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Pittsburgh wide receiver DJ Turner (7) comes up short of the end zone as he is tackled by Virginia Tech defensive back Divine Deablo (17) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pickett leads shorthanded Pitt by Virginia Tech 47-14

Nov. 21, 2020 8:53 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — His team reeling from a bout with COVID-19 that threatened to derail the rest of the season, Pittsburgh senior quarterback Kenny Pickett stood up in front of his teammates as the Panthers prepared to face Virginia Tech and provided a very blunt reminder about the bond they shared....

FILE - Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi wears a face shield as he watches his team play against Notre Dame during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Pittsburgh. Narduzzi says Georgia Tech quarterback Jeff Sims' growth in making decisions is impressive for a freshman. Pitt's fierce pass rush will be a new test for Sims' ability to remain poised in the pocket on Saturday night. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Pitt, Virginia Tech hoping to emerge from ACC's messy middle

Nov. 19, 2020 1:55 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — It's supposed to be Senior Day for Pittsburgh wide receive DJ Turner and the nearly two dozen other Panthers scheduled to play at Heinz Field for the last time on Saturday when Pitt hosts Virginia Tech. Technically, it still is. Maybe. It all depends. Because, well, everything during 2020...

Miami quarterback D'Eriq King passes during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Blacksburg, Va. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP, Pool)

No. 9 Miami rallies behind King, D to beat Va. Tech 25-24

Nov. 14, 2020 5:32 PM EST

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — After coming precariously close to not being able to play Virginia Tech because of COVID-19 issues, No. 9 Miami came away with one of its gutsiest victories of the season. D’Eriq King threw for 255 yards and a touchdown and ran for a score, rallying the Hurricanes to a 25-24...

Miami quarterback D'Eriq King (1) runs past North Carolina State linebacker Isaiah Moore, obscured at left, during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, in Raleigh, N.C. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP, Pool)

Hokies' tall task: Bounce back from loss vs No. 9 Hurricanes

Nov. 12, 2020 2:09 PM EST

A last-second loss to No. 22 Liberty has drawn a lot of negative attention to Virginia Tech, but coach Justin Fuente said it simply magnified where the Hokies are as a program. “We haven’t played a lot different in the last three weeks, in my opinion. We’ve been uneven,” Fuente said...

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh reacts towards a game official after a call during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Indiana, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana won 38-21. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Could Harbaugh spin coaching carousel?

Nov. 8, 2020 9:31 AM EST

Conventional wisdom heading into this college football season has been that there is unlikely to be much coaching turnover. Between pandemic-related revenue losses and the complications of trying to evaluate performance under such unusual circumstances, the coaching carousel figured to be quiet. Then Michigan...

Liberty's CJ Yarbrough catches a touchdown pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Virginia Tech, Saturday, Nov. 7 2020, in Blacksburg, Va. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP, Pool)

Barbir's FG gives No. 25 Liberty 38-35 win over Hokies

Nov. 7, 2020 6:37 PM EST

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — For those doubting Liberty's initial foray into the Associated Press national rankings, the Flames took a rather large step Saturday toward validating themselves. Alex Barbir hit a career-long, 51-yard field goal with one second remaining to lift No. 25 Liberty to a 38-35 victory...

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2019, file photo, Liberty head football coach Hugh Freeze arrives to coach from a wheelchair in the coaches' box against Syracuse in an NCAA college football game in Lynchburg, Va. Freeze knows that part of his story as Liberty’s football coach is about his own redemption, and he’s fine with that. And in a season when school's administration is embroiled in very public legal battles, he hopes the No. 25 Flames offer some respite. (AP Photo/Matt Bell, File)

No. 25 Flames facing uphill climb in visit to Virginia Tech

Nov. 5, 2020 3:56 PM EST

The oddsmakers don't give No. 25 Liberty much chance in their first game as a member of the Top 25, and coach Hugh Freeze knows Virginia Tech has a distinct advantage. “They’re bigger, faster, stronger and deeper,” Freeze said this week. "You know, ... when you see it in those terms as a...

Virginia Tech builds lead then holds on to down Louisville

Oct. 31, 2020 9:09 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Hendon Hooker was perfect from the air and ran for three scores to lead Virginia Tech to a 42-35 victory over Louisville Saturday. After throwing three interceptions in a 23-16 loss to Wake Forest last week, the junior quarterback rebounded by going 10-of-10 for 183 yards passing....

Wake Forest defensive back Nick Andersen (45) is congratulated by teammates after intercepting a pass in the end zone on the last play of the first half of an NCAA college football game against Virginia Tech, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Andrew Dye/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)

Wake Forest beats No. 19 Virginia Tech 23-16

Oct. 24, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Walk-on freshman safety Nick Andersen had three interceptions, Christian Beal-Smith ran for 129 yards and Nick Sciba kicked three field goals to help Wake Forest beat No. 19 Virginia Tech 23-16 on Saturday. Andersen stopped two deep Hokies drives. His third interception ended...

Virginia Tech quarterback Hendon Hooker, top, celebrates a touchdown with Christian Darrisaw in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Boston College in Blacksburg, Va., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP, Pool)

No. 19 Virginia Tech presents big challenge for Wake Forest

Oct. 22, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

Justin Fuente makes it clear No. 19 Virginia Tech has many areas in which it needs to improve. The good news for the Hokies (3-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) is that reinforcements are likely on the way, though Fuente said he has learned not to take anything for granted. The Hokies, without an average of 18...