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Boston College Downs Virginia Tech, 34-27

Andre Williams rushed 33 times for 166 yards and 2 TDs in BC's 34-27 ACC win over Virginia Tech at Alumni Stadium.

Andre Williams rushed 33 times for 166 yards and 2 TDs in BC's 34-27 ACC win over Virginia Tech at Alumni Stadium.

Nov. 02, 2013

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BOSTON (AP)- Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis had a 33-yard interception return for a touchdown midway into the fourth quarter and Andre Williams ran for a pair of scores, lifting Boston College to a 34-27 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday afternoon.

Williams carried 33 times for 166 yards and Chase Rettig completed 11 of 14 passes for 93 yards and a TD for Boston College (4-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas completed 24 of 41 passes for 391 yards and two TDs, but was picked off twice and fumbled twice, leading to 17 of Boston College's points.

The Eagles had lost the last five meetings between the schools.

The Hokies (6-3, 3-2 ACC) took their third lead of the game on Cody Journell's 47-yard field goal -- his second long one of the day -- 1:52 into the final quarter. But BC rallied again, tying it on Nate Freese's 43-yard field goal midway into the fourth quarter.

On the next possession with a third-and-5 from his own 30, Thomas, under pressure and back pedaling, threw a floating pass over the middle that Pierre-Louis picked off and broke down the right sideline for the go-ahead score with 7 minutes to play.

After BC stopped the Hokies on a fourth-and-6 from its own 38, Williams burst through the right side of the line for a 62-yard score on the next play.

Thomas hit Trey Edmunds with a 22-yard TD pass with 2:54 to play, cutting it to 34-27.

The Hokies took over on their own 28 with 1:49 to play, but Thomas fumbled it away again three plays later.

Journell's career-best, 56-yard field goal with 1 second left in the second quarter had given the Hokies a 10-7 halftime edge. It tied Paul Engle's 1977 kick for the third longest in school history. Wayne Latimer owns the record with a 61-yarder, against Florida State in 1975.

The Eagles tied at 10-all on Freese's 25-yard field goal after corner back Manuel Asprilla's interception and return down the left sideline to Virginia Tech's 15 early in the third quarter.

On the ensuing possession, Thomas hit Joshua Stanford over the middle and he broke a pair of tackles for a 69-yard reception down to the 1. The Eagles held on three rushing attempts before Thomas hit Kalvin Cline with the scoring toss off a play-action to push the Hokies back in front 17-10 midway into the third.

BC forced another turnover when Kasim Edebali stripped Thomas and Brian Mihalik recovered it at the Hokies' 17. Rettig's 2-yard TD pass to fullback Jake Sinkovec tied it at 17-all late in the third.

Journell had missed two attempts -- from 40 and 45 yards -- in last week's 13-10 embarrassing loss at home against Duke. The Hokies fell out of The AP Top 25 in this week's poll.

Trailing 7-0 after sputtering on offense in the first quarter, the Hokies marched 76 yards in nine plays, tying the game on Edmunds' 1-yard run midway into the second quarter. The score was set up by Thomas' 25-yard strike to D.J. Coles, which moved the ball to the 1.

Late in the opening half, Virginia Tech took over at its own 18 and moved 43 yards in nine plays before Journell nailed his field goal, a low line drive that knuckled over the crossbar. Four plays earlier, the Hokies had a 46-yard TD pass from Thomas to Edmunds nullified by a holding penalty against center David Wang.

The Eagles had jumped ahead 7-0 on Williams' 19-yard TD run late in the first quarter. Williams, who entered the week as the nation's fifth-leading rusher at 144.3 yards per game, broke three tackles -- the last about 8 yards away from the goal line against Kyshoen Jarrett -- before going in for the score. Rettig set up the score with a 19-yard scramble on third-and-10 from the Hokies' 38.

The stands were fairly empty when the game started, likely reduced by a number attending or watching a parade that honored the World Series champion Red Sox. Late in the second quarter -- nearly 3 hours after the "rolling rally" started about 2 miles away at Fenway Park -- it looked like the usual-sized crowd at Alumni Stadium.

Postgame Notes

 Team

  • Boston College snapped a five-game losing streak to Virginia Tech and won its first game against the Hokies since Oct. 18, 2008, when BC outscored VT 28-23. 
  • BC is now 7-15 in the all-time series between the teams and is 3-7 against the Hokies since joining the ACC (in 2005).  The Eagles are 2-2 against the Hokies at Alumni Stadium.
  • BC improved to 16-for-17 (94 percent) in red-zone scoring opportunities in 2013 with 10 touchdowns and six field goals.
  • With 24 sacks through eight games this fall, the Eagles have achieved their highest single-season sack total since 2008 when they recorded 35 in 13 games and finished 8-5.
  • BC's 196 rushing yards marked the most that the Hokies have allowed all season.
  • Former Boston College defensive tackle Tim Bulman was honored after the first quarter. He played 49 games at the Heights and recorded 21 starts, 160 total tackles and 10.5 sacks.  As a senior captain in 2004, Bulman was named second-team All-Big East.  He also received the Scanlan Award, given to a BC football player for outstanding scholarship, leadership and athletic ability.

Defense

  • Senior LB Steele Divitto notched his second sack of the season and fourth of his career with 24 seconds remaining in the first half. The sack went for a loss of six yards.
  • Junior DB Manuel Asprilla intercepted his second pass of the season and returned it for 49 yards to the Virginia Tech 15 in the third quarter. The interception marked the fourth of his career.
  • Senior DE Kasim Edebali recorded a sack and forced a fumble on the same play in the third quarter. After assisting on a sack in the fourth quarter, he now leads the team with 7.5 sacks and 11 TFL. Edebali also forced a fumble with 1:49 remaining in the fourth quarter. Sophomore DB Bryce Jones recovered the fumble.
  • Junior DB C.J. Jones recorded his first career sack in the fourth quarter for a loss of 9 yards.
  • Senior LB Kevin Pierre-Louis logged his first career interception with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown. 

Offense

  • Senior RB Andre Williams recorded 166 rushing yards, marking his sixth 100-plus-yard rushing performance of the season, and passed L.V. Whitworth for eighth all-time in career rushing yards with 2,738. He now ranks 14th all-time for single season rushing yards with 1,176.
  • Williams scored his ninth and 10th touchdowns this season and 19th and 20th of his career on 19 and 62 yard runs. The 62-yard touchdown marked the longest run of the season for Williams.
  • Senior QB Chase Rettig completed all seven pass attempts in the first half for 60 yards.
  • Senior TE Jake Sinkovec recorded his third career touchdown on a two-yard pass from Chase Rettig with 1:20 remaining in the third quarter.
  • Senior WR Alex Amidon passed Pete Mitchell for second all-time in career receiving yards at BC with 2,406 after his 53 receiving yards today. 

Special Teams

  • Senior K Nate Freese improved to 9-for-9 on field goal attempts this season after hitting from 24 and 43 yards in the game.  He is now 59-for-70 (84 percent) for his career. 

Attendance: 30,129 Weather: 60 degrees, wind from the west at 1 mph, partly cloudy.
Coin Toss: Boston College won the coin toss and deferred. Virginia Tech received the opening kickoff and defended the north goal.
Game Captains: Senior K Nate Freese joined seniors DE Kasim Edebali and OL Ian White for the coin toss.

Boston College Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Steve Addazio

Overall"I really am proud of our football team. I'm really proud of the way they scratched, clawed and fought, on both sides of the ball and on special teams. They managed adversity, handled it and overcame it. I'm really proud of them.

"This was a really big game for our program in terms of our building. It's one game. It's not more than one game but it was a real step for our program. We've been fighting and scratching all year but we had to overcome it today and we did. We played one of the best defenses in America out there and they are good. We made plays on offense when we had to and on defense we got the turnovers we felt we needed to get. Going into the game I told the defense that this was a game they needed to win. That's the kind of game it would be and special teams would be a factor. All of those things happened. Our kids rose to all of those challenges.

"Our plan to win got executed right. Someone else might have on opinion of what we could have or should have done, but that was our plan. It got executed and it worked because we won. That's what it's all about, winning."

"We wanted to hold this team to 14 or less points. We didn't. We got it back by stripping and getting turnovers. That was the way of getting it back. We gave up too many chunk plays but we took that yardage back in turnovers. We told our kids there would be ebbs and flows. It's going to be hard. There are going to be three-and-outs. Just hang in there, play really, really hard and we'll win this thing in the fourth quarter. That's what we did.

"I couldn't be more proud of this group. We stand here at 4 and 4. All that matters now is getting five. Period. The end. We've got to enjoy the moment. We've got to get back to work. We've got to go on the road and we've got to go win another football game.

On running back Andre Williams (166 yards, two touchdowns)

"Andre Williams ran the ball for 166 yards and two touchdowns against the number one or two rushing defense in America. That's not easy to do."

On his players leading his team

"Kevin Pierre-Louis was unbelievable. He played so hard today. Kasim Edebali played so hard today. Chase Rettig led our team today. There was hidden yardage and hidden stats today. We had a called quarterback draw. We said the heck with it, you go get it and he got it. He outran the corner on it. His demeanor, his approach all week was one of a really determined guy. That was great to see."

On his team's character, getting behind and them coming back

"This is a brick. We're putting in a foundation. I don't know what goes from here. We are a work in progress. There's going to be ebbs and flows with us. That's the way it is but this time, this moment today, we cemented in another brick in the foundation. We're going to build from that. Are we a finished product? No. But we are fighting, we are scratching. You saw great will."

On the Red Sox being honored today

"I don't know anything about baseball. I've watched more baseball since I've been here, than in my whole life. I really enjoyed watching the Red Sox. Not because I know anything about baseball because I don't. But I watched a team that a year ago was completely transformed in 12 months. What I saw was it looked to me like this team brought the best out in each other. They found chemistry. They were all for one and one for all. There wasn't selfishness. They were hooked on doing something great for our city and they brought the best out in each other. I talked to our team about we have to bring the best out in each other. That's so important in the big picture. That's what it's all about. That's what we drew from what the Red Sox were able to accomplish."

Senior DE Kasim Edebali

On forcing four turnovers

"Coach says every time that we have to play aggressive. The last couple weeks we were lacking a little bit in forcing turnovers, so a big emphasis point the whole week was getting the ball out of their hands and getting interceptions. We kept playing aggressive and in the second half we forced turnovers and it was good."

Senior LB Kevin Pierre-Louis

On forcing turnovers

"Coach Addazio and coach Brown, during practice, just kept telling us that we need to create turnovers during practice so that we can create turnovers during the game. We started off strong in our first two games creating turnovers, but then we lacked a little bit in turnover ratio. We came into this game knowing that we had to make plays and we had to help out our offense because they were going up against a pretty good defense. It was a turnover battle and today we won."

On the interception returned for a touchdown

"I made sure I caught it with my chest and the rest of the defense did a great job blocking. It was amazing to see them rally around me. I owe it all to them, especially for scoring, because if it wasn't for them I definitely wouldn't have made it to the end zone."

On finishing the game

"I believe today was one of the first times that we truly finished a game from beginning to end. We faced adversity from quarter one all the way to quarter four. We were up, tie game, down. Looking at the sideline, the guys never lost faith. We kept echoing on the sideline, let's play to win, let's not play not to lose and we just rallied around each other."

Senior RB Andre Williams

On 100-yard rushing games

"I know I'm an integral part of the offense and they are counting on me to move the chains and be a work horse in terms of the running game. I pride myself on being able to get 100 yards a game, but when our offense executes properly and our O-line is clicking, and the skill positions are clicking, and we are able to use play action for the run to compliment the pass, it comes pretty easily."

On two rushing touchdowns

"I think I was able to exhibit to different sides to my game. I have speed, I can break away, and I can also break tackles and get the extra yards after contact."

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