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Virginia Sports Quick Hits: Hokies over Canes, Tar Heels shut down Cavs, Richmond bests Elon, and more

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Hokies Cruise Past Canes

The Virginia Tech offense racked up 523 total yards and Quarterback Jerod Evans found the endzone three times as the Hokies took down Miami 37-16 last Thursday. The win keeps Virginia Tech (5-2, 3-1 ACC) in control of their own destiny in the Coastal Division race and vaulted the Hokies back into this week’s AP Poll at number 25 in the nation. Next up for the Hokies is another Thursday night divisional showdown with the Pittsburgh Panthers (5-2, 2-1 ACC) who have owned Virginia Tech in recent years, winning three of the last four meetings including both trips to Heinz Field during that span.

Tar Heels Shut Down Cavs

UVA’s offense mustered a pedestrian 253 yards Saturday in their 35-14 loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels. A second quarter trick play touchdown was the lone bright spot for the Cavs until running back Taquan Mizzell found the endzone with nine minutes left. With their second straight conference loss, Virginia (2-5, 1-2 ACC) is all but out of the Coastal race and would need to get through their final five games with no more than one more loss to become bowl eligible. National title contender and fifth ranked Louisville (6-1, 4-1 ACC) visits Charlottesville this Saturday.

#7 Richmond Runs Past Elon

Spider Running Back Deontez Thompson rushed for a season high 116 yards, found the endzone twice and Richmond took care of Elon 35-7 Saturday. The win was good enough to bump the Spiders (7-1, 4-1 CAA) up one spot in this week’s FCS Coaches Poll from seventh to sixth. Richmond has this weekend off before their big showdown with JMU in two weeks.

#5 Dukes, Tribe Return To Action After Bye Week

James Madison remained fifth in this week’s FCS Coaches Poll as the Dukes (6-1, 4-0 CAA) prepare to host conference bottom feeder Rhode Island (1-7, 0-5 CAA) this coming Saturday. Meanwhile William and Mary (3-4, 1-3) will look to build on its win over Delaware two weeks ago when the Tribe host Maine (4-3, 3-1 CAA) this Saturday.

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