Tech, Vick run away from BC
By Jimmy Robertson
October 1, 2000

The Hokies didn't play well, but thanks to the play of their quarterback, they got the win nonetheless.

Michael Vick rushed for a career-high 210 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead fourth-ranked Virginia Tech past Boston College 48-34 in front of 44,500 fans at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

The win marked Tech's fifth straight over the Eagles and kept the Hokies undefeated on the season. That, combined with third-ranked Florida's loss to Mississippi State, should mean that Tech probably will move to No. 3 in both the Associated Press and the ESPN/USA Today coaches' polls.

But the Hokies got a battle from BC right down to the wire. In fact, not until Vick scampered 82 yards on an incredible touchdown run in the fourth quarter, did Tech have the game in hand.

"That was one heckuva BIG EAST football game," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "I have to compliment [BC coach] Tom O'Brien and his team. They're getting better and better.

"But we need to play better. We need to take better care of the ball [three turnovers] and we had some penalties [13 for 90 yards]. But we're happy to leave here with a win."

Tech bolted out to a 14-0 lead behind a 1-yard touchdown run by fullback Jarrett Ferguson on the opening drive of the game and a 71-yard punt return by receiver André Davis - his second punt return for a touchdown this season.

But BC (2-2) bounced back. A 15-yard touchdown run by Cedric Washington with 5:11 left in the first quarter cut the lead to seven and then the Eagles tied the game at 14 on a second-quarter touchdown pass from Tim Hasselbeck to Jamal Burke.

Tech, though, answered. A 24-yard touchdown run by tailback Lee Suggs enabled the Hokies to regain the lead and Tech took a 14-point lead on another scoring run by Vick. By the time the first half ended, Tech led 35-20.

In the second half, Tech added to its lead. On the Hokies' first possession of the second half, they drove the length of the field and Suggs finished it off with a 10-yard touchdown run to give Tech a 42-20 lead. Tech seemingly had the game in hand at that point.

But BC got on the board again, thanks to another Hasselbeck touchdown pass to Burke. That made the score 42-27 with 13 minutes remaining.

On Tech's next drive, it faced a third-and-11 from deep in its own territory and the BC faithful got into a frenzy. Vick, though, avoided an all-out blitz, made a couple of people miss and then sprinted 82 yards to the end zone, sealing the game for Tech.

Vick amassed his 210 yards on 16 carries. In doing so, he set the single-game rushing record by a quarterback, breaking Bob Schweickert's mark of 204 rushing yards against Richmond in 1963. Vick's total also was the third-highest ever by a Tech player.

"We're seeing a lot of teams blitz us," said Vick, who completed just 5-of-17 for 61 yards throwing. "I hope this makes them stop. If not, we're going to continue to do the same things."

Suggs, meanwhile, topped the 100-yard mark for the third straight game, finishing with 145 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns. As a team, Tech rushed for 420 yards. And though the Hokies gave up 27 points, they held BC to just 287 total yards. The Eagles went into the game leading the BIG EAST in total offense (472.7 ypg).

The Hokies return home next Saturday for a game with Temple. The game - Tech's Homecoming - kicks off at noon.