Marshall was just a fingertip away ... twice.
Marshall's defensive back Darryl Roberts is pictured above, trying to get his hands on a fourth-down throw by Logan Thomas with the score 21-14 in the Herd's favor and under four minutes left. Tech tied the game and eventually sent the game to overtime, where Marshall had an opportunity to win with a 39-yard field goal.
That kick was tipped at the line, however, and fell harmlessly to the turf, denying Marshall the win and prompting another overtime session.
Virginia Tech took over in that second overtime, knocking the ball away from Marshall QB Rakeem Cato and nearly, nearly winning the game on one of the most epic FAT GUY TOUCHDOWNS of all time:
The Hokies then missed a field goal of their own before a touchdown in the third overtime put them up 29-21. A deep pass on fourth down slipped through Davonte Allen's hands in the end zone and that was all she wrote for Marshall in an absolute heartbreaker.
Box Score Hero: Logan Thomas gets the nod after his touchdown run and two-point conversion gave Virginia Tech the winning points; Thomas was a pedestrian 18-34 for 181 yards, a score and two picks, but his 58 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the ground helped the Hokies get the win.
Rankings Ramifications: Neither team was ranked coming into the game and frankly, neither played like a Top 25 team. The Hokies had a few votes in both polls coming into the game; expect them to garner more but not enough for a spot in the Top 25.
But Did They Cover? Virginia Tech was favored by anywhere from 7.5 to 9 points, so depending on who you ask, congratulations to those who wagered on Marshall and/or those who wagered on Virginia Tech!
For More On This Game: For more on Hokies football, visit Virginia Tech community Gobbler Country.
Next Week's Schedule: Marshall is on a bye week before hosting the Roadrunners of UT-San Antonio on October 5, while Virginia Tech travels to Georgia Tech for a Thursday night tilt.