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Clemson rallies, secures Atlantic title

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 07:02 AM
LANDOVER, Md. -

Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 43-yard field goal as time expired and No. 9 Clemson rallied from 14 points down in the second half to defeat Wake Forest 31-28 and clinch the ACC Atlantic Division title on Saturday.

Catanzaro had missed a 30-yard attempt 2 minutes before his game-winner for the Tigers (9-1, 6-1 ACC). However, Clemson's defense quickly got the ball back for one last drive. This time, Catanzaro's attempt was straight and true and sent the Tigers to the ACC title game for the second time in three years.

Catanzaro was mobbed by teammates as fans swarmed the field in celebration.

The Tigers, 7-0 at home this year, completed their first perfect season at Death Valley since 1990 and next weekend will face North Carolina State with a chance to reach 10 wins for the first time since 1991.

Tajh Boyd overcame a poor outing with two touchdown passes after Wake Forest (5-5, 4-3) had taken a 28-21 lead.

VIRGINIA 31,

DUKE 21

Michael Rocco threw two touchdown passes and Chase Minnifield returned an interception for a touchdown as Virginia ended a three-game losing streak against Duke.

The Cavaliers (7-3, 4-2) moved one victory closer to a possible showdown with No. 10 Virginia Tech with the ACC's Coastal Division title on the line. It was Virginia's third consecutive victory, two in November, where it had lost 13 straight before last week.

Duke (3-7, 1-5) has lost five straight games.

BOSTON COLLEGE 14,

N.C. STATE 10

Starting quarterback Chase Rettig threw for a touchdown, backup Josh Bordner ran for a scores and struggling Boston College held on to beat North Carolina State.

The Eagles (3-7, 2-5) are suffering through their worst season since going 4-7 in 1998 under Tom O'Brien — now in his fifth season at N.C. State.

Mike Glennon completed 28 of 40 passes for 220 yards for the Wolfpack (5-5, 2-4).

NOTRE DAME 45,

MARYLAND 21

Jonas Gary ran for a career-high 136 yards and two touchdowns, and Notre Dame made itself right at home against skidding Maryland.

Tommy Rees completed 30 of 38 passes for 296 yards and two scores for the Irish (7-3), who have won three straight and seven of eight. Rees went 14 for 15 for 142 yards after halftime.

Notre Dame has made a habit of playing one "home" game a year at a neutral site. Although this one was held at a stadium only 12 miles from the Maryland campus, both end zones read NOTRE DAME and most fans in the crowd of 70,251 at FedEx Field were pulling for the Irish.

Maryland (2-8) dropped its sixth straight.

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