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Virginia Tech defeats Boston College 40-14

The Hokies improve to 3-1 on the season.

NCAA Football: Virginia Tech at Duke
Virginia Tech RB Khalil Herbert
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The No. 23 Virginia Tech Hokies improved to 3-1 on the season with a resounding 40-14 win over the Boston College Eagles on Saturday night.

In his first start of the season, quarterback Hendon Hooker put on a show.

The junior from Greensboro, N.C., completed 11 of 15 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown. However, it was Hooker’s legs that were the story. He carried the ball 18 times for 164 yards and three touchdowns. Several of his runs were highlight-reel worthy as Hooker showed speed, power and elusiveness.

Hooker was so good that he overshadowed another superb performance from running back Khalil Herbert. The Kansas transfer carried the ball 18 times for 143 yards and also had a nifty 29-yard touchdown reception from Hooker.

Early in the game, Virginia Tech’s defense couldn’t seem to stop Boston College. However, the Hokies relied heavily on turnovers tonight, forcing five BC turnovers. Devin Taylor and Brion Murray each had an interception in Jermaine Waller’s absence, while also recovering three fumbles.

Boston College quarterback Phil Jurkovec passed for 345 yards in the defeat.

Virginia Tech’s defense was much better in the second half, getting more pressure on Jurkovec and completely stopping the Boston College’s running game.

The Hokies head to Winston-Salem to play Wake Forest next week. The Demon Deacons defeated Virginia on Saturday.