Hokies win ACC Championship, 30-16, over Boston College
Tech earns berth in Orange Bowl on Jan. 3rd
December 1, 2007

Box Score Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 16
 
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Much like the first matchup on Oct. 25th at Lane Stadium, Saturday's ACC Championship between Virginia Tech and Boston College came down to the wire, but this time the Hokies came out on top, winning 30-16 to claim the conference title and secure a berth in the Orange Bowl.

The Hokies scored 14 fourth-quarter points and recorded two late interceptions to improve to 11-2 on the season, and quarterback Sean Glennon was named the game's MVP after throwing for three touchdowns on 18-of-27 passing and 174 yards.

With the game tied at 16 midway through the fourth quarter, Glennon capped an eight-play, 84-yard scoring drive with a 24-yard rocket to flanker Eddie Royal, who made a leaping grab to record his fourth receiving touchdown of the season. Jud Dunlevy's extra point gave the Hokies a 23-16 lead with 7:12 remaining. Tyrod Taylor had a 31-yard run on the drive, and tailback Branden Ore had 23 of his 55 yards on the day on back-to-back carries.

BC quarterback Matt Ryan had the Eagles (10-3) deep in Tech territory on the next drive, and in a play reminiscent of his miracle touchdown toss in Blacksburg, he scrambled around trying to create some magic. This time, however, his pass was picked off by Tech's Vince Hall, who led the Hokie defense with 11 tackles. Hall was taken down at the Tech 10 with 2:16 remaining, but the Eagles got one more chance to tie it up after they forced the Hokies to punt with 41 seconds on the clock.

On third-and-10 from the BC 35, Ryan's pass was tipped by Barry Booker and intercepted by Xavier Adibi, who returned it 40 yards to the end zone to seal the win for the Hokies. It was Tech's eighth non-offensive touchdown of the season.

Boston College dominated the first half in terms of time of possession and yardage, as they held the ball for 20:58 and racked up 277 yards of offense. The Hokies managed to keep it a tie game at halftime, however, thanks to a pair of blocked kicks and a late-second quarter touchdown drive.

The Eagles threatened on their first possession of the game, but on a 36-yard field goal attempt by Steve Aponavicius, Tech's Duane Brown got a hand up to block the attempt and prevent the score. It was the Hokies' third blocked kick of the season, but the first on a non-punt.

The Eagles got on the board first with a touchdown at the 4:10 mark of the first quarter, but ironically, the score came by way of the BC defense. On first-and-10 from the BC 48, Tyrod Taylor was running an option with Josh Morgan, and after faking the pitch, bobbled the ball a bit. As he tried to regain control, BC's Jamie Silva yoinked it right out of his hands and raced 51 yards for the touchdown. Aponavicius' extra point made it 7-0.

Aponavicius then extended the Eagles' lead to 10-0 with a 37-yarder at the 11:33 mark of the second quarter, capping a 16-play drive that was keyed by a 14-yard completion from Matt Ryan to Rich Gunnell on fourth-and-9.

The Hokies answered back on their next drive by marching 77 yards for a touchdown, with the scoring play coming on a 5-yard pass from Sean Glennon to Morgan at 8:30. The touchdown reception was the 16th of Morgan's career, giving him sole possession of fourth place on the Hokies' all-time list. Jud Dunlevy's extra point cut the score to 10-7.

Not even three minutes later, Ryan moved BC's tally to 16 when he scrambled into the end zone from 14 yards out at 5:35. Brown made his presence felt again on the extra point, though, as he swatted down Aponavicius' try for his second block of the game. Tech's Brandon Flowers recovered the ball and took it untouched to the other end zone for a two-point conversion, making it a 16-9 game.

Tech was able to lock up the score at 16 with 43 seconds left in the half, going 80 yards in 10 plays and 1:37, with Glennon finding Josh Hyman for a 13-yard touchdown, his first scoring catch of the season.

The FedEx Orange Bowl will be held on Jan. 3rd at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Fla.