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Pirates ride strong second-string QB

GREENVILLE, N.C. — James Summers spun off one tackler, shoved another — a defensive lineman, no less — into the grass and raced to the end zone for a long touchdown that had East Carolina's rain-soaked fans roaring in delight.

The backup quarterback's highlight-reel play perfectly captured his dominance over Virginia Tech's befuddled defense.

Summers accounted for three touchdowns, two on the ground in a huge rushing performance, to help the Pirates beat the Hokies 35-28 on Saturday for ECU's fifth straight win against ACC opponents under Ruffin McNeill.

Summers ran for 169 yards in a bigger-than-expected role, going from a change-of-pace option behind Blake Kemp to the guy who led ECU to its first home win against the Hokies in 23 years.

"(McNeill) told me, 'Just be ready tonight — we don't know when we're going to put you in, but you just be ready,' " Summers said. "And I was ready."

Trevon Brown and Isaiah Jones each had touchdown catches for East Carolina, which ran 43 times including 21 by Summers.

The 41-yard touchdown run stood out, especially when the 6-foot-3, 210-pound quarterback jammed defensive end Ken Ekanem (6-3, 248) into the turf after Ekanem had wrapped his arms around him. "He ran better than we tackled," Hokies coach Frank Beamer said.

Navy 28, UConn 18: Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds keeps moving up the record books and the Midshipmen keep winning.

The senior ran 28 times for 142 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another score as the hosts won their seventh straight.

Reynolds had touchdown runs of 10, 4 and 10 yards to give him 73 rushing scores, tied for second in NCAA history behind former Wisconsin star Monte Ball at 77.

"I'm grateful to be mentioned in that category," he said. "But, when we get in the red zone, I just want to punch it in. I don't care if it's me who punches it in."

The senior threw just four times, but completed three, including a 19-yard touchdown to Jamir Tillman, the team's first passing touchdown this season.

Bryant Shirreffs threw for 219 yards and two scores for UConn.

"We're executing better than we ever have," Connecticut coach Bob Diaco said. "We've just got to take that next step."

James Madison 48, SMU 45: Vad Lee hit wide receiver John Miller for a 17-yard touchdown as the visiting Dukes, from Division I-AA, rallied to top the Mustangs. Lee threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 276 yards and two touchdowns. SMU, which erased a 41-31 deficit in the fourth quarter on Matt Davis' two touchdown runs, gained 494 yards but allowed 729 yards and 34 first downs.

Pirates ride strong second-string QB 09/26/15 [Last modified: Saturday, September 26, 2015 11:11pm]
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