Big fourth quarter lifts BC to win

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Boston College used a big fourth quarter to top visiting Virginia Tech, beating the Hokies 34-27 at Alumni Stadium.

How it happened: Trailing 10-7 at the half, BC used two third-quarter turnovers to score 10 points and the teams entered the fourth tied at 17.

With neither side giving an inch, the first half of the fourth was a battle. A Hokies drive stalled and they settled for a 47-yard Cody Journell field goal. An Eagles drive stalled and they settled for a 43-yard Nate Freese field goal.

Virginia Tech got the ball back, looking to take time off the clock and retake the lead. But on third-and-5 from the Hokies’ 30, BC defensive coordinator Don Brown sent four rushers and with Eagles in his face Thomas’ pass was off line and wound up in the arms of Kevin Pierre-Louis. The senior linebacker tucked the ball away and tore off up the right sideline to the end zone for the pick-six.

That made it 27-20 BC, the home team’s first lead since the end of the first quarter.

And after the Hokies turned the ball over on downs when a Thomas pass fell incomplete on fourth-and-6 with just less than five minutes to go, the Eagles had a chance to ice it. Williams took care of that on the next play from scrimmage, bursting through a hole on the right side of the line for a 62-yard TD to make it 34-20 BC.

What it means: The win snaps a two-game losing streak and evens the Eagles’ record at 4-4 overall and 2-3 in conference play.

BC snaps a five-game losing streak to Virginia Tech, improving to 4-7 against the Hokies since joining the ACC.

What’s next: The Eagles travel to Las Cruces, N.M., to face former BC offensive coordinator Doug Martin and the New Mexico State Aggies.

Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.