BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Branden Ore rushed for a career-high 207
yards and scored two touchdowns as Virginia Tech beat Southern
Mississippi 36-6 Saturday night.
Ore, who carried the ball 23 times, had a 70-yard touchdown run
on the first play of the Hokies possession with 10:21 left in the
fourth quarter. Backup Kenny Lewis Jr. had a 14-yard run for the
final score with 44 seconds left.
The Hokies (5-2) had 284 yards rushing to 82 for the Golden
Eagles (4-3), and 398 total yards to 216.
Three times, Virginia Tech's special teams pinned back the
Golden Eagles within their 10-yard line, and Southern Miss
quarterback Jeremy Young was sacked six times.
The Hokies got their ground game going after managing less than
50 yards in each of their last two games -- Atlantic Coast
Conference losses to Boston College and Georgia Tech. The Hokies
had 33 yards against Boston College and 42 yards in the Georgia
Southern Miss of Conference USA scored first on a 38-yard field
goal by Darren McCaleb early in the first quarter.
The Hokies took a lead they never relinquished less than 3
minutes later on a 2-yard run by Ore that was set up by Glennon's
40-yard pass to Eddie Royal. McCaleb had a 37-yard field goal with
4:17 left in the quarter for the Golden Eagles' other score.
The Hokies ended a 10-play, 44-yard drive with Brandon Pace's
26-yard field goal early in the second quarter to give Tech a 10-6
margin. The Hokies added a safety when Brandon Flowers tackled
Young in the end zone.
Southern Miss was playing without running back Damion Fletcher,
the nation's No. 8 rusher, who had knee surgery. Senior guard
Travis Cooley also was out with a knee injury.
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Despite battling the flu all week, Will Grier will start at quarterback for No. 25 Florida on Saturday when the Gators host No. 3 Ole Miss.
Florida State running back Dalvin Cook exited with a left leg injury in the first quarter of the Seminoles' 24-16 win over Wake Forest and did not return. He is day-to-day, Jimbo Fisher said.
Trevone Boykin threw five touchdown passes, including four to freshman KaVontae Turpin, and No. 4 TCU rode a 30-point first quarter to a 50-7 rout of Texas on Saturday.
As if things weren't going bad enough at Texas, the Longhorns appear to have players on Twitter during lopsided losses and jabs at their coach accidentally being sent from other nearby teams.
Tulane long-snapper Aaron Golub became the first legally blind person to play in a Division I football game Saturday, according to the school.
LJ Scott ran for 146 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 2 Michigan State held on through a lackluster second half to beat Purdue 24-21 on Saturday.