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Keenan Reynolds ties career TD mark as Navy leads Pitt in Military Bowl

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Needing three touchdowns to reclaim the Division 1 record for most career touchdowns, Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds has scored two in the first half against Pittsburgh in the Military Bowl on Monday afternoon. Reynolds has also thrown one touchdown as Navy has established a 21-7 lead on the Panthers.

Pitt opened the game with a bang when Quandree Henderson returned the game’s opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and an early 7-0 lead for the Panthers from the ACC. Pitt’s offense has been unable to do much else in the first half against Navy. Kicker Chris Blewitt missed on a 29-yard field goal attempt as Pitt’s best offensive series ended with no points to show for it.

After Pittsburgh scored on the game’s opening kickoff, Navy drove 75 yards over 10 plays as Reynolds punched one in from the one-yard line. Navy’s defense then forced a punt after just five plays from Pittsburgh, and Navy’s offense went back to work with a 14-play, 86-yard drive once again capped by a Reynolds scoring run, this time from five yards. Navy’s third touchdown drive also covered 84 yards. Navy intercepted two passes from Pittsburgh quarterback Nathan Peterman in the first half, including one int he end zone in the final minute.

Navy has out-gained Pittsburgh 284-144, with 181 rushing yards to Pitt’s 72.

Notre Dame WR Will Fuller ties record, RB Prosise leaves with injury as Irish lead Pitt

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After picking up a win on the east side of Pennsylvania last week, Notre Dame is looking to score a win on the western side of the commonwealth this afternoon. Things are looking good so far for the Irish, who lead Pitt 21-3 at the half.

Notre Dame struck early with a DeShone Kizer touchdown pass to Will Fuller on a 47-yard scoring play on the opening drive of the game. Kizer tossed his second touchdown of the day in the second quarter, this time to Torii Hunter Jr. inside the red zone for a 14-3 lead. Pitt’s lone score of the first half came on a Chris Blewitt field goal from 22 yards.

Pittsburgh had what looked to be a promising drive developing later in the second quarter, but a pass from Nathan Peterman was picked off at the Notre Dame 20-yard line by Mathias Farley.  Pittsburgh’s defense came up to force a three-and-out, but the Irish would score once more before halftime. Kizer completed another touchdown pass to Fuller from 46 yards out to lift the Irish to a big 21-3 lead late in the second quarter. Fuller is now tied for the school record of 27 career touchdowns, a record currently shared with Jeff Samardzija.

Notre Dame running back C.J. Prosise did have to leave the game to receive medical treatment. Early reports suggest Prosise suffered a concussion in addition to a shoulder injury.

ACC Coastal slightly less complicated with Duke’s double OT win at Pitt

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Whatever you do next year when Duke and Pittsburgh together, you might want to take the over. For the second striaght season, Duke and Pittsburgh traded blows on the scoreboard with high frequency. Pittsburgh had the last laugh in 2013, but this season saw Duke come out on top. It would take double overtime to do so, but it was worth the extra effort for the Blue Devils. No. 24/24 Duke (7-1, 3-1 ACC) celebrated a 51-48 victory over Pittsburgh (4-5, 2-3 ACC) after backup quarterback Thomas Sirk scored his second touchdown of the game.

Pittsburgh had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but a 26-yard field goal try by Chris Blewitt sailed wide of the goal. Duke used two timeouts to attempt to freeze Blewitt, and it worked. The missed field goal try sent the game to overtime, where the offenses continued to trade scores.

The teams traded touchdown runs in the first overtime, with Duke starting quarterback Anthony Boone running 12 yards on the first possession and Pittsburgh’s James Conner running 14 yards for the tying score. Conner had a monster performance on the ground with 263 yards and three touchdowns, but it was not enough. For Pittsburgh, neither was holding the football for over 40 minutes in regulation. This week the Panthers held on to the football (zero turnovers after an awful job holding the football last week) and outgained Duke 594-438 in total offensive yards. After Blewitt connected on a field goal to give Pitt a 48-45 lead in the second overtime, Duke pushed forward to give Sirk a chance to score the game-winning touchdown. Earlier in the game Sirk had pushed one in from the goal line. He did the same here.

Two of the ACC’s best wide receivers also went over 100 yards in this game. Pittsburgh receiver Tyler Boyd turned in 140 yards on seven receptions, but it was Duke’s Jamison Crowder who led all players with 165 yards and two touchdowns on nine receptions.

So, for now, Duke sits alone in first place in the ACC Coastal Division. At 3-1 in ACC play, the Blue Devils have a one game lead in the loss column over Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Miami and Virginia. Duke also owns head-to-head victories over Georgia Tech, Virginia and now Pittsburgh. Miami owns the head-to-head tiebreaker with Duke. Duke will have four more games to play, including three home games to end the season in Durham against Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Wake Forest. As long as Duke can avoid a loss at Syracuse next week, Duke could be sitting ina  good shot at returning to the ACC Championship Game once again.

Of course, just when you think you have the ACC Coastal Division figured out it can be flipped around the next week.

Pittsburgh will have to win two more game sin their final three (@ UNC, Syracuse, @ Miami) in order to become bowl eligible this season.

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.