In his first career start, Virginia Tech tight end Randall Dunn caught a 7-yard touchdown pass in overtime and the Hokies' defense held Boston College on the ensuing possession, enabling the Hokies to escape with a 30-23 overtime victory over the Eagles in ACC action on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Hokies kept alive their hopes of going to a bowl game for the 20th straight year. Tech is now 5-6 overall on the season (3-4 in the ACC) and needs only to win next Saturday against rival Virginia to become bowl eligible.
BC fell to 2-9 overall, 1-6 in league play, and the Eagles lost to the Hokies for the fifth straight time.
The Hokies found themselves trailing 23-20 in regulation after BC marched 64 yards in six plays and scored on David Dudeck's 12-yard run with 4:11 left in the game. But Tech responded with a 62-yard march of its own.
A 33-yard pass from quarterback Logan Thomas to Marcus Davis got the Hokies to the BC 37. The drive stalled at the BC 23, but Cody Journell hit a 41-yard field goal with 1:05 left that tied the game at 23. BC elected to run out the clock on its possession, thus sending the game into overtime.
In overtime, the Hokies got the ball first. Tech got to the BC 7, where it faced third-and-4. Thomas then found Dunn in the back of the end zone for what would be the game-winning touchdown.
Officials reviewed the play to make sure Dunn got one foot inbounds. But his left foot was clearly inbounds as he secured the ball, and the officials upheld their initial ruling
The catch marked Dunn's only one of the game. It was just the third touchdown catch of the fifth-year senior's career.
BC had one last chance. But Tech's defense held the Eagles in check. On fourth-and-11 from the Tech 26, BC quarterback Chase Rettig completed a pass to Dudeck, but Tech whip linebacker Alonzo Tweedy tackled him for a 7-yard gain, ending the game.
Tech's defense played well for much of the game, holding the Eagles to just 291 yards. After struggling through the first half, Tech's offense came around, and the Hokies finished with 401 yards, including 154 on the ground.
As usual, Thomas paced Tech's attack, completing 16 of 33 for 247 yards and two touchdowns, and the Hokies' Tony Gregory led the team in rushing with 69 yards. Journell finished with three field goals.
The big game, though, came from Davis, who did not play in the first half because of a poor performance in the Hokies' previous game against Florida State. Yet he finished with five catches for 104 yards and the touchdown.
BC got 133 yards rushing from tailback Rolandan Finch. Rettig completed 13 of 30 for 129 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. He was sacked seven times by Tech's defense.
Virginia Tech welcomes arch-rival Virginia to Lane Stadium on Saturday for the regular season finale.
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