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Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 23

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Virginia Tech kept its bowl hopes alive with a 30-23 overtime win over host Boston College on Saturday at Alumni Stadium.

Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end Randall Dunn in the back of the end zone in overtime, and Virginia Tech's defense held Boston College scoreless in a dominating final series.

Thomas passed for 247 yards and scored three touchdowns, one rushing, in the comeback victory. Wide receiver Marcus Davis came off the bench in the second half to catch five passes for 104 yards and a 28-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter.

Virginia Tech's defense held BC to 298 yards and sacked Eagles quarterback Chase Rettig six times. Outside linebacker Alonzo Tweedy, making his first start of the season, had two sacks, both in the first quarter.

Hokies coach Frank Beamer recorded his 256th career win, moving him past former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne for sole possession of seventh place on the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision all-time wins list. Beamer is one win away from tying former BYU coach LaVell Edwards for sixth place.

In their first road win of the season, the Hokies (5-6, 3-4 ACC) trailed 13-3 to start the second half but scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to pull ahead.

Thomas scored on a 1-yard run with 11:35 left in the third and then tossed a touchdown pass to Davis with 1:30 left in the quarter. Davis out-jumped cornerback Sean Sylvia in the end zone to catch the underthrown ball from Thomas.

Kicker Cody Journell booted a 42-yard field goal with 6:20 left in the game to give the Hokies a 20-16 lead, but Boston College answered with a six-play drive that it capped with freshman tailback David Dudeck's 12-yard go-ahead touchdown run.

The Hokies tied the game on Journell's 41-yard field goal with 1:05 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Virginia Tech is one win away from bowl eligibility with one game remaining against in-state rival Virginia next Saturday. The Hokies have made a bowl in 19 straight years.

Boston College (2-9, 1-6), playing its last home game of the season, was led by junior tailback Rolandan Finch, who rushed for a season-high 133 yards on 26 carries. It was his first 100-yard game since rushing for 243 yards and two touchdowns against Maryland last October.

Eagles linebacker Nick Clancy recorded 20 tackles only one week after suffering a concussion in the first quarter of BC's home loss to Notre Dame.

Notes: The Hokies have beaten the Eagles five straight times and two straight at Alumni Stadium. ... Boston College's last nine-loss season came in 1989. ... Virginia Tech broke a seven-game road losing streak dating back to last season. ... Wide receivers Kevin Asante and Demitri Knowles and tight end Randall Dunn made their first career starts for the Hokies against the Eagles. ... Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum recorded his team-leading third interception of the season early in the second quarter. He also leads the ACC with 15 pass breakups. ... Knowles' 75-yard return of opening kickoff set up first touchdown.

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