These players have returned ever so slowly and it's been impossible for the defensive coaches to have cohesiveness and continuity. Dillon and Andre Williams carrying the load on the ground for the Eagles. Tampa was chosen as the site of the 2008 game because Charlotte was scheduled to hold the annual convention of the Association for Career and Technical Education at the same time as the game, and adequate hotel space would not be ready in time for the two events. , The Boston College drive began on its own 35-yard line.
He did what he had to do.". , On Virginia Tech's defensive secondary, Brandon Flowers, one of Tech's starting cornerbacks, was a second-team All-ACC defensive selection and had five interceptions in the season. When a team makes such a transition, that usually means a number of early-season turnovers, but the Eagles have just three in four outings. Surprisingly for the number of receiving yards recorded by the Eagles in the game, no Boston College receiver caught a touchdown.  The air temperature was 69 °F (21 °C). This is probably a group that plays up to and down to their competition right now, which is why you see things like the Texas State score followed by the UNC score. , Florida State defeated Virginia Tech, 27–22 in the first ACC Championship game.
This offense is almost impossible to stop if they get rolling.  Clemson would have been bumped down to the Gator Bowl, and Virginia would have been forced into the Champs Sports Bowl. The touchdown and extra point were the first points of the second half and gave Virginia Tech a 23–16 lead with 6:30 remaining in the game. Gone are the days of A.J.
The Associated Press, "Virginia Tech's Hall to return vs. Miami". Let’s delve further into this encounter and see what we can find. For the ACC Championship Game, Virginia Tech returned senior linebacker Vince Hall to the starting lineup. As the quarter came to a close, the Eagles drove the ball deep into Virginia Tech territory. Boston College at Virginia Tech Box Score, October 25, 2007 Get a summary of the Boston College Eagles vs. Virginia Tech Hokies football game The Eagles have the same big, physical personnel on both sides of the ball, but they’re doing things a bit differently on offense under Hafley. Royal's 2 catches drove the Hokies deep into Boston College territory, setting up a 13-yard touchdown pass to Josh Hyman that tied the game at halftime.
Capping Tech's ground game were complementary performances by Kenny Lewis and Sean Glennon, each of whom earned fewer than 10 yards, but picked up first downs on two plays. The play changed the momentum of the game. We beat the O-line, put licks on him and he came through at the end. BC rushed for 84 and 87 yards against Duke and Texas State, but just 40 and 30 yards in the last two games against UNC and Pitt (which probably has the best defense not named Clemson in the conference). This particular game needs a balanced offensive attack, a much improved running game with few or no QB sacks and hard hits on Phil. However, they limited Pittsburgh to just 98 rushing yards on 40 carries, but the Panthers are one of the worst rushing teams in the conference. Both played Duke, with the Eagles winning 26-6, and the Hokies 38-31. With the Hokies (6-2, 3-1) leading 10-0 late in the fourth and the Eagles backed up against their own goal line, Ryan finally found a rhythm. , Despite starting almost at midfield, the offensive drive that began at the end of the third quarter failed to reach field goal range, and the Hokies were forced to punt.
Just ask Zay Flowers if he approves. , Each team finished with two turnovers—Virginia Tech fumbled the ball once and threw one interception, while Boston College's offense threw two. The Hokies entered halftime down 28-14 and couldn’t quite rally in the second half. Ryan let loose, and Callender cradled in the winning score. The Boston College defense is not physically impressive, but they have held teams to 9.3 PPG less than their scoring average and 58 yards below season norms.  Ryan finished fourth among all rushers, and Eagle running back Andre Callender, the sole running back on the Eagles' roster, finished second, rushing for 51 yards in the game. The game, held at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida, was a rematch of a regular-season game that took place on October 25, in Blacksburg, Virginia.
On its second possession, Virginia Tech had a three-and-out drive, thanks in part to an 11-yard sack of Sean Glennon by Boston College's Kevin Atkins. Keep an eye on the linebacker spot, as that’s really where BC changes up the look of their defense.  Due to the success of Matt Ryan's passing attack, however, Callender was used mostly as a backfield receiver and was the team's leading receiver statistically during the 2007 season. Max Roberts and Bryce Morais are the reserves who get a little bit of time as well.
Page 4. Lewis is the third wide receiver and another really intriguing player.  Although the two-quarterback system proved effective against Virginia, there were still questions about how well such an unusual setup would work in the ACC Championship Game. They don’t lose all that much, if anything, in the quarterback run game, when moving from Burmeister to Hooker. With little time remaining, Boston College would have to complete one or more Hail Mary passes. Callender game-long 11-yard run helped set up the Eagles for a field goal attempt early in the second quarter. The Eagles’ defensive line is a really solid group, led by defensive end Marcus Valdez.
Without a viable running game from their tailbacks, Jurkovec is similarly responsible for almost all of BC’s offensive production. They’re legit.  With 5:27 remaining in the half, the score was now 16–9 in favor of Boston College. Jurkovec’s two favorite targets, by far, are tight end Hunter Long and wide receiver Zay Flowers. Boston College vs. Virginia Tech: Weekly Kickoff A.J. averaged a quarter. , Virginia Tech's offense, led by quarterback Sean Glennon, began their first possession at their own 37-yard line.
That’s why it’ll be a big week for Virginia Tech’s blitzes, namely from Rayshard Ashby, Dax Hollifield, Alan Tisdale, and Chamarri Conner.
They’ll also bring both linebackers — Isaiah McDuffie and Max Richardson — right up in between the defensive tackles and force the interior of the offensive line to hold up under pressure and make the quarterback get rid of the ball quickly. Let's begin by stating the obvious: OL play needs immediate attention, quickly. Boston College punted, but the kick by Johnny Ayers traveled just 34 yards before sailing out of bounds. The Eagles were led by Jeff Jagodzinski in his first season as Boston College head coach. However, he’s also missed eight tackles this season, so keep an eye on him wrapping up ball carriers at the second level. "We just didn't quite get it done.". 8 Virginia Tech on Thursday night. Fellow CB Brandon Sebastian is probably a little ahead of him (he’s also a redshirt junior so he’s a bit older than DeBerry, too) in pass coverage and he had six pass breakups last week against Pitt. November 13, 2007. At 3-1 Boston College continues to get no love from the polls. Join our linker program. This was the beginning of the end of the Ryan Willis era in Blacksburg. When Boston College followed in 2005, the schools resumed meeting during the regular season, playing in 2005, 2006, and 2007. He was 15-for-25 for 149 yards with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Royal in the second quarter.
Hall had sat out four straight games, including the previous Boston College match, after suffering a broken forearm and wrist.  Had Boston College won the ACC Championship Game, it would have earned the automatic bid to the Orange Bowl, and Virginia Tech would have been selected by the Chick-fil-A Bowl, which had earlier expressed an interest in inviting the Hokies to the game for a second straight year. After Glennon was sacked at the 50-yard line, however, the drive sputtered and the Hokies were forced to punt the ball. This time, the ball bounced into the hands of Virginia Tech's Brandon Flowers, who returned it 75 yards for a defensive two-point conversion. The one good aspect of the V-Tech defense is the pass rush is steady and that could matter against an offense like B.C. From there, he’s either stepping up in the pocket or rolling out to the edge, at which point it’ll be on Ashby, Hollifield, and Tisdale to chase him down. Tech’s defensive line did next-to-nothing against UNC, and it showed. But that’s basically the entire BC passing attack. Boston College received the opening kickoff, which was downed in the end zone for a touchback. But the two teams already have a pair of common opponents. If the Eagles were to win this game, it would give them their first AP ranked win since 2014 (USC) and first ranked road win since 2008 (Florida State).  ESPN named Hall and Xavier Adibi, Tech's other senior linebacker, the "best linebacker duo in the country". Maybe Dax Hollifield will get a crack at him. The Eagles, 3-1 under first-year head coach Jeff Hafley, are looking to continue their strong start to the season behind Notre Dame transfer QB Phil Jurkovec. The 2007 game injected approximately $10 million into the Jacksonville economy. Boston College is a passing team this season, averaging 295 yards a game with Phil Jurkovec at the controls of first-year head coach Jeff Hafley. Jeff Hafley has taken over for Steve Addazio, and the years of a run heavy attack are gone, replaced by one of the top passing attacks in the conference. In 2019, he finished 9th at 42.68 yards per punt.
With the victory, the Hokies earned their second Atlantic Coast Conference football championship in four years and their first Orange Bowl bid since 1996.
These two also faced off for the ACC football championship in 2007 and 2008, which the Hokies won both times. Following the Chick-fil-A Bowl were the Gator Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl, Music City Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl, Emerald Bowl, and Humanitarian Bowl, in that order. In the off-season, the Gator Bowl Association declared that if sales did not improve for the 2007 ACC Championship game, the game's Jacksonville future would be in jeopardy. However, the Hokies must get pressure on him in two ways — from his blind side and with multiple guys at the same time. During the field goal, Virginia Tech special teams player Duane Brown broke through the Eagles' line and blocked the kick, giving Virginia Tech possession of the ball. 4. Jeff Hafley has done a great job so far of winning with what he’s got in Chestnut Hill, which is a dynamic receiver (Flowers), one of the best tight ends in the country (Hunter Long), an upgrade at quarterback (Jurkovec), and solid but not stellar defense.
CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Tech entered this game without their top four safeties, lost WHIP, The Eagles extended the lead to 24-14 on a 77-yard bomb from Jurkovec to star receiver, (Photo: Scooter Waller, USA TODAY Sports), They took a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter, but two sudden change turnovers, the fumble by Willis and a muffed punt by, At the end of the day, this one is going to come down to Virginia Tech’s defense. Duane Brown's twin blocked kicks were the first blocks recorded in ACC Championship Game history and were the 116th and 117th blocked kicks recorded at Virginia Tech under head coach Frank Beamer. Last Time Out — Boston College: 31-30 OT W over Pittsburgh. The Hokies are 13-3 in these Thursday night ESPN games, all the losses have come against BC, and none was tougher than this. The big, 6 foot 5 inch Notre Dame transfer gets compared to Ben Roethlisberger (I’ll put the O/U on Big Ben comparisons by the ACCN crew Saturday night at 6), but it’s for good reason. Then it’s a simple throwback to a waiting receiver who has a wall set up in front of him.
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