ACC: Virginia, Virginia Tech get important wins

Virginia Tech knocks off Boston College 26-10

BOSTON (AP) – Michael Brewer threw a first-quarter touchdown pass and linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka returned a fumble 34 yards for a score early in the second, carrying Virginia Tech to a 26-10 win over Boston College Saturday.

Joey Slye kicked four field goals for the Hokies (4-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Travon McMillian carried 33 times for 105 yards.

Virginia Tech led 20-0 at halftime.

Boston College (3-6, 0-6) lost its fifth straight.

Brewer, making his second straight start since sustaining a broken left collarbone in the opener against top-ranked Ohio State, hit a wide-open Cam Phillips down the right sideline for 27 yards to make it 7-0.

The Hokies increased it to 10-0 on their next possession when Slye kicked a 47-yard field goal. It was Virginia Tech’s third trip into BC territory in as many possessions.

Motuapuaka stripped running back Jordan Gowins and ran it back, making it 17-0.

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Virginia outlasts Georgia Tech, 27-21

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Matt Johns threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Canaan Severin in the third quarter and Virginia limited Georgia Tech to two long scoring plays until the final minutes of the Cavaliers’ 27-21 victory Saturday.

Daniel Hamm and Albert Reid also ran for touchdowns for the Cavaliers (3-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who snapped a three-game losing streak against the Yellow Jackets. The victory kept Virginia in the running for the Coastal Division championship and its first bowl game in four years if it loses just once more this season.

Georgia Tech (3-6, 1-5) lost for the sixth time in seven games, with the only victory last weekend’s 22-16 triumph against No. 17 Florida State on a blocked punt return touchdown on the game’s final play. Coach Paul Johnson’s team will have to win its final three games to extend its streak of seasons ending in a bowl to 19.

The Yellow Jackets made it a nail-biter late, scoring on a 22-yard pass from Justin Thomas to Clinton Lynch with 1:41 remaining, then recovering an onside kick. But after driving to the Cavaliers’ 34, Thomas threw incomplete on fourth-and-4 with 1:11 left.

 

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