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Around the Big East
Lee Suggs rushed for two touchdowns and Ronyell Whitaker forced a fumble near the goal line as time expired to lift No. 19 Virginia Tech to a 20-13 victory Tuesday night over Air Force in the inaugural San Francisco Bowl. Suggs extended his NCAA record by scoring in his 27th straight game, and Bryan Randall was 18-of-23 for 177 yards as the Hokies (10-4) stuck to a deliberate game plan to grind out a victory over the Falcons (8-5).
Air Force leaves heart near San Francisco goal line vs. Hokies
As shifty as he is on the football field, star Miami running back Willis McGahee is even shifter off the field. Just ask him whether he is going to turn pro after the Fiesta Bowl and he darts in and around the question like he was running for a touchdown against an overmatched defense.
Last month, McGahee, a redshirt sophomore, was adamant that was staying in school. He told several Florida publications that before the Virginia Tech game. After he ran for six touchdowns against the Hokies, guaranteeing the defending champion Hurricanes their place in the Fiesta Bowl on Friday night against Ohio State, he assured a television interviewer that it would not be his final home game at the Orange Bowl.
Miami star may turn pro
When he was 11 years old, University of Miami tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. began to realize just how good a player his father was. That was when he watched Dad get inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.
"It was always a big deal to me that he would be inducted because he deserved it," the Hurricanes' 6-5, 233-pound sophomore said. "He was the best tight end ever. Without a doubt. When he got inducted, I just started crying, because I knew how proud I was of him."
Winslow grows up fast
Deep in the underground of college football there is this constant drumbeat running through the sport: There is speed, say the game's wonks, and there is Miami speed.
Not state-of-Florida speed -- it's another gear known only to the University of Miami football program. The same team that heads into Friday's Fiesta Bowl as arguably the fastest in school history. If you assume that Miami has the nation's fastest team in most years anyway, then the country might be watching the fastest team of all time take on Ohio State.
In Miami's case, race to top DOES go to the swiftest
Around the nation
Perhaps the reason head football coach Joe Paterno has become increasingly wary of Auburn -- Penn State's opponent in today's Capital One Bowl -- it's because every time he looks at tape of the 19th-ranked Tigers, he sees similarities with his current squad.
No coach has won more bowl games (20) or taken more teams (31) to the post-season than the 76-year-old legend. But Paterno has mentioned often just how fond he is of the 2002 Nittany Lions, not just because they've been able to restore respectability to a program coming off back-to-back losing season, but also because they have become a good football team
PSU's Paterno wary of how dangerous Capital One foe Auburn is
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