PLAY OF THE GAME Oh, my! It's Orion: Midway through the final quarter, Tech defensive end Jason Worilds stripped Dominque Davis on a sack, and fellow end Orion Martin, above, scooped the fumble and rumbled 17 yards for the clinching touchdown.
PLAYER OF THE GAME Tyrod Taylor: Taylor's modest statistics — 30 rushing yards and 84 passing — belied his impact. He ran for two touchdowns, both on third downs, to give the Hokies a 14-0 first-half lead.
IN A LOSING CAUSE ... Mark Herzlich: The Boston College linebacker showed why he is the ACC defensive player of the year. He contributed seven tackles and a sack, tipped a pass and recovered two fumbles.
QUARTERLY REPORT 1 Who wanted to redshirt quarterback Tyrod Taylor? On the Hokies' second drive he completed 3 of 4 passes for 36 yards, and on third-and-4 from the Eagles' 5, he ducked inside the rush of Austin Giles and scampered into the end zone for the game's first score.
2 Two first-team all-conference defenders created turnovers. Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich tipped a Taylor pass that Paul Anderson intercepted. Tech cornerback Macho Harris stripped Rich Gunnell after a 37-yard completion, and Cam Martin recovered for the Hokies in the end zone.
3 Almost a flawless 15 minutes for Virginia Tech, the defense particularly. Eagles quarterback Dominique Davis was 0-for on his last nine passes of the quarter and had an interception, which Stephan Virgil returned to the BC 10. Darren Evans scored on the next play, and the Hokies were headed for South Beach.
4 Darren Evans' lost fumble gave BC possession at Tech's 30 and a chance to make matters interesting. But after moving to a first-and-goal at the 7, the Eagles stalled on three Davis incompletions, forcing a field goal that merely trimmed the deficit to 24-10.
By the numbers
1: Boston College's third-down conversion in nine second-half attempts.
3: ACC championships for Tech in five years of membership.
9: Combined sacks (five) and turnovers (four) produced by Tech's defense.
27: Yards rushing for Darren Evans in Tech's 28-23 loss at Boston College in October.
114: Yards rushing for Evans on Saturday.
11:48: Tech's time-of-possession advantage.
SEASON AT A GLANCE Virginia Tech 9-4 AUG. 30: L, East Carolina 27-22
"Beamer Ball" works against the Hokies. T.J. Lee returns a blocked punt for the game-winning score.
SEPT. 6: W, Furman 24-7
Take your check, Furman.
SEPT. 13: W,
Georgia Tech 20-17
The Hokies improve to 17-1 in conference openers under Frank Beamer. Tyrod Taylor and Darren Evans each find the end zone.
SEPT. 20: W,
North Carolina 20-17
Dustin Keys' late field goal caps an impressive rally from 14 points down in the third quarter.
SEPT. 27: W, Nebraska 35-30
Tech is in control for most of the game, but the Cornhuskers make it interesting after Nate Swift's 88-yard punt return for a TD.
OCT. 4: W, W. Kentucky 27-13
A win is a win, but the Hilltoppers are a FCS rookie.
OCT. 18: L,
Boston College 28-23
Special teams continue to plague the Hokies. Rich Gunnell's 65-yard punt return for a touchdown puts the Eagles ahead for good.
OCT. 25: L, Florida State 30-20
Injuries to Sean Glennon and Taylor put the Hokies in a pickle.
NOV. 6: W, Maryland 23-13
Evans rushes for a school-record 253 yards and a TD.
NOV. 13: L, Miami 16-14
Taylor's two rushing touchdowns aren't enough to beat the Hurricanes.
NOV. 22: W, Duke 14-3
Macho Harris' pick six late in the fourth quarter quiets the Dukies.
NOV. 29: W, Virginia 17-14
There's signs of life with the Tech offense, but it's the defense that denies the Cavaliers. Taylor rushes for 137 yards and throws for 137 yards.
DEC. 6: W, Boston College 30-12
The cast changes, but the story is the same. This time around, BC has no defense for Tyrod Taylor and Darren Evans.
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