Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 23: Eagles fall to Hokies in overtime

Chase Rettig and the Boston College Eagles needed an overtime period in effort to beat the Virginia Tech Hokies, but fell short in a 30-23 loss on Senior Day on Saturday at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, MA.

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Eagles stumble, fall 30-23 in overtime

BOSTON -- After taking a surprising 13-3 lead into the half on senior day at Alumni Stadium, the Boston College Eagles looked to have all the momentum on their side.

However, Virginia Tech kick return man Demitri Knowles would begin the second half with a bang, bringing back Nate Freese's opening kick-off all the way to the Eagles' 20-yard-line. Just a few plays later, the Hokies would go in for the touchdown when quarterback Logan Thomas took the ball himself on 4th and goal from the 1-yard-line. The Virginia Tech score would cut the BC lead to 13-10, early in the third quarter.

Boston College's offense would be unsuccessful on their next possession, and Virginia Tech would take over near the 40-yard-line. On 3rd-and-17 from the 37-yard-line of the Eagles, Logan Thomas would find his receiver, Marcus Davis, wide open in the endzone for a touchdown. This score would give the Hokies their first lead of the afternoon, at 17-13.

Freese would come through for the Eagles once again early in the game's final quarter, drilling a 42-yard field goal attempt to cut the BC deficit to just one, at 17-16.

Virginia Tech would answer with another field goal of their own later in the quarter when Cody Journall would hit from 42 yards out to extend the lead to 20-16. On the ensuing kick-off, the Eagles would benefit from a fantastic return by Spiffy Evans, setting up the offense at the 36-yard-line. Quarterback Chase Rettig was able to get the passing game into a rhythm and helped to drive the ball into the red-zone. On 3rd-and-4, true freshman tailback David Dudeck would score from 12 yards out for his first career rushing touchdown, putting the Eagles ahead, 23-20, with just 4:11 to play in the game.

The Hokies would answer back quickly as Thomas led a masterful drive, capped off by a 42-yard game-tying field goal from Cody Journall. With the score 23-23, BC and Virginia Tech would head to overtime.

Boston College would successfully win the coin toss and chose to differ, giving the Hokies the ball first. Thomas would cap a 6-play drive with a 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end Randall Dunn, putting Virginia Tech ahead, 30-23.

Needing a touchdown to prolong the football game, Chase Rettig and the BC offense managed to gain a grand total of negative-1 yards. A short five-yard gain on 4th-and-11 would end the game, giving Virginia Tech a 30-23 road victory. BC falls to 2-9 (1-6) on the year, while the Hokies improve to 5-6 (3-4).


Eagles take 13-3 lead into halftime

BOSTON -- After one half of play, the Boston College Eagles find themselves ahead of the visiting Virginia Tech Hokies,13-3, on senior day at Alumni Stadium.

Despite a three-and-out on their opening drive of the game, the Eagles were able to jump on the board first. An impressive punt return by Spiffy Evans would set up the offense inside the Virginia Tech 30-yard-line. Quarterback Chase Rettig couldn't quite find an open Alex Amidon in the endzone and BC would be forced to settle for a field goal attempt. Junior place kicker Nate Freese's 36-yarder was straight through the uprights, putting the home team ahead, 3-0.

The ensuing drive for the Hokies began miserably, beset by a personal foul penalty and a sack. However, on 3rd-and-19, quarterback Logan Thomas found receiver Corey Fuller wide open down the seam for a 60-yard gain to set up Virginia Tech inside the red-zone. The Eagles defense would hold and force the Hokies into a successful 26-yard field goal attempt from Cody Journell, tying the score at 3-3.

Boston College would jump ahead once again, early in the second quarter when Rettig perfectly executed the play action fake and found Amidon wide open in the endzone for a touchdown.

Most of what was left of the first half featured a defensive struggle as both teams couldn't establish much of a rhythm on offense.

With less than two minutes to play, BC defensive standout Nick Clancy broke up a Virginia Tech pass that would have converted a 4th-and-one. The offense was then able to take advantage of the short field -- they began at the 41-yard-line --, driving into position for another Nate Freese field goal attempt. His 35-yard try was good and the Eagles were able to secure a 13-3 lead as we enter halftime at Alumni Stadium.

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