Virginia Tech knocks off Boston College 26-10
BOSTON (AP) Michael Brewer threw a first-quarter touchdown pass and linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka returned a fumble 34 yards for a score early in the second, carrying Virginia Tech to a 26-10 win over Boston College Saturday.
Joey Slye kicked four field goals for the Hokies (4-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Travon McMillian carried 33 times for 105 yards.
Virginia Tech led 20-0 at halftime.
Boston College (3-6, 0-6) lost its fifth straight.
Brewer, making his second straight start since sustaining a broken left collarbone in the opener against top-ranked Ohio State, hit a wide-open Cam Phillips down the right sideline for 27 yards to make it 7-0.
The Hokies increased it to 10-0 on their next possession when Slye kicked a 47-yard field goal. It was Virginia Tech’s third trip into BC territory in as many possessions.
Motuapuaka stripped running back Jordan Gowins and ran it back, making it 17-0.
Slye kicked a 38-yarder as time expired in the half after the drive was kept alive by a roughing the punter penalty.
BC coach Steve Addazio inserted freshman walk-on quarterback John Fadule after a pair of three-and-outs on the first two possessions of the game. Fadule ran for 53 yards and completed 8 of 20 passes for 143 yards and one interception.
Starting quarterback Troy Flutie was yanked after the sluggish start. It’s BC’s fourth QB this season. Darius Wade, who opened the season, was lost with a broken ankle in the third week and his replacement, Jeff Smith, was in uniform, but didn’t play after sustaining a concussion last week.
BC gained only 80 yards in the first half. It did, however, move into Virginia Tech territory midway into the second quarter before Mike Knoll missed badly on a 43-yard field goal attempt.
Slye’s third field goal – a 32-yarder – made it 23-0 after Greg Stroman’s 31-yard punt return gave the Hokies the ball at BC’s 22. His fourth – from 32 yards – made it 26-10.
Knoll’s 29-yard field got BC on the board with 3:26 left in the third.
Richard Wilson had a 3-yard touchdown run for BC midway into the final quarter.
The Hokies were coming off a four-overtime loss at home against Duke.
The Eagles host North Carolina State in their home finale next Saturday. Virginia Tech is off until a Thursday night matchup at Georgia Tech on Nov. 12.