Virginia Tech stifles Pittsburgh

Virginia Tech wide receiver Joshua Stanford (top) gets knocked down by Pittsburgh's K'Waun Williams during the Hokies' victory. Virginia Tech has won six in a row.

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Logan Thomas threw an early touchdown pass, Cody Journell kicked four field goals and No. 24 Virginia Tech sacked Pittsburgh’s Tom Savage eight times in a 19-9 victory on Saturday.


The Hokies (6-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their sixth consecutive game and ended a four-game losing streak against the Panthers, avenging a 35-17 loss a year ago that sent Virginia Tech into a long skid.

This time, they proved just as inhospitable hosts to the ACC newcomer Panthers (3-2, 2-2).

Savage’s sacks totaled minus-49 yards, and he has now been sacked 15 times in his past two appearances.


In College Park, Md., Caleb Rowe threw for 332 yards and hit tight end Dave Stinebaugh for the go-ahead score with 5:14 left as Maryland (5-1, 1-1) beat Virginia (2-4, 0-2) in perhaps the final meeting between these border rivals.

Rowe’s 12-yard touchdown pass made it 27-26. Virginia moved to the Maryland 24-yard line in the closing seconds before Alec Vozenilek’s 42-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right with 10 seconds remaining.

Brandon Ross ran for 88 yards and two touchdowns for the Terrapins, who ended a three-game skid at home against the Cavaliers.



In Raleigh, N.C., Jerome Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley each ran for more than 100 yards and a touchdown to help Syracuse (3-3, 1-1) beat North Carolina State (3-3, 0-3).

Smith finished with 140 yards and ran for a 1-yard score in the first quarter for the Orange. Gulley ran for 132 yards and the 18-yard go-ahead score with 6:13 left, helping Syracuse win its first ACC road game.


In Durham, N.C., Anthony Boone threw three touchdown passes in his first game back from injury and Duke (4-2) beat mistake-prone Navy (3-2).

Boone, who missed three games with a broken collar bone, was 31 of 38 for a career-high 295 yards for Duke.

He had touchdowns covering 27 and 18 yards to Isaac Blakeney and 3 yards to Max McCaffrey.

Darius Staten had a 7-yard touchdown run for the Midshipmen.

They were denied their first 4-1 start since 2006 and haven’t beaten the Blue Devils since 2007.