NCAA Game Summary - Boston College vs. Virginia Tech|
(Saturday, December 6th)
Final Score: Virginia Tech 30, (18) Boston College 12
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Tyrod Taylor ran for two scores, and Darren Evans
added a 10-yard touchdown, as Virginia Tech upended 18th-ranked Boston
College, 30-12, to capture its second straight ACC championship over the
Eagles and earn an automatic bid to the Orange Bowl.
Taylor, who came away with MVP honors, completed 11-of-19 passes for 84 yards
and an interception, while Evans amassed 114 yards on the ground for the
Hokies (9-4), who won for the fourth time in their last five games.
"I think that now we are going to enjoy this for sure," said Virginia Tech
coach Frank Beamer. "But we go to the Orange Bowl with the idea that one more
win gets us to 10. I think that would be really, really special for this
football team to end up with double digit, 10 wins. So we are going to enjoy
it because this is really special. This is really special."
Dominique Davis completed 17-of-43 passes for 263 yards, with a touchdown and
two interceptions, for the Eagles (9-4), who were beaten by Virginia
Tech, 30-16, in last season's league championship bout. Rich Gunnell made
seven grabs for 114 yards and a score.
"I think that we lost some gap responsibilities today, and I think we got some
of our guys cut inside," said Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski. "Virginia
Tech did a nice job with the run. We didn't fit it as good as we have. Give
credit to them."
Virginia Tech took a 7-0 lead in the first when Taylor scored from five yards
out on a quarterback draw. The mobile signal-caller found the end zone again
with 11:08 remaining in the second quarter.
Facing a 3rd-and-goal, Taylor, under heavy pressure, somehow managed to spin
off several would-be tacklers for the four-yard score, three plays after Evans
sprinted 30 yards to the BC nine.
Paul Anderson intercepted Taylor on Virginia Tech's next drive and returned
the ball to the BC 46. BC moved into Hokies territory, where on first down at
the 39, Davis completed a 37-yard pass to Gunnell. Victor Harris, though,
knocked it loose and Cameron Martin recovered the fumble for Virginia Tech in
the end zone to end the BC threat.
The Hokies went three-and-out on their next series and BC got the ball back at
its own 34. Davis threw a 51-yard strike to Montel Harris on first down and,
after Harris lost a yard on the ground, Davis connected with Gunnell in the
right corner of the end zone for the 16-yard score, trimming the deficit to
14-7 with 1:29 left in the half.
Virginia Tech took command of the game in the third quarter. Taylor guided the
Hokies on an 11-play, 50-yard drive, converting a 3rd-and-2 with an eight-yard
pass to Dyrell Roberts and a 3rd-and-9 with an 18-yard scramble to the BC
37. The drive stalled at the 33 and Dustin Keys drilled a 50-yard field goal.
Davis was picked off later in the frame by Stephan Virgil, who amassed 36
yards on the return before he was shoved out of bounds at the 10, and Evans
found the end zone on the next play to give the Hokies a 24-7 cushion with
BC cut into the deficit early in the fourth quarter on Steve Aponavicius's 24-
yard field goal.
After Virginia Tech was forced to punt, Davis lost the handle on the first
play of the subsequent series when he was sacked by Jason Worilds. The ball
bounced into the hands of Orion Martin, who rumbled 17 yards for the
touchdown. The Hokies led 30-10 with 9:05 to go after Keys missed the extra
Virginia Tech conceded a safety in the final minutes.
Taylor accumulated 30 yards rushing...Roberts caught four passes for 44
yards...BC finished 3-of-15 on third down...Davis was sacked five times for 37
12/06 21:13:34 ET