Virginia Tech picked up their first ACC win of the season with a 23-10 victory at Boston College. It was an ugly game, but the Hokies did what they needed to do to leave Chestnut Hill at 5-1 heading into their bye week.
The Hokies had some great performances, but a true freshman WR and a veteran DT stood out to be this week’s Hokies of the Game.
Offensive Hokie of the Game: Sean Savoy
With Cam Phillips suffering a foot sprain in the first quarter, the Hokies needed their other receivers to step up and that’s what they did, especially Sean Savoy.
Savoy had the best game of his career by far with 9 catches for 139 yards and a touchdown. Savoy was a nightmare for Boston College with the Eagles not having the defensive backs to handle his speed along with Savoy making a few defenders miss to gain some extra yards.
Sean Savoy has established himself as the Hokies’ number 2 option behind Cam Phillips and after his performance against BC, teams will have to start paying more attention to the talented true freshman. Savoy now has 27 receptions for 337 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns plus 10 carries for 25 yards and a TD through six games as Savoy is making a case to be a Freshman All-American this season.
Travon McMillian took a big step towards establishing himself as the Hokies’ primary back with 17 carries for 88 yards and a touchdown on a day where no other VT RB had more than 5 carries. Josh Jackson had a good day, especially in the first half on his way to going 22-for-33 for 322 passing yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception.
Defensive Hokie of the Game: Ricky Walker
Virginia Tech had a few standout defensive performances, but none bigger than defensive tackle Ricky Walker who gave Boston College some nightmares. Walker was dominant with 6 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 1 QB hurry as Boston College struggled to run the ball up the middle.
Ricky Walker has played well all season, but hadn’t had a dominant statistical performance till this game. Walker has developed into one of the best defensive tackles in the ACC on an underrated defensive line that shouldn’t be underrated much longer.
Tim Settle was also a force up the middle as he had 5 tackles and 2 tackles for loss. Settle now leads the Hokies with 6 tackles for loss this season, and is putting together a strong season that should lead to him receiving some sort of All-ACC recognition at the end of it.
Mook Reynolds continued to be all over the field in this game, leading the Hokies with 9 tackles. Greg Stroman had 2 pass breakups and 1 tackle as he continues to rarely be targeted and play dominant football as one of the ACC’s best cornerbacks.
Congrats to Sean Savoy and Ricky Walker on being our Hokies of the Game against Boston College.