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Big East: Hokies run to victory

©Associated Press
September 29, 2002

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Virginia Tech's best attributes, its tailbacks and defense, were again on display Saturday.

Lee Suggs and Kevin Jones each ran for a touchdown and Suggs added a touchdown receiving as the No. 5 Hokies overcame a slow start to beat Western Michigan.

Virginia Tech allowed 35 yards rushing and linebacker Alex Markogiannakis, a senior making his first start, returned a fumble for a touchdown.

The Broncos trailed 3-0 late in the second quarter when Virginia Tech broke the game open with two touchdowns in a 20-second span.

With 1:41 left in the half Bryan Randall tossed a shuffle pass to Suggs, who went down the left sideline for a touchdown.

On the first play after the kickoff, Nathaniel Adibi stripped the ball from Western Michigan quarterback Jon Drach as he was scrambling. Markogiannakis recovered and ran 33 yards for a 16-0 lead.

"We tried to take our shots down the field," said Drach, who passed for 210 yards. "Their defense did a great job all day."

Virginia Tech stayed in form to start the second half, with Suggs running up the middle for a 5-yard touchdown on its first series.

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WEST VA. 37, E. CAROLINA 17: Avon Cobourne already was one of the Big East's top rushers. Quincy Wilson's sudden rise has made the pair a feared combination.

Cobourne and Wilson set career highs of 260 and 198 yards rushing, respectively, for the host Mountaineers, who set a Big East record with 536 yards rushing.

Virginia Tech set the mark of 500 against Pittsburgh in 1993.

Cobourne had 100 yards in the first 10 minutes and tied his previous best of 210 yards in the first half.

With East Carolina crowding the line in the second half, Cobourne was used primarily as a decoy and Wilson gained 186 yards after halftime on nine carries.

CINCINNATI 35, TEMPLE 22: Gino Guidugli passed for 312 yards and three touchdowns, two in the fourth quarter, for the visiting Bearcats. Guidugli, who was 24-of-39, led the Bearcats on fourth-quarter drives of 99 and 47 yards.

On the penultimate drive, Guidugli completed passes of 40 and 15 yards to set up a 32-yard touchdown to Jon Olinger with 10:19 left. LaDaris Vann's 27-yard TD reception capped the following series. Vann had nine catches for 140 yards.

The Owls took a 22-21 lead with 1:31 left in the third when Mike McGann ran 3 yards to finish a seven-play, 76-yard drive. Cap Poklemba missed the extra-point kick.

BOSTON COLL. 43, CENT. MICH. 0: Brian St. Pierre threw two of his three touchdowns to Jamal Burke as the host Eagles built a 24-point halftime lead. It was Boston College's first shutout in 81 games, since a 17-0 win over Pittsburgh Oct. 7, 1995.

Boston College converted two fumbles into a 10-0 lead in the opening 7:10 and broke it open with two touchdowns late in the second quarter.

PITTSBURGH 37, TOLEDO 19: Rod Rutherford passed for three touchdowns and ran for another to lead the host Panthers.

Pittsburgh surged to a 21-6 halftime lead by scoring three touchdowns in the final 101/2 minutes of the second quarter.

Brian Jones threw for 306 yards for Toledo, which gained 435 yards but stalled or turned the ball over repeatedly in scoring position. Jones was intercepted once, and the Rockets lost two fumbles.

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