What a difference two years makes. The last time the Eagles and the Hokies squared off, they were both members of the Big East Conference. The Eagles won that meeting 34-27 at Lane Stadium on the heels of a late touchdown pass from Paul Peterson to Grant Adams.
The Eagles had the same number of victories heading into that game (six) as they do heading into tonight's contest. Except instead of being a team that had to fight for its life against Rutgers the previous week just to become bowl-eligible, Tom O'Brien's Eagles are 6-1 and ranked number 13 in the Associated Press poll.
The Eagles have proven to be "road warriors" of late, with an impressive record away from Alumni Stadium in recent history. Earlier this season they defeated BYU in Utah and knocked off Clemson in Death Valley. Last year they marched into Morgantown and South Bend, upending two ranked rivals in the process in West Virginia and Notre Dame who were ranked 10 and 24 respectively.
And as was previously mentioned, they beat number 12 Virginia Tech back on November 22, 2003. They are 5-0 in their last five road games against ranked opponents. Overall the Eagles have won 13 of their last 16 games away from Chestnut Hill. During that span they have lost games to Miami and Pittsburgh, both ranked, at home.
Of course this all means nothing heading into tonight's contest, except that O'Brien's teams have done a good job winning on the road of late. BC fans hope that string will continue tonight.
The last time the Eagles and the Hokies squared off in a Thursday night game occurred back in 2002 at Alumni Stadium when the visitors squeaked by the Eagles by a score of 28-23. Brian St. Pierre threw three interceptions for the Eagles and Jamal Burke returned a punt for a touchdown.
The Eagles will get their defensive captain Mathias Kiwanuka back from his MCL injury along with Al Washington, Jazzmen Williams and DeJuan Tribble. Quinton Porter will get the nod at quarterback, but you can expect Matt Ryan to be at the ready if Porter looks hobbled or has difficulty executing.
Links from Around the 'Net
Plenty on Line When Eagles Meet Hokies - Mike Vega (Boston Globe)
Prime Time Players? Eagles Measure #3 Hokies - Steve Conroy (Boston Herald)
BC Receiver up to challenge - Steve Conroy (Boston Herald)
Heartbreak gives way to big break - David Teel (Virginia Daily Press)
Eagles worry Hokies - Jim McConnell (Fredricksburg Free-Lance Star)
Eagles pack plenty of beef - Randy King (Roanoke Times)
Prime-time performers - Randy King (Roanoke Times)
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