NCAA Football

                === Hokies pound Pitt for sixth straight win ===
 Blacksburg, VA ( - 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
 since 2009.
 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
 third-down conversions.
 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.
                                   Game Notes
 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 20:27:04 ET

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