(Saturday, December 6th)
Final Score: Virginia Tech 30, (18) Boston College 12
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Tyrod Taylor ran for two scores, and Darren Evans added a 10-yard touchdown, as Virginia Tech upended 18th-ranked Boston College, 30-12, to capture its second straight ACC championship over the Eagles and earn an automatic bid to the Orange Bowl.
Taylor, who came away with MVP honors, completed 11-of-19 passes for 84 yards and an interception, while Evans amassed 114 yards on the ground for the Hokies (9-4), who won for the fourth time in their last five games.
"I think that now we are going to enjoy this for sure," said Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer. "But we go to the Orange Bowl with the idea that one more win gets us to 10. I think that would be really, really special for this football team to end up with double digit, 10 wins. So we are going to enjoy it because this is really special. This is really special."
Dominique Davis completed 17-of-43 passes for 263 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions, for the Eagles (9-4), who were beaten by Virginia Tech, 30-16, in last season's league championship bout. Rich Gunnell made seven grabs for 114 yards and a score.
"I think that we lost some gap responsibilities today, and I think we got some of our guys cut inside," said Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski. "Virginia Tech did a nice job with the run. We didn't fit it as good as we have. Give credit to them."
Virginia Tech took a 7-0 lead in the first when Taylor scored from five yards out on a quarterback draw. The mobile signal-caller found the end zone again with 11:08 remaining in the second quarter.
Facing a 3rd-and-goal, Taylor, under heavy pressure, somehow managed to spin off several would-be tacklers for the four-yard score, three plays after Evans sprinted 30 yards to the BC nine.
Paul Anderson intercepted Taylor on Virginia Tech's next drive and returned the ball to the BC 46. BC moved into Hokies territory, where on first down at the 39, Davis completed a 37-yard pass to Gunnell. Victor Harris, though, knocked it loose and Cameron Martin recovered the fumble for Virginia Tech in the end zone to end the BC threat.
The Hokies went three-and-out on their next series and BC got the ball back at its own 34. Davis threw a 51-yard strike to Montel Harris on first down and, after Harris lost a yard on the ground, Davis connected with Gunnell in the right corner of the end zone for the 16-yard score, trimming the deficit to 14-7 with 1:29 left in the half.
Virginia Tech took command of the game in the third quarter. Taylor guided the Hokies on an 11-play, 50-yard drive, converting a 3rd-and-2 with an eight-yard pass to Dyrell Roberts and a 3rd-and-9 with an 18-yard scramble to the BC 37. The drive stalled at the 33 and Dustin Keys drilled a 50-yard field goal.
Davis was picked off later in the frame by Stephan Virgil, who amassed 36 yards on the return before he was shoved out of bounds at the 10, and Evans found the end zone on the next play to give the Hokies a 24-7 cushion with 1:17 remaining.
BC cut into the deficit early in the fourth quarter on Steve Aponavicius's 24- yard field goal.
After Virginia Tech was forced to punt, Davis lost the handle on the first play of the subsequent series when he was sacked by Jason Worilds. The ball bounced into the hands of Orion Martin, who rumbled 17 yards for the touchdown. The Hokies led 30-10 with 9:05 to go after Keys missed the extra point.
Virginia Tech conceded a safety in the final minutes.
Taylor accumulated 30 yards rushing...Roberts caught four passes for 44 yards...BC finished 3-of-15 on third down...Davis was sacked five times for 37 yards.
12/06 21:13:34 ET