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|Saturday, 06 December 2008 13:45|
The Hokies (9-4), who have won three titles since leaving the Big East for the ACC in 2004, also beat Eagles (9-4) for last year's crown and earned their second consecutive trip to the Orange Bowl.
Easily playing its most complete game of the season, Tech was dominant on offense and defense in avenging a 28-23 regular-season loss to BC, which won that meeting despite five turnovers.
Special teams contributed, too, with Dustin Keys kicking a 50-yard field goal - longest in the title game's four-year history.
Evans became the sixth player in league history to rush for over 1,000 yards as a freshman, but also fumbled twice. His 10-yard TD burst, set up by Stephan Virgil's interception and 36-yard return, put the Hokies up 24-7 late in the third quarter.
ts were distributed for the game, played in Tampa for the first time after a three-year run in Jacksonville, Fla.
Dwindling attendance has been a concern ever since the inaugural title game between Virginia Tech and Florida State drew an announced 72,749 in 2005. The figures slipped to 62,850 for Georgia Tech and Wake Forest in 2006 and 53,212 for BC and Tech a year ago.
No. 23 Pittsburgh 34, Connecticut 10
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Bill Stull threw for two touchdowns and LeSean McCoy ran for another to help Pittsburgh beat Connecticut, giving the Panthers their first nine-win regular season since 1982 and a bid to the Sun Bowl.
Pittsburgh (9-3, 5-2 Big East) scored 24 points in the third quarter to blow open a close game in front bowl officials, who said they would offer the Panthers a bid to play in the New Year's Eve game.
Connecticut (7-5, 3-4) could be headed to the Motor City Bowl.
UConn's Donald Brown ran for 189 yards on 34 carries, assuring he will end the regular season as the nation's leading rusher. His 57-yard run with 4:29 left in the third quarter brought the Huskies to 13-10.
Navy 34, Army 0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - With President George W. Bush in attendance, Shun White ran for 148 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead bowl-bound Navy over Army for its seventh straight win in the storied rivalry between service academies.
age helmets, pants and uniform numbers, and the backs of their jerseys had the words ``Duty. Honor. Country.''
The Black Knights' makeover was sharper than their play. Navy (8-4) got a 65-yard TD run from White on the third play of the game and improved to 53-49-7 overall against Army for its biggest lead in a series that began in 1890.
Navy has won 13 straight times against Air Force and Army since 2002, outscoring the programs 441-205 during the streak. The Commander-in-Chief's Trophy remains docked with Navy.