Sept. 28, 2000
By HOWARD ULMAN
AP Sports Writer
BOSTON - Tim Hasselbeck knows the excitement Saturday's game
fourth-ranked Virginia Tech will generate. The Boston College quarterback
felt it himself.
"When you're a little kid and you watch college football you dream
playing some day in games like this. This is the game that all those 12
year-old kids are watching," he said. "Most of them will want to be Michael
Hasselbeck is happy to be himself.
In his last game, he threw for a career-high 355 yards. He leads one of
Big East's most powerful offenses. Putting the Eagles in the national
by knocking off Virginia Tech is more important to him than putting up
numbers than Vick, the Hokies' quarterback and a top Heisman Trophy
How big would it be if Boston College (2-1) beats Virginia Tech (3-0)?
"It would be big enough so the goal posts would come down," Hasselbeck
said. "I don't know if the game can get any bigger for us."
Lose and the Eagles drop to 0-2 in the conference. Win and they could
the Top 25.
Hasselbeck's passing efficiency rating of 155.28 is sixth in the nation. He
completed 48 of 74 passes for 730 yards, six touchdowns and four
"He makes good decisions and he's smart," Virginia Tech linebacker Nick
Sorensen said. "He's very streaky, too. When he's hot, he's very good and
their offense feeds off of that."
Vick has completed 26 of 44 passes for 412 yards, four touchdowns and
interception. He has also rushed for more than 100 yards in two of his three
games - a skill Hasselbeck lacks - before the Hokies had last Saturday off.
He also took the day off two years ago when Virginia Tech visited
College. He was a redshirt freshman and didn't play in the Hokies' 17-0 win.
"I've never played there before," Vick said. "I take it as a
Last season at Virginia Tech, the Eagles lost 38-14 in their 11th game
Hasselbeck went just 6-for-19 for 138 yards. And 97 of those yards came on a
touchdown pass to Dedrick Dewalt.
Dewalt is an even bigger threat now. He has caught 11 passes, but four
been for touchdowns and his average reception has covered 23.7 yards.
Hasselbeck also has come a long way since his first season when he threw
12 passes in six games in 1998.
"My first game, I think the coaches were just praying that I was going
get the snap from the center," he said. "I think I've made big strides but I
would say that so much of that is due to having a great offensive
Dana Bible, and having guys around me that really take coaching well."
Boston College also has a big offensive line and an outstanding running
in Cedric Washington.
"I think they're going to try and hammer us," Hokies coach Frank Beamer
Hasselbeck agrees that the game is not a battle between him and Vick.
"I'm not trying to have better stats than him," Hasselbeck said. "If he
was the quarterback at Toledo, I wonder if anyone would really care that I
going up against him. No offense to Toledo. We're not on their schedule, so
knew I could say that."
Still, Hasselbeck's not oblivious to the comparisons, especially
and Vick play a position that gets so much attention. He's just not obsessed
"Each Saturday when I go out and play a game, I want to be the best
quarterback on the field," he said, "and I'm sure Michael Vick does, too."