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Virginia Tech, Maryland, Navy: Week 9 Game Capsules

- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 27, 2011

No. 15 VIRGINIA TECH (7-1, 3-1 ACC) at DUKE (3-4, 1-2)
When: 12:30 p.m.
Where: Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, N.C.
TV/radio: Chs. 20, 13, 106.7 FM, 1580 AM
Breakdown: Virginia Tech leads series 11-7 and have outscored Duke 257-67 in seven meetings (all wins) since joining the ACC. The Hokies are down two starting linebackers with both Bruce Taylor and Jeron Gouveia-Winslow done for the season with foot injuries. Barquell Rivers is expected to start in place of Taylor, the Hokies' leading tackler. Logan Thomas has thrown for 260 yards in three straight games, the first quarterback in coach Frank Beamer's 25-year tenure to do so. Duke wideout Conner Vernon ranks third in the ACC in receptions (47) and receiving yards per game (93.1).

BOSTON COLLEGE (1-6, 0-4 ACC) at MARYLAND (2-5, 1-3)
When: 3 p.m.
Where: Byrd Stadium, College Park
TV/radio: CSN, 980 AM, 92.7 FM, 94.3 FM
Breakdown: Boston College leads series 5-3, though Maryland won last year's meeting 24-21 in Chestnut Hill. Both teams are already eliminated from the Atlantic Division race, so this game's implications are all about salvaging a season. The Terrapins must win four of their final five games to become bowl eligible, with only the first two played at home. Meanwhile, the Eagles are a loss away from clinching their first losing season since 1998. One bright spot for Boston College continues to be linebacker Luke Kuechly, who leads the nation with 16.9 tackles per game

NAVY (2-5) at NOTRE DAME (4-3)
When: 3:30 p.m.
Where: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Ind.
TV/radio: Chs. 4, 11, 1050 AM, 1500 AM
Breakdown: Notre Dame leads series 71-12-1, though Navy has won three of the last four meetings in the nation's longest-running continuous intersectional rivalry. The Midshipmen have lost five straight and are the only team in the country to have four losses by a field goal or less (Middle Tennessee is the only other team with three such setbacks). Fighting Irish quarterback Tommy Rees has thrown 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season. Notre Dame is 14-16 at home since 2007, including 0-2 against Navy in that stretch.

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