Boston College ...... 0 0 0 14 - 14 Virginia Tech (5) ... 10 24 0 14 - 48 Scoring Summary: 1st Quarter 10:59 VT - Waldron 31 yd FG 04:50 VT - Coale 24 yd pass from Taylor (Waldron kick) 2nd Quarter 14:30 VT - Williams 1 yd run (Waldron) 11:58 VT - Boykin 41 yd pass from Taylor (Waldron) 08:12 VT - Carmichael 22 yd INT return (Waldron 01:11 VT - Waldron 40 yd FG 4th Quarter 10:55 BC - Larmond, Jr. 48 yd pass from Marscovetra (Aponavicius kick) 10:44 VT - Davis 80 yd pass from Clayton (Waldron) 06:40 VT - Wilson 1 yd run (Waldron) 00:33 BC - Anderson 1 yd pass from Marscovetra (Aponavicius kick)
Blacksburg, VA – After three straight regular season losses to Boston College, #5 Virginia Tech restored order to this rivalry by pounding the Eagles 48-14 in a game that was over by halftime. The first half was the best half of football the Hokies have played in quite sometime, and they improved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the ACC. BC dropped to 4-2, with a 2-2 mark in conference play.
At halftime the score was 34-0, and the Hokies had already outgained BC 293-3. It was total domination on both sides of the football.
Ryan Williams dominated the Eagles on the ground, running for 159 yards on just 18 carries. He also scored a touchdown, his ninth of the season. Williams could have had more, but he didn’t play after the first series of the third quarter. As a team, the Hokies ran for 235 yards.
The passing game was also sharp. Tyrod Taylor was 7-of-10 for 126 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He threw touchdown passes to Jarrett Boykin and Danny Coale for the second consecutive week. Boykin had three catches for 69 yards to lead the team.
Ju-Ju Clayton also got into the action in the second half. Like Williams, Tyrod Taylor only played one possession in the third quarter. He gave way to Clayton, who went 1-of-2 in the second half. His one completion was an 80 yard touchdown pass to Marcus Davis.
The Tech defense was dominant. BC finished with just 163 yards of total offense, and most of those came in the fourth quarter against Virginia Tech’s second and third string defense.
BC starting quarterback Dave Shinskie was just 1-of-12 with two interceptions. He was sacked three times by a Tech defensive front that dominated the line of scrimmage. The Eagles only rushed for 45 yards, and with Tech getting the early lead, BC was forced into passing situations. That didn’t work out well, as they had just three yards of offense in the first half and didn’t pick up a first down until the third quarter.
The Hokies played a lot of backups on defense, with no player getting over four tackles. Nekos Brown had four tackles, and he was in the backfield all day, finishing with a sack and two quarterback hurries.
Cornerbacks Rashad Carmichael and Stephan Virgil both recorded interceptions. Carmichael returned his pick 22 yards for a touchdown.
Virginia Tech got the ball first, beginning their opening drive at their own 40 after the kickoff sailed out of bounds. From the first series, you could tell how this game was going to go. Ryan Williams gained 25 yards on his second carry of the game, and gained another 11 yards on his third carry. Though Tech had to settle for a 31 yard field goal from Matt Waldron, the opening drive was an indication of things to come.
After forcing a BC punt, the Hokies were back in business at their own 32 leading 3-0. The key play of the drive came on a third and eight from the BC 38. Tyrod Taylor hit Ryan Williams on a passing play right down the middle for a gain of 23. Even after that big play, it looked like the drive was going to stall. The Hokies faced third and 19 from the BC 24, and that’s when Tyrod Taylor made a Tyrod Taylor play.
Taylor escaped pressure from multiple BC defenders and rolled to the right. He spotted Danny Coale standing wide open in the back of the end zone and nailed him for the 24 yard touchdown pass. With 4:50 left in the first quarter, the Hokies led 10-0.
After forcing another three and out by BC (remember, the Eagles didn’t pick up a single first down in the first half), the Tech offense took over on their own 26. Tyrod Taylor went to work quickly, hitting Jarrett Boykin on a deep crossing pattern for a 24 yard gain. Tech got another big play in the drive when Ryan Williams broke off a 31 yard run to the BC 1.
Williams then finished off the drive by scoring off the right side, putting the Hokies up 17-0 with 14:30 left in the second quarter.
The Hokies slammed the door on BC on their next drive. The Eagles had to punt from their own end zone, and Tech took over on the BC 41. On the first play of the drive, Tyrod Taylor hit Jarrett Boykin on a skinny post for the touchdown. Boykin got behind the defense, and Taylor hit him in stride. With 11:58 remaining in the second quarter, Tech led 24-0.
The Hokie defense got into the action later in the half. Dave Shinskie was pressured, and he double clutched a pass to the right. Tech boundary corner Rashad Carmichael was able to jump the route, easily intercepting the pass and returning it 22 yards for a touchdown.
Virginia Tech added one more field goal in the first half after an interception by Stephan Virgil. Matt Waldron connected from 40 yards out, and the Hokies took a 34-0 lead into halftime.
The second half was pretty uneventful, as the Hokies played their backups for most of the third quarter and all of the fourth quarter. Ju-Ju Clayton hit Marcus Davis for an 80 yard touchdown pass, as the safety bit on the play-action fake and Davis was left wide open running over the middle on a deep post. David Wilson also added a one yard touchdown run.
BC scored two fourth quarter touchdowns against a mix of second and third string defenders.
The Hokies return to action next Saturday when they take on Georgia Tech in a huge Coastal Division showdown. Kickoff is scheduled for 6pm, and the game will be televised by ESPN2.
STATISTICS BC VT ---- ---- First downs 10 17 Rushed-yards 29-45 51-235 Passing yards 118 206 Sacked-yards lost 3-30 4-22 Return yards 83 -8 Passes 11-28-2 8-12-0 Punts 9-38.9 4-48.8 Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1 Penalties-yards 6-42 6-56 Time of possession 26:13 33:47 Att: 66,233 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING-Virginia Tech, Williams 18-159, Wilson 13-34, Oglesby 10-28, Roberts 1-18, Taylor 6-9, TEAM 1-(-1) Clayton 2-(-12. BC, Harris 11-43, Finch 8-14, Haden 5-8 Marscovetra 3-2, Shinskie 2-(-22). PASSING-Virginia Tech, Taylor 7-10-126-0, Clayton 1-2-80-0. BC, Marscovetra 10-16-114-0, Shinskie 1-12-4-2. RECEIVING-Virginia Tech, Boykin 3-69, Coale 2-27, Davis 1-80, Williams 1-23, Smith 1-7. BC, Larmond, Jr. 4-64, Deska 3-41, Lee 1-8, Gunnell 1-6, Anderson 1-1, Haden 1-(-2).