Virginia Tech-Boston College: Hokies and Eagles Battle in Chestnut Hill

Justin CocchiolaCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2008

Two minutes, 11 seconds left on the clock in the fourth quarter.  Boston College scores for the first time of the game to pull within three.  An onside kick follows, and with the slippery turf Josh Morgan is unable to hold onto the football, and Boston College recovers.

Matt Ryan leads the Eagles upfield and throws a touchdown pass over the outstretched arm of Macho Harris.  Boston College wins 14-10 in Blacksburg.

Yes, that was last year.  The Eagles no longer have Ryan, aren't ranked second in the nation, and don't have national championship hopes on the line.  Virginia Tech redeemed themselves in the ACC Championship, but they still want to take care of business in Chestnut Hill this Saturday.

Chris Crane is now the starting quarterback for the Boston College Eagles.  He has over 800 passing yards this season, with four touchdowns and six interceptions.  He's coming off his best game of the season against NC State, where he threw for 428 yards and two touchdowns on 51 pass attempts.

If Boston College is down early in this one, expect him to throw the ball 50 more times this week.  The Eagles have a decent running game with Montel Harris and Jeff Smith, but they haven't seen a great defense all season. 

The best defense they have faced was Georgia Tech, and they combined to rush for 46 yards on 15 carries.  Georgia Tech has one of the best defensive lines in the country, but overall the Virginia Tech defense is much better, so look for the Eagles to struggle moving the football.

Injuries and suspensions has been the story for Virginia Tech this year.  Many people talk about the players lost in the draft, but all teams deal with this, so you have to be ready to go.

Frank Beamer has done a great job this year of coaching his young talent.  This could have gone down as one of the worst years in recent history for Virginia Tech football with all of the new faces, but Beamer and his coaching staff have done a great job thus far.

Darren Evans is now the starter, due to the torn Achilles' tendon junior running back Kenny Lewis Jr. suffered against Western Kentucky, and I look for Evans to have an even bigger impact on offense.  Evans has scored a touchdown in every game for the Hokies this year and also has the most carries.  Josh Oglesby should also get more reps this week.

The offense still isn't good for Virginia Tech, but it seems to get better as the year moves on.  Tyrod Taylor has yet to lose a start in his career, and he will look to improve on his passing game this week against Boston College. 

The young wide receiving corps is coming along but hasn't been anything to be excited about so far this season.  They will become better as Taylor becomes better.

I don't think the Hokie offense will have any trouble moving the ball this weekend against the Boston College defense.  The Eagles haven't played great competition all year, and they won't be up to the task tomorrow night.  The Hokies are young, but they're very athletic and seem to play well together.

Look for Virginia Tech to jump on Boston College early and not let up.

Hokies 27, Eagles 10