No quarterback had thrown for more than 259 yards against
That was the good Thomas, the second-team All-
But as has transpired often this season, the flip side also emerged, an inaccurate Thomas whose miscues proved costly.
Thomas threw two interceptions in Thursday's 28-22 loss, both to cornerback Tyler Hunter. That gives him 14 for the year, more than any Bowl Subdivision quarterback.
Last season, Thomas had 10 picks in 391 passes. His 14 this year are on 319.
Thomas’ first interception Thursday was intended for
Florida State converted the first-quarter turnover into a field goal and 6-3 lead.
The second pick came on Tech's final play, a first down from the Seminoles' 40 in the final minute. Thomas threw behind Fuller on a slant, a miscommunication that Thomas blamed on himself for not reading Fuller's route properly.
Earlier this week, I asked coach
"I think it's a combination of things," Beamer said. "You can't pin it on any one thing. I would say when you lose your top two receivers ever at Virginia Tech (Danny Coale and Jarrett Boykin), that probably affects it somewhat. When you lose a running back (David Wilson) that had a lot of yards and you could rely on that part of it, that affects it a little bit.
"Lose I think it was four offensive linemen who started a couple years, that affects it a little bit. And then … it's just getting comfortable, that people are going to be where you think they're gonna be. And then a couple times I think Logan just threw it bad. I think he'd be the first to tell you that."
Prior to Thursday, Thomas appeared to have lost his confidence, airmailing the simplest of throws and most open receivers. Against Florida State, he was much more assertive, and Tech (4-6) will need that Thomas if it’s to beat
"Florida State wasn't a complicated defense," Thomas said. "They were just a very good, strong, fast defense. You just had to take advantage of the opportunities you got."
Other notes and observations:
* EJ Manuel's decisive 39-yard touchdown pass to Rashad Greene came with 40 seconds left, making this the first season since 2003 that Tech has lost twice in the final minute – Cincinnati scored with 13 seconds remaining to beat the Hokies, also on a 39-yard pass.
In 2003, Tech fell to Pittsburgh and California in the final seconds.
* Making his first start this season, Tech linebacker Alonzo Tweedy was fast and disruptive, especially in the first half. He finished with six tackles, 1.5 for loss.
But the night's best defender, indeed the best player, was Florida State defensive end Tank Carradine, who had a game-high 11 stops, including the only sack of Thomas.
* Thank goodness Tech rover Michael Cole is OK after spraining his neck early in the third quarter. Those five-plus minutes he was motionless on the turf were unsettling enough for us in the press box, let alone for his teammates, coaches, family and friends.
Trainer Mike Goforth announced after the game that a CT scan revealed no fracture and that Cole was discharged from the hospital.
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