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No. 3 Hokies make statement vs. No. 13 Eagles

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.