Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Hokies look like Hokies in rallying

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Logan Thomas knows how Virginia Tech is supposed to play. He finally got to experience it Saturday — after a 12-minute beatdown by Duke.

Thomas threw two touchdowns and J.C. Coleman ran for 183 yards and two touchdowns as the Hokies rallied from a 20-0 deficit to win 41-20.

The Hokies entered 3-3, their worst start since 2-3-1 in 1992.

"We were able to move the ball any way we wanted to — throwing it and running it — and the defense was pretty much shutting down everything," Thomas said. "If we play like that — special teams on top of it — that's Virginia Tech football."

Duke entered having won four in a row and needing one win to be bowl eligible for the first time since 1994. It gained 150 yards in the first quarter but 84 over the next two. Sean Renfree threw two interceptions before halftime and was sacked five times overall.

"Our bubble feels burst," coach David Cutcliffe said. "It hurts. It hurts a lot."

Renfree's second interception, by Detrick Bonner, came with 25 seconds left. One play later, Thomas found Marcus Davis wide open for a 42-yard touchdown that cut the deficit to 20-17.

"Obviously, that was a big shift in momentum," Renfree said.

Thomas hit Davis for 40 yards to set up the Hokies' first touchdown and later hit him for a 47-yard touchdown. Coleman's 45-yard run gave the Hokies their first lead, 24-20, and he scored on an 86-yard run in the fourth.

Davis, who caught five passes for 144 yards, said he believed once the Hokies started clicking, the Blue Devils got timid: "You could tell they didn't want to play with us anymore."

Maryland 27, Virginia 20: Stefon Diggs shined early as the visiting Terps built a 17-0 first-quarter lead. One of the nation's top recruits in February, he returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. Then when appearing hemmed in after catching a short pass, he spun away from a defender who had his shirttail, reversed field and went for 60 yards. "It was just one of those instinct plays," he said. The play set up a field goal. "Nothing he does surprises me," Terps coach Randy Edsall said. The Cavaliers have lost five in a row.

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