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Halftime Notes

With a 34-0 halftime lead, Virginia Tech seemed well on its way to a win over Boston College.

With a big-play offense and a menacing defense, the Hokies looked convincing in the opening half. And the numbers were startling for both teams.

After a sluggish performance against Duke, the Hokies rushing offense returned to form as Ryan Williams ran for 138 yards. Quarter Tyrod Taylor threw two touchdown passes and showed continued growth in his connection with Jarrett Boykin, who had a 41-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.

Boston College ran 21 plays for 3 yards and had no first downs as it went 0 for 6 on third down conversions. Quarterback Dave Shinskie completed 0 of 9 passes and threw two interceptions.

Here are some more halftime notes:

-- Between the first and second quarters, injured Hokies running back Darren Evans presented Boston College linebackers Mark Herzlich with a check for $9,494.94 as a fund raiser to help raise money in Herzlich's honor. Last spring, Herzlich was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. All the proceeds from the Hokies' fund raiser will go to Uplifting Athletes, a non-profit organization raising awareness to rare diseases.

Evans, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in August, also presented Herzlich with a split Virginia Tech-Boston College helmet that was signed by the Hokies coaches. During the ceremony, the Virginia Tech players stood near midfield and pointed in Herzlich's direction. Guard Sergio Render went out to the middle of the field and shook Herzlich's hand. During the game, Herzlich stood on the Boston College sideline not far from Coach Frank Spaziani.

-- With his output in the first half, Williams had 713 rushing yards, already the fourth-highest total a Virginia Tech freshman. Evans set the record last year, with 1,265 yards. Williams's performance against Boston College marked his fourth 100-yard game of the season, tying a freshman record Evans set last season.

-- After going his first 18 collegiate games without a touchdown reception, wide receiver Danny Coale had his second touchdown in as many games. He received a 24-yard touchdown pass from Taylor in the first half to give the Hokies a 7-0 lead.

-- Cornerback Rashad Carmichael returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. It was his third interception of the season.

-- In the second quarter, cornerback Stephan Virgil recorded his first interception of the season.

-- Right tackle Blake DeChristopher (sprained left ankle) and defensive tackle John Graves (sprained right ankle) returned to the starting lineup against the Eagles after not starting last Saturday against Duke.

By Mark Viera  |  October 10, 2009; 2:23 PM ET
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that was domination. well played to ryan williams. now the team needs to focus on a much harder game against GT.

Posted by: dolan83 | October 10, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

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