7:45 PM ET, October 27, 2005
Lane Stadium, BLACKSBURG, VA
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- The taste of Beamerball didn't come until late, and only to provide a punctuation mark on another Virginia Tech victory.
Even without the big plays that are the Hokies' hallmark, No. 3 Virginia Tech dominated again, beating No. 13 Boston College 30-10 on Thursday night.
Marcus Vick got back to being efficient, throwing for 280 yards and a touchdown with no turnovers, and the Hokies' defense made Boston College's massive offensive line and high-powered attack look pedestrian, holding them to 183 total yards.
"We feel that's what we're supposed to do," cornerback Jimmy Williams said. "We love to play defense. We love to go out there and get three-and-outs."
The victory, Virginia Tech's 11th in a row in Thursday night play, was highlighted by one of those three-and-outs, which was sandwiched by Hokies touchdowns.
The first TD, on Eddie Royal's 15-yard reverse, gave Virginia Tech the lead back. The second came on Vick's 3-yard pass to Josh Morgan and surely made the task look that much more imposing for the Eagles (6-2, 3-2), putting them behind 20-7 at halftime.
"I just told the guys that we're going to be OK," Vick said of the brief period -- and first this year -- when Tech trailed at home. "We drove down the field there a couple of times and couldn't get it in. All of a sudden, we just started executing."
The defensive stand in the middle, Williams said, was Hokies football at its best.
"It lets opposing teams know that it's not going to be easy and just because you're up right now doesn't mean it's going to stay that way," he said.
Vick had a big part in all of it, completing 22 of 28 passes a week after throwing three interceptions in a 28-9 victory at Maryland. Brandon Pace added three short field goals for the Hokies, who last lost a Thursday night game in 1995, also to BC.
The Eagles got them then, 20-14, but were practically pushed around this time.
Boston College came in allowing just 78 rushing yards per game, fourth best in the country, and the Hokies got 212 using a backfield by committee. The Eagles were seventh in overall defense, allowing just 272 yards per game, and the Hokies rolled up 492 as the former Big East members renewed their rivalry in the ACC.
The Eagles, in their first season in the ACC, had 58 yards after halftime.
"We got beat on the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball," said Eagles coach Tom O'Brien, whose offensive line averages 6-foot-6 and 317 pounds. "We couldn't block them on offense to protect the quarterback and we couldn't stop them when we had to."
That was the plan, Hokies defensive tackle Jonathan Lewis said.
"We got it in our mind that we were going to focus, take it one play at a time and we were going to hit 'em in the mouth," he said. "That's what we were able to do."
The Hokies, stuck in third-place behind Texas and USC in the Bowl Championship Series standings, led 23-10 for most of the fourth quarter before Vince Hall returned an interception 13 yards for a TD with 3:16 left to cap the win. Quinton Porter was in the grasp of defensive end Darryl Tapp when Porter threw the ball.
It was Hall's second TD on an interception return this season and it added a bit of Beamerball to the victory, but this one was more about efficiency on offense and defense, and the ability of Pace to keep the points coming.
On their last possession, the Hokies were content to run down the clock, even though piling on the points could potentially have improved their BCS position.
"I don't play that way," Beamer said. "If you do, you're in the wrong ballgame."
The Hokies now have nine days to prepare for a visit from No. 6 Miami on Nov. 5. They beat the Hurricanes 16-10 in Miami last season to clinch their ACC championship.
On a chilly night at soldout Lane Stadium, the Hokies were held to field goals on their first two drives, and trailed at home for the first time all season. Porter made that happen when he hit Will Blackmon for a 29-yard TD early in the second quarter.
But the play seemed to wake the Hokies up. They drove 65 yards in 11 plays on their next possession, Royal covering the final 15. After stopping the Eagles without a first down, the Hokies drove 69 yards in 11 plays. Vick hit Josh Hyman for 15 on a third-and-10, and found Morgan in the end zone for a 3-yard TD 33 seconds before halftime.
A field goal by William Troost in the third quarter got the Eagles within 20-10, but Pace answered that with a 31-yarder -- he also hit from 26 and 32 -- three plays into the fourth quarter.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... the Virginia Tech offense stepped on the field. The Hokies controlled the ball for almost 40 minutes and dominated the game.
Gameball goes to... Marcus Vick. The Hokies junior quarterback threw for one touchdown and a career-high 280 yards against the Eagles.
Stat of the game... 100: Vince Hall's interception return for a TD was the 100th non-offensive TD for the Hokies under Frank Beamer.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||5-13||8-16|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||0-0|
|FG||9:25||BRANDON PACE 26 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 66 yards.
|FG||3:24||BRANDON PACE 32 YD FG|
Drive info: 11 plays, 64 yards.
|TD||11:37||WILL BLACKMON 29 YD PASS FROM QUINTON PORTER (WILLIAM TROOST KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||6:51||EDDIE ROYAL 15 YD RUN (BRANDON PACE KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 65 yards.
|TD||0:33||JOSH MORGAN 3 YD PASS FROM MARCUS VICK (BRANDON PACE KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 69 yards.
|FG||11:14||WILLIAM TROOST 26 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 33 yards.
|FG||13:30||BRANDON PACE 31 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 32 yards.
|TD||3:16||VINCE HALL 13 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (BRANDON PACE KICK)||10||30|