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Virginia Tech is gaining momentum on the national scene, rising in the polls each week, as the fifth ranked team, despite a loss to Alabama, itself a power this season. The Hokies certainly will get some attention with their 48-14 win over rival Boston College Saturday afternoon. Virginia Tech is now 5-1 and 3-0 in the conference. It is early, but with a win over Georgia Tech next week, the Hokies can virtually lock up the division, already have secured wins over their other prime competitors. Tech is the two time defending ACC champions, having defeated BC in the title game in each of those years. The Hokies did, however, have revenge on their mind as BC had taken the last two regular season meetings, including the game at Lane Stadium in 2007.
BC, on the other hand, has been searching for an identity. Are they they team that outlasted Wake Forest and beat Florida State or are they they team that was suffocated by Clemson? BC fell to 2-2 in the conference and is now 4-0 at home and 0-2 on the road and have looked really bad away from Chestnut Hill. More questions arose with the quarterback situation as well. Justin Tuggle lost the starting job he just had won in the Clemson game to Dave Shinskie, who has been good in the couple games since then. However, he looked terrible in this contest against a tough Hokie defense. He was 1-12 for four yards with two picks (one going for a touchdown the other way) and was sacked twice, leaving Frank Spaziani to turn to Mike Marscovetra.
Marscovetra was 10-16 for 114 yards with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter when the game was essentially over, but did stand up to the defense, took some hits and created a bond with budding star Colin Larmond, Jr., who had four catches for 64 yards and a score on a great catch over the top of a defender. Lars Anderson capped off an 80 yard drive with a one yard catch and score on fourth down with one minute remaining.
The Eagles dug themselves a big hole in the first half with its inability to stop the run and unable to break the Hokie defense. The Eagles had no first half first downs which sums it up about right. The Eagles were outgained 441-161: 235-43 on the ground and 206-118 in the air. The Hokies averaged 17.2 yards per pass play and 4.6 on the ground. Tyrod Taylor was very efficient, going 7-10 with 126 yards, two scores, and took one sack. Backup Ju-ju Clayton came in and filled up the stat sheet. He was 1-2 with an 80 yard touchdown, but was sacked twice.
Spaziani was so frustrated with his team’s performance in the first quarter that he began the second with Marscovetra and the second offensive line unit, but the decision was for naught as the Eagles got backed to the one before punting. Montel Harris was the leading rusher for BC with 41 yards on 14 carries. Ryan Williams ran for 159 yards on 18 carries (8.8 average) and one touchdown to pace the Hokies.
BC looks to pick up the pieces next week as they return home to face NC State, coached by Tom O’Brien, in another divisional game.