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Boise State couldn’t answer that score. Kyle Brotzman missed wide left from 30 yards and Hazley answered with a 34-yarder for Virginia Tech to make it 30-26.

Virginia Tech had a chance to run out the clock, but couldn’t do it, Taylor threw an incomplete pass on third down that stopped the clock and gave Boise State extra time.

“When it’s all said and done, we were one first down from winning that football game,” Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said.

With no timeouts left, that incomplete pass helped a lot. Then Mitch Burroughs broke off a 25-yard punt return — a flag for a possible illegal block was picked up by the officials — that set up Moore at the Boise State 44.

He hit three straight passes and on the third, a 14-yarder on the sideline to Pettis, Tech’s Bruce Taylor hit the receiver just a tad late out of bounds to tack on more yards.

After an incomplete throw, Moore and Pettis connected for the fourth lead change of the second half — and there was joy in Boise.

Tyrod Taylor, who carried the Hokies all game, couldn’t come up with one drive. Defending Western Athletic Conference champion Boise State knelt on the ball and now faces a schedule in which it will likely be favored, usually heavily favored, the rest of the season.