Turnovers doom Hokies in loss at Boston College
BOSTON — Four turnovers and three blown leads added up to the second straight frustrating loss for suddenly tumbling Virginia Tech.
Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Lewis had a 33-yard interception return for a touchdown midway into the fourth quarter and Andre Williams ran for a pair of scores, lifting Boston College to a 34-27 win over the Hokies on Saturday afternoon.
Logan Thomas followed his four-interception game last week by turning the ball over four times again, twice each by fumbles and picks, as the Hokies fell apart late in the game.
“I think our team is in a little bit of a funk,” Hokies coach Frank Beamer said.
And it started with Thomas‘ bad day, coming off a frustrating 13-10 loss at home against Duke last week.
“Turnovers were the story again,” he said. “We just have to take care of the football. Defense played well other than we gave them the ball at bad field position. We did everything we wanted today. They couldn’t stop us if they wanted to; we stopped ourselves.”
Thomas completed 24 of 41 passes for 391 yards and two TDs, but his turnovers led to 17 Boston College points.
The Hokies (6-3, 3-2 ACC) took their third lead of the game on Cody Journell’s 47-yard field goal — his second long one of the day — 1:52 into the final quarter. But BC rallied again, tying it on Nate Freese’s 43-yard field goal midway into the fourth quarter.
“You have to step on him before he gets started,” Beamer said. “He’s a strong, powerful player. Definitely a big-time back.”
The Eagles had lost the last five meetings between the schools.
On the next possession with a third-and-5 from his own 30, Thomas, under pressure and back pedaling, threw a floating pass over the middle that Pierre-Louis picked off and broke down the right sideline for the go-ahead score with 7 minutes to play.
After BC stopped the Hokies on a fourth-and-6 from its own 38, Williams burst through the right side of the line for a 62-yard score on the next play.
Thomas hit Trey Edmunds with a 22-yard TD pass with 2:54 to play, cutting it to 34-27.
The Hokies took over on their own 28 with 1:49 to play, but Thomas fumbled it away again three plays later.