CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — By the time Boston College finished its 34-27 win Saturday, Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas could've looked at any of his four second-half turnovers as significant momentum-changers. But his second interception ended up being Tech's most devastating moment.
Thomas' second interception of the day, and 12th of the season, was returned 33 yards for a touchdown by linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis with seven minutes left in the game to put BC up 27-20. Tech (6-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) never tied or held the lead again, and heads to Miami next Saturday no longer in control of its own destiny in the Coastal Division.
"I'm usually frustrated after every game that we lose, especially this one, just because I thought we had it in the bag," said Thomas, who also had four turnovers — all interceptions — on Oct. 26 in Tech's 13-10 loss to Duke. "I made a bad play for the pick-six. I thought we had a great game plan coming in, and we did, and we executed very well other than the turnovers. That's what hurts the most."
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By the end of the game, Thomas had completed 24 of 41 passes for 391 yards and two touchdowns, but those numbers seemed far less impressive when taking his four second-half turnovers into consideration. He had two interceptions and two lost fumbles.
"(I) never wavered on Cody Journell, and never will waver on Logan," said Tech coach Frank Beamer, comparing his support of Thomas to his propping up of Journell earlier this season. "(Thomas is) too good a competitor. He's too smart … everything is right about him. Maybe he tries too hard, but that's not a bad fault. I think Logan gives us an opportunity to win."
Tech outgained BC 446-289 in yardage, but BC capitalized on Tech's mistakes, scoring 17 points off Thomas' turnovers. Tech, which had a 10-7 halftime lead on the strength of Journell's 56-yard field goal with one second left in the second quarter, had just 55 yards rushing on 29 carries. BC running back Andre Williams also punished Tech's defense, running 33 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns.
"Just after last week it was hard to look past this game because we knew we had to come in here and get a win," Tech linebacker Jack Tyler said. "Defensive-wise, I thought we played well for 95 percent of the game. Unfortunately, like I said before, not playing well 100 percent of the time will get you beat, and it did."
On the interception that gave BC (4-4, 2-3) the lead for good, Thomas said he was trying to throw the ball at wide receiver Demitri Knowles' feet. Thomas indicated a BC player made contact with him, causing the pass to sail into Pierre-Louis' arms.
Despite Thomas' errors, Tech still had a chance to climb back into the game in the closing minutes, but it got worse for the Hokies before they ultimately cut into the Eagles' advantage.
"Everybody has their own job and you've got to take care of your own job," said Thomas, who connected with receiver Joshua Stanford six times for 171 yards. "For me, I thought I did well today besides two or three plays."
Tech turned the ball over on downs on its next possession at BC's 38-yard line. Williams made Tech pay on the Eagles' first play after the turnover on downs by running 62 yards for a touchdown with 4:35 remaining to push BC's lead to 34-20.
"We wanted to hold this team to 14 or less points," said BC coach Steve Addazio, whose team snapped a five-game losing streak in games against Tech. "We didn't. We got it back by stripping and getting turnovers. That was the way of getting it back. We gave up too many chunk plays, but we took that yardage back in turnovers."
With BC seemingly in control, Thomas led Tech on a successful drive, capped by a 22-yard touchdown on a screen pass to running back Trey Edmunds with 2:54 left to trim BC's advantage to 34-27.
Tech had two timeouts left and burned both before forcing BC to punt with 1:49 left. After taking over at Tech's 28, Thomas fumbled the ball away three plays later at Tech's 33 with 1:21 remaining to end the Hokies' chances.
"We just didn't do the things in the second half that good football teams do," Beamer said. "I'm not going to give up hope on this thing. We've got to get out of the funk, and momentum's a thing — sometimes it starts going against you like it did last week, it continues on."
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