WHAT: Virginia Tech Hokies Football vs. Boston College Eagles
WHEN: Tonight – September 10, 2022 @ 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Tech begins their home slate with this matchup against Boston College, an ACC opponent, with the first game at Lane Stadium for the season.
TV: ACC Network @8:00 p.m.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Virginia Tech is coming off a heartbreaking loss against an in-state opponent from the Sun Belt Conference, Old Dominion University. Needless to say, this was not the way that the team wanted to start the Brent Pry era. The Hokies hope to get back on track with their first home game of the season against Boston College, and the Hokie faithful will certainly be out in droves to support the team and make things difficult for the BC Eagles.
BC is coming off its own heartbreaking loss against Rutgers, where they lost in the final minutes of the game by a score of 22-21. The Eagles will have a tough task ahead of them in coming to Lane Stadium seeking their first win, but the team will surely be fired up after last week’s game and will play hard in an attempt to get back to .500. The Eagles offensive player of note is wide receiver Zay Flowers, who had a 10 reception night against Rutgers with 117 yards receiving, as well as 2 touchdowns. The Eagles also are a defensive oriented team and will seek to make this a low scoring affair. QB Phil Jurkovec will try to rebound from a subpar Game 1 behind an offensive line that also performed poorly.
For the Hokies, the defense will be counted on to be as effective as against Old Dominion, where Dax Hollifield showed he can be a true leader for that side of the ball. The issue last week was the penalties and the interceptions, and it is highly likely that has been the point of emphasis this week in practice. Being at home with ACC referees will be helpful, and having the support of the Hokie crowd should also be an uplifting element of the game for the team. The pressure will be on QB Grant Wells, as he seeks to cut down on the 4 interceptions from last week while facing a defense in BC that ranks 3rd in passing defensive efficiency this week in the ACC (the Hokies’ defense ranks first in the same category). If Wells can cut down on the interceptions this week, and the team can cut down on the mistakes of Week 1, then the Hokies have an opportunity to get back to .500 with a home win.
Come back tomorrow as we break down the good, the bad and the ugly from Game 2 against the BC Eagles. Go Hokies!