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Defensive battle in Blacksburg sees Hokies leading Pitt

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It’s a battle of defenses in Blacksburg, Virginia, where Virginia Tech leads ACC newcomer Pittsburgh by a score of 10-3 at the half. Neither side is getting much out of their offense, and if that is going to be the case then the Hokies should be in good shape.

In the first half Pittsburgh’s offense has just been overmatched by a superior Virginia Tech defense. The Hokies may have the best defense in the ACC, which will be key as the season rolls along. Pittsburgh’s offense has been limited to just 62 yards of offense at the half, including just 13 yards on the ground. But Pittsburgh is holding their own on defense as well, keeping this game within reach for their offense heading in to the second half. Virginia Tech has been held to 146 yards of offense and Pittsburgh has been limited to 113 yards at the half.

The Hokies lack anything spectacular on offense but Logan Thomas has completed 10 of 15 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown came early in the first quarter, with a 27-yard connection with Kalvin Cline five minutes in to the game. Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage has not had a big day, but a 48-yard pass to Devin Street set the Panthers up for a late score. Unfortunately for the Panthers, the Hokies defense held firm and held them to a field goal attempt, which was converted by Chris Blewitt.

Report: Duke Williams injured Auburn teammate with punch in ‘bar rampage’

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 29:  D'haquille Williams #1 of the Auburn Tigers misses a touchdown catch in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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D’haquille Williams may have some additional explaining to do to NFL personnel if another report is accurate.

Monday night, Auburn announced that the star wide receiver had been dismissed from Gus Malzahn‘s football program.  A day later, reports surfaced that Williams’ dismissal came after he went on a weekend “bar rampage” following one of his friends getting the heave-ho from a local drinking establishment over a dress-code issue. It was alleged that Williams had punched a pair of security guards, a bartender’s assistant and an unnamed patron of the bar.

The unnamed, however, now has a name.

According to the ABC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., and a citing a source close to the AU program, Tigers center Xavier Dampeer‘s jaw was on the receiving end of one of Williams’ alleged punches. The website wrote that “Dampeer has been treated and released from East Alabama Medical Center, according to a worker at the hospital.”

Malzahn was asked Tuesday if any other Tiger players were involved in the incident. “I’m not going to get into any details,” the coach said according to al.com.

No charges have been filed in connection to the incident.

“We cannot file charges until the injured person(s) comes forward,” Auburn police chief Paul Register told the television station. “Unless an officer personally sees a fight, no arrests can be made.”

Illini’s leading rusher, Josh Ferguson, officially ruled out vs. Iowa

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If Illinois is going to improve upon its solid 4-1 start to the 2015 season, it’ll have to do so without a significant cog in its offensive machinery.

On the official injury report release Thursday night, the Illini confirmed that Josh Ferguson has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against No. 22 Iowa.  The decision is not exactly a surprise as Ferguson has been doubtful in the run-up to the road game against the Hawkeyes.

Ferguson sustained an injury to his right shoulder in the first quarter of last Saturday’s last-second win over Nebraska, and has been unable to practice at all this week.

Ferguson’s 381 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 5.4 yards per carry are all tops on the team.  He’s added 12 receptions for 28 yards and another touchdown coming out of the backfield.

With Ferguson sidelined, the bulk of the running-game load is expected to shift to Ke’Shawn Vaughn.  Through five games, Vaughn is second on the Illini with 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns.