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    Friday, November 30, 2007

    BC Takes On Hokies In Jacksonville

    Boston College:

    * In their third year as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Boston College Eagles will be playing in their first Dr. Pepper ACC Championship at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. BC won the ACC Atlantic Division title for the first time (in only their third year in the league).

    * The Eagles are ranked second in the nation in rushing defense, allowing 65.6 yards rushing per game.

    * The Eagles are ranked fourth in the nation in interceptions with 20.

    * The Eagles are 10th in the nation in kickoff return yardage defense (18.42 yards per return).

    * Eagles held Virginia Tech, which had been scoring 28.1 ppg., to 10 points in a thrilling 14-10 come-frombehind victory in Lane Stadium.

    * The Eagles are ranked first in the ACC and seventh in the nation in passing offense (331.8 ypg).

    Virginia Tech:

    * Virginia Tech is 2-3 all-time at what is now Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, beating Clemson in the 2001 Gator Bowl and falling to North Carolina, 42-3, in the 1997 Gator Bowl, and to Florida State 30-17 in the 2002 Gator Bowl. Tech lost again to Florida State in 2005, this time in the ACC Championship game.

    * In games played in the Sunshine State, Tech is 13-28. The Hokies are 2-0 at Tampa, 5-12 at Tallahassee, 4-10 at Miami (4-9 against the University of Miami; 0-1 in the Orange Bowl), 2-3 in Jacksonville, 0-2 at Gainesville (0-1 vs. the University of Florida; 0-1 in the Gator Bowl) and 1-1 at Orlando (1-0 vs. UCF; 0-1 vs. FSU.

    * Taken with the Hokies wherever they go is the storied lunch pail. The Pail served as the inspiration for Tech’s recordsetting 1995 defense, symbolizing Tech’s blue collar approach to defensive football. Every year since, a member of the defense has been responsible for toting a new Pail to everything football-related.

    * With its Chick-fil-A Bowl in 2006, Tech is now one of only four teams to go to 14 bowls in the last 14 seasons. The other three are the University of Florida, Florida StateUniversity and the University of Michigan.

    * Hokie QB Sean Glennon has thrown for a team-high 1,462 yards this year with eight touchdown passes, completing 62 percent of his passes. He led the team to victory at Georgia Tech, completing 22-of-32 passes for 296 yards and two scores and also ran for a touchdown. He threw for 260 yards and a score in leading Tech to a divisionclinching win over Virginia.

    * The linebacking duo of No. 9 Vince Hall and No. 11 Xavier Adibi team up to give Tech “the best LB duo in the country,” according to ESPN’s Chris Spielman.

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