Although the Boston College Eagles had their moments Saturday night at Virginia Tech, the Hokies flashed a dominant run game en route to a 40-14 win in Blacksburg. BC uncharacteristically turned the ball over four times and had real problems stopping the Hokies. The loss drops BC to 3-2 with a 2-2 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Here are some quick takeaways from what was a night the Eagles would rather forget.
The BC defense could not stop the run. It would have been difficult to completely shut down the Virginia Tech running game. Still, we felt like the Eagles would do better in that respect than they did. Behind running back Khalil Herbert and quarterback Herndon Hooker, Virginia Tech ran for a total of 350 yards and four touchdowns on 41 carries. That's a whopping 8.5 yards per carry, and simply too much if BC hoped to win this game. BC at times had chances to come back after falling behind in the first half, but was not going to do so while giving up so much on the ground.
Turnovers were simply a killer. When you lose three fumbles and throw two interceptions, you are not doing yourself any favors. Virginia Tech came into this game favored by two scores, and did not need any help. But even though BC moved the ball well in spurts, it shot itself in the foot too many times. This was going to be a tough task for BC even if it did not turn the ball over. You add the unforced errors and it was simply too much to overcome. It was a shame, because BC in the first half at times looked like the better team. But the mistakes wiped out what the Eagles could ultimately do here.
The passing game once again led the offense. With the running game still mostly ineffective, the Eagles turned to quarterback Phil Jurkovec for impact plays, and he delivered more often than not, even though the Hokies usually took away the deep ball. Jurkovec completed 28 of 51 passes for 345 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Even though he had the interception, Jurkovec was usually effective. He again went early and often to tight end Hunter Long and wide receiver Zay Flowers, as the two combined for 110 yards on 11 catches. Although you'd like to see this offense find a little more balance, it's good to see Jurkovec still perform at a relatively high level.