No. 19 Virginia Tech 38, Wake Forest 17
It took a while for Virginia Tech to find its rhythm. Once the
Hokies finally did, they didn’t stop scoring until the game was in
Logan Thomas rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two more
to lead No. 19 Virginia Tech past Wake Forest 38-17 Saturday
Thomas finished 17 of 32 for 280 yards with scoring passes of 20
yards to Jarrett Boykin and 30 yards to Marcus Davis, and added
scoring runs of 1 and 3 yards for the Hokies (6-1, 2-1 ACC), who
shook off an early 10-point deficit and took command by reeling off
four touchdowns in an 11-minute, 7-second span.
”We came out and we started scoring,” running back David
Wilson said, ”and the rest is history.”
Boykin caught seven passes for 149 yards to help Virginia Tech
win its second straight overall and its fifth in a row in the
series, and snap Wake Forest’s four-game winning streak.
Tanner Price was 19 of 33 for 254 yards with touchdowns of 79
yards to Chris Givens and 4 yards to Cameron Ford for the Demon
Deacons (4-2, 3-1). After knocking off then-No. 23 Florida State
last week, they were denied the first consecutive wins over Top 25
teams in school history.
”I feel like last week’s win went to our head a little bit, and
we came out here thinking we were going to win just because we beat
Florida State,” Givens said. ”And this is what happens when you
play in a league like the ACC and you don’t come to play every
Wilson finished with 136 yards rushing and a 7-yard touchdown
for the Hokies, who couldn’t get anything going against an inspired
Wake Forest defense until midway through the second quarter.
But once they finally started scoring, they didn’t stop until
they had a comfortable lead.
Thomas found Boykin down the left sideline for 39 yards to the
Wake Forest 1, and that set up the quarterback’s scoring sneak that
made it 10-7 with 8:43 left in the half. One possession later,
Wilson’s 43-yard sideline run set up Thomas’ touchdown pass to
Boykin that gave Virginia Tech the lead for good.
”We knew we’d eventually hit something that kind of got us
going, and it took off from there,” Thomas said. ”I think we
could just chip away and we would have been perfectly fine, but
just coming back the way we did, it was a good confidence boost for
the offense, and the defense did a great job as well.”
Tariq Edwards then intercepted a tipped pass by Price, giving
the Hokies the ball at the Wake Forest 26 with 30 seconds left in
the half. Four plays later, Thomas faked a handoff to Wilson and
rumbled in from 3 yards out to make it 21-10 with four seconds
Wilson then made it 28-10 with 12:36 left in the third with his
touchdown run. After Price’s TD toss to Ford pulled Wake Forest
within 11 late in that quarter, Thomas answered by moving the
Hokies 96 yards in 14 plays and throwing his scoring pass to Davis
to push the lead to 35-17 with 10:49 to play.
”It’s answering the bell, and I think we’ve got some guys,
Logan being one of them … that want to step up and make a play,”
coach Frank Beamer said.
After a punchless performance two weeks ago against Clemson,
Thomas bounced back by accounting for nine touchdowns – four
rushing, five passing – in two games. He threw for three TDs and
ran for two more in last week’s win over Miami.
The Demon Deacons were humiliated in last year’s 52-21 loss in
Blacksburg. They had plenty of early reasons to believe in the
upset this time, needing a little over eight minutes to jump out to
a 10-0 lead after their longest play of the year against a Virginia
Tech defense that was starting two new faces along the defensive
Givens finished with seven catches for 140 yards, and more than
half of that total came when he slipped past Jayron Hosley while
going deep down the middle. Price hit him in stride and he outran
the Tech cornerback – who appeared to clutch his hamstring while he
chased the receiver – to the end zone for Wake Forest’s fourth
scoring play of at least 40 yards this season. Beamer said Hosley’s
hamstring had been tender all week.
Still, at that point, the Demon Deacons outgained Virginia Tech
”No one panicked. Everyone kept doing their business,” Beamer
said. ”Our players kept playing hard. Our coaches kept coaching
hard. And we found a way to get it done.”