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Eagles host Hokies in ACC Clash at Noon on Saturday

Junior DB Manuel Asprilla has registered a career-high 7.0 tackles for loss as a junior this season and ranks second among all Eagle defenders behind defensive end Kasim Edebali who has 9.0 in the category.

Junior DB Manuel Asprilla has registered a career-high 7.0 tackles for loss as a junior this season and ranks second among all Eagle defenders behind defensive end Kasim Edebali who has 9.0 in the category.

Oct. 31, 2013

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Eagles host Hokies in ACC Clash at Noon on Saturday

Storylines

  • Boston College, which is coming off a 34-10 Atlantic Coast Conference defeat at North Carolina on Oct. 26, hosts primary conference crossover opponent Virginia Tech on Saturday, Nov. 2 at noon. The game will be televised by ABC/ESPN2.
  • Senior wide receiver Alex Amidon, an All-ACC first-team honoree last fall who has earned 2013 mid-season All-ACC third-team recognition from Phil Steele, has 160 receptions for 2,353 yards in 40 career games.  He is third on the school's all-time receiving yards list, 106 receiving yards shy of former Eagle and current offensive graduate assistant coach Rich Gunnell's BC record of 2,459.
  • Saturday's game will feature two of college football's most experienced quarterbacks in Boston College senior signal caller Chase Rettig and Virginia Tech senior quarterback Logan Thomas.  Rettig has started 39 straight games and Thomas has started 35 straight games.  The duo are among an impressive list of FBS quarterbacks with active start streaks of 35 games or longer.  The list is led by Georgia's Aaron Murray with 48 straight starts and includes Wake Forest's Tanner Price (40), Clemson's Tahj Boyd (35) and Alabama's A.J. McCarron (35).
  • Senior running back Andre Williams has carried 183 times for 1,010 yards (5.5 yards per carry) through seven games and ranks fifth among all FBS running backs in rushing yards per game (144.3). 
  • Defensive back Manuel Asprilla matched a season-high with five solo tackles, including one tackle for loss, in the team's loss at North Carolina and is just eight tackles shy of matching his 12-game total from last year (42).  Asprilla has registered a career-high 7.0 tackles for loss as a junior this season and ranks second among all Eagle defenders behind defensive end Kasim Edebali, who has 9.0, in that category.

Dialing up the Pressure

  • With 20 sacks through seven games this fall, Boston College has equaled its highest single-season sack output in four years. The 2010 Eagles recorded 20 sacks in their 7-6 season. With one more sack, the Eagles will have achieved their highest sack total since 2008 when they recorded 35 in 13 games. The 2008 team went 9-5, and were led by defensive  stars B.J. Raji, Ron Brace, Mark Herzlich, Mike McLaughlin and Robert Francois.

The Eagles and Hokies - Series History

  • Saturday's game will mark the 22nd meeting between the Eagles and Hokies in the all-time series between the teams.  Virginia Tech has won five straight and holds a 15-6 advantage, including a 7-3 edge at Boston College's Alumni Stadium. 
  • Since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Eagles are 3-7 against Virginia Tech, including a 2-2 record at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Mass.  The Eagles and Hokies are meeting at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Mass. for the second time in as many seasons.  Last November, visiting Virginia Tech captured a 30-23 come-from-behind overtime win over host BC.  David Dudeck and Alex Amidon each had touchdowns and Nate Freese kicked three field goals.  
  • The Eagles last beat the Hokies at home on October 18, 2008 by a score of 28-23.   Virginia Tech has won both postseason matchups in the 2007 and 2008 ACC Championship Games.

 

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