In a vacuum, the final play wasn’t anything to write home about. But the journey to get there sure was.
The Hokies needed a whopping six(!) overtimes to complete the task, but they were in fact able to record a win over the visiting UNC Tar Heels Saturday evening in Blacksburg.
There was an amazing one-handed catch to help keep their hopes alive, a missed field goal to shatter them in the fourth overtime period, and everything in between.
The fact that it ended on such a simple two-point conversion almost seems anticlimactic.
The marathon game itself was anything but anticlimactic, however. The two programs traded great plays and failed opportunities all afternoon long, but ultimately it was Virginia Tech who managed to come away with a big win.
It was an instant classic, and something students and fans alike in attendance won’t soon forget.
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BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Quincy Patterson's two-point conversion run in the sixth overtime lifted Virginia Tech a wild 43-41 victory over North Carolina on Saturday in the longest game in ACC history.
Both teams squandered opportunities to win the game in earlier overtime periods, as Virginia Tech kicker Brian Johnson missed game-winning attempts from 41 and 42 yards and North Carolina kicker Noah Ruggles missed from 35 yards and had a 44-yard attempt blocked.
The game marked the debut of college football's new overtime rules, which now call for going for two points after the fourth overtime. In the fifth overtime, Virginia Tech (5-2, 2-2 ACC) had the ball first, but Patterson's pass to Damon Hazelton was broken up by the Tar Heels' Storm Duck, giving the Tar Heels an opportunity to win the game.
North Carolina (3-4, 2-2 ACC), though, couldn't convert. Virginia Tech's Khalil Ladler read an option play perfectly and tackled Michael Carter for a loss, sending the game into a sixth overtime. The Tar Heels received the ball first, but quarterback Sam Howell was tackled for a loss, setting up Patterson's game-winning conversion.
The loss spoiled an outstanding game by Howell, who completed 26 of 49 for 348 yards and five touchdowns.
Patterson played the majority of the second half for the Hokies after starting quarterback Hendon Hooker went down with an injury late in the first half. He rushed for 122 yards on 21 carries and threw for 54 yards to pace the Hokies.
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Virginia Tech’s loss to Duke was bad. Really bad. And it may actually be worse than you think.
The Hokies’ 45-10 loss to Duke was the worst home loss the program has suffered since 1974. Starting quarterback Ryan Willis completed only seven passes, Virginia Tech was outgained 422 to 259 and the team dropped to 0-2 in the conference for the first time as either a Big East or ACC team.
Virginia Tech now sits at 2-2 on the season. That is not the start the team would have wanted, but it is not a hole the team could not dig out of...except the team is much worse than 2-2.
The Hokies’ two wins this season came against Old Dominion and Furman. The two games Virginia Tech played against Power Five opponents this season were both losses. In fact, Virginia Tech has only one Power Five win in its last seven games stretching back to last season.
Here’s a look at those seven games:
45-10 loss to Duke on Sept. 27
35-28 loss to Boxton College on Aug. 31
34-31 OT win over Virginia on Nov. 23, 2018
38-14 loss to Miami on Nov. 17, 2018
52-22 loss to Pitt on Nov. 10, 2018
31-21 loss to Boston College on Nov. 3, 2018
49-28 loss to Georgia Tech on Oct. 25, 2018
Clearly, Virginia Tech’s problems are worse than just one bad game against Duke.
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