2009 Monday Thoughts: Boston College

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At the risk of channeling Buddha Rick “Doc” Walker: This is what
you want. You want your team peaking, hitting on all cylinders as they reach the
halfway point of the season. The Hokies throttled Boston College Saturday in all
phases of the game, and it’s just in time, as Tech heads to Atlanta this weekend
for their latest Most Important Game of the Season.

Virginia Tech delivered their most complete game of 2009 against Boston
College, and it led to an odd sensation: I felt sorry for BC. They’ve got good
kids who work as hard as any other football team, they’ve got a respectable,
hard-nosed guy as their head coach, and their best player, Mark Herzlich, is out
for the season because of a battle with cancer that started last May. They’re a
good bunch that does things the right way.

But it sure was fun laying a whipping on them. They earned it. It was karma.

Virginia Tech’s struggles with Boston College in the last three regular
seasons were symbolic of the struggles within the Virginia Tech program over
that same time frame. The Hokies’ offense fell off the table from 2006-2008,
leading to a split within the Virginia Tech fan base, a split that filled the
TSL message boards with vitriol and which was embodied in the competition at
quarterback between Tyrod Taylor and Sean Glennon.

Boston College more than any other team took advantage of Tech’s offensive
struggles, shutting down the Hokies’ ability to move the football and often
embarrassing Tech on the way to those three wins.

There was a lot for Tech fans to argue about and worry about over those three
years, even while the Hokies were winning two straight ACC championships and an
Orange Bowl. Few teams get to string together ten-win seasons and conference
championships at the same time they’re going through the turmoil the Hokies
endured over the last three seasons.

Truth be told, the turmoil was mostly among the fan base, not among the
coaches and players. Upwards of a hundred players and coaches aren’t going to
see eye to eye on