Week 14: The streak is finally over

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Week 14: The streak is finally over

Virginia defeated in-state rival Virginia Tech for the first time since 2003 to win the ACC Coastal, Navy earned second place in their division, Penn State cruised to a sleepy victory and Maryland's season was brought to a merciful close.

Here's a recap of Week 14's local college football action.

Virginia 39, Virginia Tech 30

The good

Whether you are a Cavaliers or Hokies fan, this was a great game. Both offenses were able to move the ball well, and both defenses came up with big plays. There were three lead changes and three ties over the course of the game. Bronco Mendenhall said it best afterward when he declared the game "back and forth all the way to the very end as an in-state rivalry division championship game should be."

The bad

The difference in this game was the turnovers as Virginia won the turnover margin 4-1. One of those turnovers was an interception on a jump ball thrown by Hokies quarterback Hendon Hooker at the end of the first half, but the two second half turnovers were crucial. Hooker threw an interception on a third-and-19 in the fourth quarter from Virginia Tech's 47. The Hokies probably would not have converted, but a punt would have pinned Virginia deep. Instead, the Cavaliers got the ball at their 35 and drove for the game-winning field goal. On the next drive, Hooker fumbled the ball in the end zone off a third consecutive sack that was recovered by the Cavaliers for the touchdown.

The crazy

Bryce Perkins is Virginia's biggest playmaker. He threw for 311 yards, rushed for 164 and scored three total touchdowns. You would never know he was in the hospital overnight on Monday because of a severe case of tonsillitis.

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Penn State 27, Rutgers 6

The good

Will Levis played in place of injured quarterback Sean Clifford. While the passing attack wasn't much to look at (8 of 14 completions, 81 yards) Levis did most of his damage on the ground with 108 yards on 17 carries. Journey Brown added another 103 yards on 16 carries with three rushing touchdowns.

The bad

Penn State was outgained 383-333 by easily the worst team in the Big Ten and one of the worst in the nation. This was a close game with a 13-6 score at the end of three quarters. 

The crazy

Could this game cost Penn State? No, the Nittany Lions are not in the running for the College Football Playoff and the Big Ten East division was already wrapped up by Ohio State. But if the Buckeyes make the playoff -- and they will if they beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship -- the Big Ten's representative for the Rose Bowl is still up for grabs and will go to the highest-ranked team remaining. Will a lackluster game against a horrible Rutgers team end up dinging Nittany Lions in the rankings?

Wisconsin will likely move ahead of Penn State after blowing out Minnesota this week, but if the Badgers lose to Ohio State they will have three losses on the season. Penn State should have the edge in the Rose Bowl race, but it depends on how far Wisconsin rises this week and where Penn State falls, if at all. You'd hate to think the Nittany Lions just slept-walked their way out of the Rose Bowl.

Michigan State 19, Maryland 16

The good

Anthony McFarland had only eight carries, but he made the most of them with 134 yards including one 63-yard touchdown scamper.

The bad

Offense has been a struggle for Michigan State this season, but it wasn't on Saturday. Quarterback Brian Lewerke threw for a season-high 342 yards against the Terps. The Spartans' 430 total yards is the third-most they have managed against a Big Ten team this season.

The crazy

When Maryland started the season 2-0, not many would have thought that win over Syracuse in Week 2 was going to be the highlight of the season. The Terps would only win one of their final nine games.

The offense was clicking to start with 142 points in the first two wins. They would score only 161 points total in the next 10 games.

Navy 56, Houston 41

The good

Typically, the offense has been led by Malcolm Perry. He had another good game with 253 total yards, and he set a school record with his ninth 100-yard rushing game and tied another school record with his eighth consecutive 100-yard rushing game. The real story, however, was Jamale Carothers, who rushed for a career-high 188 yards and five (!!!) touchdowns.

Navy also got a big game from its defense who, despite giving up 41 points, forced five turnovers. The Midshipmen would turn those five turnovers into 21 points.

The bad

Despite the win, Navy's Cotton Bowl hopes were already dashed coming in. Memphis' win on Saturday locked up the AAC West Division for the Tigers. Instead of preparing to play Cincinnati next week in the conference championship, Navy will now look ahead to its final game of the season against Army.

The crazy

Perry threw for 107 yards. Guess how many passes he completed to get there? Two. Keoni-Kordell Makekau caught one pass for 60 yards and Carothers caught the second for 47.

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College Football Week 14 What to Watch: Rivalry week

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College Football Week 14 What to Watch: Rivalry week

Virginia Tech and Virginia meet in Charlottesville for a winner-take-all rivalry matchup to decide the ACC Coastal Division. Plus, Penn State wraps up its regular season against Rutgers, Maryland's season comes to a merciful end and Navy looks to win the AAC West.

Here is a breakdown of all the local action.

Virginia vs. No. 24 Virginia Tech

When: 12 p.m. Friday
Where: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Va.
How to watch: ABC

Virginia has not beaten the Hokies since 2003. This year, the teams meet to battle for the Commonwealth Cup with the ACC Coastal Division crown and a probable trip to the Orange Bowl on the line.

No. 10 Penn State vs. Rutgers

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pa.
How to watch: BTN

From playing the biggest game of the week in college football to wrapping up the regular season against Rutgers. Talk about a let down.

Maryland at Michigan State

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Mich.
How to watch: FS1

A season that began with such promise has turned into a disaster for the Terps. It all mercifully will come to a close on Saturday against Michigan State.

Navy at Houston

When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: TDECU Stadium, Houston, Texas
How to watch: ESPN2

The AAC Division is still up for grabs. Navy needs to beat Houston and for Memphis to lose to Cincinnati.

Game of the week: No. 15 Auburn vs. No. 5 Alabama

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala.
How to watch: CBS

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Syracuse vs. Wake Forest

When: 12:30 p.m., Saturday
Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington

Other local teams

Old Dominion vs. Charlotte, 2 p.m. Saturday on ESPN+

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Week 13: Penn State's division and playoff hopes extinguished in Columbus

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Week 13: Penn State's division and playoff hopes extinguished in Columbus

Penn State saw its high hopes for the season fade in a loss to Ohio State, Virginia and VIrginia Tech are on a collision course, Navy is still in it and Maryland's tailspin got even worse.

Here's a recap of the Week 13's local college football action.

Ohio State 28, Penn State 17

The good

Ohio State has steamrolled every team it has played this season. Its lowest margin of victory coming into Saturday was 24 points. It looked like this game would not be much different as the Buckeyes took a 21-0 lead into halftime. Give credit to Penn State for the way they battled back.

Quarterback Will Levis stepped in for an injured Sean Clifford and punched the ball in on a one-yard touchdown run to make it 21-14. Penn State would score 17 points in the third quarter to pull within four of the Buckeyes before a fourth-quarter touchdown for Ohio State put the game out of reach.

The bad

Justin Fields threw for only 188 yards. The real difference for Ohio State's offense was the running game which Penn State had no answer for. J.K. Dobbins rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns while FIelds added another 68 yards on the ground.

The crazy

Just in case you forgot how dominant Ohio State defensive end Chase Young was while he was suspended for two games, he put the country on notice with an outstanding performance. He recorded nine total tackles, four tackles for loss and three, that's right, three sacks. He now has 16.5 on the year, breaking a school record for sacks in a single season.

Think about that. Young missed two games and still set the single-season record.

Virginia 55, Liberty 27

The good

A depleted Virginia secondary delivered the turning point of the game. Liberty led 14-10 in the first half and drove the ball down to UVA's 38, but quarterback Stephen Calvery was picked off by safety De'Vante Cross who returned it 52 yards beffore being brought down. The Cavaliers would score a touchdown on the resulting drive and they would not trail again.

The bad

Despite Cross' game-changing interception, Liberty was still able to move the ball through the air effectively throwing for 313 passing yards. Part of that was out of necessity. Calvert ended up completing less than 50-percent of his 40 passes, but he also threw two interceptions.

The crazy

On their first drive in the second half, the Cavaliers led 24-14 and faced a fourth and nine on Liberty's 31. Bronco Mendenhall dialed up a fake field goal and backup quarterback Brennan Armstong found linebacker Charles Snowden for a 24-yard pass. Two plays later, Virginia would get into the end zone for the toudhdown.

Navy 35, SMU 28

The good

If Navy was going to win this game, it would need a big game from Malcolm Perry and it got it. Perry rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns on 38 carries. When the Midshipmen began to find success on the ground in the second half, SMU stacked the box and Perry began torching them through the air as he passed for 162 yards and another touchdown.

Navy took the lead with just over six minutes remaining then stopped SMU on a fourth-and-4 at their own 12 with less than three minutes left to go.

The bad

SMU's first score came on a kickoff return by receiver C.J. Sanders. He went 100 yards on the return tying the longest return in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium history.

The crazy

The MIdshipmen won three games last season. In their third game in 2019, they lost by 12 to Memphis. Now they boast a record of 8-2 and are very much in contention for the AAC West Division. Navy just needs Memphis to lose which they could do against Cincinnati next week who already wrapped up the East Division.

Virginia Tech 28, Pitt 0

The good

Bud Foster's final game at Lane Stadium could not have been scripted better. The Hokies held the Panthers to 177 total yards, only 60 yards rushing, forced one turnover, held them on all three fourth-down attempts and obviously recorded the shutout. This is Virginia Tech's first back-to-back shutouts since 2005.

The bad

Yes, Foster still intends to retire at the end of the season. Justin Fuente was asked this after the game and told the media, "I think his mind is pretty made up."

The crazy

The win sets up a winner-take-all matchup with rival Virginia next week in Charlottesville. Considering that Virginia Tech went 0-2 in conference play to start the season including a 35-point blowout loss at home to Duke, it is amazing that the Hokies have gotten to this point.

Nebraska 54, Maryland 7

The good

The only positive from this game is that the season is almost over. This team seemingly has given up on the remainder of the 2019 season and the results speak for themself.

The bad

Where to begin.

The situation at quarterback is an unmitigated disaster. Four different players got onto the field at quarterback and not one completed 50-percent of his passes. As a team, the Terps completed seven out of 21 passes for 57 yards. No receiver on the team caught more than one pass. Maryland rushed for 149 yards, but the team's leading rusher, Javon Leake, fumbled the ball three times and Maryland lost all three.

Defensively, the Terps gave up 305 yards on the ground and 531 total. Adrian Martinez threw for 194 yards and rushed for another 94. He would score three total touchdowns.

The crazy

Not only did all of this happen on senior day, it also happened against a Nebraska team that had one win on the road, had lost four straight and whose last win came back on Oct. 5.