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Florida State vs. Virginia Tech: Hokies can't hold on, fall 28-22 to Seminoles

Rashad Greene's 39-yard catch-and-run touchdown with 40 seconds left gives Florida State the victory over Virginia Tech.

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Hokies 'lose heartbreaker' to Seminoles on Thurs.

The Virginia Tech Hokies held a 22-20 lead over the No. 10 Florida State Seminoles with under three minutes to play in the fourth quarter on Thursday night, before Seminoles quarterback E.J. Manuel engineered a game-winning drive that ended in a 39-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Rashad Greene.

Chris Hatcher of SB Nation's Gobbler Country said it was another case this season of the Hokies not taking advantage of opportunities, as he pointed to Virginia Tech's drive, which ultimately ended in the field goal that gave them the 22-20 lead, that stalled inside the 10-yard line. Hatcher explains:

With under seven minutes remaining, knowing they needed another score and with momentum on their side, Tech marched the ball down the field, methodically picking up medium-yardage, until they got to the FSU 13-yard line, where they began to quazi-run the clock (leaving as much as 15 seconds on the play clock).

Hatcher added, "It was a display of terrible clock management, as the Hokies either kept themselves from getting more time on their last possession, or gave the Seminoles more time depending on how it would have played out. At any rate, they were unable to pick up a first down, and on 4th-and-1 at the FSU 4-yard line, opted to kick a 21-yard field goal to make it 22-20 in favor of the Hokies with 2:19 remaining."

With the loss, one in which Hatcher noted "players showed max effort, hung in there, and made a real game out of a matchup with a team that is in the top-10," Virginia Tech must win their last two games to become bowl eligible.


Seminoles score late touchdown, beat VTech, 28-22

Virginia Tech played No. 10 Florida State close throughout, but a touchdown in the final minutes ruined their upset bid.


Hokies down 3 as game goes to 4th quarter

The Virginia Tech Hokies fell behind the Florida State Seminoles by double-digits, but closed the gap as the third quarter wound down. The Hokies now trail the Seminoles, 20-17, heading into the fourth.

After Hokies safety Michael Cole was taken off the field in an ambulance for precautionary reasons after suffering a neck strain, Seminoles quarterback E.J. Manuel connected with wide receiver Greg Dent for a 10-yard touchdown pass to give Florida State the 20-10 lead.

On the following drive, however, Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas completed an eight-play, 80-yard drive himself by rushing in for the touchdown from five yards out, trimming the Seminoles' lead to 20-17 as the quarter came to a close.

Florida State's touchdown was the result of a fumble by Virginia Tech wide receiver Marcus Davis. The Seminoles' Vince Williams recovered at the Hokies' 49-yard line.

Each team now has an interception and a fumble lost.


Hokies safety Michael Cole leaves in ambulance

Virginia Tech Hokies safety Michael Cole was taken off the field in an ambulance in the third quarter of Thursday night's game against the Florida State Seminoles.

After being driven off the field in the ambulance, a team physician confirmed a few minutes later that the injury sustained was a neck sprain but that Cole did have feeling in his hands.

The injury was sustained in the early portion of the third quarter with Florida State on offense. Cole, the 6'1, 199-pound freshman from Roanoka, Va., has two interceptions for the Hokies this season, as the team is struggling through a 4-5 overall record and 2-3 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

At the time the injury was sustained, the Hokies were trailing the Seminoles, 13-10, as Florida State scored in the closing minute of the first half to reclaim the lead following a late Virginia Tech touchdown pass from quarterback Logan Thomas.


Seminoles score late, lead Hokies 13-10 at half

After the two teams alternated field goals in the first quarter, the Virginia Tech Hokies broke through to the end zone in the second, but surrendered a late score to the Florida State Seminoles, who lead, 13-10, at halftime on Thursday night.

Late in the quarter, the Hokies took the 10-6 lead on a four-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Logan Thomas to wide receiver Corey Fuller. The reception capped a nine-play, 68-yard drive.

The Seminoles, though, were quick to respond, as quarterback EJ Manuel hit wide receiver Rashad Greene on a 25-yard touchdown strike with under a minute to play in the quarter to grab the 13-10 advantage.

That quick offensive outburst was set up by Florida State taking the lead back early in the frame, thanks to a 45-yard field goal from placekicker Dustin Hopkins that finished off a drive following Thomas's only interception, which was picked off by Tyler Hunter at Virginia Tech's 34-yard line.

After forcing a Hokies punt, Hunter fumbled on the subsequent return and Virginia Tech recovered on the Seminoles' 30-yard line. The offense went three-and-out and left the field without points, however, as Cody Journell missed a 43-yard field goal attempt, keeping the score at 6-3, Florida State, at the time.


Virginia Tech, Florida St. tied at 3 after first

As their respective quarterbacks are off to slow starts, Virginia Tech and Florida State are tied at 3 after the first.


Virginia Tech faces Florida St. on Thursday night

The Seminoles and Hokies meet for a conference showdown with big ACC implications.

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