2005 Keys to the Game: Boston College

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Relieved after a tough road victory over an inspired Maryland team, the
Hokies return to the friendly confines of Lane Stadium for a Thursday night
showdown against the 14th ranked (in the BCS) Boston College Eagles. BC is
coming off a bye week and they are hoping the extra preparation time will give
them an advantage over the Hokies, who are playing their second consecutive
Thursday night game. Both teams are expecting a tough, physical, hard-nosed
football game � just like they both like it.

Let�s take a look at some of the factors that will be key for the Hokies
against the Eagles.

Game Key: Controlling the Line of Scrimmage

football coach preaches the importance of winning the battles in the trenches,
but at Boston College and Virginia Tech, that philosophy is ingrained into the
identity of each program. The Eagles and Hokies both emphasize physical style of
play on both sides of the ball. Winning the game starts by winning up front.

Which team will be more successful imposing their will on the other? Keep an
eye on the battles upfront. Which defense is getting penetration and making more
plays behind the line of scrimmage? Which offense is more frequently keeping
their QB clean and springing their backs past the line before first contact? It�s
doubtful either team will be able to dominate the other upfront, but keep a
mental tally on the trends � the team that wins the majority of those battles
will likely win the game.

Tech Defense vs. Boston College Offense

When the BC offense takes the field for the first time on Thursday night, the
first thing you will notice is the size of their offensive line. BC has always
been known for their big, physical offensive linemen and this year is no
exception. Their starting five averages 6�6�, 316 lbs, but they are also
fairly athletic. They drive block well in the running game and, with that height
and athleticism, they are formidable in pass protection.

At the skill positions, expect to see two QB�s, two