October 10, 2009
Boston College no match for Hokies on Homecoming
Tech rolls to 48-14 win over ACC foe
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  • Lane/Worsham Field - 66,233
  • Passing: Tyrod Taylor 126 yds
  • Rushing: Ryan Williams 159 yds
  • Receiving: Marcus Davis 80 yds

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Fifth-ranked Virginia Tech scored on its first four possessions and never looked back, thoroughly dominating visiting Boston College on both sides of the ball in a 48-14 defeat of its ACC rival on Saturday afternoon at Lane Stadium.

“It was a good day, that’s for sure,” Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. “We hadn’t had one like this in a while. It seems like every game last year went down to the wire, and a lot of games this year have gone down to the wire. But we beat a good football team that we certainly respect and will end up winning its share of games.”

The Hokies (5-1, 3-0 ACC) had struggled against the Eagles (4-2, 2-2 ACC) in regular-season play in recent years, losing the previous three contests and four of the previous five. But there was no question as to which team would prevail in this one. In fact, it was Tech’s largest margin of victory in an ACC game since defeating Duke 36-0 in 2006.

Tech piled up 441 yards of offense behind a balanced attack, with 235 yards rushing and 206 yards passing. Redshirt freshman tailback Ryan Williams netted 159 yards on 18 carries to go over the century mark for the fourth time this season, while quarterback Tyrod Taylor completed seven of 10 passes for 126 yards and two scores.

But it was the defense that really stood out in this one, limiting the Eagles to a paltry 163 yards of total offense, the fewest amount of yards allowed to an opponent since Tech gave up 136 yards to Duke in November of last year.

The Hokies limited BC to just 45 yards on the ground, which allowed them to pressure the Eagles’ quarterbacks to the tune of three sacks and seven quarterback hurries. BC starter Dave Shinskie completed just one of 12 passes and lost two interceptions before being replaced by Mike Marscovetra.

“I thought we disrupted them a little bit,” Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. “They were having trouble running and any time you can make a team one-dimensional, it creates problems. The key was not allowing them to run the football. We had them out of sync a little bit.”

“That’s the key to winning any game,” agreed Tech defensive end Nekos Brown, who tallied four tackles, two quarterback hurries and a sack. “You’ve got to stop the run and that’s what we focused on.”

The second half of this one was a formality, as the Hokies built a 34-0 halftime lead, while limiting the Eagles to zero first downs and a total of three yards over the first two quarters.

“It’s important to get that momentum,” Beamer said. “All of the pieces were fitting together. The offense was running smoothly, the defense held them and the special teams made a lot of good kicks. That’s the important thing – we were hitting on all cylinders. That’s what excited me.”

Tech wasted no time in putting the game’s first points on the board, driving 47 yards on the opening possession before kicker Matt Waldron nailed a 31-yard field goal at the 10:59 mark.

On their second possession, the Hokies posted their longest scoring drive of the year in terms of time consumed, going 68 yards in 5:11 before a scrambling Taylor found a wide-open Danny Coale in the back of the end zone. The play was reminiscent of the game-winning play against Nebraska, when Taylor bought himself a seemingly unlimited amount of time before a receiver was able to break loose for a score. It was Coale’s second touchdown in as many games, and Waldron’s PAT with 4:50 remaining in the first quarter gave Tech a 10-0 lead.

A 34-yard pass from Taylor to Jarrett Boykin keyed the early part of Tech’s third drive, one that spanned first and second quarters. On the first play of the second period, Williams scampered 31 yards to the BC 1-yard line. He finished it off one play later with his ninth touchdown of the season, and Waldron’s PAT with 14:30 on the clock made it 17-0.

“I come with the same mentality every game, but all the credit goes to the offensive line and everyone who was blocking downfield,” said Williams, who had six runs of at least 11 yards and three of at least 25 yards. “[Offensive coordinator Coach Bryan] Stinespring called a great offensive game and everyone executed on every play.”

After eating up a combined 12:52 on its first three scoring drives, Tech got things done in a fraction of that time on its fourth possession. A punt from deep in BC territory left the Hokies with a first down at the Eagles’ 41-yard line, and Boykin outran his coverage to connect with Taylor for a 41-yard strike on the first play from scrimmage. It was Boykin’s third touchdown catch of the season, and Waldron’s extra point gave the Hokies a 24-0 bulge at the 11:58 mark.

Tech failed to score on its fifth possession of the game, so following a Brent Bowden punt, the Hokies’ defense decided to get in on the act. On BC’s first play from scrimmage, Shinskie tossed a pass into the flat, but Tech cornerback Rashad Carmichael stepped in front of the intended receiver, made his third interception of the season and ran it back 22 yards to the end zone for his first collegiate touchdown and Tech’s fourth non-offensive score of the season.

“[Defensive backfield] Coach [Torrian] Gray teaches us to read the quarterback,” Carmichael said. “You can look into a guy’s eyes and see what might happen. I felt like it was going to be a quick throw and I trusted my instincts. I could feel that he [Shinskie] was looking there for a while, but there was pretty good pressure from the end and I had just enough time to break on the ball.”

Waldron’s PAT at 8:12 made it 31-0 Tech, and the redshirt senior added a 40-yard field goal with 1:11 left to give the Hokies a 34-0 advantage heading into halftime.

Boston College didn’t get on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter when backup quarterback Mike Marscovetra connected with wideout Colin Larmond, Jr., for a 48-yard touchdown. Steve Aponavicius converted the extra point at the 10:55 mark of the fourth quarter to cut the Tech lead to 34-7.

The Hokies got those points right back, however, as a pair of freshmen hooked up for a memorable play following a touchback on BC’s kickoff. Backup quarterback Ju-Ju Clayton recorded his first collegiate completion to an uncovered Marcus Davis, who hauled in his first collegiate reception and ran the rest of the way for an 80-yard touchdown. Waldron’s PAT at 10:44 gave Hokies a 41-7 lead.

Things got no better for the Eagles following the ensuing kickoff. On the first play from scrimmage, BC tailback Josh Haden fumbled and Tech’s Antoine Hopkins recovered at the BC 18. Seven plays later, Tech tailback David Wilson ran it in from one yard out, and Waldron converted the PAT at 6:40 to extend the lead to 48-7.

Boston College set the final score when Marscovetra completed a 1-yard pass to tight end Lars Anderson with less than a minute to go. Aponavicius’ PAT capped the 15-play, 80-yard drive.

The Hokies are scheduled to return to action next Saturday with a 6 p.m. road contest at Georgia Tech that will be televised on ESPN2.

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