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No. 23 Virginia Tech 17, Boston College 7

October 11, 1997

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) _ Al Clark threw a 50-yard touchdown pass and scored on a 42-yard run as No. 23 Virginia Tech beat Boston College 17-7 Saturday.

Ken Oxendine had a career-high 33 carries for 122 yards as the Hokies (5-1, 4-0 Big East) gained 257 yards on the ground, almost exclusively between the tackles.

Boston College (2-4, 2-2) had a chance to pull within a touchdown with 3:23 remaining after Matt Hasselbeck hit Mike Cloud with a 60-yard pass, but Jason Maleki’s 32-yard field-goal attempt was wide left.

The Hokies led 10-7 at halftime, and neither team generated much offense in the third quarter. Clark was sacked three times on two straight series by Chris Hovan.

A 24-yard punt by Maleki early in the fourth gave the Hokies the ball at their own 46. Five plays later, Clark eluded Hovan’s attempt for a fourth sack and ran 42 yards for the score.

Clark completed 7 of 12 passes for 125 yards and gained 46 yards on 10 carries.

The Eagles’ score in the first period was set up by a turnover, when Keion Carpenter fumbled at the BC 35 after a 20-yard interception return. Seven plays later, Mike Hemmert scored on 1-yard run. The key to the drive was a 25-yard pass from Hasselbeck to Dennis Harding that put the ball on the Tech 24.

Hasselbeck was 10-for-24 for 153 yards and one interception.

The Hokies tied the score early in the second period when Clark hit Angelo Harrison for a 50-yarder on a play-action pass to cap a nine-play, 97-yard drive. On its next series, Virginia Tech drove 64 yards on 11 plays before Shayne Graham hit a 20-yard field goal with 5:41 left in the half.

Against the league’s top rushing defense (98.8 yards a game), the Eagles managed 128 yards and 276 yards in total offense. Omari Walker led the Eagles with 89 yards on 16 carries, although he missed most of the third quarter after being shaken up on the fifth play of the second half.

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