Virginia Tech holds off BC in overtime

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Virginia Tech holds off BC in overtime

BOSTON (AP) -- Logan Thomas threw for two touchdowns -- the second a 7-yarder to Randall Dunn in overtime -- and ran for another score to help Virginia Tech keep its bowl hopes alive with a 30-23 comeback win over Boston College on Saturday.

The Hokies (5-6, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) need to beat rival Virginia at home next Saturday to become bowl-eligible for the 20th straight season.

The Eagles (2-9, 1-6) look to avoid matching their worst record since 1989 next week at North Carolina State.

The victory snapped Virginia Tech's seven-game losing streak away from Lane Stadium. It was the longest since nine straight in coach Frank Beamer's first two seasons -- 1987-88.

Thomas completed 16 of 33 passes for 247 yards and added a 1-yard touchdown run.

Cody Journell kicked three field goals for Virginia Tech.

Rolandan Finch rushed 26 times for 133 yards and Nate Freese booted three field goals for BC.

Chase Rettig was 13 of 30 for 129 yards and one touchdown for the Eagles.

Boston College won the toss before overtime and elected to play defense first. Virginia Tech scored on its initial possession.

The Hokies then held BC, tackling David Dudeck 5 yards short after he collected a swing pass from Rettig on a fourth-and-11 play.

With Virginia Tech holding a 20-16 edge, BC grabbed the lead when Dudeck, a freshman, took a handoff, hesitated at the line and burst through an open hole for his first career a TD run -- a 12-yarder with 4:11 to play.

The Hokies then marched 62 yards in 10 plays, with Journell's third field goal of the game -- a 41-yarder -- tying it at 23-all with 65 seconds left.

The crowd booed when BC elected to run the ball three times on its next possession, starting at its 17.

Virginia Tech, which trailed by 10 at the half, took a 17-13 lead on Thomas' 37-yard TD pass to Marcus Davis late in the third quarter. The play came on a third-and-17 after BC elected to accept a holding call and move the Hokies out of field goal range. The Eagles had stopped Thomas on a scramble up the middle on the prior play near the 22.

On the ensuing drive, Freese's third field goal of the game -- a 42-yarder -- cut it to 17-16, but Journell's 42-yard field goal with 6:15 to play restored the Hokies' four-point lead.

Trailing 13-3, the Hokies' Demitri Knowles returned the second half kickoff 75 yards to the Eagles' 20. Seven plays later, Thomas lunged the ball across the goal line on fourth-and-goal from the 1 after being stopped initially at the line. The play was reviewed and upheld.

BC grabbed a 10-3 lead early into the second quarter when Rettig connected on a well-executed, play-action pass for a 2-yard TD to Alex Amidon, who was wide open in the right corner of the end zone. Finch ran for 38 yards and Rettig hit tight end Chris Pantale for 23 on the 86-yard drive.

Beamer made what ended up being a costly decision late in the half, helping give BC enough time to march down for a 35-yard field goal by Freese with 4 seconds left in the half.

The Hokies elected to go for it on a fourth-and-3 at the Eagles' 40 and Knowles, after catching a pass, had the ball knocked out of his hands by linebacker Nick Clancy on what would have been a first down. Rettig completed consecutive passes for 26 yards total, then connected with Amidon for 16 before the Eagles had to settle for Freese's kick.

BC had taken a 3-0 lead when Freese kicked a 36-yard field goal at the end of the Eagles' first drive of the game after Spiffy Evans' 40-yard punt return gave them the possession at the Hokies' 29.

Virginia Tech tied it on the next possession on Journell's 26-yard field. The score was set up by 69-yard pass from Thomas to Corey Fuller deep down the middle on a third-and-19 from the Hokies' 10.

Virginia Tech to hold four satellite camps

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Virginia Tech to hold four satellite camps

The hot topic around college football this offseason has been satellite camps and now the Hokies are getting into the mix. Head coach Justin Fuente announced on Tuesday that Virginia Tech will have four satellite camps over the summer, two will take place in key regions in Virginia while the other two will be out of state in Atlanta and New Jersey.

Of the two camps in Virginia, one will take place in the "757"—the Hampton, Norfolk, Virginia Beach area—while the other will be in Northern Virginia. The 757 region is an incredibly fertile recruiting area that has caught the attention of southern powerhouses like Florida State. Northern Virginia is also a hotly contested area with competition from the University of Virginia and the University of Maryland, among others.

The ACC previously banned satellite camps and pushed for a ban by the NCAA. The NCAA did ban the practice altogther, briefly, but after a national outcry, the ban was overturned last month.

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For his part, Fuente is not a fan of these camps, but recognizes the necessity of holding them.

“There’s a lot of issues with camps right now that we’re all trying to vet through,” Fuente said via Mike Barber of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “In general, the whole traveling camp (idea) is not particularly good. It just opens up a lot of room for abuse. They’re not regulated at all. But I’m excited about being able to travel in our state.”

Going to Atlanta is an interesting move, but a necessary one if the Hokies hope to return to their former glory. Recruiting in the south opens Virginia Tech to more top-tier recruits. Obviously, it will be difficult to lure southern prospects away from the SEC powers, but being able to build a footprint in the SEC's backyard will greatly help Fuente's task of rebuilding the team into a conference contender.

The move to New Jersey also makes sense. The lack of a power program in the Northeast essentially makes the region up for grabs. Schools like Ohio State and Penn State have taken advantage of Rutgers' move to the Big Ten, but obviously the ACC maintains a presence throughout the east coast.

Virginia Tech's rather remote location makes holding these camps within the state important. The state was previously dominated by the Hokies in the glory days of the Frank Beamer era, but in-state recruiting has slipped in recent years. Holding Virginia camps will help Virginia Tech maintain its presence in the state.

“I think it’s certainly necessary in our state,” Fuente said. “We’re just going to dip our toe in the water of the other ones and see how that goes. I’m genuinely excited to do the ones here.”

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Virginia fires legendary lacrosse coach Dom Starsia

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Virginia fires legendary lacrosse coach Dom Starsia

Virginia is making a change in leadership at the head of its lacrosse program.

On Monday the university announced that Dom Starsia, the all-time winningest coach in Division I lacrosse history with 375 victories, is being removed from his head coaching position, with a national search for a replacement to follow.

 

“Dom Starsia is a Hall of Fame coach and I want to thank him for all he has done for Virginia men’s lacrosse, UVA athletics, the University of Virginia, and the Charlottesville community,” Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage said in a statement. “In addition to winning 73 percent of his games at UVA with multiple ACC and NCAA championships, Dom was committed to the development of student-athletes as his teams were cited for their sportsmanship and academic achievements. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have worked with and learned from Dom."

Under his watch, the Cavaliers won the ACC regular season championship ten times, and led the program to four National Championships (1999, 2003, 2006 and 2011).

He took a program that had not made the NCAA Tournament in four consecutive seasons and had not won a national championship since 1972 and turned it into arguably the top program in college lacrosse. Virginia is not just a good program, nor is it just a great program. It is a blue-blood program, something that can only be ascribed to one of three or four programs.

But the firing of Starsia comes on the heels of a 7-8 record, the program's second in three years, capping a four year stretch in which the program lost at least five games a year, for a 34-27 record since the start to the 2013 season. Prior to 2013, Starsia's Virginia teams had lost five games in a season just five times since taking over as the head coach of the Cavaliers in 1993. Virginia has a 1-15 record in the ACC since 2013 and has dropped 12 consecutive conference games. 

It also ends two weeks of speculation for Starsia, the program and recruits. On May 17th, it was reported that the university would not be renewing Starsia's contract. Two days later on May 19, a report indicated a contract extension had been confirmed.

But now it is official: Virginia is in the market for a new lacrosse coach for the first time since 1992.

Frank Beamer seems to be really enjoying retirement

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Frank Beamer seems to be really enjoying retirement

Retirement doesn't seem to suit everyone, especially in sports. History is full of examples of players and coaches who get antsy soon after calling it quits. That doesn't seem to be the case with Frank Beamer.

Beamer stepped aside at the end of the 2015 season after a 44-year college coaching career that included 29 years as the head coach at Virginia Tech. After such a long and storied career, you could understand if Beamer struggled a bit to adjust to life outside of coaching, but he seems to be doing just fine.

Hey, when you lead a program to 22 bowl games, seven conference championships and one national championship game berth, you can enjoy retirement any way you want.

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