CHESTNUT HILL: On Halloween the Eagles (3-6, 0-6) looked like they were playing scared.
Hosting ACC foe Virginia Tech (4-4, 2-3), Boston College was the the underdogs, but pundits thought the home team might have a chance of winning.
Well, the Eagles defense let up a touchdown on the opening drive and the offense failed to move the chains until 14 minutes into the first quarter. 20 minutes into the matchup, the score was already 17-0.
17 points might not seem like an insurmountable lead for many teams, but Boston College hadn’t scored 17 points in an FBS game all season. The offense only managed 10, all behind walk-on freshman quarterback John Fadule. The final score: Virginia Tech 26, Boston College 10.
After quickly driving down the field to the BC 27-yard-line in their opening drive, Hokies quarterback Michael Brewer tossed a beautiful pass right into the hands of wide receiver Cam Phillips, who waltzed into the end zone to put the Hokies on the board first 7-0.
Virginia Tech would add 47-yard field goal to stretch the lead to 10 before the end of the first quarter. After one frame, the Eagles offense was sputtering. The Eagles collected only 18 yards of offense, which is counting the one 25-yard run by walk-on freshman quarterback John Fadule who replaced starting QB Troy Flutie on the Eagles’ third drive.
In the second quarter, the Eagles defense came up huge. After a special teams gaffe gave the Hokies first and goal on the five-yard line, John Johnson picked off Brewer and had the presence of mind to get his foot in the endzone before he fell out of bounds.
But two plays later, Hokies linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka forced a Jordan Gowins fumble and returned it into the end zone for seven, putting Virginia Tech up 17-0.
Fadule, a Wellesley-native, was running the scout squad just a few weeks ago. Saturday, the 6-1, 215-pounder led the team in rushing, amassing 53 yards on 15 carries and threw for 143 yards on eight of 20 completions and an interception.
The Eagles had a chance to score in the second, but a 42-yard field goal attempt fell short and to the left. As the clock ran down, the Hokies added a 35-yard field goal to go into the break up 20. After two quarters, the Hokies amassed 235 yards of offense, while the Eagles managed just 80 yards, completing only one pass for 33 yards to set up the missed field goal.
With three minutes to go in the third quarter, the Eagles would finally get on the board. After an 11-play, 59-yard drive that put the Eagles in the red zone for the first time all game, Mike Knoll knocked in a 23-yard field goal to erase the Eagle's goose egg.
Boston College would tack on seven with eight minutes to go in the fourth after Fadule led the Eagles on a 76-yard drive in which he threw for 60 yards and rushed for seven of those. His play set up a three-yard touchdown run for Richard WIlson. That brought the score to 23-10.
For the Hokies, Brewer finished with 180 yards on 15-21 passing with a touchdown. Runningback Travon McMillian tallied 105 yards on 33 carries. The Virginia Tech defense also compiled nine tackles for a loss, as their front seven were constantly in the Eagles' backfield. Besides Fadule, the Eagles' running backs only managed 22 total yards of rushing, with Myles Willis carrying the ball 10 times and only accruing 11 yards.
Boston College will host NC State next Saturday in their final home game of the season, while Virginia Tech will travel to Georgia Tech to take on the Yellow Jackets on Nov. 12.