Monday Thoughts: You Can’t Spell Blech Without BC

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Virginia Tech vs. Boston College
Boston College and head coach Jeff Hafley looked scary; turns out they weren’t. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP, Pool)

When Virginia Tech beats Boston College, it means that order has been restored to the world. At least, this small portion of it that concerns Hokies playing Eagles in football.

The rivalry history – yes, it is a rivalry – with Boston College is an interesting one. When the two teams started playing in 1993 as members of the Big East, they had never met before. I was scared of BC. They had a better, more storied football history than the Hokies, including a 1984 Heisman Trophy winner in Doug Flutie.

(Interesting nugget about Flutie in 1984: he wasn’t even one of the BC team captains, and Boston College lost two games that year and didn’t win a national championship … yet Flutie won the Heisman. Imagine that! He also wasn’t drafted until the 11th round in 1985. But back to the topic …)

BC earned that fear in the first three meetings, flattening the Hokies 48-34 in 1993, losing a close one 12-7 in 1994, and spoiling the debut of Jim Druckenmiller in 1995, 20-14. They