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Hendon Hooker helps No. 23 Virginia Tech beat Boston College

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Hendon Hooker ran for a career-high 164 yards and three touchdowns and threw for a score in No. 23 Virginia Tech’s 40-14 victory over Boston College on Saturday night.

Khalil Herbert added 143 yards rushing for the Hokies (3-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). They ran for 350 yards in bouncing back from a road loss to North Carolina.

Virginia Tech scored off of four of BC’s five turnovers to pull away. The Eagles (3-2, 2-2) turned it over three times in the first half alone, with the most damaging coming when quarterback Phil Jurkovec overthrew an open Jaelen Gill deep in Virginia Tech territory. Devin Taylor intercepted the pass for the Hokies, and Hooker’s 29-yard touchdown pass to Herbert made it 17-7.

Boston College cut it to 17-14 on a touchdown pass from Jurkovec to Hunter Long with 7:11 left in the third quarter, but the

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Hendon Hooker dominates Boston College in his first start of 2020

Hendon Hooker dominates Boston College in his first start of 2020 originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Quarterback Hendon Hooker got his first start of 2020 and made up for lost time with an incredible performance leading Virginia Tech to a 40-14 win over Boston College on Saturday. The Hokies improve to 3-1 on the season with the win to keep pace in the ACC.

The good: Hendon Hooker

Hooker missed the first two games of the season due to COVID issues and an unspecified illness. He came on in relief of Braxton Burmeister last week against North Carolina and showed the kind of gamechanger he can be for the offense on Saturday against Boston College.

For the game, Hooker threw for 111 yards, rushed for 164 and scored four total touchdowns. He had only one single incompletion in the first half and four for the game.

There should be

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In Ohio State football’s safety competition, Marcus Hooker and Josh Proctor meet at career crossroads

COLUMBUS, Ohio — To understand Marcus Hooker’s career arc with Ohio State football, you must first understand the shadows.

He followed in the footsteps of an older brother, Malik, who grew into an All-American and first-round NFL Draft pick for the Buckeyes. He arrived to a program loaded with elite talent as a modest prospect, unable to crack the top 600 in the Class of 2018 recruiting consensus. His OSU career began with a suspension stemming from an off-season arrest.

After arriving in Columbus, he acquired another shadow — and a friend. Josh Proctor, the touted, top-100 safety prospect in the Buckeyes’ 2018 class, both challenged and championed Hooker.

“He always brought out the best to me and I always brought out the best in him,” Hooker said. “He always was telling me, to just keep going — don’t worry about that play or things that were bothering me at

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