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Feelings fresh for frosh

Boston College coach Frank Spaziani had many reasons to object to the play of his team, especially in the first half. Boston College coach Frank Spaziani had many reasons to object to the play of his team, especially in the first half. (Don Petersen/Associated Press
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By Mark Blaudschun
Globe Staff / October 11, 2009

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BLACKSBURG, Va. - The circumstances couldn’t have been more difficult. Second quarter against the fifth-ranked team in the country, which was having a good day, holding a 17-0 lead.

Still, as relief appearances go, Boston College quarterback Mike Marscovetra didn’t have a bad day yesterday against Virginia Tech, completing 10 of 16 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-14 loss to the Hokies at Lane Stadium.

Granted, the touchdowns came long after the game had been decided, but it was an experience the 6-foot-4-inch Marscovetra, a true freshman who has worked his way up the depth chart to No. 2 behind Dave Shinskie, will not soon forget.

“It felt good to get my feet wet,’’ said Marscovetra, who was told before the game by coach Frank Spaziani that he would be playing the first series of the second quarter. “It was a different experience that you can’t beat. But you never know what you are going to get.’’

Marscovetra’s first series was brief - a three-and-out in which he absorbed an 8-yard sack when defensive end Jason Worilds and tackle Cordarrow Thompson hit him from both sides.

Although it looked odd when Spaziani sent the second-team offense out for the first series of the second quarter, the coach said that was the plan from the start.

“We’re trying to develop and get ourselves an identity as a football team,’’ said Spaziani. “We wanted to put the second team in. We understand it’s a long season ahead, there’s a lot of football left to be played. We’re trying to get the best players out there and develop some depth in the long term. We have a long-term view here.’’

Heartfelt donation
BC linebacker Mark Herzlich, whose battle with cancer has been well documented this season, continues to experience the generosity of other Atlantic Coast Conference schools.

At halftime yesterday, Virginia Tech tailback Darren Evans presented Herzlich, who wears No. 94, with a check for $9,494.94, which was gathered around campus for the Uplifting Athletes fund Herzlich has been promoting. He also was presented with a helmet painted half Virginia Tech and half Boston College, and received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 66,233.

Kicking off season
Eagles fullback James McCluskey, who tore his Achilles’ tendon during an offseason workout, made his 2009 debut, participating on the kickoff team . . . Virginia Tech may have a superstar in the making in redshirt freshman running back Ryan Williams, who picked up 159 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. “The kid is the real deal,’’ said BC middle linebacker Mike McLaughlin. “I told him after the game, ‘You’re a big-timer.’ ’’ . . . Freshman outside linebacker Luke Kuechly again led BC in tackles (10) . . . Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor tied his career high with two touchdown passes, and in his last two games (against Duke and BC) Taylor is 24 of 32 for 453 yards and four TDs.