Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Virginia Tech vs. Boise State

September 6, 2010
FedEx Field
Boise State took the 17-0 lead by taking advantage of a handful of critical Virginia Tech mistakes that set up two TD passes by Kellen Moore. But by halftime the Hokies from the Atlantic Coast Conference, one of those six leagues with automatic BSC bid, had climbed back into it with Ryan Williams scoring twice to cut the lead to 20-14.

The Broncos, coming to FedEx Field with their best preseason ranking ever, had to rally themselves to extend their winning streak to 15 games.

Moore hit Austin Pettis with a 13-yard touchdown pass with 1:09 left and No. 3 Boise State passed what might be its toughest test of the season, beating No. 10 Virginia Tech 33-30 on Monday night.

Moore, the undersized Heisman Trophy contender, threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns. He led a five-play, 56-yard touchdown drive in the final two minutes — aided by a [bullshit] Virginia Tech personal foul penalty.

Tyrod Taylor passed for 186 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 73 yards for the Hokies, who for the fourth straight season took a deflating early season loss.

"It's a frustrating loss knowing that we haven't been successful in the first game all these seasons, but I think we have a good team to go out there and bounce back from this," Taylor said.

Ryan Williams scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) and now has 13 TDs in his last four games dating back to last season. It was Williams' fourth game with three or more TDs over the last two seasons, tied for the second most in the FBS.

No tricks this time from Boise State, who captured the hearts of football fans with their 2007 Fiesta Bowl upset of Oklahoma and have just kept on winning ever since.

The winningest team of the past decade in major college football, Boise State yet again was forced to prove it was worthy of all the accolades — this time far from home on a field that was anything but neutral, packed with Hokies fans.

Even with 11 games left, the debate will start about whether they should become the first team from a league without an automatic BCS bid to play for a national championship if they go undefeated.

The Hokies fell to 0-22 against AP top-5 teams away from home and 1-26 overall. It was the first time since Dec. 7, 2002 that Virginia Tech lost a regular-season game when scoring 30-plus points (lost 56-45 to Miami).

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

ESPN Highlights & Postgame

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