Chris Hazley kicked four second-half field goals Saturday in the Hokies' 19-0 victory, making him 8-for-9 this season.
"He's a good kicker," coach Frank Beamer said. "This is the fourth year in a row we've had a senior step in there (as the kicker). They've all done well; they're all smart kids that have been around the program, been in competition a lot, and have some maturity to them.
"I'm proud of (Hazley). He stood right in there and kicked them right through."
Hazley's third kick was his longest this season, 45 yards, and had distance to spare. His miss against Boise State was from 34 yards.
The other kickers Beamer referenced were Matt Waldron, Dustin Keys and Jud Dunleavy.
Beamer hard on offense
Beamer wasn't nearly as proud of his offense. Three times in the third quarter the Hokies had the ball inside the Eagles' 25, and three times they had to call on Hazley.
"We need to get seven (points) out of those deals," Beamer said. "We got the momentum in the third quarter and the field position. … None of us associated with the offense want to settle for three points."
Indeed, on consecutive possessions Tech's defense gave the offense possession at Boston College's 24 and 31, respectively, courtesy of Chris Drager's fumble recovery and Jeron Gouveia-Winslow's interception. Tech's drives after the takeaways drives netted one first down, that courtesy of a facemask penalty after a Tyrod Taylor-to-Marcus Davis pass.
Herzlich feels good in return
Back on the field after missing last season for cancer treatments, Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich had seven tackles, an interception and a pass break-up.
"I felt a lot better," he said. "I think we'll hit the film because I still made mistakes and there are still things to correct. There's always going to be mistakes, but I made those mistakes going full speed, which I guess is better if you think about it. But I felt good, fast and didn't feel any lag."
Taylor's 237 passing yards are a season-best. He had connections of 59 yards to Danny Coale, 30 to Darren Evans, 24 to Dyrell Roberts and 21 to Andre Smith. …
Smith, a senior tight end, caught a career-high four passes for 44 yards. He had only three receptions last season and one in the first three games this year. …
The Hokies are 7-0 in ACC openers since joining the conference in 2004. Three of their Coastal Division rivals — Duke, North Carolina and defending ACC champion Georgia Tech — already have lost league games. …
Tech plays at N.C. State on Saturday. Last season in Blacksburg the Hokies routed the Wolfpack 38-10, sacking Russell Wilson six times and intercepting him once.
But State was without offensive coordinator Dana Bible, diagnosed the day before with leukemia. He has since been declared in remission.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun