No. 10 Virginia Tech, No. 11 Houston triumph
Logan Thomas accounted for five touchdowns, David Wilson rushed for a career-best 175 yards and No. 10 Virginia Tech took a huge step toward the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, beating No. 20 Georgia Tech 37-26 in Atlanta on Thursday night.
Thomas threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores. Wilson had his seventh straight 100-yard game, already the longest streak of Frank Beamer’s quarter-century as coach.
The teams went back and forth through the second and third quarters, scoring on eight of nine possessions in one stretch. But Virginia Tech (9-1, 5-1 ACC) took advantage of a huge personal foul on Jeremiah Attaochu and a fourth-down gamble by Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson that didn’t pay off.
The Yellow Jackets (7-3, 4-3) were eliminated from the Coastal Division race.
Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington ran for three touchdowns, but the Hokies took the lead for good on Thomas’ 12-yard run in the final minute of the third quarter. The play was typical for the 6-foot-6, 254-pound sophomore, who lowered his head and bulled his way to the end zone. Georgia Tech simply couldn’t bring him down. Cody Journell sealed the victory, knocking through a 23-yard field goal with 3:02 remaining.
(11) Houston 73, Tulane 17: Charles Sims rushed for a career-high 207 yards, including touchdown runs of 72 and 52 yards, and the Cougars (10-0, 6-0 Conference USA) continued their best start in history with a victory over the Green Wave (2-9, 1-6) in New Orleans.
Case Keenum passed for 325 yards, including touchdowns of 66, 23 and 8 yards to Patrick Edwards, who also scored on a 70-yard punt return.
Houston, which came in averaging 52.7 points per game, was held without a point in the first quarter, snapping a streak of 19 straight quarters with a score.