BLACKSBURG, Va. — Logan Thomas threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third, leading No. 9 Virginia Tech to a 24-21 victory over North Carolina on Thursday night and another 10-win season.
The Hokies (10-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their sixth in a row since a home loss to No. 7 Clemson and remained on track for a rematch with the Tigers in the ACC championship game.
Virginia Tech would clinch its fourth Coastal Division title in five years Saturday night if Virginia loses at No. 23 Florida State.
If the Cavaliers win, the Virginia rivals play for a berth in the conference championship game Nov. 26.
ALA.-BIRMINGHAM 34, NO. 22 SOUTHERN MISS. 31
In Birmingham, Ala., Ty Long kicked a 38-yard field goal with 3:04 left to lift Alabama-Birmingham to an upset of Southern Mississippi.
The Blazers (3-8, 3-5 Conference USA) earned their second victory ever against a ranked team, having beaten No. 17 East Carolina 36-17 in 1999. UAB was more than a three-touchdown underdog in the game.
Southern Miss can still claim the East Division title with a win over Memphis.
MISSOURI: Suspended football coach Gary Pinkel without pay for the final home game of the season and froze his salary for a year after his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.
Athletic director Mike Alden said Pinkel would miss Saturday’s game against Texas Tech and the coach will donate a week’s worth of his base salary and guaranteed incentives to a campus alcohol-awareness program when he returns.
COLUMBIA: The university administration has banned Columbia’s marching band from playing Saturday during the season finale against Brown at Baker Field because the musicians mocked the team’s poor performance by using alternate words to the school fight song last weekend during a 62-41 loss at Cornell.