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Mike London resigns as head coach of Virginia football

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Mike London resigns as head coach of Virginia football

Virginia's season ended on a familiar note on Saturday with a loss to rival Virginia Tech and no bowl berth. After finishing the same way in five of the past six seasons, head coach Mike London and athletics director Craig Littlepage decided a change was needed.

After six years in Charlottesville, London resigned as head coach of the Cavaliers on Sunday. The school made the announcement via Twitter.

London moves on just one day after finishing the season 5-8, the team's fourth consecutive year with a losing record.

London, 55, released a statement in a press release.

I appreciate the opportunity to have been the head football coach at the University of Virginia and for the relationships that have been formed during my time in Charlottesville that will last for years to come. I took this job to make a profound difference in the lives of young men and to re-establish Virginia football as one of the best programs in the ACC. While we were successful in the development of our players in many areas, I would have liked to have won more games for the student-athletes, coaches, fans and everyone that’s a part of the University of Virginia.

London was hired after compiling a 24-5 record as the head coach at the University of Richmond through two seasons, winning an FCS national championship in his first year. London was named the ACC Coach of the Year for 2011 after leading the Cavaliers to an 8-5 record and a berth in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, that was the only winning season and bowl berth of London's tenure. In his six seasons, Virginia went only 27-46 and 0-6 against in-state rival Virginia Tech.

London had one more year remaining on his contract and will be paid approximately $2.7 million by the school.

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Virginia Tech tumbles out of AP top 25 after shocking loss to Old Dominion

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Virginia Tech tumbles out of AP top 25 after shocking loss to Old Dominion

After a season-high seven ranked teams lost, the back half of the AP college football poll got a makeover on Sunday. Five teams entered the Top 25, including No. 17 Kentucky for the first time since 2007 and No. 22 Duke.

At the top it was mostly status quo, with Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and Ohio State staying Nos. 1-4. LSU moved up to No. 5, swapping places with Oklahoma after the Sooners needed overtime to get by Army. Alabama received a season-high 60 first-place votes. Clemson had one.

Kentucky is unbeaten and 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time since 1977. The last time the Wildcats were ranked was Nov. 11, 2007. Kentucky reached No. 8 under coach Rich Brooks that season and upset No. 1 and eventual national champion LSU, but finished unranked.

Duke is ranked for the first time since October 2015, giving the football poll a basketball feel. The Wildcats and Blue Devils were last ranked at the same in September 1957.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL AP TOP 25 POLL (WEEK 4)

1. Alabama 4-0 (60 votes, no change from last week)

2. Georgia 4-0 (No change from last week)

3. Clemson 4-0 (1 vote, no change from last week)

4. Ohio State 4-0 (No change from last week)

5. LSU 4-0 (No. 6 last week)

6. Oklahoma 4-0 (No. 5 last week)

7. Stanford 4-0 (No change from last week)

8. Notre Dame 4-0 (No change from last week)

9. Penn State 4-0 (T-No. 10 last week)

10. Auburn 3-1 (No. 9 last week)

11. Washington 3-1 (T-No. 10 last week)

12. West Virginia 3-0 (No change from last week)

13. UCF 3-0 (No. 16 last week)

14. Michigan 3-1 (No. 19 last week)

15. Wisconsin 3-1 (No. 18 last week)

16. Miami 3-1 (No. 21 last week)

17. Kentucky 4-0 (Not ranked last week)

18. Texas 3-1 (Not ranked last week)

19. Oregon 3-1 (No. 20 last week)

20. BYU 3-1 (No. 25 last week)

21. Michigan State 2-1 (No. 24 last week)

22. Duke 4-0 (Not ranked last week)

23. Mississippi State 3-1 (No. 14 last week)

24. California 3-0 (Not ranked last week)

25. Texas Tech 3-1 (Not ranked last week)

POLL POINTS

The Atlantic Coast Conference has three ranked teams in the Top 25 for the third time in four regular-season polls. No. 3 Clemson has played mostly as advertised and No. 16 Miami is slowly creeping back up the rankings after a lopsided opening loss to LSU sent the Hurricanes tumbling out of the top 10.

Florida State lasted one week in the rankings and now Virginia Tech is out after maybe the most stunning result of the season so far. The Hokies lost 49-35 at previously winless Old Dominion. Boston College seemed to be emerging as a possible dark horse, but the Eagles also lasted only week. BC lost 30-13 at Purdue on Saturday after being No. 23 last week.

Unbeaten Duke moving in kept the ACC from becoming the first Power Five conference to have a week this season with only two ranked teams.

Two seasons removed from Clemson winning a national title, Louisville's Lamar Jackson winning the Heisman Trophy -- with Clemson's Deshaun Watson as runner-up -- and the ACC finishing with a 9-3 record in bowl games, the conference could use a team or two to separate from the mediocrity. North Carolina State (3-0) and Syracuse (4-0) are the only other unbeaten teams in the ACC, along with Clemson.

IN

Joining Kentucky and Duke, ranked for the first time since October 2015, were two newcomers to this season's rankings and one returner.

-- No. 18 Texas, which started the season ranked No. 23 but lost its opener to Maryland, has its first three-game winning streak in four years.

-- No. 24 California slipped into the rankings for the first time since October 2015 during an off week. The Bears have wins against BYU and North Carolina.

-- No. 25 Texas Tech is in after a convincing victory at Oklahoma State. The Red Raiders were ranked briefly last season.

OUT

Exiting the rankings along with Virginia Tech and Boston College were two Big 12 teams and one from the SEC.

-- Oklahoma State, a week after impressing at home, is out.

-- TCU followed up its loss to Ohio State by falling at Texas.

-- No. 22 Texas A&M played Alabama closer than any team so far this season, but it was not good enough to stay ranked.

CONFERENCE CALL

SEC -- 6 teams (Nos. 1, 2, 5, 10, 17, 23).

Big Ten -- 5 (Nos. 4, 9, 14, 15, 21).

Big 12 -- 4 (Nos. 6, 12, 18, 25).

Pac-12 -- 4 (Nos. 7, 11, 19, 24).

ACC -- 3 (Nos. 3, 16, 22).

Independent -- 2 (Nos. 8, 20).

American -- 1 (13).

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 4 Ohio State at No. 9 Penn State. The two highest scoring teams in the country.

No. 7 Stanford at No. 8 Notre Dame. First top-10 matchup between Cardinal and Fighting Irish.

No. 20 BYU at No. 11 Washington. The Cougars try to knock off another highly ranked UW on the road after getting Wisconsin.

No. 12 West Virginia at No. 25 Texas Tech. No. 3 in passing yards per game (WVU) against No. 1 (Tech).

No. 19 Oregon at No. 24 Cal. Last time the Ducks and Bears played with both ranked was 2007.

No. 13 Virginia Tech upset by winless Old Dominion, backup QB

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No. 13 Virginia Tech upset by winless Old Dominion, backup QB

NORFOLK, Va. -- This was supposed to be a relatively easy road trip for Virginia Tech. Cross the state, connect with some its fans and maybe a few recruits there, and pick up a routine victory against Old Dominion.

The Monarchs and their backup quarterback turned the Hokies first visit to their stadium into maybe the most notable victory in school history -- in any sport.

Blake LaRussa came off the bench to throw for 495 yards and four touchdowns to lead Old Dominion to a 49-35 upset of No. 13 Virginia Tech on Saturday in the Hokies' first game at the cross-state school that restarted its football program in 2009.

LaRussa, who entered the game on ODU's second series, completed 30 of 49 and rushed for a touchdown to lead the 28-point underdog Monarchs (1-3) to a stunning win over the Hokies (2-1) from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Virginia Tech started the season with a decisive victory as an underdog against Florida State and now the Hokies are on the receiving end of what will likely be one of the biggest upsets of the season.

"I told them, `I liked you guys a lot better when everybody told you you were terrible,'" Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said about his team. "When everybody told you you didn't have any chance in that first game, and all you did was work your tails off.' And then now we get all feeling good about ourselves and we got brought back down to earth. We got what we deserved."

Jeremy Cox's 40-yard touchdown run with 1:34 remaining sealed the stunner. After the game, the ODU faithful stormed the field.

Longtime ODU coach Bobby Wilder called it "one of the biggest moments in Hampton Roads sports history."

Virginia Tech beat ODU 38-0 in Blacksburg last year. This was the second meeting of a scheduled 13 over 14 seasons, including six in Norfolk.

The Hokies led 28-21 after a 72-yard touchdown pass from Josh Jackson to Damon Hazelton with 32 seconds left in the third quarter, but ODU scored on its next two possessions, taking a 35-28 lead on a 15-yard touchdown run by Cox with 9:57 to go - the Monarchs' first lead of the game.

Things got worse for Virginia Tech, as Jackson went down with a lower leg injury on the first play of the ensuing drive. Backup quarterback Ryan Willis led the Hokies on a 75-yard march that ended with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Chris Cunningham with 7:15 remaining, tying the game at 35.

But the Hokies simply had no answer for ODU. LaRussa polished off a 75-yard drive with a beautiful 29-yard fade pattern to Jonathan Duhart for a touchdown with 5:11 left that put ODU ahead to stay.

"At night when you dream about this game, this is what you picture," Monarchs wide receiver Travis Fulgham said.

Led by LaRussa and Cox, ODU finished with 632 yards against a Virginia Tech team that has prided itself on defense for decades under coordinator Bud Foster. Cox rushed for 130 yards.

"Very disappointed in how we competed," Foster said. "I just didn't think we competed for balls. We played just poor technique. We weren't ready to play is the bottom line and I take full responsibility for that."

Steven Peoples paced the Hokies with a career-high 156 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Jackson threw two touchdown passes before leaving with the injury. Fuente did not have an immediate update on Jackson's condition.

THE TAKEAWAY

Virginia Tech: The Hokies looked flat coming off an unscheduled open week courtesy of Hurricane Florence, which forced last Saturday's cancellation of Virginia Tech's game against East Carolina. The Hokies' defense looked nothing like the unit that had given up just 20 points combined in the first two games.

Foster will have to shore up a banged-up secondary as Tech heads into ACC play.

ODU: The Monarch appear to have found a leader in LaRussa, who came into the game with 183 yards passing as a reserve, but surpassed that in the first half. The 5-foot-11 LaRussa showed uncanny accuracy against Virginia Tech's man coverage, taking advantage of the 6-foot-3 Duhart and 6-3 Travis Fulgham (188 yards). He may just be the spark the Monarchs needed after getting off to a dismal 0-3 start that included losses to Liberty, FIU and Charlotte.

UNDISCIPLINED HOKIES

Frustrations boiled over at several points throughout the second half for the Hokies, who ended up being penalized seven times for 95 yards. The cluster of penalties included four unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, which drew the ire of Fuente.

"It's inexcusable," Fuente said. "What happened was we got in the middle of a real game - a real competitive game and things weren't going our way, and that's how we responded. And that's inexcusable.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Virginia Tech could very likely be unranked on Sunday when the new AP poll is released.

UP NEXT

Virginia Tech: The Hokies open ACC play next Saturday when they take on Duke in Durham, North Carolina.

ODU: The Monarchs travel to East Carolina.

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