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Virginia Sports Quick Hits: Dukes take New Hampshire, Spiders shutout Villanova, and more

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#6 Dukes win wild shootout over #25 New Hampshire

JMU quarterback Bryan Schor found the endzone five times Saturday, and the sixth ranked Dukes held on for 42-39 victory over the 25th ranked New Hampshire Wildcats. A fumble return by Charles Tutt with 10:00 left put JMU up 42-12, but New Hampshire would score 27 unanswered points over the final 7:01 to make things uncomfortable for the Dukes. With the win, JMU (6-1, 4-0 CAA) snapped the Wildcat’s 17 game regular season home winning streak and seized sole possession of first place in the CAA. This week’s edition of the FCS Coaches Poll has JMU up one spot to fifth in the nation. The Dukes have this week off before welcoming Rhode Island (1-6, 0-4 CAA) to Harrisonburg on October 29th.

#7 Spiders Shutout #11 Villanova

The Spider defense forced three turnovers and limited Villanova to 222 yards of total offense in their 23-0 shutout victory over the eleventh ranked Wildcats. Richmond wide receiver Brian Brown led the Spider offense with seven catches for 120 yards and one touchdown. With their fourth straight win, Richmond (6-1, 4-0 CAA) sits in a three way tie for third in the CAA and just one game behind conference leader JMU. This week, the Spiders travel to Elon (2-4, 1-2 CAA) to take on the Phoenix, who have lost two straight.

Tribe Rally Past Blue Hens

Quarterback Steve Cluley completed 24 passes for 204 yards and punched in the go ahead touchdown with 4:12 left as the William and Mary rallied past Delaware for a 24-17 win and their first conference win of the season. The Tribe (3-4, 1-3 CAA) defense intercepted Delaware quarterback Joe Walker twice, the second of which was returned for a touchdown that put the game out of reach. William and Mary has the week off before hosting Maine (3-3, 2-1 CAA).

Syracuse Stomps #17 Hokies Out of Top 25

Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey led his team in both passing and rushing as his 417 total yard performance ended Virginia Tech’s two week stay in the AP Top 25, and the Orange handed the Hokies a 31-17 loss. However, the Hokies (4-2, 2-1 ACC) still control their own destiny in the ACC Coastal division as they fall into a four way tie in the loss column with UNC (who they already own a head to head win over), Pitt and UVA. Unfortunately, the Hokies don’t have much time to regroup with a Thursday night showdown against Miami (4-2, 1-2 ACC) in Blacksburg on deck. Virginia Tech will have to ramp up the defensive pressure against a Hurricane offense averaging 36 points per game and over 420 yards of total offense.

Panther Rushing Attack Pounds Virginia

Pittsburgh used a 209 yard rushing performance along with a thirteen minute edge in time of possession to hand the Cavaliers a 45-31 loss in Charlottesville Saturday. UVA (2-4, 1-1 ACC) came out of the gate fast, scoring three first quarter touchdowns but were unable to keep up that pace or stop the Panthers in the second half. The Cavs now turn their attention to ACC Coastal co-leader and 22nd ranked UNC (5-2, 3-1 ACC), who got back on track with a win over Miami last week. Expect lots of fireworks in this one as both teams average over 400 yards of total offense per game while both defenses are surrendering north of 400 yards each week.

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