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College Football Corner: Midterm madness

Virginia rolled another win while Navy and Virginia Tech battled in the College Football Corner this week.

October is about more than just getting ready for Halloween (my costume is still in the early concept phase). For college students, it’s often about taking midterms – and for those who have not yet bought books, the sudden realization that they may be in trouble.

On the football field, schools like No. 2 Iowa and No. 11 Kentucky learned that their undefeated start was perhaps as much about planning as performance (like my buddy who started acing classes as soon as he did not have an 8:30: 00 lectures).

Each of the area’s schools has been tested in the same way this month. Virginia’s grades have been surprisingly good, while others have shown that Maryland may not quite be the straight-A student we saw in September, and that Virginia Tech may have struggled to qualify for a bowl.

Meanwhile, Navy’s middlemen believe that midshipmen need extra help during their lunch period.

Navy (1-5, 1-3 AAC) dealt with the disappointment of a single-hold loss to SMU as well as a brief week when they visited Memphis Thursday night. Mids began the evening by allowing a 75-yard march on seven games as the Tigers reached the end zone on their first possession.

The Tigers also scored on their second, fourth, fifth and sixth runs as the Mids lost 35-17. In less than a week, the dish’s legitimacy went from an opportunity to a long and difficult road.

  • Midshipman Medals: Isaac Ruoss led the team with 75 yards rushing as the offense had its moments, from going 4-4 ​​on fourth down to grinding a 21-play touchdown drive (the longest possession since 2004). Diego Fagot led the defense with eight tackles and one interception.
  • Midshipmen Miscues: The defense allowed big plays at 49, 51, 69 and 74 yards, while giving 5.9 yards per. Carry and nine yards per. Game. The violation allowed four sacks. While the team only committed four penalties, two were crucial: a personal error that took them from Memphis 5 to 20 (they would settle for a field goal) and a team that put them in a hole on their next possession.
  • Next: Saturday at noon against No. 3 Cincinnati (6-0).

Virginia (5-2, 3-2 ACC): After consecutive last-minute wins, fans got a much-needed breather against Duke as Virginia dominated from the initial kickoff, scoring on all five possessions in the first half in a 48-0 route. Although they do not necessarily control their path to a Coastal Division title, they have a showdown in November with division leader Pitt threatening.

  • Cavalier Congratulations: Brennan Armstrong threw 364 yards and two touchdowns while running for a second score. This week’s top goal was the Dontayvion Wicks (seven catches for 125 yards and a TD). The running game averaged five yards a carry. Nick Jackson scored 11 tackles and one sack while the defense counted two interceptions and two fumble recoveries, turning the pair in the second quarter to 10 points and a 27-0 break lead.
  • Cavalry concerns: It is always a challenge to look for flaws in a 48-point victory, but the offense was held to 3-11 in third place. They also just scored a sack against a Blue Devils team that threw the ball 46 times. Five penalties prevent this from being a perfect day on that front.
  • Next: Saturday night against 3-3 Georgia Tech at. 19:30

Virginia Tech (3-3, 1-1 ACC) played Pitt for the Coastal Division lead, and unlike previous games this fall against Power Five conference schools, this one was decided long before the fourth quarter. The Hokies held the Panthers to three and outs on three of their first five possessions, but allowing a few touchdowns in the second quarter put the Tech in a 21-0 halftime hole en route to a 28-7 defeat. Worse, four of the team’s last six games will be away from Blacksburg.

  • Hokie Highlights: Nasir Peoples made 11 tackles to set off a defense that had its moments, while Tre Turner notched three catches at 73 yards (including a 47-yard touchdown) on a day when the offense had trouble. They also had only three penalties. And I can not say enough about how good the smoked turkey legs taste at Lane Stadium.
  • Hokie humiliations: The offense went 4-14 on the third down, and Braxton Burmeister completed 11-32 passes while being fired three times. The defense allowed 208 yards rushing (4.7 per carry) and failed to get a takeaway as the Panthers had the ball for over 38 minutes.
  • Next: Saturday at 12:30 mod 3-4 Syracuse.
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