NCAA Football Week 9 Recap, Virginia Tech Defeats Pittsburgh 39-36, Thursday, October 27, 2016

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6-2, 2nd in ACC – Coastal October 27, 7:00 PM | Grass of Heinz Field 5-3, 3rd in ACC – Coastal

When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, October 27, 2016
Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Line: Virginia Tech Hokies -3.5. O/U: 59. Courtesy of bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh, Boxscore 
Final 1 2 3 4 T
VT 6 10 13 10 39
PITT 0 14 7 15 36
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108florida-panthersPittsburgh

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL – Thursday, October 27th, Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Pittsburgh Panthers.

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florida-panthersPittsburgh Panthers +3.5 -110 +160 57.5 -110
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Jerod Evans sliced and diced the Panthers defense for 406 yards as Virginia Tech handed Pittsburgh a 39-36 defeat on Thursday at Heinz Field.

Virginia Tech did not, however, defeat the Panthers against the spread, which closed at -3.5 at most sportsbooks. Totals bettors, meanwhile, saw the game go OVER the closing number of 54.0.

Jerod Evans completed 24 of 40 pass attempts for 406 yards for the Hokies in the win.

James Conner rushed for 141 yards for Pittsburgh, while Nathan Peterman added 33 yards. Nathan Peterman threw for 267 yards for the Panthers, while receivers Scott Orndoff and Dontez Ford had 96 and 59 yards respectively.

Virginia Tech outgained Pittsburgh 556-458 yards in the game, while the battle of first downs was won 29-17 by the Hokies.

The time of possession battle favored Virginia Tech as their offense was on the field for 33:17, longer than the 26:43 of their opponents.

Next game, Virginia Tech takes its act on the road to face Duke looking for another win. For Pittsburgh, they head on the road to face Miami-FL.

PITTSBURGH — Imagine a team’s quarterback throwing for a career-best 406 yards, and yet the star of the game is the kicker.

That’s what happened Thursday night when No. 25 Virginia Tech had trouble punching the ball into the end zone.

Junior Joey Slye tied an ACC and Virginia Tech record by kicking six field goals and set a Hokies record by accounting for 20 points, and Isaiah Ford provided the winning margin with a 16-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter as the Hokies downed Pittsburgh 39-36 at Heinz Field.

“The ball came off my foot really, really well,” said Slye, who called the often swirling wins at the stadium “crazy” but came away thrilled to get so many chances to kick at Heinz Field, which the Panthers share with the NFL Steelers.

“It’s an honor to me because I’ve been a Steelers fan my whole life,” he said. “So coming onto this field is one of my favorite things to do.”

Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans was 24 of 40 to reach that 406-yard mark with two scoring passes as the Hokies (6-2, 4-1) pulled even with North Carolina (6-2, 4-1) atop the ACC Coastal Division.

Evans said the Pitt defensive scheme helped.

“To me it’s great to be honest, to have one-on-one matchups, not having double coverage as a quarterback when you have three elite wide receivers, you can’t ask for more,” Evans said. “It’s a great feeling when you can do what you love doing and that’s throw the ball up and down the field against a pretty good defense. One-on-one coverage. You can’t ask for anything better than one-on-one coverage.”

Bucky Hodges had a career-high 145 yards receiving, Ford recorded 143 and Cam Phillips added 109 for Virginia Tech.

“We had guys in position to make plays. We didn’t make them,” Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi said. “There’s not a whole lot of different ways to do it.”

James Conner ran for 141 yards and three touchdowns for Pitt (5-3, 2-2), increasing his career total of 100-yard rushing games to 14. Quarterback Nate Peterman was 13 of 22 for 267 yards and a touchdown with an interception.

The Panthers won six of the teams’ previous seven meetings and were 4-0 at Heinz Field against the Hokies.

Virginia Tech led 16-14 at halftime, but Conner quickly gave Pitt its first lead 21-16 with his third touchdown run, a 1-yarder to cap a 75-yard opening drive in the third quarter. Conner’s 37-yard run to the Virginia Tech 5 was the longest gain of the drive.

The Hokies pulled to within 21-19 on Slye’s 26-yard field goal with seven minutes remaining in the third.

Evans left just before that field goal when he got hurt on a sack, but missed only one series while he got his right ankle taped.

Brenden Motley, Evans’ replacement, led Virginia Tech on a 50-yard field-goal drive, with Slye hitting his fifth to put the Hokies back on top 22-21 at 2:44 of the third.

Evans returned, leading the Hokies on a 68-yard drive that ended with Marshawn Williams’ 2-yard scoring run for a 29-21 lead.

“I started getting feeling back in my ankle so just kept it moving, kept the blood flowing,” Evans said. “(Coach Justin Fuente) makes the final call. I told him I was ready.”

Pitt tied it 29-29 on a trick play with lineman Brian O’Neill scoring on an end-around from 5 yards, and Conner’s run for a two-point conversion at 13:25 of the fourth.

Slye gave Virginia Tech the lead with a 22-yarder, making 32-29 at 9:39 of the fourth.

Ford’s touchdown pushed it to 39-29 at 7:20 of the fourth. That became important when Pitt moved 90 yards in 1:32 closed to within 39-36 on Peterman’s 7-yard touchdown pass to Jester Weah with 2:31 remaining.

The Hokies marched down field from their 10 on the opening drive, with Evans completing passes of 27 and 24 yards to Ford, but stalled at the 18. Slye hit a 31-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.

Pitt turned the ball over on the ensuing kickoff when returner Quadree Henderson fumbled. Virginia Tech got the ball at the Panthers 19 but again couldn’t punch it into to the end zone. Slye hit a 21-yard field goal for a 6-0 lead at 8:05 of the first.

“It was pretty tight coverage all night, tough sledding on the inside, no matter if you were in the red zone or in the open field,” Fuente said. “We just kept plugging away, trying to find a way to get in (the end zone).”

Pitt’s first stab at offense didn’t last long as Peterman was intercepted by Mook Reynolds on the third play. Its only other offensive series of the first quarter ended with a punt.

Slye’s third field goal, a 22-yarder at 13:08 of the second, pushed the Hokies’ lead to 9-0.

The Panthers’ offense finally came alive on an 84-yard drive keyed by Peterman’s 37-yard pass to Henderson and culminating with Conner’s 6-yard touchdown run untouched to make it 9-7 at 4:14 of the second.

The Hokies got something other than a field goal in a first half they dominated when Evans’ 11-yard touchdown pass to Chris Cunningham came at the end of a 76-yard drive to make it 16-7 with two minutes left in the second.

Pitt wasn’t done, however. Aided by a 71-yard completion from Peterman to Scott Orndoff and a defensive pass interference penalty, the Panthers put together an 81-yard drive in the final two minutes of the half. Conner scored from 1 yard this time, and Pitt closed to within 16-14.

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