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updated: 12/28/2012 9:26 PM

Virginia Tech edges Rutgers in OT in Russell Bowl

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  • Virginia Tech defensives tackle Zack McCray, left, and Kris Harley, right, celebrate with fans Friday following their 13-10 win in overtime of the Russell Athletic Bowl game against Rutgers in Orlando, Fla.

      Virginia Tech defensives tackle Zack McCray, left, and Kris Harley, right, celebrate with fans Friday following their 13-10 win in overtime of the Russell Athletic Bowl game against Rutgers in Orlando, Fla.
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- 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.

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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.

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