Oct. 11, 1997
20th-ranked Hokies Defeat Boston College
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Al Clark hit Angelo Harrison with a 50-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and ran 42 yards for a score in the fourth as 20th-ranked Virginia Tech stuffed Boston College, 17-7, in Big East play.
Ken Oxendine carried 33 times for 122 yards for Virginia Tech (5-1, 4-0 Big East), which rebounded from last week's loss to Miami of Ohio. The Hokies have outscored conference opponents 130-42 this season and have won eight consecutive Big East games.
"That game was as tough and hard-hitting as any football game we have had in Lane Stadium in a while," Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said. "We did some wonderful things out there. We took the ball at our 3 and moved it for a score. That is the kind of thing that can change the momentum in a game."
After the teams exchanged punts in the third quarter, the Hokies took over at their own 46 early in the fourth, holding a 10-7 lead. Following several short runs by Oxendine, Clark eluded two blitzers behind the line of scrimmage and took off down the left sideline and scored untouched, giving Virginia Tech a 17-7 advantage.
"Al Clark's touchdown was a very athletic play," Beamer said. "He has the kind of ability to turn what could have been a sack into a TD. That is the kind of athlete he is."
Boston College's Matt Hasselbeck, who missed last week's game against Georgia Tech with hip, knee and right thumb injuries, completed 10-of-24 passes for 153 yards with one interception.
The Eagles (2-4, 2-2) opened the scoring on Mike Hemmert's one-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter, but were shut down the rest of the way.
"I thought our guys came out and played hard," Eagles coach Tom O'Brien said. "Tech has a good football team. We had some opportunities, but just were not able to make the plays. As the game progressed, Hasselbeck threw the ball much better. He said he felt better as the game went on and he threw the ball better. He was not 100 percent."
Clark's 50-yard scoring strike to Harrison 73 seconds into the second quarter lifted Virginia Tech into a 7-7 tie. Clark was 7-of-12 for 125 yards through the air and rushed for 46 yards on 10 carries.
Shayne Graham kicked a 20-yard field goal with 5:41 left in the first half, putting the Hokies ahead for good, 10-7.
The Eagles drove to the Virginia Tech 15 late in the fourth, but on a 4th-and-5, John Matich's 32-yard field-goal attempt sailed wide.
Omari Walker led Boston College with 89 yards on 16 carries.
Virginia Tech leads the all-time series, 3-2.