Early scoring blitz leads Hokies over BC
By Jimmy Robertson
October 13, 2001

Tech fans have been clamoring all season for a night game.

On Saturday, they showed Boston College exactly why.

Revved up by a supercharged sellout crowd, the Hokies wasted little time in caging the Eagles, scoring 21 points in the first 10 minutes of the game en route to a 34-20 victory over Boston College in front of 53,662 fans at Lane Stadium.

With the win, Tech (6-0, 3-0 in the BIG EAST) has won 20 of its past 22 regular-season night games and they haven't lost a night game at home since the first game of the 1995 season. They also have beaten Boston College (4-2, 2-1) six consecutive times.

"Early on, offensively we were good and defensively we were great," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "But we just didn't finish the way we wanted to. But I believe that happened for a reason. It's something we can learn from and hopefully get better down the road."

Tech wasted little time in whipping the Lane Stadium faithful into a frenzy. On the Hokies' first drive, they marched 76 yards in just six plays. The drive ended when quarterback Grant Noel hit receiver André Davis for a 37-yard touchdown pass with 10:20 left in the first quarter. The extra point gave the Hokies a 7-0 lead.

Tech added to it after holding the Eagles' to three-and-out on BC's next possession. Tech marched 54 yards in five plays, and Noel once again, ended it. His 1-yard run on an option keeper and the subsequent extra point gave Tech a 14-0 lead with 7:56 left in the first quarter.

The onslaught only continued. Midway through the first quarter, BC quarterback Brian St. Pierre tried to make a pitch to tailback William Green, but Tech defensive end Jim Davis deflected it. Kevin McCadam, Tech's starting rover, picked up the loose ball and took it nine yards into the end zone. The extra point gave the Hokies a commanding 21-point lead with 5:47 left in the first quarter.

The Hokies took a 24-0 lead with 12:16 left in the first half on Carter Warley's 19-yard field goal and that's how the two teams went into the locker room.

In the second half, Tech continued its dominance. The Hokies added another score early in the third quarter on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Noel to Davis. Midway through the third, a 39-yard field goal by Warley gave the Hokies a 34-0 lead.

BC ended up scoring the final 20 points of the game. An 8-yard touchdown run by William Green accounted for the first score. The Hokies kept Green bottled up for most of the game. The junior, who came into the game fifth in the nation in rushing at more than 142 yards per game, finished with just 74 against the Hokies on 21 carries. As a team, BC rushed for just 58.

The Eagles' other two scores came on touchdown passes from St. Pierre to Jamal Burke. Pierre threw for 180 yards and two touchdowns.

Tech was led by Keith Burnell, who rushed for 111 yards on 19 carries. Noel threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception.