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Here's a recap of the week's local action. This is the first time since the Midshipmen have not allowed a touchdown in a game. Navy now has a three-game winning streak for the first time since and sit one win away from becoming bowl eligible.
The bad The one thing that did not seem to go well for Navy on Saturday was the pass offense. That was something Ken Niumatalolo wanted to add to the offense this year. Quarterback Malcolm Perry attempted only three passes, one was incomplete and the other two were completed The Bulls even put 11 players in the box and still Navy continued to march up and down the field for a season-high rushing yards.
Quarterback Hendon Hooker who took over as the starter before the game against Miami was credited with the turnaround, but he suffered an injury late in the first half Saturday. Ryan Willis took over initially and completed all three of his pass attempts including one touchdown. Justin Fuente, however, wisely elected to replace Willis with third-string quarterback Quincy Patterson for the second half.
The offense seemingly comes alive with a dual-threat quarterback under center which Willis is not. WIth him in, this offense has a ceiling that likely could not have kept up with North Carolina. The move paid off as Patterson threw for 54 yards, rushed for another and scored two total touchdowns plus the game-clinching two-point conversion in overtime.
The win incredibly puts Virginia Tech right back in the thick of the ACC Coastal Division race and puts them two wins away from bowl eligibility with five games remaining.
The bad Once again, the Hokies defense was torched giving up yards, 41 points and forcing no turnovers.
Both teams managed 10 points in the first two overtimes, then Hokies kicker Brian Johnson missed a yard field goal in triple overtime giving North Carolina the chance to win. Noah Ruggles, however, missed a yard field goal forcing a fourth overtime. With a chance to redeem himself, Johnson lined up for the yard field goal and the win Virginia Tech was stopped in fifth overtime, North Carolina failed in their next two attempts and Patterson finally ended the game in the sixth OT, running the ball in from three yards for the win.
He decided to stick with Indiana and was ready when called upon Saturday, completing 20 out of 27 passes for yards and a touchdown.
This marks the second straight week the Terps were beaten by a team playing its backup quarterback. For the game, Maryland gave up total yards including through the air.
The ugly Despite their troubles on defense, the Terps still had an opportunity to win this game. With less than four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and the score , Maryland got the ball back deep in their own territory. In just one play, however, Leake had the ball stripped and it was recovered by Indiana.
The Hoosiers tacked on a field goal, but Maryland got the ball back again with a chance to win, this time down by six. Only one of those touchdowns was against starters as the second came in the fourth quarter when the backups for both teams came into the game. The Blue Devils had just total yards in those first three quarters.
The win puts the Cavaliers in first place in the Coastal Division at Pitt, who Virginia beat to open the season, sits in second at That cost UVA in its previous two losses and will cost them again this season if Virginia can't find its quarterback some help. The ugly The Cavaliers forced a whopping five turnovers from the Blue Devils on the day and turned those turnovers into 20 points.
The ugly What is home-field advantage worth? A heck of a lot. The Whiteout flustered Michigan early on as the Wolverines had to call timeout before their very first snap on offense. The next drive ended when a false start on a third-and-long prevented any chance of Michigan getting the first down.