November 12, 2012
Hokies ship up to Boston for key game with the Eagles
Tech must win last two games to be bowl eligible
Game Notes in PDF Format


The Virginia Tech football team (4-6, 2-4 ACC) will head north to Alumni Stadium for an ACC contest with the Eagles of Boston College (2-8, 1-5 ACC) Saturday in Chestnut Hill. Kickoff is set for 12:29 p.m. and the game will be televised regionally on the ACC Network. Tim Brant, Dave Archer and Mike Hogewood will handle the announcing duties.

The Series
• Saturday’s game will mark the 21st football meeting between Virginia Tech and Boston College. The Hokies hold a 14-6 edge in the series after beating the Eagles 30-14 at home last year, their fourth-straight win in the series.
• Virginia Tech has lost two of its last three trips to Alumni Stadium. In Tech’s last trip to Chestnut Hill (2010), the Hokies blanked the Eagles 19-0.
• Tech beat BC 48-14 at home in 2009. In 2008, the two teams split a pair of games. Tech lost at Chestnut Hill, 28-23, before bouncing back for a convincing 30-12 win over the Eagles in the ACC Championship Game.
• In 2007, the same thing happened as Tech lost a 14-10 heartbreaker to the second-ranked Eagles at home but rebounded to beat the Eagles 30-16 in Jacksonville to claim the ACC title.
• Tech and BC met for the first time on the gridiron in 1993 with the Eagles taking a 48-34 home win. The following season, the Hokies returned to BC and posted a 12-7 victory. Boston College returned the favor with a 20-14 win at Tech to open the 1995 season.
• Since joining Virginia Tech in the ACC in 2005, the Hokies lead the regular-season series 4-3, but also lead the overall series in that span 6-3 thanks to the two wins in the championship games.

Do or Die Time

• The Virginia Tech football squad is in an unfamiliar position sitting at 4-6 and having to win its remaining two games - at Boston College and home against Virginia - to extend its bowl streak to 20 years in a row. Only Florida State (31 seasons; qualified in 2012) and Florida (23 seasons; qualified in 2012) have a longer active streak. The last time the Hokies didn’t qualify for a bowl came in the 1992 season when they went 2-8-1. To put into persepctive how long it’s been since the Hokies didn’t play in a bowl, consider this: George H.W. Bush was serving his term in the White House, a stamp was 29 cents, a gallon of gas cost around $1.10 and most, if not all, of this year’s freshman class wasn’t even born yet.

Road Troubles
• Tech entered this year with the nation’s longest active winning streak in true road games (13), but has struggled on the road this year.
• Virginia Tech has lost its last seven games away from Lane Stadium dating back to last year’s ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, N.C., followed by a loss to Michigan to end the year at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. This year, the Hokies are 0-5 away from home.
• The last time Tech lost seven or more in a row away from home was from 1987-88, Coach Frank Beamer’s first two years at Tech, when the Hokies lost nine in a row away from home.

Virginia Game Time
• ESPN exercised its last option for a six-day hold for the Nov. 24 games, meaning the kickoff time and channel for the Virginia Tech-Virginia game at Lane Stadium won’t be announced until after this week’s slate of games, on Sunday morning at the latest.

A few game notes in 140 characters or less

This will be the 21st meeting on the gridiron between @BCFootballNews and @VT_Football, with the Hokies leading 14-6. #VTvsBC

Virginia Tech must win at Boston College and against Virginia to extend its 19-year bowl streak.

The #Hokies are 0-5 on the road this year and have lost their last seven games away from Lane Stadium.

@VT_Football has outgained each of its last 3 opponents, but lost all 3 games, marking the 1st time under Frank Beamer that’s happened.

Logan Thomas has 18 career rushing touchdowns, the third-most in school history by a quarterback.

The #Hokies are 6-3 all-time at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill.

For updates on Virginia Tech football, follow the Hokies on Twitter (@VT_Football).

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