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Virginia Tech kicks, picks way to OT win

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Cody Journell, who missed a 38-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, redeemed himself with a 41-yarder on the final play of regulation to force overtime and an 18-yarder to win it Monday as No. 16 Virginia Tech beat ACC rival Georgia Tech 20-17 in the opener for both teams.

Journell's kick to end regulation came 38 seconds after Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington hit running back Deon Hill for a 10-yard touchdown and a 17-14 lead.

Georgia Tech got the first overtime possession, but Hokies cornerback Kyle Fuller picked off Washington's wild pass under pressure on the third play.

AUBURN: The mother of fullback Jay Prosch died of brain cancer. Coach Gene Chizik said Iris Prosch died Monday morning. Prosch transferred from Illinois in January to be closer to his stricken mother.

HOUSTON: Offensive coordinator Mike Nesbitt resigned two days after a 30-13 opening loss to Texas State, which was making its Division I-A debut. Travis Bush, who was coaching the running backs, will assume play-calling duties and coach the quarterbacks.

LSU: Tyrone Mathieu told WVUE, the Fox TV affiliate in New Orleans, that his adopted son, 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu, will enroll in school today after completing two stages of rehabilitation in Houston. The cornerback was kicked off the Tigers last month and won't play this fall.

MICHIGAN: ESPN reported that coach Brady Hoke reinstated running back Fitzgerald Toussaint and defensive end Frank Clark. Both were suspended for Saturday's loss to Alabama. Also, Hoke said starting cornerback Blake Countess is out for the season with a torn ACL suffered Saturday.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE: The NCAA suspended cornerback C.J. Wilson for four games because of an academic issue, coach Tom O'Brien said.

PURDUE: The team will honor one of the school's most famous graduates, Neil Armstrong, with a sticker on its helmets. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon and a 1955 Purdue graduate, died Aug. 25.

VANDERBILT: Coach James Franklin said he heard from the SEC office 15 minutes after his Commodores lost 17-13 to No. 9 South Carolina on Thursday. He would not say what he was told about the lack of a flag on an obvious pass interference on fourth down that ended the Commodores' bid for an upset.

BASKETBALL: UCLA said two freshman recruits have not received final amateurism certification from the NCAA but disputed what it called "misleading and inaccurate public reports" regarding its incoming class. A Scout.com report said Kyle Anderson and Tony Parker are being investigated for possible recruiting violations.

Virginia Tech kicks, picks way to OT win 09/04/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 1:28am]
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