BLACKSBURG — It looked like Virginia Tech running back Raheem Blackshear had nowhere to go on Saturday when Hendon Hooker handed him the ball early in the fourth quarter.
Blackshear was looking for room on the right side just outside the red zone, but pressure off the edge forced him to abandon those plans. The Rutgers transfer shuffled his feet and made a cut back through the outstretched hands of Boston College defensive tackles Ryan Betro and Cam Horsley.
He weaved his way towards Boston College’s sideline and made another would-be tackler (safety Mike Palmer) miss to go 28-yards for the score.
Blackshear’s modest numbers in the 40-14 win — three carries for 33 yards with a touchdown, one catch for 9 yards — paled in comparison to the ones put by Hooker (275 total yards and four touchdowns) and Khalil Herbert (200-plus all-purpose yards), but the touchdown run was the kind of explosive play he hasn’t made yet this season.
“He came back (to practice) the day before the N.C. State game and was limited, hurt his hamstring and didn’t practice much the next week,” Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said after the game. “He’s kind of found his footing.”
The longest play from scrimmage for Blackshear going into Saturday’s game was a 14-yard run in the opener. He had four carriers go for 10 or more yards in the first two games, but none last week against North Carolina.