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Boston College a Tough One

Since joining the ACC in the 2005 season, Boston College has handled Virginia Tech during the regular season. The Eagles are 3-1 against the Hokies in those games.

“They’ve had a lot of success against us, for whatever reason,” defensive end Jason Worilds said, adding, “What it came down to is they executed and beat us.”

Before the teams joined the ACC, Virginia Tech had owned their series with BC. Before 2005, the Hokies were 8-3 against Boston College. Since then, it has seemed like the Eagles have figured out Virginia Tech. The Hokies won their first ACC meeting with the Eagles, in 2005, but Boston College has won three straight since then.

Some of the Hokies’ losses were particularly painful, none more so than Boston College’s stunning 14-10 victory in 2007. Virginia Tech lost at home since then. [See video, below.]

The second-ranked Eagles came to Blacksburg on a rainy Thursday night and emerged with a win over eight-ranked Virginia Tech thanks to the heroics of Matt Ryan. The Eagles' quarterback led two scoring drives in the game’s final 4 minutes 16 seconds, polishing off each with touchdown passes. With 11 seconds remaining, he threw the winning touchdown on an off-balance, 24-yard heave to running back Andre Callender.

“We played a great football game against Matt Ryan,” defensive coordinator Bud Foster said. “We played a great football game. That’s all that needs to be said. That’s why he’s a first-round draft pick and is playing really, really well.”

And last year's regular season matchup, the Eagles defeated Virginia Tech, 28-23, despite having five turnovers. Things have just seemed to work out in Boston College's favor in the regular season.

But the Hokies have gotten the better of the Eagles when it has mattered the most: in the ACC championship game. Virginia Tech has defeated Boston College in each of the last two conference championships.

Virginia Tech defeated Boston College, 30-16, in Jacksonville, Fla., in the 2007 title game to earn a trip to the Orange Bowl. The Hokies won, 30-12, last year in Tampa, Fla., for a repeat trip to Miami.

“The way it ended up the last two years, we’d prefer it to be that way,” Coach Frank Beamer said. “If you’re going to get beat, get beat during the regular season, not in the championship.”

By Mark Viera  |  October 8, 2009; 10:32 AM ET
 
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