- The Washington Times - Friday, October 28, 2005

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Marcus Vick regained his hot hand, completing 22 of 28 passes for a career-best 280 yards and a touchdown as No. 3 Virginia Tech remained unbeaten, running away from No. 13 Boston College 30-10 last night at Lane Stadium.

“I just try to go out and win football games,” said Vick, who has yet to lose as a starter. “It was my best game.”

Said Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer: “I like it when a Vick’s behind that center.”

The Hokies (8-0, 5-0 ACC) are 28-1 with either Michael or Marcus Vick at quarterback.

The win sets up a showdown at home against Coastal Division rival No. 6 Miami (5-1, 2-1) on Nov. 5 in another nationally televised game.

With his passing accuracy returning, Vick did not feel the need to scramble as often, gaining 52 yards on the ground for the Hokies, who rushed for 212 yards. Vick, who threw three interceptions against Maryland last week, was in command against the Eagles, completing passes to nine different receivers.

“We couldn’t control him,” Boston College coach Tom O’Brien said. “We didn’t contain him at all. And he made a lot of plays.”

The Hokies went up 20-7 with 33 seconds left in the first half as Vick threw his only scoring pass, a 3-yarder to Josh Morgan. A pair of 15-yard plays by Vick kept the drive going. His keeper on a second-and-9 put the Hokies at the Boston College 11. Josh Hyman had made a fingertip catch earlier on the drive on third-and-10 from the Tech 31.

“We have a good group of receivers,” Beamer said. “They catch the ball. All of them had a tough catch at one time or another tonight.”

The Eagles got within 20-10 on William Troost’s 26-yard field goal 3:46 into the second half. Tight end Chris Miller’s 23-yard catch at the Tech 18 set up Troost.

Virginia Tech was ready to take control of the game, but redshirt tailback Branden Ore fumbled inside the 5. Jazzmen Williams recovered in the end zone, holding the Hokies to their second scoreless quarter this season.

Brandon Pace’s 31-yard field goal with 13:30 left in the fourth made it 23-10. Linebacker Vince Hall returned an interception 13 yards for a score, putting the game out of reach with 3:16 to play. Safety Justin Hamilton followed moments later with another interception.

Though the Eagles were outgained 492-183 in total yards, turnovers and forcing early Tech field goals kept them close.

Wide receiver Will Blackmon’s 29-yard touchdown catch gave Boston College its only lead (7-6) 3:23 into the second quarter. Quarterback Quinton Porter lofted the ball over cornerback Jimmy Williams, turning him around.

“I just told the guys everything’s going to be OK,” Vick said.

Said Beamer: “Whenever something goes bad, our offense answers.”

Tech regained the lead at 13-7 on wideout Eddie Royal’s 15-yard reverse to the left corner of the end zone. It was the first of two touchdowns in the final seven minutes of the half.

Pace kicked a pair of field goals in the first quarter as the Hokies missed touchdown opportunities. A holding penalty forced his 32-yard conversion that gave Tech a 6-0 lead.

Pace’s 26-yard kick opened the scoring. David Clowney caught a pass down the right sideline at the Eagles’ 30 and cut it back to the middle. The 43-yard gain took the Hokies to the 12, but Vick’s third-down, fadeaway pass to the corner of the end zone fell incomplete.

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