Hokies beat Rutgers in OT to take Russell Athletic Bowl
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Virginia Tech overcame a 10-point fourth- quarter deficit as Cody Journell's 22-yard field goal in overtime sent the Hokies to a 13-10 victory over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
Despite being shut out on just 79 yards of offense through the first three quarters, Virginia Tech (7-6) got two scores in the final period to draw even. After the Hokies got the ball first to start OT, Journell's kick proved to be the difference after Rutgers' Nick Borgese was unable to match when his 42- yard attempt sailed just wide right.
Although they finished with their worst record in 20 years, the Hokies concluded the campaign on a high note by winning their final three games.
Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas struggled for most of the contest, completing just 15-of-39 throws with two interceptions, but tossed a touchdown pass to Corey Fuller in the fourth quarter to tie the game. He passed for 193 yards in the Hokies' 12th straight win over Rutgers.
After a promising start to the season for Rutgers (9-4), it ends the 2012 campaign on a sour note. After falling short of a BCS berth when losing to Louisville in their regular-season finale, the Scarlet Knights were denied a chance at just the third 10-win campaign in school history in the loss.
Coming in as winners in five straight bowl games, Rutgers could not score an offensive touchdown and tallied just 196 yards of total offense. Gary Nova completed 17-of-40 throws for 129 yards with an interception, and Savon Huggins rushed for 48 yards on 18 carries in Rutgers' third consecutive loss.
Khaseem Greene scored the Scarlet Knights' only touchdown by recovering a fumble in the end zone on the second play of the game.