Virginia Tech-Boston College: The Best Rivalry You Don't Know About
Virginia Tech is set to travel north to Chestnut Hill, MA to open up conference play against Boston College. These two teams have met every year since 1993, excluding 2004.
Before 2003, the Hokies dominated the series against Boston College, stringing off seven straight wins against the Eagles. But then in 2003 the tide became more even.
Boston College traveled to 12th-ranked Virginia Tech and beat the heavily favored Hokies, and since then these two teams have become heated rivals, which may be news to ACC outsiders.
There have been blowouts, heartbreaks, and ACC Championship matchups between the two over the last six seasons. Since 2003, the rivalry is tied at 4-4.
The game isn't as hyped this year because of a disappointing start for the Hokies and because the Eagles remain in transition.
However, you can guarantee that both teams want to win this game for bragging rights—especially Boston College, who were embarrassed in Blacksburg last year, losing 48-14.
Here's a look back at eight games in the last six seasons that created the rivalry between the Hokies and Eagles.
2003: Boston College 34, Virginia Tech 27
All rivalries begin somewhere, and this one began to form on November 22, 2003, when the Eagles traveled to 12th-ranked Virginia Tech and defeated the Hokies.
Tech already had two losses on the year, but the Eagles had five and were holding out hope for a bowl game appearance.
Kevin Jones led the way for the Hokies, rushing for 165 yards and three touchdowns. However, Jones was outdone by his counterpart Derrick Knight. Knight rushed for 197 yards and three touchdowns, Eagles quarterback Paul Peterson outplayed Tech's Bryan Randall at quarterback, and the Eagles came out on top.
It was a shocker, to say the least. Virginia Tech had won the last seven meetings, but all win streaks end at some point; just look at the Hokies' nine-game win streak that was snapped against James Madison a couple of weeks ago.
These two teams didn't play in 2004 because the Hokies joined the ACC. However, the Eagles followed in 2005, and the two would meet again.
2005: Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 10
Boston College would again travel to Blacksburg, but this time it was a battle between two of the nation's best. The 13th-ranked Eagles were trying to upset the undefeated, third-ranked Hokies, but Tech was too strong.
The Hokies were led by now estranged quarterback Marcus Vick, who shredded the Eagles secondary. Tech linebacker Vince Hall also returned an interception for a touchdown in this one, helping Tech beat the Eagles for the first time in ACC play.
Eagles backup quarterback Matt Ryan would also see a little bit of action in this one but had no effect on the outcome. Plus, who can lead a team back from a big deficit in the last two minutes of a game anyway?
2006: Boston College 22, Virginia Tech 3
The Hokies were forced to play Sean Glennon after Marcus Vick was kicked off the football team for a series of incidents. However, the Matt Ryan era had begun in Chestnut Hill.
This was a Thursday night affair, and the Eagles romped over the Hokies. Virginia Tech was humiliated on national television, and it became even worse when linebacker Brenden Hill began dancing on the field in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter.
That unfortunately was one of the most memorable moments of the Hokies' 2006 season, but if you thought that was embarrassing, you haven't seen anything yet.
2007: Boston College 14, Virginia Tech 10
This game pretty much summarizes how many Virginia Tech football seasons finish up in one word: disappointing.
Another Thursday night game, this time in the pouring down rain. It was about 52 degrees on the 25th of October, and it felt colder than it actually was.
However, that was all fine for Hokie fans because it looked as if the eighth-ranked Hokies were going to defeat the undefeated, second-ranked Boston College Eagles.
The game was all about defense until the final 4:16 of the game. That's when Matt Ryan began leading a nine-play, 92-yard drive, which finished with him throwing a touchdown pass to Rich Gunnell to put the Eagles within three.
Boston College then attempted an onside kick, the ball slipped out of Hokie wide receiver Josh Morgan's hands, and the Eagles recovered. Two minutes, seven plays, and 66 yards later, Ryan threw the go-ahead touchdown pass to Andre Callender to put the Eagles up by four with 11 seconds left.
The unthinkable happened in Blacksburg on a Thursday night, and since that game the Hokies' dominance at home on Thursday night has been no more.
2007 ACC Championship: Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 16
The Hokies had a chance at revenge in the ACC Championship game in Jacksonville, FL on December 1, 2007, and they won.
Boston College had lost two games after beating Virginia Tech at home in a thriller, but the Hokies hadn't lost since the two's last meeting.
Virginia Tech clearly looked like the better team on the field in December, and they dominated Boston College. Sean Glennon was named MVP of the game, and the Hokies received the automatic bid to the Orange Bowl, which is likely where they would have been anyway if they had defeated the Eagles earlier in the year.
2008: Boston College 28, Virginia Tech 23
Another regular season matchup resulted in another win for Boston College. These two teams are alternating blows like Balboa and Creed in Rocky.
The Hokies' inept offense was to blame in this one; they didn't score on offense one time in this game. Two interception returns for touchdowns and three field goals are how the Hokies scored 23 points in this one—yikes.
The Eagles actually had players on offense that could find the end zone, which helped them win the game. Shocking. Montel Harris helped lead the Eagles past the 17th-ranked Hokies, but the two would again meet in the ACC Championship Game.
2008 ACC Championship: Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 12
This is the first and only time these two teams met where Boston College was ranked and the Hokies were not. Saturday will be the first time the two teams have met when neither is ranked.
That being said, the unranked Hokies once again dominated Boston College in the ACC Championship Game. Darren Evans had 129 yards on the ground, and Tyrod Taylor added two rushing scores of his own to help lead the Hokies to their second consecutive ACC title.
Boston College quarterback Chris Crane was injured and couldn't play, so the Eagles were forced to play freshman and current ECU Pirate Dominique Davis. This led to the Eagles' inability to move the ball on offense.
2009: Virginia Tech 48, Boston College 14
Last year's game was a nightmare for the Eagles. They had to come to Blacksburg and face the fifth-ranked Hokies, who were coming off four straight wins.
Taylor and Ryan Williams couldn't be stopped in this one, and Eagles quarterback Dave Shinskie couldn't get anything going. Shinskie went 1-of-12 with two interceptions before being benched.
Coming into 2010, one may expect the matchup to go in a similar direction. However, the Hokies have been inconsistent on both sides of the ball, and Boston College has had a couple of games to get their feet on the ground, including an extra week to prepare for the Hokies.
Tech is still favored in the game and should win, but as we've seen over the last eight matchups, statistics and odds go out the window when these two teams meet up.