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Big East: Running game, early TDs push Hokies past Knights

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October 20, 2002

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer is running out of ways to describe tailbacks Lee Suggs and Kevin Jones, who have not given the Hokies a reason to pass.

"It's a special time," he said. "We're one of a kind to have two tailbacks like that on the same team."

Suggs ran for 197 yards and two touchdowns, his 20th consecutive game with a score, as Tech beat Rutgers 35-14 on Saturday.

Jones added 132 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown run in which he reversed direction from the left sideline and charged into the end zone.

The Hokies scored three touchdowns in the first quarter, starting with Suggs' 3-yard run. Bryan Randall, 11-for-15 for 131 yards, then hit Ernest Wilford for a 16-yard score.

Suggs zigzagged 42 yards between defenders into the end zone to make it 21-0.

But Tech had trouble putting Rutgers away. The Hokies turned the ball over three times and were penalized seven times for 61 yards.

"Maybe this game was good for us," Beamer said. "We had three turnovers inside of our own 50, and you don't do that."

The Scarlet Knights recovered a fumbled pitch by Suggs during the third that led to a 31-yard touchdown catch by Markis Facyson to make it 28-14.

The fumble was only Suggs' second and first in 401 carries. He hadn't fumbled since his freshman season in 1999.

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BC 46, NAVY 21: Derrick Knight ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns, and Brian St. Pierre threw three touchdowns for the host Eagles, who handed the Midshipmen their sixth consecutive loss.

BC led 46-7 early in the fourth before Aaron Polanco ran for two of his three touchdowns.

The Midshipmen turned the ball over on downs on their first possession, and the Eagles moved 73 yards, capped by Knight's 22-yard touchdown run. Navy again failed on fourth down later in the first quarter, leading to another 73-yard march and St. Pierre's 14-yard touchdown to Grant Adams.

Lamar Owens fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and Greg Toal recovered for the Eagles at the Navy 14. BC needed just three runs by Knight (for 8, 4 and 2 yards) to make it 22-0 early in the second quarter.

W.VA 34, SYRACUSE 7: Avon Cobourne rushed for 102 yards, and quarterback Rasheed Marshall ran for two touchdowns and passed for a third for the host Mountaineers.

In a light rain, Syracuse lost four first-half turnovers in its territory, resulting in 13 points. Jahmile Addae's interception led to a field goal, and his fumble recovery resulted in Marshall's second touchdown run, a 14-yarder, for a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter.

The Mountaineers took a 27-0 lead on Marshall's 20-yard touchdown to Miquelle Henderson on their first drive of the third quarter.

TEMPLE 38, UCONN 24: Tanardo Sharps rushed for a career-high 223 yards, including a late touchdown, as the visiting Owls held off a rally.

The Huskies came back from a 30-10 third-quarter deficit, making it 30-17 when Dan Orlovsky hit Tommy Collins for an 11-yard touchdown. Terry Caulley's 5-yard touchdown run got UConn to 30-24 with 9:06 left.

But Sharps gave Temple a cushion with 2:48 left on a 26-yard run.

Temple's Dan Klecko, who set a school record with four sacks, got to Orlovsky on UConn's next drive, and Yazid Jackson picked off Orlovsky in the end zone three plays later to seal it.

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