Bye Week Arrives at Critical Time for Virginia Tech

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Cam Phillips (5) and the Hokies could use a bye week. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

I want to take you back to the 2010 game at Boston College, a game in which the Hokies won 19-0.  They had future NFL quarterback Tyrod Taylor, future NFL running backs David Wilson and Darren Evans and future NFL wide receivers Jarrett Boykin and Danny Coale.  Despite all that talent, the Hokies only scored 19 points, and finished with just 343 yards of total offense.

Tyrod Taylor had no touchdown passes and an interception, and averaged 1.1 yards per carry.  Darren Evans had 14 carries for 30 yards.  David Wilson had 16 carries for 67 yards, and averaged 4.2 yards per carry, which I suppose made him the “star” offensive performer of the game.

Since that 2010 game, here’s how the other games have gone in Chestnut Hill…

2012: 30-23 win (OT)
2013: 34-27 loss
2015: 26-10 win

My point?  Whenever the Hokies play at Boston College, it’s a sloppy game.  The cast of characters doesn’t seem to matter.  It’s pretty sloppy either way. 

Last night the Hokies won 23-10, four points off my 27-10 prediction.  Things went about as I expected.  My expectations were based on youth, the fact that Tech was coming off of the Clemson game, that I didn’t think CJ Carroll would play, and that Tech was playing in Boston.  I had two goals for the Hokies in last night’s game.

  1. Win.
  2. Get out with no major injuries.

Half of that happened, so I’m 50 percent happy