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With Win vs. BC, Hokies Look to Ga. Tech

At 6:45 on Monday mornings in the fall, Virginia Tech players gather and watch film of the previous weekend’s game. Before the Hokies’ 3:15 practice Monday afternoons, the players already have packets, perhaps 40-pages long, on their next opponent.

But on Saturday, in the moments after Virginia Tech’s 48-14 over Boston College, conversation had already started about the Hokies’ meeting next Saturday against No. 22 Georgia Tech.

“We know we’ve got to come ready to bring it versus them,” linebacker Cody Grimm said. “They’ll bring it.”

The fifth-ranked Hokies looked deserving of their ranking Saturday with a thorough and impressive display that will gain Virginia Tech credibility in the national landscape. While it has not always played consistently enough to warrant entry in the championship conversation, Virginia Tech’s complete performance Saturday will reignite the talk.

Virginia Tech was in command with a 34-0 lead at halftime. The rest of the game was just a formality. Ryan Williams led the Hokies’ crisp offense, rushing for 159 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in another dazzling performance. And the defense snuffed Boston College, which converted just 1 of 13 third downs and gained 163 offense yards.

“It was just kind of our day,” Coach Frank Beamer said. “Things just worked out.”

While the Hokies (5-1, 3-0) had a difficult time maintaining a level in a September slate that included three ranked opponents, they generated positive energy Saturday as they prepare for a pivotal meeting against the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta.

Boston College (4-2, 2-2) seemed in a daze as it tried to figure out the Hokies’ defense. Things got so bad that, on the Eagles’ first possession of the second quarter, their entire second-team offense took the field instead of the starters as they looked for answers.

While limiting the Eagles’ rushing attack to just 45 yards, the Hokies pressured freshman quarterback Dave Shinskie and took away passing options with the secondary’s lockdown performance. Shinskie completed 1 of 12 passes for 4 yards, throwing two interceptions. He was removed in favor of Michael Marscovetra, listed as the third-team quarterback.

“That’s a sophisticated defense over there,” Boston College Coach Frank Spaziani said of Virginia Tech. “I give them a lot of credit.”

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was efficient and impressive. He threw for 126 yards with two touchdowns, completing 7 of 10 passes. He continued to show a nice connection with wide receiver Jarrett Boykin, who had a 41-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

But the Hokies know they know have a difficult task. Quoting defensive coordinator Bud Foster, cornerback Rashad Carmichael said the Hokies would need to bring “our big-boy pads for Georgia Tech.” He meant that Virginia Tech would receive a challenge and need to play physically. And the Yellow Jackets are particularly difficult to prepare for because of their rambling option offense.

But after a businesslike win Saturday over Boston College, the Hokies have confidence as they head to Atlanta for a game that will help to define their season, and their hopes of making a run at the national championship.

By Mark Viera  |  October 10, 2009; 6:29 PM ET
 
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The commentators last night for the LSU-Florida game asserted that Virginia Tech has a only remote chance of making the BCS Championship game even if they win out the rest of the season.

Their reasoning centered on the position that it's going to be difficult to overtake Alabama or Florida even if either one of those teams lose a game.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | October 11, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I personally don't think Georgia Tech's gimmick offense is effective against athletic, quick defenses. I would favor VT in this matchup.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | October 11, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

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