Boston College Eagles: 3 standouts in victory at Virginia Tech

Boston College Eagles AJ Dillon (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)
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BLACKSBURG, VA – NOVEMBER 3: Tight end Korab Idrizi #85 of the Boston College Eagles and offensive lineman Adam Korutz #56 (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images) /

A strong second-half and a physical performance by the defense helped lead the Boston College Eagles to victory on Saturday afternoon.

Down 14-7 at the half, with an offense struggling, the Boston College Eagles hopes in remaining ranked weren’t looking too promising.

The Eagles scored 21 unanswered points, however, and held the Virginia Tech Hokies to 32 yards in the third quarter, resulting in an eventual 31-21 Boston College victory.

Winning for the first time against Virginia Tech since 2014, the Boston College Eagles (7-2, 4-1) are now pretty much guaranteed a winning season. More importantly, it keeps them in line for a chance at the ACC Atlantic division title.

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A showdown with the Clemson Tigers, ranked 2nd in the College Football Playoff rankings, is set for next Saturday. A victory by the Eagles would put them in the driver’s seat for the division title.

AJ Dillon carried the ball 24 times for 96 yards and a first-quarter touchdown. Dillon sat out much of the 4th after taking a couple of hard hits near the sideline.

Quarterback Anthony Brown turned in another efficient game, throwing for 177 yards and one touchdown. Despite a few instances of bobbled snaps, Brown was on target and also carried the ball seven times for 37 yards.

This was one of those games in which victory was truly a team effort, though. Special teams had no major errors, the defense recovered from a shaky first half, and the offense came up with big plays when needed.

Here are three areas that stood out for Boston College in the win.

Travis Levy

Travis Levy has been highlighted before, mostly because of his effort on special teams and scoring off blocked punts two weeks in a row.

This time around, it was his play on offense that was the reason for the nod.

The sophomore running back entered 2018 as the presumptive backup to Dillon. In recent weeks, Levy had given way to David Bailey and Ben Glines and was relegated to mostly special teams and as a pass catcher.

With Dillon banged up against Virginia Tech, head coach Steve Addazio and the Eagles again turned to Levy to carry the load.

Levy responded with a productive day. He carried the ball 11 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown run, of 23 yards, tied the score at 14 midway through the third quarter and his one-yard run in the fourth gave the Eagles a 28-14 lead.

Levy also had three receptions for 28 yards.