MB’s Taylor has big night in his final game as a Hokie

Former Myrtle Beach High standout and Virginia Tech defensive end Bruce Taylor closed his college career in winning fashion Friday night.

The senior had 11 total tackles, 1 1/2 for a loss, in leading the Hokies’ defense to an impressive showing in defeating Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, FL.

Virginia Tech came back from 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat Rutgers 13-10 in overtime Friday night at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium.

Taylor’s final tackle, the last one made in the game – might have saved the day for the Hokies. He made a solo tackle to force the Knights to attempt a 42-yard field goal to try to tie it up and send it into double OT, but it just missed.

Cody Journell kicked a go-ahead 22-yard field goal in overtime. Rutgers’ attempt to tie the game in overtime was unsuccessful, as Nick Borgese’s 42-yard field goal try sailed wide right.

Virginia Tech broke a two-game bowl losing streak, and ended Rutgers’ five-game bowl win streak. The Hokies have beaten the Scarlet Knights 12 straight times.

The Hokies (7-6), who lost six of eight games in the middle of the season, avoided their first sub-.500 season since 1992. Virginia Tech ended the season on a three-game winning streak.

Hokies junior quarterback Logan Thomas passed for 193 yards and connected with senior wide receiver Corey Fuller for a game-tying 21-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter.

The Hokies’ defense carried the team for most of the game. Virginia Tech held Rutgers to 196 total yards and forced two fourth-quarter turnovers.

Hokies junior cornerback Antone Exum, the game’s most valuable player, set up Fuller’s game-tying touchdown with a critical interception and 32-yard return to the Rutgers’ 21-yard line with 11:11 left in the fourth quarter.

Virginia Tech was held scoreless for the first three quarters before Journell connected on a 25-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.

Photo courtesy of VT Athletics

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