VT 30, #18 Boston College 12
December 6, 2008
The 2008 ACCCG was a bit of an embarrassment from multiple angles. VT and BC combined to sell only 5,000 tickets to the game, which was in its first year in Tampa. Both the Hokies and the Eagles entered the game with three conference losses. Interestingly enough, two of the three losses for each team came against its cross-divisional rivals, with BC losing to UNC and Georgia Tech while the Hokies stumbled against BC and FSU. Virginia Tech came into the game unranked, while BC was clinging to the polls at #18.
Earlier in the season Virginia Tech had traveled to Chestnut Hill and came away with a tough loss that knocked the Hokies from the rankings. The loss was embarrassing as the Eagles held Darren Evans to just 27 yards rushing and held Tyrod Taylor to 12 of 27 for just 90 yards through the air. The lone bright spot of the game was that Tyrod managed to run for 110 yards. But with zero support in the run game and zero passing game to compliment Tyrod's rushing, the Hokies' offense was held out of the end zone for the entire game. The two VT touchdowns at Boston College were on interception returns by Brett Warren and Macho Harris. The 2007 regular season loss to BC had been heartbreaking. The 2008 loss was humiliating.
In Tampa with an ACC championship and an Orange Bowl berth on the line it only took VT's offense eight minutes and thirty-three seconds of the first quarter to do what it had failed to do for the entire game in Chestnut Hill as Tyrod Taylor scored on a five yard keeper. The Hokies never looked back, and they would never lead by less than a touchdown in this one. For the second year in a row VT got revenge in the sweetest way possible against Jeff Jagodzinski's Eagles: when a championship was on the line.
Interestingly enough, the stat line from the Chestnut Hill loss and the ACCCG win sound equally abysmal. In Chestnut Hill the Hokies managed an anemic 240 yards of total offense, but in Tampa they actually managed six fewer yards. The difference, of course, was that by the end of 2008 Tyrod Taylor and the offense had begun to work with the defense and take advantage of the opportunities the defense provided. VT enjoyed short fields all day and capitalized on them to put points on the board.
This would be the last game VT would play against a Jeff Jagodzinski-coached Boston College team, as after the season he was terminated by the university for interviewing for an NFL coaching position without seeking prior permission from the athletics director.
The fact that two teams playing for a BCS conference championship both entered the game with a 5-3 conference record admittedly gave this game a bit of a ho-hum feeling, but it still makes the top ten because it cemented VT's ACC dynasty. The 2008 season was VT's fifth in the ACC, and at the end of it the Hokies had won three out of five conference crowns and had played for another.
FBS Mission Statement:
We at FBS believe that offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring bears the largest share of the blame for years of sub-par output from some of the most talented players ever to set foot on Worsham Field. We believe the main objective of the VT football program - a national championship - will escape us as long as Stinespring is making the calls. We therefore advocate the improvement of our football program through the replacement of our offensive coordinator.