Today, the Virginia Tech Hokies needed to get a win today with the Hokies entering this game needing to win three of their final four games to make a bowl game. With Georgia Tech and North Carolina looming in the next two games, this game was basically a must-win, and the Hokies rose to the occasion of the game.
Virginia Tech got the job done in what a game in which the Hokies were in-control throughout the game, especially the first with Virginia Tech winning 26-10 over Boston College. All four of the Hokies’ wins this season have been by 15 or more points with Virginia Tech outgaining a poor Boston College offense by over 100 yards unsurprisingly.
The Hokies ran it with Travon McMillian a lot with the redshirt freshman running back having 33 carries for 105 rushing yards. McMillian’s average of 3.2 yards per carry was disappointing, but the redshirt freshman tailback had a solid game overall as he was able to get some big plays against a tough Boston College rush defense.
Michael Brewer had a pretty solid game as he was 15-for-21 for 180 passing yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. Brewer made some solid throws including an impressive pass to Cam Phillips for his only touchdown pass of the day. Phillips had a solid game himself with 6 catches, 87 receiving yards, and a touchdown plus a fumble in the second half.
The Virginia Tech offense was quite good in the first half against a tough Boston College defense, but struggled a lot in the second half. The Hokies will need to be more consistent on offense in the coming weeks, but also won’t face as tough of a defense the rest of the season.
The Hokies held Boston College to under 200 total yards though the defense also played a lot better in the first half and especially in the first quarter. At some points, the Hokies had more plays than Boston College had yards including when the Hokies had 33 plays and Boston College had less than 30 yards.
Dadi Nicolas finally was able to get going, and was completing tackles in what was definitely his best game of the season to date. Nicolas had 7 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, his first sack of the season, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.
Nicolas finally looked like the player we all knew, and that is a great sign for the Hokies looking ahead to their final three games.
Deon Clarke and Andrew Motuapuaka had their best game as a duo with Clarke having 8 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss while Motuapuaka had 7 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and a forced fumble that he recovered and returned for a touchdown.
The Hokies’ pass defense was improved, but did get beat on some plays. Chuck Clark made a lot of good plays and had 6 tackles in this game, but also had some not-so-good plays in man coverage. Clark has not been as good in man coverage this season, and will definitely want to get that turned around soon.
Overall, Frank Beamer and the coaches have plenty of reasons to be pleased with today’s performance, but also should recognize that the Eagles are definitely the ACC’s worst team. The Hokies still have plenty of room to improve especially with their not-so-good second half and hopefully will. However, Virginia Tech’s season will be ending the Saturday after Thanksgiving if they don’t.