Friday, November 9, 2012

Late Score Lifts Noles Over Hokies

GREEN SCORING THE WINNING TD (Geoff Burke/Getty Images)

AP: Senior quarterback E.J.Manuel hit Rashad Greene with a slant pass that Greene took 39 yards for a touchdown with 40 seconds to play, and the Seminoles (No. 10 BCS, No. 8 AP) survived a scare to beat Virginia Tech 28-22 on Thursday night.

"Nobody was flustered, nobody was afraid," Manuel said about the drive that followed Virginia Tech's go-ahead field goal. "We all knew what we needed to do. We feel like we're built for things like that, and it showed tonight."

The Seminoles (9-1, 6-1 ACC) won their fourth straight and moved within a victory against Maryland on Nov. 17 of securing a spot in the ACC championship game Dec. 1. And they did it in dramatic fashion.

Limited to minus-15 rushing yards for the game, the Seminoles got 7 from James Wilder Jr. on a fourth-and-1 play from their 41 on the final drive, and Manuel, a Virginia Beach native, hit Greg Dent for 13 yards two plays later. After Manuel threw a pass away under pressure, he hit Greene on a short slant against a zone defense and Greene took it all the way.
(Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
Manuel was sacked five times, but finished 25 of 42 for 326 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Greene caught six passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

The Hokies (4-6, 2-4) lost for the fifth time in six games despite holding Florida State to 311 yards, more than 200 below its average, and will have to beat Boston College and Virginia to qualify for a bowl game for the 20th straight year.

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