In NFL Football, the Denver Broncos beat AFC West rival San Diego 35-21 in Denver Thursday night. Peyton Manning added to his record TD pass total with three touchdown passes, two to Emanuel Sanders and the other to Demaryius Thomas. Rookie running back Juwan Thompson added two touchdown runs. Manning was 25-36 for 286 yards in the air and Ronnie Hillman rushed for 109 yards on 20 carries. Denver moved to 6-1 atop their division. The Chargers dropped to 5-3 with their second straight loss.
In college football Thursday night, East Carolina took a 31-21 win over stubborn Connecticut. The game was tied at 21 at the end of three quarters before the Pirates took control in the fourth quarter. ECU quarterback Shane Cardon threw a career high 64 times and compelted 38 of them for 445 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Wide receiver Justin Hardy caught 14 passes for 186 yards. and Cam Worthy had seven receptions for 138 yards. East Carolina improved to 6-1 overall, 3-0 in the American Conference, while UConn dropped to 1-6 overall, 0-4 in the conference.
In ACC action, Miami blasted Virginia Tech 30-6. Duke Johnson rushed for 249 yards and scored two touchdowns for the Hurricanes. Miami outgained Tech 255-36 in the first half in building up a 24-0 lead at halftime. The Hokies dropped to 4-4 overall, 1-3 in the ACC, while Miami improved to 5-3, 2-2 in the ACC.
Friday games include South Florida at Cincinnati, Troy at South Alabama, BYU at Boise State, and Oregon hosts California. Saturday North Carolina visits Virginia in a game that can be heard on Newsradio 1490, starting with pregame at 11:30AM, kickoff at 12:30PM. Other ACC games Saturday have Boston College at Wake Forest, Georgia Tech at Pitt, Syracuse at Clemson. For the Locals, Catawba hosts Brevard for Homcomng at 1:30PM and Livingstone is at Winston Salem State, also at 1:30PM.