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2013 Virginia Tech Football: Boston College Game Guide

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Virginia Tech Hokies (6-2) vs. Boston College Eagles (3-4)

Time: 12 p.m. EDT
Date: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013
Place: Chestnut Hill, Ma.
Alumni Stadium
(Cap: 44,500, Open: 1957, Field: FieldTurf)
Radio: VT IMGXM 91, Sirius 91
Spread: Virginia Tech -4.5
Weather: High of 60, 0% Chance of Rain

Boston College: In their last game against the North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday in Chapel Hill, the Eagles were beaten in convincing fashion, giving up 28 unanswered points to the Heels after taking the lead in the first quarter. The Tar Heels started out the scoring on a 13-yard Bryn Renner pass to Ryan Switzer, but the extra point was missed, giving the home team a 6-0 lead. Boston College took the lead several minutes later on a 56-yard run to give the visitors a 7-6 lead. Early in the second quarter, North Carolina got back on top, 13-7, with a 1-yard A.J. Blue plunge. They added to their lead in the waning seconds of the first half on a 10-yard Renner pass to Bug Howard to go to half up 20-7. Almost the entire third quarter eclipsed before the Tar Heels added an insurance score, a 17-yard Marquise Williams pass to Howard to give the home team a 20-point lead at 27-7. Williams added to the Tar Heels advantage midway through the fourth on a 4-yard run. Nate Freese added a late 38-yard field goal for the Eagles, but there would be no more scoring, and the Tar Heels won comfortably, 34-10. Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig was 10-of-20 for 57 yards and was sacked four times. Andre Williams rushed for 172 yards on 26 carries with the touchdown, eclipsing the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season in the process. North Carolina totaled 392 yards offensively.

Trends: Virginia Tech won the last game in the series, in 2012, 30-23 in overtime in Chestnut Hill. In the first quarter, each team hit a field goal, and Boston College added another 10 points in the second quarter on a 2-yard Chase Rettig pass to Alex Amidon and a Nate Freese field goal to give them a 13-3 halftime lead. It was, however, the Hokies who came out of the gate hot in the second half, adding a 1-yard Logan Thomas touchdown on the first possession of the second half to cut the lead to 3, a 13-10 Boston College advantage. With just over a minute left in the third quarter, the Hokies took a 17-13 lead on a 37-yard Thomas pass to Marcus Davis. After Freese made it a one-point game on a field goal midway through the fourth, Journell added his own, to push the lead back to 4 at 20-16. But on their very next possession, the Eagles scored on a 12-yard David Dudek touchdown with four minutes and change remaining, retaking the lead 23-20. The Hokies drove into field goal range on the next possession and Cody Journell hit from 41-yards out to tie it at 23 and send it to overtime. In overtime, the Hokies got the ball first and scored on a 7-yard Thomas pass to Randall Dunn to go up 30-23. The Eagles stalled out on their possession, and were unsuccessful on fourth down, giving the Hokies the win and keeping their bowl eligibility alive. The Hokies racked up 401 yards, 247 coming through the air from Thomas who finished 16-33 with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. Tony Gregory led the Hokies in rushing with 69 yards on 14 carries.

History Lesson: The following information is all provided via The Hokies lead the all-time series 15-6, going 7-3 against the Eagles in conference and are also 7-3 against Boston College at Alumni Stadium. All of the Hokies' 21 games against the Eagles have come under Frank Beamer. The Hokies won their last game over the Eagles 30-23 last season. The Hokies have won the last five games in the series dating back to 2008. Beamer has yet to play first-year Boston College Head Coach Steve Addazio. The Hokies are 3-0 in the series when they are unranked. Virginia Tech lost the first game of the series in 1993, a 48-34 Boston College win in Chestnut Hill. The average score of the series is a 27-17 Virginia Tech advantage. The Eagles have been shut out twice in the series by the Hokies, but the Hokies have never been shut out in the series, with their lowest point total coming in 2006, a 22-3 Boston College win in Chestnut Hill. Tech is 60-16 all-time in ACC conference games, including a 29-8 mark in ACC road games (10-4 against Atlantic Division opponents on the road) (rankings data dates back to 1950, the earliest year of Hokiesports' poll of choice, the Coaches' Poll).

What to Expect

  • Boston College runs a multiple offense
  • Defensively, the Eagles play out of multiple formations, but primarily the 4-3.
  • The Eagles rank No. 108 nationally in total offense with 339.7 yards per game. They are also scoring 23 points per game, which ranks tied for No. 92 nationally.
  • Boston College ranks No. 111 in passing offense with 163.1 yards per game through the air.
  • The Eagles rank No. 57 nationally with 176.6 yards per game on the ground.
  • Defensively, the Eagles are giving up 423.6 yards per game, good for No. 86 nationally. They also are No. 67 in the nation in scoring defense, giving up 27.4 points per game.
  • In rushing defense, Boston College is No. 84 nationally, allowing only 184.3 yards per game. Through the air, they've allowed 239.3 yards per game, good for a No. 77 ranking in the nation.
  • Chase Rettig has passed for 1,140 yards with 1o touchdowns and 4 interceptions so far this season, his fourth as a starter.
  • Running back Andre Williams is the Eagles only consistent runner, standing at 1,010 yards and 8 touchdowns on the ground through seven games.
  • Alex Amidon is far and away Boston College's leading-receiver this year, having nearly six times as many catches as the next-closest player. He has 46 receptions for 585 yards and 3 touchdowns so far this year.

Hokies Win If: They are able to stop Andre Williams, keep their own offense on the field and turnovers.

Eagles Win If: They are able to keep the ball, run with Williams, have Chase Rettig manage the game, stay on the field and turn the Hokies over.

Dot-dot-dots: The triple-overtime win over Marshall was win No. 700 for the program. The Hokies are one of only 15 teams in the FBS to have that many wins. Frank Beamer is in sixth place all-time in wins among FBS coaches with 264. He needs 35 more to pass Joe Paterno, who now stands at 298 wins after 111 wins were vacated from his record. Individually, Logan Thomas is now the all-time leading-passer in Virginia Tech history in both passing attempts (1,105), completions (609) and career passing yardage (7,761 yards). Thomas became the all-time in passing yards in Virginia Tech history against North Carolina, passing Tyrod Taylor. In the win over Georgia Tech, Thomas moved into third place all-time at Virginia Tech in wins for a quarterback with 22. He now has 24 and needs two more wins to move into a tie for second place all-time with Bryan Randall with 26 wins. Thomas also passed Bryan Randall for second place in total yardage in Tech history in the win over Georgia Tech, and stands at 9,034 yards, needing just 180 yards to pass Tyrod Taylor (9,213 yards) for first all-time in total yardage. In the loss to Duke, Thomas also moved passed Tyrod Taylor for first place all-time in rushing touchdowns among Virginia Tech quarterbacks, with 24. Thomas also has 46 passing touchdowns, good for third all time at Tech, just two behind Bryan Randall for the all-time record and one behind Maurice DeShazo for second place with 47. Kyle Fuller tops the ACC with 10 passes broken up. He also leads the conference in passes defended with 12. A.J. Hughes leads all ACC punters with a 44.8-yard per punt average, which places him ninth nationally. The Hokies defense is No. 1 in the nation with 17 interceptions. Tech also ranks No. 2 nationally with 3.5 sacks per game. The Hokies are 12-3 all-time on November 2.