No. 16 Virginia Tech beats Boston College 23-10

By JIMMY GOLEN
AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) – Josh Jackson threw for 322 yards and a touchdown and No. 16 Virginia Tech bounced back from a loss to defending national champion Clemson to beat Boston College 23-10 on Saturday night.

Sean Savoy had nine catches for 139 yards and a score after No. 1 receiver Cam Phillips went out with an apparent leg injury in the first quarter. Savoy went 53 yards on a slant pattern to open the scoring midway through the first quarter, and the Hokies (5-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) never trailed.

Travon McMillian ran 17 times for 88 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown that gave Virginia Tech a 17-3 lead midway through the second quarter. With 11 points – three field goals and two extra points – Joey Slye became the school’s career scoring leader.

Anthony Brown completed 13 of 30 passes for 166 yards for BC (2-4, 0-2). He also caught a touchdown pass on a halfback option from former quarterback Jeff Smith to make it 23-10 with 5:38 left in the game.

CATCHING UP

Phillips, who entered the game as the No. 2 receiver in the conference with 597 yards, caught just one pass for 11 yards. He limped off the field to the locker room late in the first quarter, returning to the sideline early in the second but did not go back into the game.

Phillips needed five receptions to break Isaiah Ford’s school record of 210.

THREE AND OUT

Boston College did not convert a first down in its first five possessions of the second half before Thadd Smith’s 27-yard run midway into the fourth quarter.

HIGH KICKS

Slye broke the record held by 15-year NFL kicker Shayne Graham, who recorded 371 points from 1996-99, then he went on to play for 10 different NFL teams from 2001-15. Slye already held the Hokies’ field goal record with 71 in his career; he kicked three more on Saturday and has 376 points in his career.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Virginia Tech won’t go anywhere but up after the relatively easy victory.

THE TAKEAWAY

Virginia Tech: BC was just what the Hokies needed to bounce back from last week’s loss to No. 2 Clemson. The Hokies defense didn’t allow a score from 5:24 in the first quarter until there was 5:38 left in the game.

Boston College: The Eagles are in danger of going winless in the ACC for the second time in three seasons. BC still has to play ranked Louisville and North Carolina State, Virginia and Syracuse on the road and a home game against Florida State – a school the Eagles haven’t beaten since 2009.

UP NEXT

Virginia Tech: off next week. Host North Carolina on Oct. 21.

Boston College: at No. 17 Louisville.