Sep 20, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston College running back Marcus Outlow (7) breaks through Maine defensive back Khari Al-Mateen (24) and defensive back Patrick Pascal (25) during the second half at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Boston College at Virginia Tech: 5 Big Questions — #2
Last week, Virginia Tech gave up over 360 rushing yards to Miami. How do you think the Hokies will fare against this very productive Boston College run game?
TT: I think the Hokies will come out with a chip on their shoulder due to how bad the loss was for the Hokies against Miami. Last week, the Hokies faced one of the top 6 running backs in Duke Johnson and Boston College doesn’t have a running back that will run for 249 yards or anywhere near that like Johnson did.
However, Boston College’s rushing attack does trouble me in many ways. One, QB Tyler Murphy is a very good runner and scrambler, which the Hokies struggled with against Pittsburgh QB Chad Voytik, who really isn’t known as a running quarterback. Murphy can make plays with his feet and that concerns me.
Also, the weather forecast is for a cold, wet day which means that Boston College will probably try to run the ball a lot. Boston College is big on the offensive line and if the Hokies’ offense has a lot of three and outs, the Virginia Tech defense could wear down if Boston College dominates time of possession.
I don’t think Boston College will do what Miami did last week, but I am a little bit concerned.