Virginia Tech Football: Two Hokies collect well-deserved honors vs. BC

Sep 9, 2023; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies cornerback Dorian Strong (44) attempts to tackle Purdue Boilermakers running back Devin Mockobee (45) but he could not stop the dive into the end zone in the first quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lee Luther Jr.-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 9, 2023; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies cornerback Dorian Strong (44) attempts to tackle Purdue Boilermakers running back Devin Mockobee (45) but he could not stop the dive into the end zone in the first quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lee Luther Jr.-USA TODAY Sports /
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There were a lot of players who played a huge role for the Virginia Tech football team in their 48-22 ACC victory over Boston College on Saturday afternoon. Two players who played a vital role in the win were honored by the ACC for their efforts in helping the Hokies collect their first road win of the 2023 season.

Kyron Drones & Dorian Strong of Virginia Tech earn ACC honors

Talk about setting the tone early. Thatโ€™s exactly what Dorian Strong did for the Hokies. On the first play of the game, he intercepted a pass by Boston College quarterback Thomas Castellanos to set Virginia Tech up in Eagles territory. The offense turned that into a field goal and a 3-0 lead.

After BC marched down the field on their next possession and found the end zone on a touchdown run, the Hokies offense was forced to punt, but once again, it was Strong who made a big defensive play. For the second time in the quarter, he picked off Castellanos, this time on a deep ball in Hokies territory. Again, the offense turned it into points on a Bhayshul Tuten touchdown run that gave Virginia Tech the lead for good.

On the other side of the ball, quarterback Kyron Drones had his best game since transferring from Baylor last winter. The sophomore was 12-for-17 passing for 219 yards and touchdown passes to Stephen Gosnell and Jaylin Lane. Drones also rushed for 135 yards on 20 carries with his longest run at 59 yards.

Truth be told, other Hokies could have walked away with honors. Tuten finished with three touchdowns, and linebacker Caleb Woodson led Virginia Tech with six tackles, three solo. It was a much-needed win for the Hokies if they want to get to six wins and reach bowl-eligibility and they get their first crack at this weekend in Blacksburg against North Carolina State.

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