The Virginia Tech Hokies lost to Maryland 27-24 after the Terrapins quarterback, C.J. Brown score on a 3-yard touchdown run in OT. This marks the first time the Hokies have lost when Thomas did not throw an interception. The Hokies were 15-0 prior to this game. The Hokies jumped out to a 7-0 lead early in the game when a 76-yard drive ended with a 3-yard touchdown run by Trey Edmunds. Virginia Tech continued to struggle with their special teams giving up a punt return for a touchdown and missing a field goal. Eric Kristensen, the freshman walk-on who filled in for dismissed kicker Cody Journell had a chance to add to the lead in the first quarter but pulled it left. Maryland later came back strong scoring 14 unanswered points in the second quarter. Tech rallied from a 14-point deficit to force overtime. The Hokies lost the coin toss and Maryland elected to play defense, so the Hokies took over on the Maryland 25. The Hokies got to the Maryland 6 but Thomas was later sacked for a 7-yard loss – one of seven sacks on the day by the Terrapins – and the Hokies settled for a 31-yard field goal by Kristensen. The Hokies lost their final home game of the season for the first time since 2003. The Hokies are now 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the ACC. The Hokies however do remain alive for the ACC’s Coastal Division crown but will need help.
Tech will close the regular season and look for a win against in-state rival Virginia on November 30.