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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - David Wilson got Virginia Tech's offense on track with a long touchdown run in the third quarter and Logan Thomas threw for a touchdown and ran for another as the No. 16 Hokies beat Boston College 30-14 on Saturday for their third consecutive victory.
The Hokies (7-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 7-6 at halftime, but Wilson broke off a 42-yard touchdown run on their first possession of the third quarter, and Thomas then led consecutive scoring drives, waking up a Lane Stadium crowd that had had little to cheer about.
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Chase Rettig led a short scoring drive that gave the Eagles (1-6, 0-4) a 7-0 lead after just 3 minutes, and hit Chris Pantale with a 7-yard TD throw in the fourth quarter. He had trouble getting inside the Hokies' 40 otherwise, and threw a drive-killing interception.
The Hokies had plenty of trouble in the first half, managing just a pair of field goals as Wilson, the nation's No. 5 rusher coming in with an average of 129 yards, got just six carries.
The Hokies fixed that once they got the ball after halftime. Wilson had three carries for 50 yards in their first series, the last a 42-yard burst down the right sideline for the TD. On the play, Thomas rolled with him, then pitched it outside with defenders closing in.
The Eagles mounted their first real drive of the game in response, but on first-and-10 from the Hokies 22, Tariq Edwards stepped in front of Rettig's pass for an interception at the 11.
Two runs by Wilson covered the first 20 yards, and Thomas had a 29-yard completion to Danny Coale before throwing one up for Marcus Davis to go get in the end zone on the next play. The 6-foot-4 Davis easily came down with the ball despite close coverage by 6-1 cornerback Donnie Fletcher.
After another three-and-out for the Eagles, a 31-yard pass from Thomas to Coale highlighted a 56-yard march, with the 6-6 Thomas first converting a fourth-and-1, and then diving in for the score.
That made it 27-7 with 13:42 to play, and Rettig's late TD pass was not a threat.
Wilson finished with 134 yards on 17 carries, and Thomas added 60 on 16 attempts. He also completed 22 of 36 passes for 268 yards, and was 10 for 11 for 126 yards in the second half.
Rettig finished 13 for 30 for 181 yards. He was sacked four times.
The Eagles struck quickly after holding the Hokies to a three-and-out on their opening series, with the help of a 9-yard punt by Michael Branthover that set them up at the Tech 35.
On second-and-12, Rettig hit Colin Larmond for 35 yards, then ran it in on the next play.
The Hokies struggled throughout the first half, only getting field goals by Cody Journell of 26 and 36 yards. The latter ended a 61-yard drive that consumed the final minute of the first half, and may have gotten the offense started.
Journell added a 24-yarder with 3:43 remaining in the game.