BLACKSBURG, Va. — Braxton Miller scored two touchdowns, including an electrifying 53-yard run, and No. 1 Ohio State pulled away from Virginia Tech for a season-opening 42-24 victory on Monday night.

Cardale Jones, whose status as the starter was not known until he came out for the first offensive series, threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score as Ohio State avenged a 35-21 home loss to Virginia Tech last season and earned its 14th straight win overall.

A soap opera that started as soon as Ohio State won the national championship behind Jones in January finally came to an end in Lane Stadium when Jones jogged onto the field for Ohio State’s first series.

The Hokies, meanwhile, lost more than the game, with quarterback Michael Brewer shelved by a left shoulder injury in the third quarter. Brewer is key to Virginia Tech’s hope for a resurgent season.

Ohio State’s Adolphus Washington slammed into Brewer, who had already thrown two touchdown passes, straight-on right after the quarterback released a pass, and the defensive lineman landed on him.

Field hockey

HUSSON 3, ST. JOSEPH’S 2: Hanna Jordan had a pair of assists as the Eagles (1-3) opened a 3-0 halftime lead and beat St. Joseph’s (0-1) in Bangor.

Lauren Russell gave the Eagles a 1-0 edge when she beat Emma Astbury in the 15th minute.

Kerianne Downing and Britt Mellor both added a goal before the half to make it 3-0.

St. Joseph’s got on the board in the 50th minute when Michalia Parent scored with an assist from Kayla Kelly and Kelsey Drummong made it 3-2 two minutes later. Meghan Williams also had an assist.

Kaitlin Dolloff made 16 saves to earn the win, while Astbury stopped two shots.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY 2, MAINE 1: Hester van der Laan’s overtime penalty stroke lifted the Terriers (2-1) to a win over the Black Bears (3-1) in Orono.

The Terrier’s were awarded a penalty stroke 11:34 into overtime. Van der Laan’s first try hit the left post, but the play was whistled dead because Maine goalkeeper Emily Corbett moved too early. Van der Laan capitalized on her second attempt.

BU took a 1-0 lead 1:21 into the second half on a goal by Rachel Coll. Maine tied it when Danielle Aviani scored from Jessica Skillings with 9:40 left in regulation.

Men’s soccer

UM-FORT KENT 3, ST. JOSEPH’S 2: Rodney Witter’s unassisted goal midway through the second half broke a 2-2 tie and the Bengals (6-0) beat the Monks (1-1-1) in Standish.

Fort Kent opened a quick 2-0 lead with Ross Downie scoring an unassisted goal just 17 seconds into the game and Daniel Blackwood scoring from Kalusha Kotes at 2:38.

Ralph Houanche had a pair of assists as the Monks came back to tie the game before the half on goals by Jesse Ramirez and Sean Baker.

Butch Forbes had two saves in net for the Bengals. St. Joe’s goalies Blake Mullen and Scott Benner combined for 11 saves.

SOUTHERN MAINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 5, BEN FRANKLIN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 2: Douglas Cloutier scored twice as the Seawolves (1-1-1) opened a 4-0 halftime lead and beat the Chargers (0-1) in South Portland.

Adam Helmke put SMCC up 1-0 12 minutes into the game and Sean Jackson made it 2-0 four minutes later. Cloutier also scored twice in the first half.

Zubah Akoi and Yuri Ketena scored in the second half for BFIT, but Harrison Charwat added an insurance goal late in the game.


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