Va. Tech at night `OK' for BC coach

No. 2 Eagles ready for tough Lane Stadium

College Football

October 25, 2007|By Heather A. Dinich | Heather A. Dinich,SUN REPORTER

The sarcasm oozing from Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski on yesterday's Atlantic Coast Conference teleconference indicated he is unfazed by the atmosphere at Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium and tired of answering questions about playing a night game there. (The Hokies are 42-27-1 in night games under coach Frank Beamer.)

"They've got lights there, right?" Jagodzinski asked Duane Rankin of the Erie Times-News.

Rankin: "Right."

"OK. So we should be OK for playing at night. Everyone is bringing up the `Lane Stadium at night'; I was hoping Virginia Tech had lights so we could play."

Rankin, not rattled, followed up with a question about how important it is to keep the No. 2-ranked Eagles (7-0, 3-0 ACC) from getting caught up in "what Lane Stadium is."

"It's the same dimensions as every other field we play on, isn't it?" Jagodzinski quipped. "OK. So we should be OK. We really should."

The only question, then, heading into tonight's 7:40 ESPN-televised game is who Virginia Tech's starting quarterback will be. In what might be a foreshadowing of this year's ACC championship game, the Hokies (6-1, 3-0), could be without Tyrod Taylor, who suffered a high ankle sprain in the second quarter against Duke on Oct. 13. Beamer said Taylor's status will be a game-time decision.

Backup Sean Glennon, who lost the starting job early in September, gained the confidence of the coaches with his performance against Duke. Glennon completed 16 of 21 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns.

"I think he made a statement about what he's all about," Beamer said. "He was certainly disappointed when Tyrod went to No. 1, but he hung in there, he kept his head in the game and when his number was called, he was ready. I think that makes a great statement about him. Certainly we've got a lot of confidence in Sean."

And the fans at Lane Stadium - where they've got lights.

"They help us win football games," Beamer said. "They're part of it. We like playing in Lane Stadium, that's for sure."

Moving experience?

When Florida State coach Bobby Bowden left his home Sunday, one day after the Seminoles' tough 37-29 loss to rival Miami, it was hard not to notice the large "For Sale" sign on his lawn - especially considering he didn't put it there.

"When you've been hung in effigy before and you've had it done before, you get kind of immune and amused at it," Bowden said. "You get where you don't pay attention to it anymore. I'd rather for it not to be there by the way, but I wouldn't let it bother me."

He's more bothered by the inconsistency at quarterback - which just changed again. Drew Weatherford will start against Duke this weekend, and Xavier Lee, who started the past two games, is back at No. 2.

"We're just trying to get some consistency," Bowden said. "We'll see what happens."

Choice doubtful

Georgia Tech running back Tashard Choice, who just had surgery on his right knee, is unlikely to return in time for the Yellow Jackets' Nov. 1 game against Virginia Tech, coach Chan Gailey said yesterday.

"I think that would be an extreme long shot," Gailey said. "I'm saying no and he's saying maybe. But I think that would be impossible, just about impossible for him to play next week."

heather.dinich@baltsun.com

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