November 24, 2012

Journell Kicks VT To Bowl With 17-14 Victory

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It certainly hasn't been all smiles in Blacksburg this fall. And for most of Saturday against UVA, it was more of the same story. But the Hokies battled back from a second-half deficit and defeated their in-state rival by a score of 17-14 to advance to a bowl game.

Cody Journell made a 32-yard field goal as time expired to keep the Hokies season alive for one more game in 2012, just three minutes after missing one from 42 yards.

Antone Exum set the tone by forcing and recovering a fumble on UVA's first drive, and set up Journell's game-winner by intercepting Michael Rocco with less than three minutes remaining.

After a scoreless first quarter, Virginia Tech had 28 total yards and the game's leading rusher was Jeron Gouveia-Winslow- thanks to an 8-yard fake punt run.

The Hokies took a 7-0 lead early in the second thanks to Randall Dunn's second touchdown catch in as many weeks. Similar to the play that beat Boston College in overtime, Thomas found Dunn in the back of the end zone on third down from seven yards out.

However, UVA tied the game with 3:30 remaining in the half on a 42-yard touchdown catch by Tim Smith from Michael Rocco. Detrick Bonner had a tough missed tackle on the play.

As the two teams entered the locker room for halftime, the game had resembled an elementary school recess with a total of 258 combined yards for both teams.

In the third quarter, disaster struck when Logan Thomas fumbled while getting sacked and UVA's Brent Urban returned it for a 16-yard touchdown. Down seven points at home in the second half, the boo birds deservedly came out at Lane Stadium.

UVA attempted a fake of its own in the middle of the third quarter on a field goal, but Kyshoen Jarrett stopped the holder short of the first down. That kept it a one-score game, and the Hokies were able to tie the game on their next drive.

Embarking on a 15-play, 85-yard drive in 6:23, Thomas ran in a four-yard keeper to tie the game at 14 at the end of the third quarter.

That set up the fourth quarter dramatics, which included a missed Journell field goal.

Virginia Tech noves on to play in a bowl game at 6-6, while UVA finishes its season at 4-8.


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