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Clemson keeps rolling, routs Virginia Tech

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 01:11 AM
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -

Tajh Boyd and No. 13 Clemson became the first Atlantic Coast Conference team to beat ranked teams three weeks in a row, and did it resoundingly with a 23-3 victory against No. 11 Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Boyd, a Virginia native recruited by the Hokies, threw for a touchdown and dissected a top-10 defense for the second week in a row in snapping the Hokies' 12-game ACC winning streak.

The Tigers got rushing touchdowns from Andre Ellington and Mike Bellamy and finished with 323 yards against a defense that was ranked fourth nationally, allowing just 231 yards per game.

The Hokies (4-1) had a miserable night offensively, gaining 258 yards.

 

NO. 21 GEORGIA TECH 45,

N.C. STATE 35

Orwin Smith rushed for three touchdowns and No. 21 Georgia Tech beat North Carolina State to extend its best start in more than 20 years.

Smith finished with 74 yards and scored on runs of 13, 9 and 3 yards to help the Yellow Jackets (5-0, 2-0) open with five wins for the first time since their national championship season in 1990.

Georgia Tech led 21-0, briefly allowed N.C. State to make a game of it in the third quarter and pulled away with three touchdowns in a 2-minute, 22-second span of the fourth.

Mike Glennon was 20 of 29 for 163 yards with touchdown passes covering 9 yards to Jay Smith and 1 yard to Tyler Purvis. The Wolfpack (2-3, 0-2) remained winless against Bowl Subdivision teams.

 

WAKE FOREST 27,

BOSTON COLLEGE 19

Tanner Price threw a 47-yard TD pass to Chris Givens on Wake Forest's first possession of the second half as the Demon Deacons opened a 15-point lead before holding off Boston College.

Price completed 19 of 28 passes for 252 yards for Wake Forest (3-1, 2-0). Josh Harris rushed 19 times for 60 yards, including a 2-yard TD in the opening quarter.

Montel Harris carried 22 times for 108 yards for Boston College (1-4, 0-2), setting the school's all-time rushing record with a 26-yard carry early in the final quarter. He has 3,735 yards, breaking the mark held by Derrick Knight (2003). Knight had 3,725 career yards.

Boston College's Chase Rettig completed 23 of 47 for 188 yards with a TD pass and an interception, but he was stopped a yard short on a fourth-and-4 run at Wake Forest's 44 with just under two minutes left.

 

VIRGINIA 21,

IDAHO 20

A two-point conversion pass by Idaho's Brian Reader fell incomplete and Virginia escaped in overtime.

Idaho's Daniel Micheletti ran in a blocked punt and Reader completed a two-point conversion pass to Marsel Posey to tie the game at 14 in the fourth quarter and force overtime.

Virginia (3-2) got the ball first in the extra period and scored on David Watford's 27-yard pass to Dominique Terrell. Reader matched that with a 23-yard TD pass to Armauni Johnson. But instead of kicking an extra point to force a second overtime, underdog Idaho (1-4) went for the win and came up short.

 

MARYLAND 28,

TOWSON 3

Danny O'Brien threw two second-half touchdowns and Maryland's defense forced four second-half turnovers, helping the Terps (2-2) pull away. Maryland snapped a two-game skid as Davin Meggett ran for 102 yards.

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