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Missing Hawaii girl’s parents withdrew her from school


The Associated Press

HONOLULU — The adoptive parents of a missing 6-year-old Hawaii girl pulled her out of school to home-school her, the state Department of Education said.

Isabella Kalua attended kindergarten at Waimanalo Elementary last school year via distance learning, said Nanea Kalani, a spokeswoman for the education department. In June, her adoptive parents filed paperwork with the school to withdraw the child to home-school her, Kalani said.

The search for Kalua entered the fourth day Thursday. She was last seen sleeping at home in Waimanalo, on the east side of the island of Oahu, Sunday night, Honolulu police said.

Sonny Kalua told The Associated Press Thursday that he and Lehua Kalua adopted the girl in January. “We’re instructed by the detectives from day one that we’re not supposed to talk to reporters,” he said.

Interim Chief Rade Vanic told the Honolulu Police Commission Wednesday there’s not sufficient evidence to show she was abducted.

Police have interviewed numerous people, but there are acquaintances and family members “who have yet to come forward to be interviewed,” Lt. Deena Thoemmes, of the Criminal Investigation Division, said in a statement Thursday.

“We hope that this will change in the near future as the investigation and search for Isabella continues,” she said. “At this time, foul play has not been ruled out.”

Police described the brown-eyed, brown-haired girl as white and mixed race. Police believe she would have been wearing a black hoodie, black leggings, colorful socks and Nike slides with pink bottoms.

Volunteers from across the island, along with city, state, federal and military agencies, have been helping with the search.

Ohio Sports

Carli Lloyd scores 5 goals, US women rout Paraguay 9-0

CLEVELAND (AP) — No Carli Lloyd isn’t reconsidering her retirement — even after a five-goal game.
Lloyd hit a career high for goals in the U.S. national team’s 9-0 rout of Paraguay on Thursday night. The 39-year-old forward has just three more games with the team before she walks away from the game.
“Maybe for a split second,” Lloyd said when asked if performances like that make her want to stick around. “And then I go back to reality.”
Lloyd scored a pair of goals in the opening five minutes, and added her third and fourth before halftime as the United States built a 6-0 lead. She added her final goal in the 61st.
Lloyd has 133 international goals in 313 appearances with the national team. She moved in front of Kristine Lilly for third on the career list.
“She’s an absolute legend, just being on the field, she’s a threat, no matter who we play, when we play, where we play,” U.S. coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “Her mentality is something that’s unseen. She’s just hungry for scoring goals, just hungry to get better, and whether we play for a medal or we play Paraguay, it makes no difference. She wants to score goals.”
Lloyd’s scoring outburst was reminiscent of the 2015 World Cup final, when she scored three goals in the first 16 minutes against Japan. She announced she plans to retire from soccer after the team’s four post-Olympic games.
“That was fun,” she said about the game. “I don’t know, I’m just trying to savor it because I want time to go a little bit slower, because one game is down and I have three left.”
It was Lloyd’s first career five-goal game. She has nine career hat tricks, one fewer than Mia Hamm.
The five goals matched the U.S. record for a single game, a milestone most recently reached by Alex Morgan against Thailand during the 2019 World Cup. No player has had six.
“I wish I could do it forever, but all good things eventually come to an end and I definitely am for sure retiring,” Lloyd said. “I’m not going to come back out of retirement but you know I’m going to be the biggest cheerleader for this team and really excited to see them continue to keep crushing it.”
Andi Sullivan scored 25th before Lynn Williams’ blast from distance in the 30th made it 4-0.
Sullivan added a second goal early in the second half, before Lloyd’s fifth. Tobin Heath scored the final goal in the 86th.
The United States is in the midst of a four-game post Olympics tour. The Americans won the bronze medal in Tokyo, a somewhat disappointing finish for the defending World Cup champions.
It is the first time that the United States has faced Paraguay, which has never played in the Olympics or the World Cup.
Paraguay lost 7-0 to Japan in April. It was the team’s only previous match this year after three scheduled games against Colombia were cancelled because of the coronavirus.
Forward Christen Press was not with the national team because she is taking time off to focus on her mental health. Alyssa Naeher, Julie Ertz, Sam Mewis and Megan Rapinoe were not on the roster because of injury.
The United States plays Paraguay again on Tuesday in Cincinnati. The team is scheduled to host South Korea twice next month before a possible road trip to Australia in November.
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Ohio Sports

Texans’ QB Taylor back to face Mayfield, Browns in Week 2

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) — Brash and even a little belligerent, Baker Mayfield waltzed into the NFL thinking he had things figured out. He quickly learned he had a lot to learn.
Tyrod Taylor taught him.
When Cleveland fans fill FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday for the first time in nearly two years, they’ll see several familiar faces on Houston’s roster, one of them Taylor, who was briefly the Browns’ starter when Mayfield was a rookie in 2018.
Taylor only started three games, but Mayfield said the 32-year-old veteran had a major impact on his career.
“I think people took Tyrod for granted,” said Mayfield. “He’s an extremely good leader. His work ethic alone, just his routine and being the same guy every day for every single person in the building is a tremendous way of showing his leadership.
“Obviously great athlete and he’s a great quarterback.”
Taylor is coming off a strong debut in a win over Jacksonville for the Texans (1-0), who elevated him into the starting job this summer in the midst of Deshaun Watson’s legal entanglements and his trade request.
Desperate to solve their quarterback issue three years ago, the Browns (0-1), who are coming off a Week 1 loss in Kansas City, traded a third-round pick to Buffalo for Taylor. The previous season he had helped the Bills end their long playoff drought.
Cleveland then chose Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick, but he was not given a chance to beat out Taylor in training camp.
Things changed, though, in Week 3 when Mayfield replaced a concussed Taylor during a nationally televised Thursday night game against the New York Jets and rallied the Browns to their first win in 20 games.
Taylor’s era in Cleveland may have been brief, but he helped shape Mayfield into the QB he is today.
“Everything that he taught me, leading by example and doing different things, not that we lead the same way, but there’s always different ways to learn,” Mayfield said. “I’m very thankful to have stepped in a QB room with Drew Stanton and Tyrod, that I was able to learn from those guys. It’s something I’m obviously very grateful for.”
Taylor said he hasn’t closely followed Mayfield’s career, but he was impressed by the young QB’s quick rise in their one season together.
“Just to see his growth throughout that year was definitely impressive and to see him endure some of the stuff that came up throughout that year, with coach changes and different schemes,” Taylor said. “But he’d done a great job of handling it, and he’s done a great job for the team since then.
“I know they’re looking forward for him to have a big year this year.”
The Texans’ red-white-and-blue uniforms are tinged with orange.
Houston has eight former Browns on its 53-man roster. And while Taylor said he’s looking forward to being back in Cleveland and seeing friends, he’s not returning with revenge in mind.
“It’s not about me,” he said. “It’s about our team here and us working hard throughout this week and us executing on Sunday. It’s never about me or my feelings when it comes to going to play against previous teams.”
Browns center Joel Bitonio plans to catch up with Texans linebacker Christian Kirksey, who was in his 2014 draft class with Cleveland and spent six seasons with the club.
“We spent a lot of time here together,” Bitonio said. “Nothing really happens during the game, but after the game it’ll be good to say ‘Hey’ to those guys.”
One of Houston’s primary problems last season was an inability to force turnovers. The Texans were last in the league with just nine.
First-year defensive coordinator Lovie Smith is fixing things. Houston had three interceptions last week against the Jaguars, matching their total for 2020.
“We have put an emphasis on it as a part of what we have to do to have success defensively,” Smith said. “So that part is good and as a coach you start looking at what other opportunities that you had. We haven’t played our best game, so we’ll need to be able to do that in order for takeaways to come.
Odell Beckham’s Jr.’s return is on hold.
Cleveland’s star receiver was ruled out early in the week, further delaying his comeback from knee surgery last year. Beckham seemed to be a go in the opener against the Chiefs, but after pregame warmups he told the Browns he wasn’t confident he could play as much as they needed.
“The most important thing is that he’s continuing to get healthy and when he’s comfortable enough he’ll be out there,” said Browns receiver Jarvis Landry.
Browns coach Kevin Stefanski has never heard Cleveland’s crowd at maximum volume.
On Sunday, it will be at full roar — or in this case, full bark.
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, only 12,000 fans were allowed inside the Browns’ lakefront stadium in 2020. Those crowds were loud, but nothing like what Stefanski, who is in his second season, or the Texans will experience.
“I’m excited, man,” said Browns running back Nick Chubb. “It’s been almost two years. I know the Dawg Pound will be out and we’ll be rocking in FirstEnergy.”
AP Sports Writer Kristie Rieken in Houston contributed to this report.
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Ohio Sports

Oh, snap: Browns punter Gillan ‘devastated’ by fumble in KC

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns punter Jamie Gillan spent the summer catching footballs fired at him from a machine during practice. He snagged thousands.
Last Sunday, he couldn’t handle one that counted.
Gillan failed to catch a snap in the fourth quarter of the opener at Kansas City, and then made matters worse when he tried to run for a first down and was tackled, sending the Browns to a 33-29 loss to the Chiefs.
Browns special teams coordinator Mike Priefer was at a loss to explain what happened.
“He just dropped it,” Priefer said Thursday.
Gillan’s gaffe — one of three crucial mistakes by Cleveland in the second half — gave the Chiefs possession at the 15-yard line and they quickly scored a touchdown to expand their lead with 7:04 remaining.
The Browns never recovered.
Gillan, nicknamed “The Scottish Hammer” because of the way he can punish a football with his left foot, hasn’t spoken to reporters since his fateful flub. Priefer said the 24-year-old, who is in his third season with Cleveland, was distraught following the game.
“Devastated,” Priefer said. “We all were. We all were for him and for our football team.”
It may not have helped Gillan that the Browns offense had played so well that he wasn’t attempting his first punt of the season until the fourth quarter. With the Chiefs rallying, Arrowhead Stadium was quaking with noise.
However, Priefer offered no excuses and said Gillan isn’t running from accountability.
“We talked about it a little bit on the airplane and he had really no excuse, no excuse why he dropped it,” Priefer said as the Browns prepared for this week’s home opener against the Houston Texans. “He’s not an excuse-maker, he’s a standup guy and he knows he’s got to perform at a high level and keep being a weapon for our football team, and it starts this Sunday.”
Even after Gillan scooped up his fumble, Priefer said he still had time to punt it. Gillan, though, tucked it under his arm the way he used to while playing rugby and took off running to his right before being brought down.
That was his second error.
“If anything, go left,” Priefer said. “We work on similar things, like if the ball goes over his head, he circles back this way so he can scoop it up and then punt with his left foot. We talk about different situations — bad snaps or dropped snaps.”
The Browns may discuss those things, but they don’t work on them.
“I don’t like to practice failure,” Priefer said. “I’m being serious, like a fire call on a field goal. We muff a field goal snap, we talk about it, we might walk through it, but we never want to actually practice that exact situation because to me if you’re practicing a dropped snap, you’re practicing failure.
“Do we talk about those things? Of course, and we cover the different situations.”
Despite Gillan’s costly play, Priefer hasn’t lost any confidence in him.
“Not at all,” he said. “He’s got great hands. He’s a great athlete. He wasn’t a holder until he got here and he became a really good holder. I can’t explain why he dropped it.”
NOTES: Starting RT Jack Conklin (knee) was back at practice after missing Wednesday. However, starting LT Jedrick Wills Jr. (ankle) remains sidelined along with his backup, Chris Hubbard (triceps). If they can’t play, rookie James Hudson III will make his first NFL start. … C JC Tretter (knee) was also held out but probably more as a precaution. … LB Anthony Walker Jr. (hamstring) was limited. … S John Johnson III struggled with dehydration against the Chiefs and had a curious theory why. “Honestly, I think it is like the socks that we have to wear,” he said. “The NFL mandates you have to have your legs covered up, and I think that kind of plays a part in it. I do not know. I might be wrong.”
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Ohio Sports

Browns look to even record after tough KC loss, host Texans

HOUSTON (1-0) at CLEVELAND (0-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE: Browns by 12 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook
AGAINST THE SPREAD: Texans 1-0; Browns 1-0.
SERIES RECORD: Texans lead 7-4.
LAST MEETING: Browns beat Texans 10-7 on Nov. 15, 2020.
LAST WEEK: Texans beat Jaguars 37-21; Browns lost 33-29 to Chiefs
TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: Houston plus-3; Cleveland minus-2.
TEXANS PLAYER TO WATCH: Texans QB Tyrod Taylor. The Browns are very familiar with Taylor, who spent 2018 in Cleveland, signed to be the starter that season before rookie Baker Mayfield took over in Week 3. Taylor passed for 291 yards last week.
BROWNS PLAYER TO WATCH: RB Nick Chubb had a critical fumble in last week’s loss at Kansas City. Chubb had two touchdown runs in the first half, but didn’t have time to make up for his third-quarter gaffe against the Chiefs. The Texans could pay for it.
KEY MATCHUP: Texans LT Laremy Tunsil vs. Browns DE Myles Garrett. These two have a history going back to college. Garrett recorded one-half sack in the matchup last year against Tunsil, who recently returned after being sidelined with COVID-19. Garrett had the virus last season with his sickness derailing a push to win league Defensive Player of the Year honors.
KEY INJURIES: Browns LB Anthony Walker Jr. will miss at least three games after going on injured reserve with a hamstring issue. Walker led the Browns with nine tackles against the Chiefs. He’s also the defensive signal caller. … Starting LT Jedrick Wills Jr. sprained his ankle last week and could be out. Cleveland was also without RT Jack Conklin (knee), center JC Tretter (knee) and LT Chris Hubbard (triceps) — Wills’ replacement — in practice this week. … Texans WR Anthony Miller is expected to play after missing the opener with a shoulder injury sustained in the first preseason game. OL Charlie Heck is expected back. He missed the opener after being placed on the COVID-19 list Sept. 6.
SERIES NOTES: The Browns will play in front of a capacity crowd (67,000) at FirstEnergy Stadium for the first time since the 2019 home finale. Last year, the stadium was only allowed be at 25% because of the COVID-19 pandemic. … Cleveland snapped a five-game losing streak against Houston with its win last season. … Taylor is one of eight former Browns on the Texans’ 53-man roster. … Cleveland DE Jadeveon Clowney was the No. 1 overall draft pick by Houston in 2014. … Texans DL Malik Collins had career-high two sacks last season against the Browns while with Dallas.
STATS AND STUFF: Houston’s 37 points last week were the most in Week 1 in franchise history. … The Texans had three interceptions in the opener, matching their total for the entire 2020 season. … First-year Texans coach David Culley is familiar with the Browns after working as Baltimore’s pass coordinator/wide receivers coach the past two seasons. … Taylor is one of just five QBs since 2015 with at least 8,000 yards passing and 1,500 rushing. … QB Deshaun Watson’s uncertain future continues to hang over the Texans. Watson has been named in 22 lawsuits by women alleging sexual assault or harassment against him. Earlier this summer, he requested a trade. … Texans RB Mark Ingram rushed for 84 yards and a TD in his debut with the team last week. … WR Brandin Cooks was Taylor’s top target with five catches for 132 yards, hauling in one for 52 yards. … Texans have 33 new players on their roster from last season. … Cleveland rolled up 457 total yards last week against Kansas City, but the Browns were done in by three critical second-half mistakes — the last QB Baker Mayfield’s interception with 1:09 remaining. … The Browns scored touchdowns on their first three possessions. … All four of Cleveland’s TDs in the opener came on the ground. … Mayfield is the first Browns QB to start three consecutive openers since Brian Sipe (1978-80), underscoring Cleveland’s inability to find a franchise leader. … Browns WR Jarvis Landry has 111 consecutive games with at least two catches, the fourth longest streak in history.. … WR Odell Beckham Jr. will not make his season debut against the Texans. Beckham had reconstructive knee surgery in November, and while he’s made a quicker-than-expected return, he’s not ready to play. … RB Nick Chubb has a rushing TD in seven straight games. He had 126 yards in last year’s win over the Texans. RB Kareem Hunt added 109 yards. … In just his fifth season, Garrett’s 43 1/2 sacks are third in club’s history behind Clay Matthews (62) and Michael Dean Perry (51 1/2). … Browns S Grant Delpit could make his NFL debut. He missed last season with a ruptured Achilles tendon and this year’s opener with a hamstring issue. … The Browns went 6-2 at home in 2020.
FANTASY TIP: With Beckham out, speedy rookie speedy WR Anthony Schwartz could have a larger role with Cleveland’s offense than expected. He had three catches for 69 yards in his debut and could be the long-ball threat Mayfield needs.
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Ohio Sports

Browns LB Walker on IR, signal caller out minimum 3 games

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns starting linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. will miss at least three games with a hamstring injury, a loss that will have a ripple effect through Cleveland’s defense.
Walker, who signed as a free agent in March after four seasons with Indianapolis, got hurt during Thursday’s practice. He led Cleveland with nine tackles in last week’s 33-29 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and he’s also the Browns’ signal-caller on defense.
Cleveland hosts Houston in its home opener Sunday.
Any player going on IR must sit out a minimum of three games before he can be activated.
Walker watched Friday’s practice from the side as the Browns (0-1) continued to get ready for the Texans (1-0).
Starting left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. was also out and is expected to miss Sunday’s game with an ankle injury sustained in the first quarter last week. Wills has not practiced this week and his backup, Chris Hubbard (triceps), didn’t practice for the third day in a row.
With Wills and Hubbard out, rookie James Hudson III, a fourth-round pick from Cincinnati, will likely make his NFL debut.
Center JC Tretter (ankle) returned to practice after being held out for two days.
Mack Wilson would seem to be the most likely candidate to take over for Walker. Cleveland also has Malcolm Smith and Elijah Lee as potential replacements.
The Browns are working out former 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, but he’s not expected to sign with the team.
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Ohio Headlines

House Republican who voted to impeach Trump won’t run again

One of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol announced he will not seek reelection in Ohio next year.
U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, a former NFL player with a once-bright political future, cited his two young children for his decision and noted “the chaotic political environment that currently infects our country.” He is the first Latino to represent Ohio in Congress.
“While my desire to build a fuller family life is at the heart of my decision, it is also true that the current state of our politics, especially many of the toxic dynamics inside our own party, is a significant factor in my decisions,” Gonzalez said in his statement Thursday night.
Gonzalez, 36, would have faced Max Miller in the 2022 primary. Trump has endorsed Miller, his former White House and campaign aide, as part of his bid to punish those who voted for his impeachment or blocked his efforts to overturn the results of the election. Trump rallied for Miller this summer.
In a statement, Miller’s campaign called Gonzalez’s announcement “good news for the voters of our district,” said Gonzalez had “dishonored the office by betraying his constituents” with his impeachment vote.
Gonzalez represents northeast Ohio’s 16th Congressional District, in the northeastern part of the state.
The Ohio Republican Party censured Gonzalez in May for voting in February to impeach Trump. Gonzalez has stood by his impeachment vote in the face of fierce pushback from his party’s conservative wing.
It remains unclear whether any of the other House Republicans who joined Gonzalez in voting for impeachment will follow in his footsteps.
In an interview with The New York Times announcing his decision, Gonzalez called Trump “a cancer for the country” who represents a threat to democracy and said that Jan. 6 had been “a line-in-the-sand moment” for him.
While he said there seemed to have been a moment then when the party might break with the former president, he has been dismayed by its decision to instead embrace Trump.
“This is the direction that we’re going to go in for the next two years and potentially four, and it’s going to make Trump the center of fund-raising efforts and political outreach,” Gonzalez told the newspaper. “That’s not something I’m going to be part of.”
He said he plans to spend his time now working to prevent Trump from being elected to the White House again.
“Most of my political energy will be spent working on that exact goal,” he said.
Trump called Gonzalez’s decision not to seek reelection “no loss for Ohio or our Country.” In a statement Friday that also praised Miller, the former president said Gonzalez quit after losing popularity following his vote for impeachment.

Ohio Headlines

Ohio to receive 855 Afghan refugees through federal program

By The Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nearly 900 Afghan refugees will be arriving in Ohio and placed within eight local resettlement agencies as part of the first group of nearly 37,000 arrivals across the country, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday.
“These are individuals who have been partners with United States and deserve our support in return for the support they’ve given us,” DeWine said in a statement.
The evacuees will be arriving through the U.S. Department of State’s Afghan Placement and Assistance Program to agencies mainly in northeast and central Ohio.
The Biden administration had begun notifying governors and state refugee coordinators of their arrivals on Wednesday. Officials said the State Department resettled evacuees based on the advice of local affiliates of nine national resettlement agencies the U.S. government is working with.
Through the process, Afghan evacuees are advised by officials that certain parts of the country — including areas with plentiful job openings and cheaper housing — could be good places to begin their new lives in the U.S.
The Afghan evacuees go through a Department of Homeland Security-coordinated process of security vetting and health screening before being admitted.
The Biden administration has requested funding from Congress to help resettle 65,000 Afghans in the U.S. by the end of this month and 95,000 by September 2022.

Ohio Headlines

Psychologist facing child porn counts reaches plea deal

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) — A child psychologist facing dozens of counts related to child pornography pleaded guilty to child endangerment and tampering with evidence in exchange for all other counts being dismissed.
Gregory Ramey, 71, entered his pleas Wednesday in Greene County Common Pleas Court. His sentencing was scheduled for Nov. 18, but it’s not clear if he’s facing a potential prison term.
Ramey’s attorney has said the images his client had were provocative but not pornographic, and the individuals shown were clothed.
Ramey was fired by Dayton Children’s Hospital in August 2019 after officials learned he was under investigation by the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Ramey served as executive director for pediatric mental health resources at Dayton Children’s and wrote a weekly parenting column distributed by The New York Times.
Ramey pleaded guilty to six counts of child endangerment and one count of tampering with evidence. The other counts he faced — including illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, pandering obscenity involving a minor and attempted pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor — were all dismissed.

West Virginia Sports

WVU hosts No. 15 Hokies at sold-out Mountaineer Field

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No. 15 Virginia Tech (2-0) at West Virginia (1-1), Saturday at noon EDT (FS1).
Line: Virginia Tech by 2 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Series record: West Virginia leads 28-23-1.
The Black Diamond Trophy. Virginia Tech has won three straight in the series. West Virginia hasn’t possessed the trophy since 2003. The name is a nod to the region’s rich history with coal. Virginia Tech has its highest ranking since it rose to No. 12 in 2018 and is looking to return to the top 10 for the first time since an 11-win season in 2011.
West Virginia RB Leddie Brown against the Hokies’ defense. A 1,000-yard rusher a year ago, Brown is supposed to be the centerpiece of West Virginia’s offense but has yet to get on track this season. The senior is averaging 3.3 yards per carry and was limited to 31 yards in a 66-0 win over Long Island, which had allowed 318 rushing yards in its opener.
Virginia Tech: QB Braxton Burmeister. The junior is 5-1 as the starting quarterback. He took a hit from Middle Tennessee safety Gregory Grate Jr. last week and went to the sidelines for seven plays before returning to the game. Burmeister has completed 61% of his passes for 311 yards and two TDs with one interception.
West Virginia: Winston Wright. The junior returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score last week and had a school-record 217 yards in kick returns in the season opener at Maryland.
West Virginia quarterback Jarret Doege has surpassed 250 passing yards in each of the first two games … The Hokies have four interceptions, tied for fifth in the nation. Cornerback Jermaine Waller has one in each game. … Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock is a former assistant AD at West Virginia. … The Mountaineers will travel to Blacksburg, Virginia next season. … Both teams are among the national leaders in tackles for loss with West Virginia averaging 10.5 per game and Virginia Tech nine. But while the Hokies have amassed nine sacks, West Virginia has four … The Mountaineers allowed just 95 total yards and forced 10 punts last week.
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