Taylor keeps big plays coming

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— Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw just 10 passes in Saturday's 48-14 demolition of Boston College, one after halftime. But he and his receivers continued to produce big plays like never before.

Four of Taylor's seven connections gained 20 or more yards, including touchdown strikes of 24 yards to Danny Coale and 41 to Jarrett Boykin. Last season Taylor completed a meager 11 passes for 20 yards or more. This year he already has 19.

Last season splitting time with Sean Glennon, Taylor threw two touchdown passes, while receivers accounted for only two scoring receptions, both by Boykin. This year Taylor has eight touchdown passes, all to receivers.

Finally, Taylor is 11-0 at Lane Stadium as a starter, 18-3 overall.

Similar featuresRyan Williams' 151-yard performance included several on-a-dime cuts and prompted a reporter to ask Tech coach Frank Beamer if Williams reminded him of any other backs. Before Beamer could answer, a voice from behind a curtain where players awaited said, "DeAngelo Williams."

Turns out that was Hokies cornerback Rashad Carmichael, referring to the Carolina Panthers' star. Williams had another idea: "I would have said WalterPayton."

Numbers gameOf Boston College's 163 yards, 135 came in the fourth quarter against Tech's reserves. Versus the Hokies' front-line defenders, the Eagles managed 28 yards on 34 snaps. The fewest yards Tech has allowed an ACC opponent was 35 against Duke in 2005.

This marked Boston College's most lopsided defeat since a 52-6 loss to Miami in 2000. Meanwhile, Virginia Tech's 441 yards give the Hokies consecutive games of at least 400 for the first time since 2005 against Maryland and Boston College.

1999 team honoredHomecoming festivities included a tribute to the 1999 Hokies squad that went 11-0 during the regular season before losing the national-championship game to Florida State. Many starters were unable to return because of NFL obligations, but among those who did make it were defensive back AnthonyMidget, defensive tackle Carl Bradley, offensive lineman Josh Redding and punter Jimmy Kibble.

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