Was Thomas' performance against Miami the best ever by a Tech QB?
Did Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas ust play the greatest game ever by a Tech quarterback?
The answer, of course, depends on what yardstick you use to gauge such subjective accomplishments, but in scouring the record book, it’s hard to find a better individual performance than Thomas’ on Saturday in the Hokies’ 38-35 win over Miami.
Logan was 23-for-25 for 310 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for two touchdowns, including the game-winning dash in the final minute.
Thomas’ performance against the Hurricanes had it all – tremendous composure, remarkable accuracy and consistency, rugged running (as evidenced by his first quarter ‘trucking’ of Miami’s Sean Spence) and, of course, heroic drama. Thomas scored the game winner on a fourth-and-1 keeper in the final minute after engineering a 77-yard touchdown drive with incredible poise and marksmanship.
Statistically, Thomas became the first Tech quarterback since Michael Vick in 1999 to have more touchdown passes than incomplete passes in game. (Vick did it twice). His 92-percent accuracy mark for the game was the highest ever for a Tech quarterback with at least 20 attempts in a single game.
Several other Tech quarterbacks, like Don Strock and Bryan Randall, have had higher passing yards in a single game. Strock threw for 527 yards against Houston in 1972, and Randall had five-touchdown, 504-yard passing day at Syracuse in 2002. Rushing-wise, Vick exploded for 210 yards at BC in 2000, and Bob Schweickert scampered for 204 yards against Richmond in 1963.
But when you put look at the entire picture of Thomas’ performance against Miami, it’s difficult to find a better game.
Vick had plenty of terrific outings, of course. Against Rutgers in 2000, he was 11-for-12 for 248 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for 68 yards and a touchdown in that game. Vick also threw for 225 yards and ran for 97 against Florida State in the 2000 Sugar Bowl game. That’s the best previous singular performance I can recall, considering the stage and the stakes of that game at the Superdome.
But in researching more than 50 years of games, no other quarterback completed over 90 percent of his passes in a single game (with 20-plus attempts) and put up five touchdowns, including the clutch game winner in the final minute. So Thomas’ effort might be a new standard.
Regardless, the Hokies hope Thomas’ effort will serve as a great jump-start for his career, and not just a one-day, statistical anomaly. When you look at Thomas’ makeup and skill set, he makes it near impossible to envision him as a ‘one-hit-wonder,’ although there have been plenty of big leaguers who have hit for the cycle in one game and then find themselves in the minor leagues the following season.
It’s also impossible to expect him to top – or even duplicate – what he did against Miami again. As we know, those days don’t happen very often for any quarterback.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter. What’s important is that his performance against Miami can serve as a great launching point for Thomas and his personal growth as a quarterback.
He’s replacing a guy in Tyrod Taylor who won more games that any other Virginia Tech quarterback, so he has big shoes to fill. And in his sixth start, Thomas showed toughness, poise, tremendous passing skills and Tyrod-esque leadership in bringing the Hokies from behind in the final minute to win.
Best game ever for a Tech QB? Perhaps.
That is certain: Thomas is going to be one exciting player to watch over the next few years.