CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Unless Virginia Tech reverses its fortune in the next half, it won’t be bowling this postseason.
The Hokies trail Boston College 10-3 at Alumni Stadium at halftime. If that results holds, Virginia Tech (4-6, 2-4 ACC) won’t have a chance to get to the six wins needed for bowl eligibility.
Eagles quarterback Chase Rettig threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Alex Amidon, the only time either team got in the end zone during an offensively challenged first half.
The Hokies had 183 yards but were 2-for-10 on third down conversions and couldn’t capitalize with a touchdown on their one trip to the red zone.
Quarterback Logan Thomas had an erratic first half, going 8-for-20 for 123 yards, 69 of which came on one long pass into double coverage that got tipped into Corey Fuller’s hands.
A 40-yard punt return by Spiffy Evans set up a 36-yard field goal by Nate Freese to give BC a 3-0 lead.
Thomas completed the 68-yarder to Fuller on a third-and-15 on the next drive. Cody Journell kicked a 26-yard field goal after the drive stalled inside the 10.
Rettig, who was 7-for-17 for 76 yards and sacked four times, hooked up with Amidon for the game’s only touchdown early in the third quarter, making it 10-3 Eagles.
Just before halftime, Virginia Tech failed to convert on fourth down when BC linebacker Nick Clancy de-cleated Demitri Knowles on a pass across the middle. The Eagles took advantage, getting a 35-yard field goal by Freese just before the end of the half to lead 13-3.
The Eagles, who entered the game third to last in the Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing, had 69 yards on the ground.
Fuller had 73 receiving yards for Tech. Marcus Davis, whose blocking was called into question earlier this week, did not play.