BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech's defense continued its dominant ways in the No. 24 Hokies' 19-9 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday at Lane Stadium. The Hokies held the Panthers to 210 total yards and sacked quarterback Tom Savage eight times. Virginia Tech (6-1, 3-0 in the ACC) became bowl eligible with its sixth consecutive win, and it broke a four-game losing streak to the Panthers (3-2, 2-2). Hokies defensive end Dadi Nicolas had three sacks and seven tackles, both career highs, and defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins contributed a career-high two sacks. Virginia Tech held Pitt to 97 yards in the second half. Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas passed for 239 yards and one touchdown while extending his streak without an interception to three games. Cody Journell kicked a career-high four field goals for Virginia Tech. The Hokies took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and let their defense do the rest. Thomas connected with freshman tight end Kalvin Cline on a 27-yard touchdown pass early in the first quarter and Journell booted a career-high 48-yard field goal a few minutes later to extend the lead. Journell added three field goals in the second half to put the Hokies ahead, 19-3. Savage had a nine-yard touchdown run late in the game to cut the deficit to 19-9. He was sacked on the two-point conversion attempt. NOTES: The Hokies ended a streak of 10 games with at least one interception. ... Tailback Joel Caleb and linebacker Josh Trimble made their first career starts for Virginia Tech. ... Pitt senior DT Aaron Donald has recorded a sack in all five games this season. He has 26.5 sacks for his career, tied for fourth place in the Panthers' record book. ... Pitt freshman tailback James Conner sustained a shoulder injury in the third quarter and did not return.
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