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1Boston College at Virginia Tech Empty Boston College at Virginia Tech on Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:40 am

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BC Beats Rival Virginia Tech in Another Nailbiter

Blacksburg, Virginia--Boston College put its 7-0 record on the line against undefeated and the fifth ranked Virginia Tech Hokies in Lane Stadium this week. On paper BC looked outmatched, but they had looked outmatched many times before this season and had always come through with a win. The Eagles have become the most clutch team there is as they have won countless close games and always make big plays when they are needed. That would be the case again against the Hokies as they needed every single point that they earned to take the victory away from the Hokies who were looking forward to a possible national championship.

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Swigert only had One Catch but he Made it Count

Coach Petersen and his staff couldn't have drawn up a better start to the game than the one the got. Virginia Tech got the ball to start the game but the Eagle defense was ready and held VT to a three-and-out. Boston College would get rolling on offense right away when Rettig found Swigert for a 44 yard touchdown strike. Things would only get better for the Eagles when they forced another Hokie punt. BC would take advantage again as they marched down the field. At the 14 yard line WR Larmond ran a post and when the safety got turned around Larmond broke and Rettig put the ball on the money for the 14-0 lead.

Rettig Finds Larmond in the Endzone

Virginia Tech would have to answer but it wasn't looking good for them when they faced a 3rd-and-22 from inside their own 20 yard line. Logan Thomas would drop back to pass and throw a harmless incompletion, but there was a flag down. BC was called for a very questionable roughing the passer that would keep the VT drive alive. The Hokies would take advantage of the gift when David Wilson would score on a nice run from 22 yards out. The Eagles' offense would keep things rolling when Heisman Hopeful, Montel Harris, would get on the board for the first time in the game putting BC up 21-7. A stop by each team would give the Hokies the ball with little time left but a couple of long passes got them into field goal range and K Journell would connect cutting the lead to 21-10.

Larmond, Normally the Fourth or Fifth option, had a Career Day

Boston College would get the ball to start the half but couldn't do much with it. Virginia Tech would take the ball and proceed to dominate the third quarter. They scored twice on runs from 31 yards out. Once it was Oglesby and once it was Gregory. Despite having dominated the first half of play, Boston College found themselves trailing 24-21 heading into the fourth quarter. There was no panic though because, like Tebow, the Eagles own the fourth quarter. An interception by Chase Rettig on the last play of the third quarter would seal a dreadful quarter, but the first play of the fourth would see BC get the ball right back.

Fumble Gives the Eagles some Hope

After forcing the lone Virginia Tech turnover BC would try to get some momentum back. The Eagles drove down the field but stalled once they got close and had to settle for a 39 yard field goal from Nick Freese. The Hokies would answer right back with a 50 yard field goal giving them back the lead 27-24. On the first play Rettig would see an open WR Momah run by the corner and have him beat by two yards. Rettig's throw was good but the corner jumped high in the air and intercepted the pass with four minutes left in the game. If the Boston College defense didn't hold them to a field goal here it could be over. VT got into the redzone but, as they have done so many times this year, the BC defense held. With 2:47 left the scoreboard read 30-24 in favor of Virginia Tech. This was probably going to be the last chance for Boston College. Rettig found Larmond on a huge third down conversion that kept the drive alive. BC would inch their way towards the endzone when with 33 seconds left Montel Harris would find a hole and go into the endzone giving BC the lead 31-30.

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Harris Gives BC the Lead with 33 Seconds Left

There was still enough time for Virginia Tech to get into field goal range especially since their kicker had already booted a 50 yard FG and they had two timeouts left. Boston College's only hope was to get one or two incompletions. The first play was a twenty yard strike and VT was already almost to their own forty as they used their second to last timeout. An incompletion brought up a second down from almost midfield. Thomas looked downfield before finding his running back wide open in the flat. There was nobody out there and LB Luke Kuechly mad a great play to run to the flat and tackle the back in bounds after a five yard gain. The clock was ticking away and VT tried to hurry up before wisely using their final timeout with five seconds left and just under fifty yards to go. All they could do was try a hail mary but before his receivers could get to the endzone Thomas was sacked ending the game.

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The Holloway Sack Ends the Game

The Boston College sideline erupted when they saw Thomas hit the turf and watched the clock hit zero. The Eagles had done it again in a late game situation and kept their magical season alive. They won't have much time to celebrate though as they are back on the road next week to take on the Maryland Terrapins. This will be a huge game for the Eagles as a win would put them one win away from a 10 win season. BC looks to continue getting better after their biggest victory of the year.

C. Rettig: 13-22, 219 Yds, 2 TDs
M. Harris: 20 Car, 116 Yds, 2 TDs
C. Pantale: 4 Rec, 63 Yd

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