Hokies upset No. 23 MarylandDarren Evans ran for a school-record 253 yards and a touchdown and Virginia Tech continued its Thursday night mastery, beating No. 23 Maryland 23-13 to stay in the thick of a wide-open Atlantic Coast Conference.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Darren Evans ran for a school-record 253 yards and a touchdown and Virginia Tech continued its Thursday night mastery, beating No. 23 Maryland 23-13 to stay in the thick of a wide-open Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Hokies (6-3, 3-2) improved to 15-3 on Thursday night and ended a two-game losing streak while remaining one of five teams in the ACC’s Coastal Division with two conference losses. The Hokies, Virginia and North Carolina are a half-game behind Georgia Tech.
Maryland (6-3, 3-2) came into the game as the only ACC team with one league loss, but dropped into a tie for the Atlantic Division lead with Florida State and Wake Forest.
Evans, who ripped off runs of 50 and 45 yards, had 32 carries and broke the record of 243 yards set by Mike Imoh in 2004.
His effort was a much-needed breakout for an offense that has struggled all season. It was especially helpful to Sean Glennon, who started at quarterback in place of Tyrod Taylor, who has a left ankle sprain.
Glennon was 14-of-20 for 120 yards and a touchdown, and Dustin Keys kicked three field goals for the Hokies, the last a 27-yarder with 7:30 left to make it a two-score game.
Until then, the Terrapins were rallying, relying on a defense that had allowed just 17 second-half points in four ACC games to give them time to erase a 17-point deficit.
And their comeback came after an auspicious start to the second half.
On their first play from scrimmage, Orion Martin sacked Chris Turner, causing a fumble that Cordarrow Thompson recovered for the Hokies at the Maryland 18. When three plays netted just five yards, Keys kicked a 30-yard field goal to make it 20-3 after just 2:16.
No. 10 Utah 13, No. 11 TCU 10
SALT LAKE CITY — Brian Johnson threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Brown with 47 seconds left to cap an 80-yard drive that kept No. 10 Utah’s BCS hopes alive with a 13-10 victory over No. 11 TCU on Thursday night.
The Utes, who improved to 10-0 for the second time in school history, were swarmed at midfield by the fans who made Rice-Eccles Stadium shake when Johnson rallied Utah to its first touchdown and saved the Utes’ postseason hopes.
Johnson threw for 230 yards for the Utes (10-0, 6-0 Mountain West), who recovered on defense after allowing TCU to gain 202 yards in the first quarter.