One week later against Wake Forest at Lane Stadium, the Hokies found themselves in a battle with the Demon Deacons. Leading 17-10 in the third quarter, Virginia Tech had the ball at midfield facing a 4th-and-6. Pry called for a fake punt and his team executed it.
Cole Nelson took the direct snap and gained 18 yards against a stunned Wake Forest defense to the Demon Deacons 32. The drive only ended up in a field goal, but it gave the Hokies a two-score lead on their way to a 30-13 victory. It was a big momentum-building play.
Sitting at 4-5 and traveling to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to face Boston College, it was a game that the Hokies needed to win to keep their bowl hopes alive. BC received the opening kickoff and Dorian Strong wasted little time making an impact on defense.
He intercepted Eagles quarterback Thomas Castellanos on the game’s first play that set up a field goal. Later in the opening quarter after Boston College marched down the field and scored on their next possession, Castellanos threw a deep ball down the field and Strong was able to get his head around and pick it off. That led to a Tuten touchdown to give the Hokies the lead for good at 10-3. It wasn’t one, but two huge plays in the first quarter that quickly swung momentum in their favor.