Tyrod Taylor engineered a come-from-behind victory to keep No. 5 Virginia Tech unbeaten in ACC play beating Boston College 21-14 in an overtime thriller. On the first play in the extra period, Taylor found tight end Andre Smith in the center of the field for a touchdown to help the Hokies take their first lead of the game.
Virginia Tech's strong defense prevailed once Boston College had its chance in overtime forcing the Eagles to lose 6 yards on two consecutive run plays. BC quarterback Dave Shinskie threw two incomplete passes to end the game, leading to Worsham Field being rushed for the third consecutive game.
The Hokies struggled in the first half of the game after a Ryan Williams fumble was lost inside the BC 10 yard line on their first offensive drive. Boston College then capitalized on the miscue to score on a 12-play, 91 yard drive finished off with a 14 yard touchdown strike to Justin Jarvis. Tech could only score two field goals in the second quarter, leading to a 7-6 halftime score.
In the second half, the Eagles and Hokies traded several possessions with strong punting. The Hokies' Brent Bowden pinned BC deep in Tech territory only to have the field position battle ended with a 90 yard touchdown pass from BC backup quarterback Justin Tuggle to Rich Gunnell. Boston College was sitting pretty up by eight heading into the fourth quarter.
Things were looking grim for the Hokies until the running game finally started to click thanks to both Ryan Williams and Josh Oglesby. Oglesby finished off the 57-yard drive with a run up the middle for 6 yards to put the Hokies down by 2. Taylor then found Danny Coale on a screen pass for the 2-point conversion, tying the game.
BC 7 0 7 0 0 -14
VT 0 6 0 8 7 -21
BC:TD 0:24 J. Jarvis, 14 Yd pass from D. Shinskie (S. Aponavicius Kick)
VT:FG 4:03 M. Waldron, 46 Yd FG
VT:FG 2:19 M. Waldron, 31 Yd FG
BC:TD 1:45 R. Gunnell, 90 Yd pass from J. Tuggle (S. Aponavicius Kick)
VT:FG 4:04 J. Oglesby, 5 Yd run (2-Pt)
VT:TD A. Smith, 25 Yd pass from T. Taylor (M. Waldron Kick)
First downs BC: 13 VT: 16
Total Offense BC:339 VT: 440
Turnovers BC: 2 INT VT: 1 FUM
BC Top Player Stats
Passing: D. Shinskie 11-31 for 124 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: M. Harris 27-for-109 yds
Receiving: R. Gunnell 2-for-114 yds, 1 TD
Defense: K. Ramsey 5 TAK, 3 TFL
Virginia Tech Top Player Stats
Passing: T. Taylor 26-35 for 365 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: R. Williams 14-for-40 yds
Receiving: D. Coale 8-for-110 yds
Defense: C. Grimm 5 TAK, 1 INT