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Big East: QB's elusiveness gives Virginia a late victory

By Associated Press
Published September 18, 2005

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Every time the Syracuse defense seemed to have Marques Hagans cornered, he slithered away, carrying No. 25 Virginia to the win.

Hagans ran for 110 yards, including a 26-yarder on third-and-6 to help set up Connor Hughes' winning field goal, and the Cavaliers beat the Orange 27-24 on Saturday.

"He was pretty spectacular," said Virginia coach Al Groh, who elected to run down the clock, gambling on a fourth-and-1 at the Syracuse 9 with little more than a minute remaining. "All the teams that accomplish anything during a season have a quarterback that picks his team up and carries it, and he surely did that."

Hughes connected on a 26-yarder as time expired after fullback Jason Snelling's crucial 4-yard run on fourth down.

"Are you familiar with the movie Risky Business? What the heck!" Groh said of his gamble.

Hagans didn't let three first-half interceptions ruin his day. He converted three critical third downs on a third-quarter drive that ended with a 26-yard field goal by Hughes. For the game Virginia was 10-for-17 on third down conversions.

Hagans was at his best on the winning drive, deflating the raucous Carrier Dome crowd by ducking under the rush, faking left and sprinting down the right side for the 26-yard gain. He was 16-for-26 for 145 yards passing to lead the Cavaliers to a second straight win over the Orange.

Syracuse tailback Damien Rhodes had 109 all-purpose yards but didn't score a week after having four touchdowns against Buffalo.

Syracuse has forced 10 turnovers this season but has yet to convert them into a single point.

No. 11 Louisville 63, Oregon St. 27

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Brian Brohm threw for 368 yards and five touchdowns as the Cardinals topped 50 points for the ninth time under third-year coach Bobby Petrino.

Mario Urrutia caught seven passes for 175 yards with two touchdowns for Louisville, which tied an Oregon State record for points by an opponent.

Louisville linebacker Brandon Johnson blocked a punt and returned an interception for a score, and defensive end Elvis Dumervil set an NCAA record with his ninth sack in consecutive games.

CINCINNATI 7, W. CAROLINA 3: Bradley Glatthaar broke a scoreless tie on a 7-yard run with 1:54 left in the first half, and the host Bearcats' defense made it hold up against the Division I-AA Catamounts. Dominic Ross intercepted Western Carolina quarterback Justin Clark twice to stop late drives. Stephen Brown kicked a 23-yard field goal with 1:33 left in the third quarter for the Catamounts.

RUTGERS 17, BUFFALO 3: Ryan Hart threw a pair of touchdown passes and Brian Leonard rushed for 121 yards for the visiting Scarlet Knights. Hart completed 13 of 27 for 143 yards and connected on scoring passes to Sam Johnson and Shawn Tucker. Leonard topped the 100-yard mark for the second time.

[Last modified September 18, 2005, 02:15:36]


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