Eagles Routed By Hokies

A team dressed like Boston College showed up in Blacksburg to the play Virginia Tech. The Hokies promptly put on a show, running the Eagles off the field in the first half. They racked up over 300 yards of offense and held the BC offense to three yards.

What was supposed to be a test for the young Eagle team, measuring themselves against one of the top teams in the country on their turf, turned into a laugher from the first snap. Virginia Tech scored on their first four drives and six times in the first half. The Hokies took a 34-to-0 lead into the half and cruised to a 48-to-14 victory.

The tone of the game was set early. On their first possession, Virginia Tech marched down field on eight straight running plays and scored a goal. Boston College's first drive was a three and out, giving the ball back to the Hokies on a punt. Virginia Tech then drove down field on an eleven play drive for a touchdown. That would be the story of the entire first half. The Hokies scored at will and their defense smothered the BC offense.

Things seemed to be settling down a little bit for the BC defense toward the end of the first quarter. The Hokies were on their third drive of the day and inside BC territory. It appeared the Eagles were starting to find their legs as the run defense stiffened. Then Ryan Williams burst loose for a 31 yard gain that set up the Hokies on the BC one-yard line. They score one play later and the rout was on.

In what may go done as the most bizarre move this season, the Eagles sent out their second team offense to start the next drive. Down 17 and desperate for any offense, they had freshman Mike Marscovetra and the rest of the second team on the field.

The result was minus-15 yards and a punt. This setup the Hokies at the BC 41-yard line and one play later the Hokies scored another TD on a long pass from Tyrod Taylor. That put the Hokies up by 24 with 12 minutes left in the half.

Another three and out and the BC defense was on the field again. This time they held the Hokies and forced their first punt of the day. Unfortunately, that bit of good news faded quickly as Dave Shinskie threw a pick six on the next drive, giving the Hokies an easy score and ending any hope of keeping the game competitive. Shinskie looked over to his right, double clutched and threw it right into the arms of the defender who ran down the sidelines for the score.

Another three and out for the BC offense gave the ball to the Hokies. They marched down field again, but their drive stalled at the BC 32. In a show of confidence in his defense, Beamer elected to go for a 49-yard field goal. It was wide to the right, giving BC the ball back at their 32.

Another Shinskie interception set up the Hokies for an easy field goal and that ended the scoring for the first half. Virginia Tech carried a 34-point lead into the break and the game was essentially over. Boston College had managed just three total yards of offense and did not get a single first down. The Hokies amassed over 300 yards of offense.

The second half was what one would expect in a rout. Virginia Tech began to mix in their second and third team guys while BC continued to struggle. The third quarter was an exchange of punts as the BC defense played a bit better and kept the Hokies was scoring, but the offense was dead in the water, managing just 20 total yards. They did manage a first down, their only one up to that point.

The fourth was about the backups. Tech had their second unit in the game and BC went with their second team guys on offense. Mike Marscovetra got plenty of action, tossing two touchdown passes to get BC on the board and avoiding the shutout. The Hokies matched the scores and the game ended with Virginia Tech winning 48-17.

Dave Shinskie finished the game 1-of-12 for four yards and two interceptions. Marscovetra was 10-of-16 in mop up duty, including two touchdowns. The starting tailbacks for BC managed just 49 yards on 16 carries. Virginia Tech's Ryan Williams put on a show with 159 yards on 18 carries in the first half.

Boston College returns home next week to host North Carolina State at 3:30 PM.

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