October 10, 2009
Tech-BC notes and quotes
By Jimmy Robertson
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Boston College (4-2) 0001414
(5) Virginia Tech (5-1) 102401448
  • Lane/Worsham Field - 66,233
  • Passing: Tyrod Taylor 126 yds
  • Rushing: Ryan Williams 159 yds
  • Receiving: Marcus Davis 80 yds

Tech defense back to form: Virginia Tech’s first-team defense played arguably the best half of defense seen in these parts in quite some time, holding Boston College’s offense without a first down in the first half and to just three yards of total offense.

When asked what possibly defensive coordinator Bud Foster could have been critical of with his unit at halftime, defensive back Rashad Carmichael smiled.

“He said that’s three too many,” Carmichael said.

Tech, which has been susceptible to big plays this season, gave up just 163 yards of total offense, easily a season best, in the Hokies’ 48-14 romp on Homecoming in Blacksburg – BC’s worst loss since the 2000 season. The Eagles converted just 1-of-13 third-down situations and finished with 10 first downs for the game, with many of those coming in the final 15 minutes when the Hokies subbed liberally.

BC quarterback David Shinskie suffered a nightmarish game. He went 0-for-9 in the first half and threw two interceptions. For the game, he completed 1-of-12. He was also sacked two times and hurried on numerous other occasions.

“I thought we had them disrupted a little bit,” Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. “I know that kid [Shinskie] had made some nice throws the past couple of weeks. They were having trouble running the football on us, and any time you can make them one-dimensional, I think that really helps you and we had that going. We got them into passing situations and we had them disrupted in the passing game. That’s what really pleased me.”

BC rushed for just 45 yards after coming into the game averaging nearly 150 on the ground. Tailback Montel Harris, coming off a 179-yard performance against Florida State, finished with only 43 against the Hokies.

“The key to it is not allowing them to run the football,” Beamer said. “You get them into passing situations and that allows you to do some things. Now you can get some pressure going and disguise coverages. I thought we did a good job at that. I thought we had them out of sync.”

Tech’s defensive players, though, credited the Hokies’ offense for making things easier. Tech’s offense put points on the board early, scoring on its first four possessions.

“It was good to get the lead,” whip linebacker Cody Grimm said. “The offense held the ball [33:47 in possession time]. You have to give them credit. They got the lead early and held the ball, and that forced BC to pass. Any time that happens, it’s going to eliminate your missed tackles, and when you expect them to throw the ball, that makes it easier on you.”

Williams ties freshman mark:
Tech tailback Ryan Williams, the ACC’s leading rusher, topped the century mark for the fourth time this season by rushing for 159 yards on 18 carries in the Hokies’ victory over Boston College. He tied Darren Evans’ record for 100-yard rushing games set a season ago.

Williams reached the 100-yard plateau in the first half when he gained 138 yards on 15 carries. He added 21 yards in the second half on just three carries, as Tech’s staff pulled him with the game well in hand.

“All the credit goes to the offensive line and the wide receivers and everyone who blocked downfield,” Williams said. “The first big run I had, Kenny Jefferson was right there with me and I was following him at least 10 or 15 yards down the field.

“I give credit to Coach [Bryan] Stiney [Stinespring] for calling a great game, too. We had outside runs and inside runs and great passing plays called. We just executed every play and that really got us going from the first quarter through the fourth quarter.”

Williams also got into the end zone for the ninth time this season when he scored on a 1-yard run early in the second quarter. He needs just two more touchdowns to tie Evans’ freshman record for touchdowns in a season. Williams leads the ACC in touchdowns as well.

“He can make you miss, he can out-run you and he can run over you,” Beamer said. “He can punish you. That’s a heckuva combination. There are many backs who have that combination. I think he’s special.”

Taylor with another big game: Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw the ball well for the second straight game, completing 7-of-10 for 126 yards and two touchdowns. He threw touchdown passes of 24 yards to Danny Coale and 41 yards to Jarrett Boykin.

“I think the receivers and I are coming along really well,” Taylor said. “We’re starting to get on the same page. They’re getting open and I’m finding them.”

In the past two games, he has completed 24-of-32 for 453 yards and four touchdowns, with no interceptions. So far this season, he has thrown eight touchdown passes and one interception.

“I think he’s really in charge,” Beamer said. “He knows what he’s doing and where people are and what they are doing. He’s a tremendous asset to our team. I think he means a lot. He’s playing efficiently and very, very well. Standing on the sidelines, I’ve got a lot of confidence when he’s at the control.

Coale gets in the end zone again:
Coale waited for more than a year to register his first touchdown reception, which came against Duke. Now, he’s caught touchdown passes in back-to-back games.

Coale, a redshirt sophomore from Lexington, Va., scored Tech’s first touchdown against Boston College when he hauled in a 24-yard scoring reception from Taylor, who made a great play by scrambling away from several BC pass rushers and finding Coale all alone in the end zone.

Coale finished the game with two catches for 27 yards.

Davis and Clayton get firsts:
Reserve players Ju-Ju Clayton and Marcus Davis notched career firsts in the victory. Clayton, a redshirt freshman quarterback from Richmond, Va., fired an 80-yard touchdown pass to Davis, a redshirt freshman receiver from Virginia Beach, Va., with 10:44 left in the game that gave the Hokies a 41-7 lead.

The completion marked the first of Clayton’s career and the reception marked the first of Davis’ career.

“He was wide open,” Clayton said of Davis. “I guess the safety bit on the run. I don’t know. I didn’t see him. I just laid the ball out for Marcus and he did the rest.

“First completion for a touchdown … that’s real good. It gives me a lot of confidence. Before the play, Marcus and I gave each other eye contact just to make sure we were on the same page and we got it done.”

“They don’t really come that easy,” Davis said. “But when you get them, you’re not giving them back. That feeling is going to last forever.”

The play tied for the longest by a Tech team in an ACC game. In 2004, Bryan Randall threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Royal in a victory over Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

Carmichael reaches end zone:
Tech defensive back Rashad Carmichael scored his first collegiate touchdown when he intercepted the pass of BC quarterback David Shinskie and returned it 22 yards for the score. Shinskie was trying to hit Colin Larmond, Jr., on the play, but Carmichael stepped in front of Larmond and took it to the end zone.

“I felt like it was going to be a quick throw,” Carmichael said. “I just trusted my instincts and tried to make a big play.”

The interception marked the third of the season for Carmichael, who leads the team, and the third of his career. He became the 78th different player under Beamer to score a touchdown on defense or special teams. He also became the first Tech player to return an interception for a score since last season when Macho Harris returned one for a touchdown in Tech’s win over Duke at Lane Stadium.

Carmichael’s touchdown marked the 80th scored by Tech’s defense under Beamer (52 on interception returns).

Virgil gets his first INT of the season:
After tying for the team lead in interceptions a year ago with six, Stephan Virgil finally got his first of this season when he intercepted a Shinskie pass late in the first half. His interception led to a 40-yard field goal by Matt Waldron that gave Tech a 34-0 lead at halftime.

Virgil now has seven interceptions in his career.

Fuller sees action: Tech receiver Austin Fuller, a redshirt freshman from Richlands, Va., saw the first game action of his young career when he entered the game in the first quarter as part of Tech’s punt return team. Fuller dressed for the Duke game but did not play.

Tech honors BC’s Herzlich: Virginia Tech’s Darren Evans presented BC’s Mark Herzlich with a check for $9,494.94 between the first and second quarters of the game as part of a fundraiser for Ewing’s Sarcoma research in honor of Herzlich, a linebacker who wears No. 94 and was diagnosed with the cancer earlier this year. All proceeds go to Uplifting Athletes, a national non-profit organization aligning college football with rare diseases and raising them as a national priority through outreach, research, education and advocacy. Evans also presented Herzlich with a VT/BC split helmet signed by the Tech coaching staff.

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