College football: Radcliff had big night in loss to Ohio


MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) -- Tyler Tettleton threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score to help Ohio take the lead in the Mid-American Conference's East division with a 43-28 victory over Central Michigan on Thursday night.

The Bobcats (7-3, 4-2) ran for 309 yards, including 129 from Beau Blankenship, who scored two touchdowns late.

Fairview High School graduate Ryan Radcliff completed 26 of 52 passes for 362 yards and three touchdowns for Central Michigan (3-8, 2-5).

No. 10 Va. Tech 37, No. 20 Ga. Tech 26

ATLANTA -- With yet another win on the road, Virginia Tech finds itself in a familiar position.

Closing in on another trip to the Atlantic Coast Championship game.

Logan Thomas accounted for five touchdowns and frustrated Georgia Tech so much that a defender finally threw a punch. With David Wilson tacking on a career-best 175 yards rushing, the No. 10 Hokies dominated down the stretch Thursday night for a 37-26 over the 20th-ranked Yellow Jackets.

Virginia Tech (9-1, 5-1 ACC) extended its ACC-record road winning streak to 12 in a row -- currently the longest such streak in the nation. The latest triumph away from Blacksburg eliminated Georgia Tech from the Coastal Division race and gave the Hokies a clear path to the Dec. 3 title game for the fifth time in seven years.

"We like going to a hostile environment and being able to play in front of crowds who love their football team," Thomas said. "It pumps us up as well."

The 6-foot-6, 254-pound sophomore was sure pumped up. And Georgia Tech had all kinds of trouble bringing him down, not surprising since he was bigger than most of the guys trying to tackle him.

"He's a load," said Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, whose team can wrap up the Coastal Division title by winning its next two games.

Thomas threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores. Wilson had his seventh straight 100-yard game, already the longest streak of Beamer's quarter-century as coach. The Hokies actually outgained Georgia Tech on the ground, a rarity against the triple-option.

"We just came in the whole week saying we were going to run the ball regardless," Wilson said. "Being a running back, that's what I want to hear."

The teams went back and forth through the second and third quarters, scoring on eight of nine possessions in one stretch. But Virginia Tech took advantage of a huge personal foul on Jeremiah Attaochu and a fourth-down gamble by Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson that didn't pay off.

The Yellow Jackets (7-3, 4-3) were eager to get a shot at another ACC title after having their '09 crown stripped away by the NCAA this past summer for rules violations. That hope is gone.

"We worked all season to work our way back in the ACC," quarterback Tevin Washington said. "It's just a letdown. But there's nothing we can do now but go out and try to win the next two and try to put ourselves in position to just have a decent record."

Washington ran for three touchdowns, but the Hokies took the lead for good on Thomas' 12-yard run in the final minute of the third quarter. The play was typical for the big QB, who simply lowered his head and bulled his way to the end zone. The Yellow Jackets just couldn't bring him down.

"We've faced some good ones," said Georgia Tech linebacker Julian Burnett, who gave away 8 inches and 32 pounds to the opposing quarterback. "Probably not as big and strong as that guy."

Thomas' powerful run was set up by Attaochu's silly blunder, which extended a possession that seemed to be over deep in Virginia Tech territory. On third-and-19 from his own 17, Thomas was flushed out of the pocket and corralled by several Georgia Tech defenders. But he wouldn't go down and, apparently out of frustration, Attaochu threw a punch into the side of the quarterback's helmet.

"I just had an overdose of adrenaline," said Attaochu, insisting he was actually trying to cause a fumble though he didn't come close to the ball. "When I made contact with him, I was mad he wouldn't go down."

No. 11 Houston 73, Tulane 17

NEW ORLEANS -- Houston is proving there's a lot more to the 11th-ranked Cougars than record-setting quarterback Case Keenum.

Charles Sims rushed for a career-high 207 yards, including touchdown runs of 72 and 52 yards, and Houston returned two punts for touchdowns in a 73-17 victory over Tulane on Thursday night that continued the best start in Cougars history.

"We are manufacturing points all kinds of ways," said Houston coach Kevin Sumlin, whose team has scored a season-high 73 points twice in its last three games. "Everyone is getting in on the act. You know at this time of year, you need that."

Keenum passed for 325 yards, a pedestrian total by his standards, before he was given the rest of the night off in the third quarter after Houston (10-0, 6-0 Conference USA) took a 52-10 lead.

His three touchdown passed went for 66, 23 and 8 yards to Patrick Edwards, who also scored on a 70-yard punt return.

Houston, which is 10-0 for the first time, will finish its season against SMU and Tulsa. Wins over both would not only put the Cougars in the conference title game, but also keep alive an outside chance of a BCS bowl bid.

Taking it all in from a suite in the Superdome was former Michigan and West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez, the offensive coordinator at Tulane under Tommy Bowden in 1998, when the Green Wave went 12-0.

Rodriguez saw firsthand how much work he'd have to do should he decide to return to head coaching at Tulane.

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