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Knight runs for 197 yards

11/23/2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Boston College's Grant Adams and Paul Peterson got the opening they needed with time running out against Virginia Tech.

Peterson threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Adams with 4:40 to
play to give Boston College a 34-27 victory Saturday, ruining the
No. 12 Hokies' Big East farewell party.

"It was bound to happen sooner or later," said Adams, covered
one-on-one on the play. "They kept bringing their safeties down,
blitzing, bringing the house. When people bring the house against
anybody, that's when the big plays happen."

In their final regular season game, the Eagles (7-5, 3-4 Big
East) boosted their bowl stock considerably, showing off a star
running back in Derrick Knight, an emerging quarterback and a
punishing defense.

"It's something we haven't done since I've been here," Knight
said of winning at Lane Stadium, where the Hokies had been 6-0 this
year. "Our last regular season game, to get the 'W,' that was one
of our goals."

Knight ran for 197 yards on 38 carries, scored twice and became
the Eagles' career rushing leader, passing Mike Cloud. Peterson
finished 15-for-28 for 232 yards with two TDs and two
interceptions.

Virginia Tech (8-3, 4-3), heading to the Atlantic Coast
Conference next season, might have squandered its chance at a Gator
Bowl bid and had its quarterback situation flare up after some
questionable rotating.

Bryan Randall started and led the Hokies on three scoring
drives, the last touchdown coming on Kevin Jones' 1-yard run on the
first play of the second quarter. The Hokies had 238 yards of
offense in the quarter.

In the second quarter, with Marcus Vick at the helm in keeping
with coach Frank Beamer's planned rotation, they managed just 37
yards.

In the third quarter, with Randall, they managed just 10.

"We were moving the ball at will, pretty much doing what we
wanted to do," a clearly frustrated Randall said of the first
quarter. "When (momentum) gets stopped sometimes, it's hard to get
it back."

Randall got it back with a 52-yard pass to Ernest Wilford midway
through the final quarter, and Jones scored his third touchdown two
plays later, giving the Hokies a 27-24 lead with 6:36 remaining.

It lasted less than two minutes. Peterson hit Larry Lester for
14 yards, then faced a third and-10 from his 36 as the crowd
roared. He quieted them by finding Adams behind Vincent Fuller down
the middle.

"I kind of knew I was the first look on the play," said Adams,
who wrestled the ball away from Fuller. "I felt him going for the
strip, so I just kept trying to cover up. Next thing I know I
popped out of it."

The Hokies, 0-for-2 on fourth down plays, gave up a 60-yard run
to Knight that led to Sandro Sciortino's 29-yard field goal with
1:45 left, but still had a chance until Cedric Humes fumbled the
ensuing kickoff.

Jones gained 165 yards and scored three times, including a
dazzling 62-yard burst. He also claimed the single-season rushing
record at Virginia Tech with 1,410 yards. Cyrus Lawrence had 1,403
in 1982.

The Hokies led 17-10 after the first play of the second quarter,
a 1-yard run by Jones, and seemed primed to get a rout going when
Eric Green intercepted Peterson five plays later and returned it to
the Eagles 30.

But Vick, in his first series at quarterback, was tackled for a
3-yard loss on the second play, negating a 3-yard run by Jones. The
redshirt freshman then hit David Clowney out of the end zone on
third down.

That forced a field goal try, and when Jake Grove's snap was
high, holder Robert Peaslee mishandled it, then missed the ball
when he tried to pick it up and run. The play resulted in an
11-yard loss.

"I think when we came out empty right there, it kind of just
brought us down a little bit," Green said. "We've got to come out
and make plays. We've got to capitalize on those turnovers."

After a change of possessions highlighted by Jeff Gomulinski's
71-yard punt that was downed at the Hokies 2, the Eagles drove 75
yards in 12 plays, the last a 4-yard run up the middle by Knight to
tie it at 17.

Another three-and-out drive by the Hokies and a 30-yard punt by
Vinnie Burns gave the Eagles the ball at the Virginia Tech 46 with
1:45 left before halftime, and Boston College needed just five
plays.

Knight ran twice for 19 yards and Peterson completed three
passes, the last a 16-yarder after scrambling around under no
pressure and finding a wide-open Adams in the end zone to give the
Eagles a 24-17 lead.

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