Posted September 21, 2013

Virginia Tech outlasts Marshall 29-21 in rain-soaked triple-overtime affair

Marshall Thundering Herd, Virginia Tech Hokies
Logan Thomas

Virginia Tech beat Marshall after Logan Thomas rushed for a TD in triple overtime. (Peter Casey/USA Today Sports)

As heavy rain drenched attendees at Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium on Saturday, the last thing fans probably expected was extra football. But that’s exactly what took place in a back-and-forth meeting between the Hokies and Thundering Herd. It took some late heroics by much-maligned quarterback Logan Thomas for Virginia Tech to ultimately emerge with a 29-21 triple-overtime victory.

Thomas, who had thrown three touchdowns to four interceptions through the season’s first three games, wasn’t very accurate early for the Hokies. He went 6-of-17 with two interceptions in the first half, as Marshall carried a 21-14 lead into the break. Virginia Tech’s defense wasn’t living up to its billing, either. Marshall had gained 205 yards by halftime; Alabama gained just 206 total yards in a 35-10 win over coach Frank Beamer’s squad on Aug. 31.

Still, after a scoreless third quarter, the Hokies responded. Thomas completed a two-yard touchdown pass to Willie Byrn — a pass that deflected off the fingertips of Marshall cornerback Darryl Roberts — to tie the score at 21 with 3:15 remaining. Marshall’s potential go-ahead drive was thwarted when Virginia Tech’s Kyshoen Jarrett made an impressive interception on a Rakeem Cato heave with just more than a minute to play:

The teams headed into two straight scoreless overtimes before Thomas rushed for a two-yard touchdown in the third overtime. The Hokies hung on after Marshall wideout Davonte Allen dropped a Cato pass in the back of the end zone to close out the game.

5 comments
JimKirkwood1
JimKirkwood1

After his first season, some pundits were predicting Thomas would be a first round draft choice if he came out after the following year. And they get paid for their opinions

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

Try a real QB.  Is there a reason to recruit players like Bucky Hodges and sit them behind someone who has proved he is not a QB?  Move to Thomas to TE where he has a chance to play at the next level.

_Aicher
_Aicher

@haldaehnke probably. Had a feeling this was going to be a down year for us. We'll find out how bad we are soon.

haldaehnke
haldaehnke

@_Aicher so far I have to be slightly buzzed to watch a husker game this year. Gonna be rough