Today, the Virginia Tech Hokies opened ACC play against the Boston College Eagles in what many expected to be a low-scoring game. However, that was far from the case.
Virginia Tech blew out Boston College 49-0 in what was the most dominant ACC performance by Virginia Tech over the past few years.
The Hokies started slow on the first drive but a Chuck Clark forced fumbled recovered by Andrew Motuapuaka gave the Hokies’ early momentum. Virginia Tech would follow that with 2 first quarter touchdowns, the first on a 15-yard screen pass play from Jerod Evans followed by a 8-yard corner route from Evans to Isaiah Ford.
The Hokies’ defense was stout throughout the first half as Boston College struggled to get any momentum going. After a big return from Greg Stroman, Isaiah Ford made an incredible 30-yard TD catch in double coverage inside the final 2 minutes. Boston College got some momentum going late but all of that disappeared when Adonis Alexander got his first interception thanks to some great man coverage from the sophomore DB.
After the great first half, the Hokies absolutely dominated the third quarter in what was their best quarter of football all year, outscoring the Eagles 21-0.
The third quarter scoring started with a great first drive that finished with Chris Cunningham’s first career touchdown reception. Virginia Tech put together two more strong drives after with Sam Rogers having a 4-yard touchdown catch followed by Travon McMillian getting a 7-yard rushing touchdown.
With the Hokies up 42-0, Virginia Tech brought in Brenden Motley and the second team offense. However, that offensive unit wouldn’t be stopped as Virginia Tech got another touchdown on a 26-yard touchdown run from Brenden Motley. After that, Virginia Tech brought in walk-on QB Jack Click to lead the offense for the final couple possessions and finish out a 49-0 victory.
Jerod Evans had a tremendous performance today as he went 16-of-23 for 253 passing yards, 5 touchdowns, and 1 interception play 9 carries for 48 rushing yards. Evans’ 5 passing touchdowns also tied Virginia Tech’s single-game passing touchdown record at 5, joining Bryan Randall who threw 5 against Syracuse in 2002.
Isaiah Ford was quite impressive with 4 catches for 91 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns including an incredible 30-yard touchdown catch against double coverage. Bucky Hodges was also solid with 4 catches for 48 yards while Cam Phillips had 2 catches for 53 yards and C.J. Carroll had 2 catches for 39 yards.
Marshawn Williams had a strong season debut today with 15 carries for 81 rushing yards with Williams receiving a decent amount of first team carries. Travon McMillian was also decently effective with 12 carries for 36 yards and a touchdown.
Overall, the Hokies had 476 total yards of offense without having a single fumble. This performance from the Hokies has to be their best in the last couple of seasons especially since this came against a Boston College team known for defense recently compared to a Tulsa defense that was poorly rated.
Defensively, the Hokies were even better as they gave up only 124 yards including 31 yards in the second half. 2 of the biggest Boston College completions also came off of balls that were tipped by Andrew Motuapuaka and Mook Reynolds.
Tremaine Edmunds was one of the stars of the game as he had 7 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 3 QB hurries. Meanwhile, Adonis Alexander also shined as he had 4 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception, and 1 pass breakup.
Greg Stroman had a solid day returning punts with 7 returns for 50 yards including a 20+ yard return that set up the 30-yard Isaiah Ford TD at the end of the first half. C.J. Carroll proved to be a capable backup returner with 2 returns for 34 yards including one for around 30 yardsm
Overall, there is no doubt that this was one of the best Virginia Tech victories in recent memory. Virginia Tech played 3 great quarters of football before shutting it down and letting the backups take over. Going forward, Virginia Tech made a statement today but while East Carolina isn’t looking great, the Hokies can’t afford to sleep on ECU.
After today though, any Hokie fan should be very confident about what this team can do including winning the ACC Coastal.