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

hand.

Logan Thomas rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two more

to lead No. 19 Virginia Tech past Wake Forest 38-17 Saturday

night.

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

single day.”

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

left.

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

line.

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

122-2.

”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.”