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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 29, 2000


Vick hurt in Tech win over Pitt

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Pittsburgh knocked Michael Vick out of the game, but Lee Suggs and Dave Meyer wouldn't let the Panthers knock Virginia Tech out of the national title picture.

Meyer replaced the injured Vick just before halftime and directed the Hokies on a 13-play, 74-yard drive to set up Carter Warley's 27-yard field goal with 16 seconds left as the Hokies escaped with a 37-34 victory Saturday.

"That drive. Dave Meyer coming in like he did. If there's a hero tonight, it's Dave Meyer," said Warley, who missed from 46 yards before coming back to make his first game-winning field goal.

Suggs rushed for 164 yards, but Meyer did most of the work on the winning drive, completing three straight passes for first downs to get the Hokies in Warley's range.

"I was confident," the fifth-year senior said. "I've run this offense here for five years. I was ready to roll. I can't say enough about the way everyone hung together, kept their composure and kept doing the things that have made us successful. It was a good testament to this team."

And it all came in the most unlikely of circumstances, with their leader and Heisman Trophy contender standing on the sidelines, his sprained right ankle in a brace and crutches under both arms.

Vick's status is day-to-day pending an exam when the swelling goes down today. He is questionable for Saturday's game at Miami.

Virginia Tech trailed 34-27 and faced third and 7 at the Panthers 32 when Emmett Johnson made a sliding catch of Meyer's wobbly pass at the 3. Suggs ran it in on the next play to tie it with 12:16 left. It was his third scoring run of the game and school-record 17th of the season.

Meyer was 7-for-13 for 114 yards, the last three completions going for 12, 11 and 11 yards on the drive to Warley's third field goal. It also wiped out a huge performance by Panthers quarterback John Turman, who was 17-for-26 for 311 yards, for four touchdowns, three to Antonio Bryant.

BOSTON COLLEGE 42, RUTGERS 13: William Green weaved through a strong wind and a weak defense, rushing for 223 yards and two scores for host Boston College.

On a day when passes floated in gusts of 35 mph, the Eagles concentrated on their ground game and got 94 yards rushing and three touchdowns, two receiving, from Cedric Washington.

Boston College had one glaring lapse, allowing 10 points in the last 40 seconds of the second quarter as Rutgers closed to 21-13 at halftime. But the Eagles regained control quickly by scoring on their first two series of the second half.

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