NCAA Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech|
(Saturday, October 12th)
Final Score: (24) Virginia Tech 19, Pittsburgh 9
Blacksburg, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Logan Thomas threw a touchdown pass, Cody
Journell kicked four field goals and the 24th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies
posted a 19-9 victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers.
Thomas had 239 yards on 19-of-34 passing for the Hokies (6-1, 3-0 ACC), who
have won six straight since opening the season with a loss to No. 1 Alabama.
Virginia Tech snapped a four-game losing streak in this series between former
Big East-now-turned-ACC foes.
"I really like this football team," Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer
said. "We don't always play great, but we play hard. That's all you can ask."
Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage was continuously hounded by the Hokies
defense, which accumulated eight sacks.
"It's clearly something we've got to clean up," Panthers coach Paul Chryst
said of the pass protection. "I think they did a great job, but I think on our
part we have to execute better."
Savage completed 13-of-28 passes for 187 yards, with Devin Street accounting
for 104 yards on five receptions.
The Panthers (3-2, 2-2) were seeking their first four-game winning streak
The Hokies got off to a quick start on offense, producing 10 points on their
first two drives of the game.
Thomas hit freshman tight end Kalvin Cline on a corner route for a 27-yard
touchdown and Journell drilled a career-long 48-yard field goal.
Conversely, the Pittsburgh offensive unit struggled to find a rhythm and went
the entire first quarter without registering a first down.
The Panthers finally got a big play from Savage, who converted a 3rd-and-10
from the Pitt 32 by throwing a 48-yard pass to a streaking Street down the
right sideline late in the opening half. The long completion set up Chris
Blewitt's 47-yard field goal with 14 seconds remaining.
Following the break, the Panthers defense had a difficult time getting off the
field as the Hokies converted a handful of third downs.
Virginia Tech twice faced 3rd-and-long on the opening possession of the third
quarter, and Thomas hooked up with Demitri Knowles for gains of 40 and 18
yards to move the chains.
The Pitt defense prevented the Hokies from reaching the end zone, but Journell
did kick a 37-yard field goal to restore Virginia Tech's 10-point advantage.
Journell made good from 42 yards on the next Hokies drive after two more
The redshirt senior missed a field goal to begin the fourth quarter, but hit a
23-yarder with 3:27 to play.
Savage kept Pitt's hopes of a comeback alive with a 9-yard touchdown run, but,
perhaps fittingly, he was swarmed on the 2-point conversion and fumbled.
The Hokies are now 8-5 all-time against Pitt ... Thomas led the Virginia Tech
rushing attack with 27 yards on 16 carries ... Knowles caught five passes for
79 yards ... Street is one reception shy of tying Latef Grim's school record
of 178 ...The game didn't feature a single turnover.
10/12 20:26:42 ET