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Cunningham's 5 TDs lift MTSU against Ga. Tech

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 03:01 PM
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -

Benny Cunningham rushed for 217 yards and five touchdowns Saturday to lead Middle Tennessee State to a 49-28 win against Georgia Tech.

Logan Kilgore passed for 246 yards on 17 of 23 passes for Middle Tennessee (3-1), of the Sun Belt Conference, as the Blue Raiders dominated the Yellow Jackets at home.

The loss was Georgia Tech's first loss to a non-Bowl Championship Series school since 1996. The Yellow Jackets also have lost consecutive home games for the first time since 1988.

Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington tied a school record with four rushing touchdowns, but the Yellow Jackets (2-3) continued to struggle on defense.

A week earlier, Georgia Tech surrendered 609 yards of total offense, including 436 passing, as Miami came from behind for a 42-36 overtime win. Saturday, the Blue Raiders had 510 yards of total offense.

NO. 17 CLEMSON 45,

BOSTON COLLEGE 31

Tajh Boyd threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns and ran in another himself as Clemson beat Boston College.

Boyd completed 28 of 38 passes and ran 11 times for 42 yards and a TD for Clemson (4-1, 1-1 ACC). DeAndre Hopkins caught 11 passes for 197 yards for the Tigers.

Andre Ellington ran 25 times for 132 yards and a touchdown for Clemson.

Chase Rettig, who entered the day as the leading passer in the ACC, completed 25 of 43 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns. Alex Amdion caught eight passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles (1-3, 0-2), who led 21-17 before giving up three unanswered touchdowns.

DUKE 34, WAKE FOREST 27

Backup quarterback Anthony Boone scored on a 4-yard touchdown run with 11:35 left, and Duke beat Wake Forest for its first win in the series since 1999.

Sean Renfree was 22 of 28 for 204 yards before leaving with an apparent right elbow injury. Brandon Connette finished with touchdown runs of 2 and 4 yards for the Blue Devils (4-1, 1-0 ACC).

Tanner Price finished 19 of 38 for 230 yards with two touchdowns for the Demon Deacons (3-2, 1-2), but his fumble inside the Wake Forest 10 set up Duke's winning drive. Two plays after Jordan DeWalt-Ondijo forced the fumble, Boone took a bootleg in for the go-ahead touchdown.

CINCINNATI 27, VA. TECH 24

Munchie Legaux hit Damon Julian for a 39-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds to play as Cincinnati (3-0) beat Virginia Tech (3-2).

Trailing by four after a Hokies touchdown, the Bearcats took over at their own 15 with 1:43 to play and moved downfield in nine plays for the score.

Cincinnati dominated in every way but the scoreboard, piling on the yards all game, and managed to finally escape with the win. Legaux completed 19 of 42 passes for a career-high 376 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Kenbrell Thompkins also set career highs for Cincinnati with seven catches for 134 yards and a score.

Logan Thomas was 17 for 30 for 242 yards with one touchdown for the Hokies.

NORTH CAROLINA 66,

IDAHO 0

Gio Bernard scored twice, Bryn Renner threw three touchdown passes and North Carolina (3-2) set a school scoring record in a victory against Idaho (0-5).

Freshman Quinshad Davis had two TD catches for the Tar Heels, who had five different players reach the end zone in the first half.

The Tar Heels had 371 yards and 45 points by halftime before finishing with 575 total yards and setting a single-game scoring record despite playing in a steady downpour.

Backup quarterback Marquise Williams scored on a 4-yard keeper early in the fourth, breaking the previous record of 65 points against Virginia Medical in 1914 and Wake Forest in 1928.

LOUISIANA TECH 44,

VIRGINIA 38

Colby Cameron threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and Louisiana Tech (4-0) scored 34 unanswered points to rally from an early deficit and beat penalty-riddled Virginia (2-3).

Ray Holley ran for two touchdowns for the Bulldogs, who trailed 24-10 midway through the second quarter.

The Bulldogs then intercepted Michael Rocco three times and converted each one into a touchdown on their way to their eighth consecutive road victory and 11th win in a row during the regular season.

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