Though Virginia Tech outgained Boston College 446-293 on the day, it was Boston College that escaped with a 34-27 win over the Hokies on Saturday afternoon. Boston College improves to 4-4 (2-3 ACC) on the year. Virginia Tech falls 6-3 (3-2 ACC).
Boston College drew first blood with a 19-yard #beastmode touchdown run from Andre Williams, his eighth of the season. The Eagles' first TD drive was set up by another 19-yard designed run ... by Chase Rettig (!) ... on 3rd and 10 from the Virginia Tech 38. After gaining just 50 yards on its first three possessions, Virginia Tech responded early in the second quarter where QB Logan Thomas engineered a 9 play, 76 yard touchdown drive that ended with a 1-yard dive by Trey Edmunds to knot the game at 7-7.
On the ensuing possession, Boston College failed to move the chains and gave the Hokies the ball back at their own 18 with 1:53 to play. A pair of holding penalties backed the Hokies into a 3rd and 17 on their own 25 with 54 seconds to play, but Logan Thomas found Demitri Knowles for 18 yards to extend the drive. Another Hokies holding penalty negated a TD, but Thomas found Trey Edmonds and Kalvin Cline to get Tech into field goal range. Virginia Tech kicker Cody Journell, the same kid who missed two FGs last week in a 13-10 loss to DUKE, connects on a career-long 56-yard FG because Beamerball, I guess.
Virginia Tech went into the locker room up 10-7.
After BC started the second half with a three-and-out, Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas was picked off by Manny Asprilla who returned the ball to the Hokies 15 yard line. On a third and 3, Rettig couldn't connect with Amidon in the end zone and had to settle for a 24-yard Nate Freese FG to tie the game once again at 10. Virginia Tech regained the lead on the following possession, engineering an 8 play, 82 yard TD drive highlighted by a 69-yard completion to Joshua Stanford who gained a bulk of those yards after Bryce Jones fell down trying to break up the pass.
The Boston College offense failed to move the ball on its second possession, but an ugly yet effective Nate Freese punt placed the Hokies on their own 21 yard line. On a 2nd and 11, the Eagles brought pressure, forcing a Logan Thomas fumble recovered by Brian Mihalik. After five straight Andre Williams runs, including picking up the first down on 4th and 1, Rettig found Jake Sinkovec on play action for a 2-yard TD strike.
After trading field goals, the Boston College D, which had been gashed by the Hokies passing attack up until this point, forced Virginia Tech into a 3rd and 5 from their own 30 yard line. Don "Dude" Brown brought the heat, forcing Logan Thomas to throw the ball ... right to Kevin Pierre-Louis, who returned the ball 33 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.
Virginia Tech moved the ball to the Boston College 38 on the next drive, but a pass interference flag was picked up after replay "confirmed" the ball was tipped at the line. After the Hokies failed to convert on fourth down, the Eagles took over at their own 38 yard line. BC's offense needed just one play and 11 seconds of close to extend the lead to 34-20 on a 62-yard Andre Williams run to pay dirt.
With 2:54 to go, Virginia Tech cut the lead in half when Logan Thomas found Trey Edmunds on a screen pass. BC's Marquis Little missed the open field tackle and Edmunds was off 22 yards for a TD. Boston College gave the Hokies the ball back with 1:49 to play, but another Logan Thomas fumble was scooped up by Bryce Jones to seal the win.
Chase Rettig did what was asked of him, finishing the game 11-of-14, 93 yards and a TD. Running back Andre Williams added to his conference-leading rushing total with 166 yards and a pair of TDs on 33 carries. Kevin Pierre-Louis led the way on defense, including the pick six. Most importantly, BC finished the game +4 in turnovers with the D forcing a pair of interceptions and a pair of fumbles.
Unfortunately, Boston College was unable to avoid the injury bug in this one as two starting defensive linemen (Kaleb Ramsey and Jaryd Rudolph) and tight end Brian Miller left the game. The extent of these injuries is not yet known.
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