|Thursday's Top 25 Capsules|
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|Thursday, 06 November 2008 19:13|
By The Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -Brian Johnson threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Brown with 48 seconds left to cap an 80-yard drive that kept No. 10 Utah's BCS hopes alive with a 13-10 victory over No. 11 TCU on Thursday night.
The Utes improved to 10-0 for the second time in school history.
Johnson threw for 230 yards for the Utes (10-0, 6-0 Mountain West), who recovered on defense after allowing TCU to gain 202 yards in the first quarter.
The Horned Frogs (9-2, 6-1) missed two field goal attempts in the fourth quarter either of which would have put TCU up by seven.
Ross Evans bounced one kick off the left upright, then with 2:48 left he was wide right on a 35-yard attempt. Utah got the ball back on the 20 and Johnson led the Utes' comeback.
TCU nearly had the drive stopped, but on fourth-and-5 Johnson completed an 11-yard pass to Brown to the Frogs' 15. Two plays later, Johnson found Brown on a slant for the winning score.
Aaron Brown ran for 106 yards on 15 carries and Andy Dalton passed for 251 yards, for TCU, which was called for 11 penalties and allowed two sacks on third downs that took the Frogs out of field goal range twice.
Virginia Tech 23, No. 23 Maryland 13
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Darren Evans ran for a school-record 253 yards and a touchdown and Virginia Tech continued its Thursday night mastery to stay in the thick of a wide-open Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Hokies (6-3, 3-2) improved to 15-3 on Thursday night and ended a two-game losing streak while remaining one of five teams in the ACC's Coastal Division with two conference losses. The Hokies, Virginia and Miami are a half-game behind Georgia Tech.
Maryland (6-3, 3-2) came into the game as the only ACC team with one league loss, but dropped into a tie for the Atlantic Division lead with Florida State and Wake Forest.
Evans, who ripped off runs of 50 and 45 yards, had 32 carries and broke the record of 243 yards set by Mike Imoh in 2004.
Sean Glennon, who started at quarterback in place of Tyrod Taylor who has a left ankle sprain, was 14-of-20 for 127 yards and a touchdown, and Dustin Keys kicked three field goals for the Hokies, the last a 27-yarder with 7:30 left to make it a two-score game.