Saturday, November 10, 2012

(L) Virginia Tech vs. #8 Florida State

After his first half interception against Florida State, Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas has now thrown a pick in 8 straight games. It is the longest such streak in the country this season.
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- E.J. Manuel and Florida State had no reason to panic when they got the ball with 2:19 to go needing to score.

That fearlessness might have had a lot to do with Manuel being the one in charge.

Limited to minus-15 rushing yards for the game, the Seminoles got 7 from James Wilder Jr. on a fourth-and-1 play from their 41 on the final drive, and Manuel, a Virginia Beach native, hit Greg Dent for 13 yards two plays later. After Manuel threw a pass away under pressure, the senior quarterback hit Rashad Greene with a slant pass that Greene took 39 yards for a touchdown with 40 seconds to play, and the Seminoles survived a scare to beat Virginia Tech 28-22 on Thursday night.

Manuel was sacked five times, but finished 25 of 42 for 326 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Greene caught six passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

The Seminoles (9-1, 6-1 ACC) won their fourth straight and moved within a victory against Maryland on Nov. 17 of securing a spot in the ACC championship game Dec. 1. And they did it in dramatic fashion.

The Hokies (4-6, 2-4) lost for the fifth time in six games despite holding Florida State to 311 yards, more than 200 below its average, and will have to beat Boston College and Virginia to qualify for a bowl game for the 20th straight year.

The game was delayed for about 10 minutes in the third quarter when Virginia Tech safety Michael Cole was hurt and lay face-down and motionless on the field. As the crowd stood in silence, Cole was taken away by ambulance. The school said he had a neck sprain, but had feeling and movement in his extremities.

"Michael Cole suffered a cervical neck sprain this evening," head trainer Mike Goforth said in a statement released after the game. "He was conscious on the field, able to move all extremities, but had neck pain and numbness in the upper extremities."

Goforth said a CT scan was negative for any fracture and Cole was to be released from LewisGale Montgomery Hospital.

More information:
Hokies Face Uphill Battle as 14-point Underdogs

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