The Hokies fought for an impressive win against an ACC opponent in their first home game of the year, beating the Boston College Eagles by a score of 24 to 10 on Saturday night in Blacksburg, VA. The Hokies were in control for the entirety of the game and never trailed. The interception by Armani Chatman on Boston College’s second play from scrimmage put the Hokies in great field position early, and they capitalized by scoring a touchdown after going for it on two different 4th and 1 plays – bold calls by Coach Brent Pry. Pry was able to get his first win in his first home game as the Hokies’ coach against a decent ACC opponent, which lessened the sting of the loss to ODU on the road the week prior.
The Hokies’ defense only allowed 4 rushing yards in the game for Boston College, and came away with 6 sacks on the night. BC quarterback Phil Jurkovec had a rough performance behind a weak offensive line, and finally left the game in the final minutes with the score out of reach for the Eagles. Dax Hollifield was again the Prime Time Player on defense, with 8 tackles and a sack, and again showing himself to be the leader of this defense under defensive-minded coach Pry.
On offense, the Hokies had a balanced attack that resulted in 24 points against an ACC opponent and a win. The Hokies certainly seemed more comfortable at home after a tough road loss against ODU, and the Hokie crowd did not disappoint in making Lane Stadium a tough place to play for Boston College. Wide Receiver Kaleb Smith had several big plays, and finished with 3 receptions for 50 yards, while Connor Blumrick showed himself to be a versatile offensive weapon with 5 receptions for 46 yards. On the ground, the Hokies were able to plug in Jalen Holston for Keshawn King after KIng left the game with an injury (after he scored on a 65 yard run for a touchdown). The Prime Time Player on offense has to go to QB Grant Wells this week, who rebounded from a tough 4 interception night against ODU to pass for 140 yards, 1 touchdown, and most importantly, 0 interceptions against the Eagles. Wells finished 16 for 25, and made the right play more often than not in this game. Overall, the Hokies were much better in reducing penalties, as they were only called for 5 penalties for 25 yards this week, after 14 penalties for 100 yards last week.
The Hokies now sit at 1-1, and have another home matchup next week against FCS opponent Wofford College at Tech’s Family Weekend. The Wofford Terriers are coming off a 26 – 0 shellacking by Elon University, and currently sit at 9th place in the FCS Southern Conference. The Hokies have an excellent opportunity to go to 2-1 on this young season as long as they do not play down to the level of competition next week. The team needs to continue its growth on defense, and in spreading the ball around on offense, as well as minimizing the penalties and turnovers that plagued the team against Old Dominion. The goal next week is a win as well as growth in these areas, before Tech welcomes West Virginia University to Lane Stadium on September 22.
See below for the quarter-by-quarter notes from this impressive home win by the Hokies!