BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Marcus Vick and Virginia Tech clearly were not bothered by the cold. With the temperature hovering around 40 degrees, Vick threw for a career-high 280 yards and a touchdown as the third-ranked Hokies defeated No. 13 Boston College, 30-10, in a key Atlantic Coast Conference contest.
Vick completed 22-of-28 passes without an interception and ran 13 times for 52 yards for the Hokies (8-0, 5-0 ACC Coastal), who have won their last 11 Thursday night games televised by ESPN since a 20-14 setback to Boston College here in 1995.
Virginia Tech, which entered the contest leading the nation in scoring defense (9.0 points per game) and second in total defense (238.14 yards per game), limited the Eagles to just 184 yards while gaining 492. The Hokies held a whopping 212-27 advantage in rushing yards and held the ball for more than 39 minutes.
The Hokies trailed, 7-6, before flanker Eddie Royal scored on a 15-yard run around left end with 6:51 left in the second quarter. Virginia Tech pushed its advantage to 20-7 on a three-yard pass from Vick to Josh Morgan with 19 seconds remaining before the break.
Vick went 13-of-17 for 165 yards in the first half for the Hokies, who outgained the Eagles in the first two quarters, 282-125.
Boston College (6-2, 3-2 Atlantic) pulled within 20-10 on a 26-yard field goal by William Troost just under four minutes into the second half, but the Eagles were blanked thereafter.
With the score 23-10 and just over three minutes to play, Eagles quarterback Quinton Porter tried to throw the ball away while being sacked by Hokies defensive end Darryl Tapp. But he guided the ball right to linebacker Vince Hall, who ran 13 yards for a score - the Hokies' 100th non-offensive touchdown in 16 years under coach Frank Beamer.
Porter was 13-of-24 for 138 yards, one touchdown and one interception. After his costly interception, he was replaced by Matt Ryan, who promptly was picked off by free safety Justin Hamilton with 2:34 to play.
Virginia Tech took a 6-0 lead after one quarter on field goals of 26 and 32 yards by Brandon Pace. Boston College moved in front on a 29-yard pass from Porter to Will Blackmon with 11:37 left in the second period.