Boston College slumped to its biggest defeat in 66 years when it fell, 49-0, to Virginia Tech last season. But BC coach Steve Addazio is eager for a rematch with the Hokies in an ACC game at Alumni Stadium Saturday.
“Every loss stings,” Addazio said Monday. “We went down there, hostile environment, a lot of people got beat. Do I think you sit there and dwell on a game? No. You move forward.
“We’ve beaten them two out of four years — let’s not forget that, either. You learn from what you feel were mistakes you feel you may have made in that game. You grow from those kinds of games and you move forward.
“Listen, man, we’re in a really good conference. We play some really good teams. When you play them at home, it’s really tough. This is not standard fare across the country, what we’re playing against right now. We’re playing against really good teams, in tough, tough venues.
“So sometimes that can happen. You don’t want it to. You’re not happy about it. But we went down there, played pretty poorly, especially on offense — which a lot of people do, against that defense last year.
“So our goal is to learn from our mistakes. But dwell on them? No. We’ve been in some pretty good battles already.”
After blowout defeats against Wake Forest, Notre Dame, and Clemson, the Eagles (2-3) recovered for a 28-8 victory over Central Michigan this past Saturday. The running game led the way as A.J. Dillon had 120 yards and a touchdown and Jon Hilliman rushed for 89 yards and scored three touchdowns.
“Looking forward to getting back to conference,” Addazio said. “Great to get a win. Virginia Tech is an outstanding team, one of the best defenses in the country.”
Addazio is encouraged by the performance of the offensive line, which has been compensating for injuries. Only left tackle Aaron Monteiro and right tackle Chris Lindstrom, who switched from right guard after the second game, have started every game on the line this season.
“Hopefully, this week this might be the first week we have five guys working together all week long that will be the starters in the game,” Addazio said. “That would go a long way in helping us.
“Of course, we ratchet up our competition level, going against one of the marquee defenses in the nation, as we did two weeks ago [against Clemson].”
BC safety Lukas Denis intercepted two passes against Central Michigan, upping his total to five, tied for the NCAA Division 1 lead with Utah State’s Jalen Davis.
“He’s maturing, he has a knack for playing back there,” Addazio said. “Also, we’re mixing our coverages more than we ever have, and he’s getting comfortable with that. He seems to be in good positions frequently. He’s a good athlete.”
The Eagles’ loss to the Hokies last season was their worst since a 54-0 result against Mississippi in 1950. BC also sustained 46- and 38-point losses last season.
Virginia Tech (4-1) dropped a 31-17 decision to Clemson this past Saturday.
“Good talent, good players,” Addazio said of the Hokies. “They have the ability to recruit really good players. They’re very, very good on that [defensive] side of the ball, really always have been. People are struggling to move the ball on them.
“On offense, Josh Jackson is a talented guy who can run, can throw. He’s done some really good things this season. They have some skill players, they have a run game, they’re very, very good on defense.
“They have had the opportunity to be in a tough game versus Clemson, they had it at home which is great advantage for Virginia Tech. They were in a tough game there, played a physical game.
“We know it will be a great challenge. It’s one we’re really looking forward to.”