Jones sets record in 34-27 loss to BC
By Matthew Spiers
November 22, 2003

Post Game Notes Boston College Eagles
at #12 Virginia Tech Hokies
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003
Lane Stadium/Worsham Field - Blacksburg, Va.
  • The loss to Boston College breaks Tech's seven-game home winning streak. The Hokies were previously 6-0 at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field this year. The last loss at home was a 21-18 loss to West Virginia last year.

  • Defensive tackle Tim Sandidge got his first start of the season and the fourth of his career.

  • Jimmy Williams recorded his second interception of the season. The sophomore free safety had one at Rutgers and now has three for his career.

  • Eric Green recorded his third interception of the season, returning it 31 yards. He now has 166 yards on returns, placing him fifth at Tech for interception return yardage in a season.

  • Isaac Montgomery had his first career forced fumble and his first career fumble recovery.

  • With his 13-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, Kevin Jones broke the school record for single-season rushing yards and now has 1,419 yards for the season. That breaks Cyrus Lawrence's school-record 1,403 yards in 1981. He finished the game with 165 yards rushing on 24 carries with three touchdowns.

  • Doug Easlick's four receptions mark a new career high for the senior fullback. He had three catches for 38 yards against Temple last season. He now has 16 receptions this season, tying his mark of a year ago.

  • With 40 punt return yards, junior DeAngelo Hall (780 yds.) moved past Billy Myers (750 yds.; 1984-87) and into fourth place all-time at Tech in career punt return yardage. He now has 436 punt return yards for the year, moving him into fourth place at Tech for punt return yards in a season. Up next in third place is Andre Davis (437 yds.; 2001).

  • Ernest Wilford (41 rec.) became just the second player in Tech history to post two 40-catch seasons in a career. The other was Sidney Snell in 1979 (43 rec.) and 1980 (43 rec.).

  • Jones went over the century mark for the eighth time in the last nine games, rushing for 165 yards. The eight 100-yard games this season extends his school record for 100-yard games in a season. Jones now has 14 career 100-yard games, tying him for second all-time at Tech with Roscoe Coles (14) and putting him right behind Cyrus Lawrence (16).

  • Jones now has 3,247 rushing yards for his career, keeping him in third place all-time at Tech. Sitting in second place is Coles (3,459 yds.; 1974-77).

  • Jones' 18 rushing touchdowns this season rank third in Virginia Tech single-season history. Lee Suggs scored an NCAA-high 27 touchdowns in 2000 and scored 22 in 2002.

  • With three receptions, Wilford now has 112 for his career, placing him just nine away from tying the school record. Ricky Scales (113 rec.; 1972-74) sits in second place. Antonio Freeman (1991-94) holds the Tech record with 121 career catches.

  • Virginia Tech (8-3) travels to Charlottesville for a Nov. 29 game at Virginia (6-5). The Cavaliers defeated Georgia Tech, 29-17, at home Saturday. Game time will be either 1 or 8 p.m., and it will be televised by ABC. Tech defeated Virginia last season, 21-9, at home. Tech leads the overall series, 43-36-5, after winning the last four games.

  • BLACKSBURG - Kevin Jones set a school record for rushing yards in a season, but that accomplishment was overshadowed by a 34-27 Boston College win over the No.12-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies on November 22 at Lane Stadium. A crowd of 65,115 watched the good and the bad as the Hokies dropped to 8-3 on the season and 4-3 in the BIG EAST. Boston College improved to 7-5 and 3-4 in the conference.

    Jones set the record on a 13-yard touchdown run with 6:36 remaining in the game that put the Hokies ahead 27-24. Jones finished the game with 165 yards on 24 carries and scored three touchdowns. The performance gives him 1,419 yards for the season, eclipsing the old mark of 1,403 yards set by Cyrus Lawrence in 1981.

    However, the stars on this night were Boston College's Derrick Knight, who rushed for 197 yards on 38 carries and scored twice, and wide receiver Grant Adams, who fought off defensive holding to haul in what turned out to be the winning touchdown.

    With the Hokies leading 27-24, the Eagles faced a 3rd-and-10 from their own 36-yard line. Quarterback Paul Peterson heaved the ball deep over the middle, and despite holding by Tech's Vincent Fuller, Adams caught the ball and stumbled into the end zone. The extra point gave BC a 31-27 lead.

    Tech took the kickoff and ran three plays before facing a 4th-and-1. Head coach Frank Beamer elected to go for it, but a false start by Jon Dunn pushed the ball back five yards and Beamer reconsidered, opting instead to punt and put the game in his defense's hands.

    The Eagles took over at their 24, and after a 2-yard rush by Knight on first down, he exploded on the second-down play for a 60-yard run. BC would settle for a 29-yard Sandro Sciortino field goal and a seven-point cushion.

    Tech still had time to tie the game, but running back Cedric Humes was stripped of the ball on the ensuing kickoff and the Eagles recovered and ran out the clock. It was the first win for BC head coach Tom O'Brien in seven tries against the Hokies.

    "I don't look at it that way, but it sure is nice to get water thrown on you every once in a while," O'Brien said, referring to his players dousing him with a cooler of water at the end of the game.

    The day got off to an ominous beginning for the Hokies when the referees blew a call on Tech's first play from scrimmage. Bryan Randall completed a pass to Ernest Wilford for 22 yards, at the end of which Wilford was upended. Wilford's impact with the ground jarred the ball loose and the referees ruled it a fumble.

    BC took the gift and marched 33 yards on eight plays, settling for a 25-yard field goal from Sciortino, giving the Eagles a 3-0 lead.

    The Hokies answered with a 75-yard drive, culminating in a 22-yard field goal from Carter Warley. A 55-yard screen pass from Randall to Jones highlighted the drive and set up the tying field goal.

    However, Eagles' return man Will Blackmon put BC in business at the Tech 46 on the ensuing kickoff. The Eagles went the distance with Knight doing most of the heavy lifting. Knight caught a 37-yard pass to put BC in scoring position and then punched it in from three yards out to put the Eagles up 10-3.

    The Hokies once again answered on their next drive. On 2nd-and-10 from his own 38, Jones took a handoff, pulled off a 360? spin that most of the time could only be done on a Nintendo or Sega game, to free himself from two defenders, cut back to his left picking up a couple of blocks and sprinted 62 yards to paydirt. Warley's extra point knotted the score at 10.

    Jimmy Williams intercepted a pass at the Tech 5 on BC's next possession to stop the Eagles' drive and momentum, and returned it to the 33. The Hokies marched 67 yards and took their first lead of the game on a 1-yard Jones touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter.

    Neither team scored again until Knight bowled in from 4 yards out with 2:30 remaining, and the extra point tied the score at 17. Tech took over, but was ineffectual in going three-and-out. BC then took the punt at the Tech 46 and went the distance in five plays to take a 24-17 lead into the locker room at halftime. Peterson found Adams in the back of the end zone for the 16-yard go ahead score.

    The third quarter didn't see much action as the Hokies defense shut out the Eagles and the Tech offense mustered just 10 yards of progress. Despite that, the Hokies made up some ground when BC punt returner Nathanael Hasselbeck muffed a punt and Williams recovered for the Hokies at the BC 18. The Hokies didn't gain a single yard on their drive, but Warley still converted the 35-yard field goal attempt to make the score 24-20.

    The Hokies appeared to catch a break early in the fourth when defensive lineman Isaac Montgomery stripped Knight and recovered at the Tech 42. The Hokies moved to the BC 30 before failing to convert on 4th-and-5.

    For the Hokies, Randall finished 12-of-23 for 176 yards and wide receiver Ernest Wilford caught three balls for 85 yards. Adams caught four passes for 94 yards and two BC touchdowns, while Peterson was 15-of-28 for 232 yards.

    The game marked the end of BC's regular season, while Tech concludes its regular season on Nov. 29 at UVa. in Charlottesville. Game time has yet to be determined.