we are talking about it).

I will now get off of my soap box.

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