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VT, QB Thomas Continues To Fade

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Logan Thomas turned the ball over four times for the second straight game, both disappointing losses for Virginia Tech. Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images.
Logan Thomas turned the ball over four times for the second straight game, both disappointing losses for Virginia Tech. Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images.

Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas has thrown six interceptions and fumbled twice the last two weeks. Against Duke and Boston College, no less.

The Hokies' defense is partially responsible. The Hokies hadn't given up even 21 points to an opposing offense this season before allowing three touchdowns and two field goals Saturday. But it's hard not to notice Thomas' four turnovers in the 34-27 loss to Boston College.

For Virginia Tech (6-3, 3-2), the loss all but removes them from the ACC Coastal Division race.

It's the second consecutive loss for the Hokies. Thomas threw four interceptions last week against the Blue Devils.

After throwing for six interceptions against four touchdowns to start the season, Thomas threw five touchdowns without a pick in wins over Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Pittsburgh and generally was much more efficient. 

But the last two weeks have been a disaster. Thomas, at one point considered a Top 5 prospect by ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., now is more of a project. Listed at 6-foot-6, 257 pounds with a strong arm and some ability to run, he'll still get an NFL shot, but he now has thrown 28 interceptions and counting in the last two seasons.

Thomas generated plenty of hype as a sophomore, throwing for more than 3,000 yards and accounting for 30 touchdowns, including 11 on the ground. His numbers have only declined since. It's not unprecedented for a college athlete to struggle with inconsistency, but Thomas has gone from one of the most promising quarterbacks in the country to an inept disaster.

With games against Miami and Maryland left on the schedule, the Hokies may not be done losing. Pending tonight's Miami-Florida State game among a few others, it's possible the Coastal Division now could come down to a Miami-Duke matchup in North Carolina on Nov. 16.

Boston College running back Andre Williams, meanwhile, rushed for 166 yards, improving to 6-for-6 in his career in 100-yard games when he gets at least 25 carries. Virginia Tech held him down for most of three quarters, but Williams carried nine times for 83 yards in the fourth, including a long touchdown that gave the Eagles a two-score lead late in the game.