Va. Tech edged Rutgers in OT in Russell Bowl

Va. Tech edged Rutgers in OT in Russell Bowl
December 28, 2012, 9:38 pm
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Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas, center, throws to an open receiver while under pressure from Rutgers defensive end Marvin Booker, bottom right, during the second quarter of an NCAA college football Russell Athletic Bowl game on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Cody Journell kicked a 22-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime to help Virginia Tech beat Rutgers 13-10 in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Friday night.

Virginia Tech (7-6) won its third straight game to avoid its first losing season since 1992.

Rutgers (9-4) had a chance to tie it in overtime, but Nick Borgese missed a 42-yard field-goal attempt to the right.

Virginia Tech trailed 10-0 at the half, then rallied in the final 30 minutes thanks to some timely turnovers and offense. Quarterback Logan Thomas struggled in the first and finished with a pair of interceptions, but also had 192 passing yards and the game's only passing touchdown.