College football roundup

Gator has eye on W.Va.

Published: Sunday, December 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, December 1, 2002 at 2:37 a.m.
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West Virginia's Rasheed Marshall breaks through the Pittsburgh defense for a first-quarter touchdown.

The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH - West Virginia turned two Rod Rutherford turnovers into touchdowns and the No. 24 Mountaineers, possibly headed to the Gator Bowl, held off No. 17 Pittsburgh 24-17 Saturday.
Led by Rasheed Marshall's playmaking and Avon Cobourne's running, the Mountaineers (9-3, 6-1 in Big East) completed a remarkable turnaround from a 3-8 season, secured at least second place in the Big East and beat their Backyard Brawl rival for the first time in three years.
Marshall, a former Pittsburgh high school star, ran for a touchdown, threw for another and set up a score with a 25-yard reception as West Virginia beat Pitt for the eighth time in 11 years.
The Mountaineers likely will play North Carolina State in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1, with Pitt now ticketed for the Continental Tire Bowl in Charlotte.
  • UNLV 36, NO. 16 COLORADO STATE 33: Larry Croom ran for 222 yards and a touchdown, and DeJhown Mandley caught a 29-yard touchdown pass with 46 seconds left as Nevada-Las Vegas beat Colorado State.
    Croom had 146 yards in the second half and scored on a 3-yard run in the first. The Rebels (5-7, 3-4 Mountain West) had 390 yards rushing to beat Colorado State for the first time since 1982.
    Colorado State (10-3, 6-1), which wrapped up the conference title last week, had its six-game winning streak end. The Rams can still tie the school record for victories in a season at the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31.
    Colorado State's Cecil Sapp had 157 yards on 31 carries. He has 1,495 yards this season, 76 more than Steve Bartalo's 1986 team record.
  • NO. 22 VIRGINIA TECH 21, VIRGINIA 9: Lee Suggs ran for two touchdowns and Virginia Tech shut down Matt Schaub and beating rival Virginia for the fourth consecutive year.
    The Hokies (9-3) ended a three-game losing streak - their longest in a decade - by holding the Cavaliers to 203 yards and getting a touchdown from their special teams to go with Suggs' 51st and 52nd career TDs.
    The Cavaliers (8-5), seeking their third consecutive victory against a Top 25 team, led 3-0 in the first quarter and struggled after that. The Cavaliers' only other scoring drive covered 29 yards after a fumble recovery.
    Schaub, named the ACC's player of the year, completed 12 of 23 passes in the gusting wind, but for just 43 yards.
  • NO. 25 MARYLAND 32, WAKE FOREST 14: Maryland put on a terrific show for the Peach Bowl scouts.
    Scott McBrien threw for 257 yards and two touchdowns in the first half alone, helping the Terrapins take a 27-point lead and earn a Peach Bowl berth by beating Wake Forest.
    The victory gave Maryland a second straight 10-win season for the first time in school history and earned the Terrapins (10-3, 6-2 ACC) a trip to Atlanta for the Dec. 31 postseason game.
    Wake Forest (6-6, 3-5), which probably needed a victory to earn a bowl berth, instead suffered its fourth consecutive loss to the Terrapins.
    Led by McBrien, Maryland amassed 383 yards in offense in going ahead 27-0 at halftime.
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