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.