Sunday column: Tech’s problems run deeper than Thomas alone.
An eventful period ends with the Hokies and Boston College tied 17-17. Tech looked like it might be taking control of the game after scoring with 6:13 left and forcing a three-and-out, but Thomas fumbled while being sacked from behind. That set up BC at the Tech 17, and the Eagles cashed in to tie it on a short touchdown pass.
We’ve talked about it plenty in the past, but this is where you really miss the reliable running game. You’d like to be able to grind some clock and power down the field once you get the lead, but Tech hasn’t been able to do that.
Thomas is going to finish this game with excellent numbers but two turnovers have been tagged to him (even if others contributed as well). The last 15 minutes will determine whether he’ll remember this one as a step forward or another regrettable day.
The Hokies take a 10-7 lead to the locker room after outscoring BC 10-0 in the second quarter.
Struggling kicker Cody Journell nailed a 56-yard field goal with one second left in the period to provide the margin for Tech, which put together a nice drive despite three holding penalties (including one that negated a touchdown catch by Edmunds).
Other than the kick, not much happened that you couldn’t have anticipated. A lot of punts. But unlike last week, the Hokies have taken care of the ball and waged the type of field position battle that they usually win.
Logan Thomas is 12-for-17 for 160 yards, no touchdowns and no picks and is the team’s leading rusher with 24 yards on eight carries. Tech’s receivers have been finding some room on intermediate routes over the middle of the field.
BC quarterback Chase Rettig hasn’t thrown an incompletion yet — he’s 7-for-7 — but they’ve pretty much been harmless short connections to complement Williams, who has 56 rushing yards on 15 carries. Tech has 196 total yards to BC’s 141.
Very even so far, as expected. BC will get the ball to start the second half.
The Hokies trail 7-0 but have moved across midfield for the first time as the period ends.
Pretty much what you would expect so far – not a lot of offense, plenty of Andre Williams runs from BC. He scored on a 19-yard scamper late in the quarter.
The Hokies punted on their first two possessions, gaining 23 yards on eight plays.
BC—Williams 19 run (Freese kick), 1:25. Drive: 10 plays, 69 yards, 5:34. Key play: Rettig 19 run to VT 19. Boston College 7, Virginia Tech 0.
VT—Edmunds 1 run (Journell kick), 5:15. Drive: Nine plays, 76 yards, 4:57. Key play: Coles 25 pass from Thomas to BC 1. Virginia Tech 7, Boston College 7.
VT—FG Journell 56, :01. Drive: Nine plays, 43 yards, 1:52. Key play: Knowles 18 pass from Thomas on third-and-17 to VT 43. Virginia Tech 10, Boston College 7.
BC—FG Freese 25, 10:27. Drive: Four plays, seven yards, 1:23. Key play: Asprilla 49 interception return to VT 15. Virginia Tech 10, Boston College 10.
VT—Cline 1 pass from Thomas (Journell kick), 6:13. Drive: Eight plays, 82 yard, 4:14. Key play: Stanford 69 pass from Thomas to BC 1. Virginia Tech 17, Boston College 10.
BC—Sinkovec 2 pass from Rettig (Freese kick), 1:20. Drive: Six plays, 17 yards, 2:48. Key play: Mihalik fumble recovery at VT 17. Virginia Tech 17, Boston College 17.
VT—FG Journell 47, 13:08. Drive: Seven plays, 46 yards, 3:12. Key play: Stanford 23 pass from Thomas to midfield. Virginia Tech 20, Boston College 17.
BC—FG Freese 43, 8:45. Drive: Eight plays, 54 yards, 4:23. Key play: Amidon 25 pass from Rettig to VT 34. Virginia Tech 20, Boston College 20.
BC—Pierre-Louis 33 interception return (Freese kick), 7:00. Boston College 27, Virginia Tech 20.
BC—Williams 62 run (Freese kick), 4:35. Drive: One play, 62 yards, :11. Boston College 34, Virginia Tech 20.
VT—Edmunds 22 pass from Thomas (Journell kick), 2:54. Drive: Eight plays, 52 yards, 1:41. Key play: Stanford 18 pass from Thomas to BC 34. Boston College 34, Virginia Tech 27.
Virginia Tech, Tyler 5-6-0, Jarrett 5-6-0, Bonner 6-1-0, Ke. Fuller 4-2-0, Edwards 4-1-0, Hopkins 3-1-0, Maddy 3-0-0, Collins 1-2-0, Exum 2-0-0, Clarke 2-0-0, Nicolas 2-0-0, Gayle 1-1-0, McKinnon 1-0-0, Knowles 1-0-0, DiNardo 1-0-0, Totals 41-20-0.
Boston College, Pierre-Louis 8-0-0, Edebali 6-2-3, Asprilla 7-0-0, Williams 5-2-0, Sylvia 4-2-0, Divitto 3-1-1, Jones 3-0-0, Daniels 2-1-0, Mihalik 1-1-0, Simmons 1-1-0, Jones 1-1-0, Rudolph 0-2-0, Louis-Jean 1-0-0, Little 0-1-1, Dudeck 0-1-0, Ramsey 0-1-0, Totals 42-16-6.
Nathan Warters of the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star admires the Boston fall foliage on the way to the stadium.
Greetings from Chestnut Hill, Mass., where we’re preparing to see the Hokies take on Boston College.
The Red Sox victory parade had the subway packed with revelers — all heading in the opposite direction of this stadium.
BC has lost four of its past five games, but this is a dangerous game for Tech. As Andy noted on the podcast, a noon game at Alumni Stadium might actually be one of the better home field advantages in the ACC.
The Hokies are a 4-point favorite.