A football team’s biggest goal is leaving the stadium with a better record than when they entered it. Virginia Tech achieved that goal on Saturday, 29-21 in triple overtime.
While many complained about the Hokies poor performance against Marshall, consider this: Marshall performed at a much higher level than the Hokies did for much of the contest, yet they’d do just about anything to switch spots right about now.
It’s better to be lucky than to be good
Logan Thomas, Jack Tyler and Willie Byrn all had identical reactions Saturday when asked about the multiple lucky breaks that went in their favor against Marshall: “Finally.”
The Hokies were outplayed for much of Saturday’s game and could have easily been 2-2 on Saturday night. The Football Gods would have none of that, though.
The biggest break of all came on a fourth and goal from Marshall’s two-yard line with just over three minutes left in the game.
Trailing by seven, with the final outcome relying heavily on one play, Thomas took the shotgun snap and sprinted right out of the pocket.
Watching receiver Willie Byrn the whole way, Thomas released right into awaiting hands. The hands weren’t those of Byrn, but rather those of Marshall defensive back Darryl Roberts.
Roberts, unable to secure the ball, deflected it over his head to Bryn, who was waiting in the corner of the endzone and secured his first collegiate touchdown grab.
“The play was open. The guy made a really good play. Fortunately for us, he’s not 6’4”,” Byrn said. “He undercut it and he just made a really good play and I was lucky enough to see the tip all the way through and it came into my hands.”
Thomas prefaced his postgame comments by thanking “God for everything he’s given (him).” Thomas was clearly aware of just how fortunate his team was on numerous occasions.
One such occasion was when punter A.J. Hughes fumbled a long snap in the second quarter, only to pick it up and scramble for 12 yards for the first down, and shift field position in the process.
Another was on third down in triple overtime when Thomas forced a pass to a covered Byrn, but a pass interference prolonged the drive and led to the eventual game-winning touchdown.
On the very next drive when Marshall faced a do-or-die fourth down to keep the game alive, receiver Davonte Allen let the ball slip through his hands in the endzone.
“I feel like my entire time here those breaks have gone every other team’s way,” Tyler said. “It just felt like today they were finally coming our way. It’s nice to finally get a game like that. That last play that Willie caught, a little fortunate, but I mean that’s football. I’ve seen it happen against us. It’s tough, but it’s nice to finally get that on our side.”