Hokies Remain Unbeaten With 30-10 Win Over BC
By Matthew Spiers
October 28, 2005

BLACKSBURG, VA. - The No. 3-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies were not perfect in any phase of the game, but they had enough firepower in each area to dispatch the No. 13-ranked Boston College Eagles 30-10 and improve to 8-0 on the season, 5-0 in the ACC. Boston College fell to 6-2 and 3-2 in front of 65,115 fans.

The Hokies dominated BC everywhere except on the scoreboard, where the game remained a two-possession affair until late in the fourth quarter. Tech's 492 yards of total offense far surpassed BC's 183 yards, and the Hokies ran 30 more plays (81) than the Eagles (51). The Hokies controlled the clock as well, holding the ball for 39:05 compared to BC's 20:55.

"We missed a couple of opportunities, and we're disappointed in that," head coach Frank Beamer said. "But I think we played well against a really good football team."

The Hokies struck first on a 26-yard field goal by Brandon Pace. A 43-yard catch by David Clowney put the Hokies at the BC 12, but Tech was forced to settle for the field goal to cap the six-play, 66-yard drive with 9:25 remaining in the first.

After stopping BC on three plays, Tech drove to the BC 14 on its next possession, where the Hokies again settled for a Pace field goal. This one, from 32 yards out, punctuated an 11-play, 64-yard drive and gave the Hokies a 6-0 lead with 3:24 left in the opening quarter.

Boston College struck back in the second quarter. Quarterback Quinton Porter went right at Tech's All-America candidate, cornerback Jimmy Williams, and beat him with a 29-yard pass to Will Blackmon. William Troost's extra point gave BC a 7-6 lead at the 11:37 mark of the second quarter.

The Hokies had an answer, though. Largely on the legs of Mike Imoh, the Hokies drove 65 yards in 11 plays. However, it was the legs of Eddie Royal that finished off the drive as the wide receiver took a reverse handoff and, behind some good blocking, maneuvered the final 15 yards to the end zone. Pace's extra point gave Tech a 13-7 lead with 6:51 until halftime. Imoh ran for 35 yards on the drive to help set up the score.

After the Tech defense stopped BC on three plays and forced a punt, the Tech offense took the opportunity to tack on one more before halftime. Vick found Josh Morgan on a three-yard pass for the score, and Pace's extra point spotted the Hokies a 20-7 advantage heading into the locker room. The drive ate 4:04 off of the clock and left BC with only 33 seconds before intermission.

The Hokies rolled up 290 yards of total offense in the first half, 165 yards through the air and 125 yards on the ground, compared to just 125 yards total for the Eagles.

After a 26-yard field goal by Troost cut Tech's lead to 20-10 at the 11:14 mark of the third, Tech took over and methodically marched to the BC 10-yard line. Tech ate 7:35 off the clock and converted four third downs on the drive, but came up empty when Branden Ore fumbled into the end zone. BC cornerback Jazzmen Williams recovered and took a knee, giving the Eagles the ball at the 20.

Tech's defense stiffened and held BC to a three-and-out, and Royal returned the punt 29 yards to the BC 43. Tech went 29 yards to the 14, where Pace added a 31-yard field goal to his tally. His third field goal of the night gave the Hokies a 23-10 lead with 13:30 remaining in the game.

The score remained that way after Pace missed a 31-yard field goal wide right and until linebacker Vince Hall intercepted a Porter pass and returned it 13 yards for a touchdown. Pace's extra point at the 3:16 mark provided the final score.

Vick threw for a career-high 280 yards in the victory, completing 22 of 28 passes. He spread the ball around to his receivers, completing at least two passes to eight different Hokies. Josh Hyman led the way with five catches for 58 yards.

"I thought our receivers made some great catches tonight," Beamer said. "They really went up and got the ball for us."

The ground attack was also very balanced, with five players rushing for 25 yards or more. Imoh's 60 yards on 16 carries led the way. Cedric Humes, who started just two games after breaking his right arm and playing in a protective sleeve, pounded out 40 yards on 13 carries.

The Hokies now await the No. 6-ranked Miami Hurricanes, who will come to Blacksburg for a 7:45 p.m. game on Nov. 5. The game will be televised on ESPN.