There was never a moment of comfort for Virginia Tech.
Down 13-3, the Hokies made some mistakes characteristic of their struggles this season. There were missed targets for junior
Holding on to the football more, the Hokies were in better position to make a comeback (twice) in getting past Boston College 30-23 in overtime for their first road win of the season.
"They certainly were taking it to us, but our team, we asked them last week, you've just gotta hang in there," coach
It's a good argument that Virginia Tech shouldn't have been in such a tightly contested game against a team that's 2-8. But the Eagles were playing on senior day and were certainly inspired by falling to No. 3 Notre Dame just 21-6 the previous week.
But there were a few good individual efforts for the Hokies. There's senior
But lastly, there was junior wide receiver
"The good thing about Marcus is when he got his chance to get in there, he made the most of it. There's something about that too," Beamer told IMG. "That's what we talk about with our kids a lot, is keep battling and when you get an opportunity, take advantage of it. He certainly did that."
Next week's rivalry game has more significance now. Virginia Tech has bragging rights with in-state rival Virginia at home, but also a must-win to go to a bowl game in its 20th straight season.
"We need it to get to a bowl, so that's incentive," Beamer told IMG. "But it's UVA and that's incentive right there. We're gonna enjoy this for the plane ride home and the bus ride back to Blacksburg and maybe a couple of hours after that and get ready to go against UVA."
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