Virginia Tech Smacks Boston College On The Road, 48-22

Bhayshul Tuten had three touchdowns for the Hokies in their 48-22 win over Boston College. (Virginia Tech athletics)

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — It turns out Virginia Tech can start fast, play well on the road and beat a team with a winning record. 

The Hokies ended their road woes emphatically on Saturday, crushing Boston College 48-22 at Alumni Stadium to get within a win of bowl eligibility with two games left to play. 

It’s the most points Virginia Tech (5-5, 4-2 ACC) has scored in the Brent Pry era, and it came from all comers. 

Quarterback Kyron Drones threw for 219 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a career-high 135 yards in three quarters. Bhayshul Tuten ran for three touchdowns, the first Hokies tailback to do so since Jalen Holston last year at Liberty. Tech finished with 600 yards, its most since 2018, with a balanced attack that featured a season-high 363 rushing yards, the most since 2009 vs. Marshall.

Defensively, the Hokies corralled quarterback Thomas Castellanos, who ran for just 46 yards, his second-fewest this season, and threw two early interceptions to Dorian Strong that Tech converted into 10 points.

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Boston College (6-4, 3-3 ACC).

The Hokies got off to a great start for a change when Strong jumped a pass from Castellanos on the game’s first snap for an interception that set up a 27-yard field goal by John Love to make it 3-0 just over two minutes in.

The Eagles answered right back, with Castellanos twice scrambling for first downs before running back Alex Broome ripped off a 36-yard run up the gut to the Tech 4. Broome punched it in on the next play for a touchdown, giving BC a 7-3 lead.

It didn’t last. Strong picked off Castellanos again on the BC’s next drive, becoming the first Hokies player with two interceptions in a game since Caleb Farley and Jermaine Waller both did it against Miami in 2019.

Jaylen Jones and the Hokies bottled up Boston College on Saturday, holding Thomas Castellanos and the Eagles to 262 yards. (Virginia Tech athletics)

Tech again took advantage. Tight end Dae’Quan Wright had a one-handed snag for a 25-yard gain to open the drive. The Hokies ran it 10 straight times after that, punching it into the end zone on a 7-yard run by Tuten to take back the lead at 10-7.

The Hokies surprised BC with an onside kick, with Kyle Lowe lightly tapping the ball and Jaylen Jones falling on it after it went 10 yards. Tech capitalized, with Drones hitting Stephen Gosnell for his first career touchdown on a 22-yard connection that made it 17-7.

A 69-yard run by Drones on the Hokies’ next drive set up a 5-yard swing pass to Jaylin Lane for a 5-yard touchdown and a 24-7 lead.

Tech made it 31-7 going into halftime after Da’Quan Felton hauled in a deep ball that ended up going 70 yards. Tuten scored on a 4-yard run to give the Hokies their most first-half points since the NC State game in 2020.

Brent Pry’s group opened the second half with a 10-play, 76-yard drive that ended with Tuten’s third rushing touchdown of the day.

Boston College scored on a 8-yard touchdown pass from Castellanos to Jaedn Skeete with 2:52 left in the third quarter, pulling within 38-15 with a successful two-point conversion.

Tech answered when Malachi Thomas broke free up the middle for a 35-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth, which made it a 30-point lead. Love’s career-long 46-yard field goal extended it to 48-15.

The Hokies muffed a punt that led to a 1-yard touchdown run by BC’s Xavier Coleman to make it 48-22 with less than five minutes to play, the final score for either side. Tech returns home to host NC State on Saturday, Nov. 18, for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff on the ACC Network.

Box Score: Virginia Tech 48, Boston College 22 

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  1. Felt bad for Grant Wells getting the ball punched out after a great scramble and long run. Would have been at 55 points!

  2. Think they finally figured out that there’s a MENTALITY to winning on the road. Impressive game that proves it! 600 yds of O? Didn’t see that coming -Great win!

  3. All is quiet from the nay-sayers. Peace on Blacksburg. Great win from the same crew that is vastly criticized! Go Tech Go

    1. Let’s not get carried away. Against this schedule VT should be at least 6-4 and really 7-3. I can’t stress how bad this schedule has been. Just look at BC’s record as an example of what you should do against a bad schedule.

    2. The Wells fumble through the end zone and the muffed punt late in the game led to a 14 point swing that nobody talks about because of the margin of victory. But in most VT games that would be fatal.

      1. True, and if the fumble went to the sideline instead of the end zone, There’d have been another score most likely. And who knows, maybe the punt never takes place because the one action did not lead to the other action. The chaos of the universe reacts in strange ways.

        The ball bounces in strange ways and in this game in bounced more toward Tech than BC. But in the fumble it bounced toward BC. The Picks went our way along with the onside kick.

        GO HOKIES!!!

      1. Nope. If UL and UNC and TECH all win out… Tech goes based on better record against 3 common opponents.

  4. From watching the BC Syracuse game, figured the BC QB would fall apart if things didn’t go his way early. Too emotional.

  5. Great job, Hokies! Amazing to be that dominant on the road against a team riding a 5 game win streak.

  6. Really good win by the Hokies today. Dominate in all the phases.

    As a complete aside, does anyone understand targeting anymore? They either need to figure out a way to consistently call it or get rid of the penalty on football because players, coaches, announcers and fans all have no clue what targeting is from one week to the next and it slows the game down.

    1. I’m with you. I’ve seen targeting called where the defender lowered his head and hit the receiver’s shoulder. The BC player almost took off the returner’s head. How was that not targeting? I don’t get it.

      An aside: where does ESPN dig up these announcers? The talent pool seems very thin

  7. Great win!!!! The next two games are keys to this being a successful season. 7-5 with Commonwealth Cup and a bowl appearance would guarantee a winning season. But neither team will go down easy.

  8. Great game. Fun. I’m sure we still have some growing to do but we can see it coming. This game gives the team some confidence too. Let’s go 1 and 0 three more times this year. Adding a bowl game there. We have a lot of returning players and Pry and staff will add some needs from the portal, I feel sure. A lot of great recruits coming in next year as well. The future looks mighty good.

    GO HOKIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. There is no doubt we stay the coarse with Pry, Marve TBow. If we could go 7-5 with a bowl, it would be great.

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