(BLACKSBURG, Va.) — Virginia Tech kicker Cody Journell forced overtime. Then he won the game for the Hokies.
Journell hit a 41-yard field goal with no time left to force the extra period, then nailed a 17-yarder in OT to sink Georgia Tech (0-1) in the opener for both teams.
“I really just try to clear my head of everything whenever I’m out on the field,” said Journell, who earlier missed from 38 yards. “I just tried to let everything go and do what I needed to do.”
Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington led a comeback in the fourth quarter and threw a touchdown pass with 44 seconds left in regulation to give the Yellow Jackets a lead, before Journell got the chance to tie the game for the 16th ranked Hokies.
Washington, however, threw a crucial interception in the overtime period that helped Viginia Tech set up the game-winner. He finished 10 of 15 for 96 yards and a touchdown to go along with the pick.
“I thought we hung in there great,” Hokies head coach Frank Beamer said. “Those guys know what they’re doing. They’re tough all game. It’s a right-at-you ballgame.”
Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News