After a tough loss last week, Virginia Tech made the trip to Chestnut Hill looking for their first ACC win. The Hokies faced a Boston College team looking for a big win that could help Steve Addazio’s chances of keeping his job.
Most thought VT would dominate Boston College, and that’s exactly what they did.
#16 Virginia Tech beat Boston College 23-10 to move to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the ACC. The Hokies were dominant throughout the game and there was never a time where it seemed like BC really had a chance even with VT only winning by 13 points. VT struggled down the stretch of this game, but that was largely due to VT checking out a little early from this game.
The Hokies outgained Boston College 431-344 as VT was better in all facets of what was an ugly game. The close yardage gap was due to BC having half of their yards in the fourth quarter where VT started mixing in some backups and simply turned down the intensity.
Virginia Tech did well on third down, converting 40% of the time while BC only converted 1 of 14 third downs. Virginia Tech’s defense was dominant in the first three quarters while the Hokies’ offense was solid overall, but far from perfect.
Cam Phillips suffered a foot sprain after an 11-yard reception, his only of the night, and though the trainers tried to get him back out there, Phillips was unable to return. However, all signs are that the injury is minor and that he will be back in two weeks when VT hosts North Carolina.
Josh Jackson wasn’t perfect, but played fairly well going 22-for-33 for 322 passing yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. Jackson was steady and has emerged as the best quarterback in the ACC Coastal, but struggled some in the second half.
Sean Savoy shined tonight with 9 catches for 139 yards and a touchdown, giving BC plenty of nightmares. Savoy’s speed made him impossible to catch while he was dynamic in space and able to make defenders miss consistently. Savoy has established himself as the Hokies’ number 2 option after Phillips and is definitely one of the best freshman WRs.
Eric Kumah is starting to gain some confidence and it’s showing as he had 4 catches for 53 yards. Dalton Keene also had a strong game with 4 catches for 66 yards while Henri Murphy had 3 catches for 40 yards.
Travon McMillian is out of the dog house and had a good game with 17 carries for 88 yards and a touchdown, plus a 13-yard reception. No other Hokie running back had more than 5 carries as McMillian made a strong case for being the Hokies’ primary back.
Virginia Tech’s defensive tackles were dominant as Ricky Walker has 6 tackles including 2.5 tackles for loss while Tim Settle has 5 tackles including 2 tackles for loss. Walker and Settle have given opponents’ problems all season long with this being the first time it showed up on the stat sheet.
Mook Reynolds led the Hokies with 9 tackles while Greg Stroman had a tackle and a pair of pass breakups. Terrell Edmunds also had 8 tackles on a solid night for the Hokies’ defense.
Joey Slye made all three of his field goal attempts tonight in what was his most accurate night of the season. Slye’s field goals did all come from inside 35 yards, but tonight was still an encouraging performance. Slye also broke Virginia Tech’s all-time scoring record.
This was an ugly performance from the Hokies, especially in the fourth quarter. Overall, Virginia Tech was dominant, and there was never a point where it seemed like Boston College had any realistic chance of winning.