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Record field goal helps Clemson crush Ball State

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 12:05 PM
ATLANTA -

DeAndre Hopkins caught three touchdown passes, Andre Ellington rushed for two scores and Spencer Benton kicked a 61-yard field goal to set an Atlantic Coast Conference record in No. 12 Clemson's 52-27 victory against Ball State on Saturday.

Ellington's two short TD runs helped the Tigers (2-0) get off to a fast start, and Tajh Boyd found Hopkins for touchdown passes of 13, 34 and 15 yards in the second period to help increase the lead to 35-10. Benton finished the Tigers' 45-point half with his record-setting kick as time ran out.

Ball State (1-1) had hoped to use its fast-paced attack to keep up. But Keith Wenning threw two interceptions, which both led to Clemson scores.

NO. 15 VIRGINIA TECH 42,

AUSTIN PEAY 7

Virginia Tech used two big plays in the punt return game to overcome a lethargic offensive start as the Hokies (2-0) beat Austin Peay (0-2).

Kyshoen Jarrett's 46-yard punt return set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Michael Holmes to give the Hokies a 7-0 lead.

Still not clicking on offense, especially in the running game, Virginia Tech (2-0) got a momentum-building punt block by Tony Gregory midway through the second period. Five plays later, Logan Thomas scored on a 1-yard sneak.

A 30-yard touchdown pass from Thomas to Corey Fuller with 26 seconds left in the half made it 21-0, and the rout of an overmatched FCS opponent was on.

Austin Peay got its lone score on Terrence Oliver's 10-yard run.

WAKE FOREST 28,

NORTH CAROLINA 27

Tanner Price scored on a 1-yard sneak with 2:09 left to help Wake Forest rally past North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

Price threw for a career-high 327 yards for the Demon Deacons (2-0), who struggled to generate much offense throughout the second half until the decisive drive. Starting from Wake Forest's 7-yard line, Price calmly directed an 11-play, 93-yard scoring drive that ended when he pushed his way through the right side of the line for the go-ahead score.

Bryn Renner had two final chances to bring back the Tar Heels (1-1), but he threw a fourth-down interception with 1:25 left that let the Demon Deacons melt most of the clock. He got the ball back at his own 1 with 17 seconds and no timeouts, but reached only the 40 before his final desperation heave was knocked away.

MARYLAND 36, TEMPLE 27

Perry Hills threw two touchdowns and ran for one to help Maryland (2-0) beat Temple (1-1).

Embarrassed by the Owls in a 31-point loss last season, the Terrapins nearly blew a 23-point lead at halftime. Hills had all three of his scores in the half to help Maryland race to a 26-3 lead. The Owls stormed back in the second half but ran out of time and big plays.

C.J. Hammond had a 62-yard TD catch for the Owls.

BOSTON COLLEGE 34, MAINE 3

Chase Rettig threw three touchdown passes, and Spiffy Evans caught one score and ran a punt back 82 yards for another as Boston College overcame a pair of early fumbles to beat Maine.

Nate Freese booted two field goals, helping the Eagles (1-1) rebound from a season-opening loss to Miami last week.

The loss was the season opener and the 1,000th game for Maine's program. Brian Harvey had a 19-yard field goal for the Black Bears.

Rettig went 16 of 32 for 219 yards and no interceptions. Rolandan Finch carried 17 times for 90 yards.

It was just the seventh meeting between the schools, with the first five coming before 1930.

GEORGIA TECH 59,

PRESBYTERIAN 3

Vad Lee ran and passed for touchdowns in his debut and Zach Laskey ran for 116 yards and a touchdown in his first start as Georgia Tech crushed overmatched Presbyterian.

Six players ran for touchdowns as Georgia Tech (1-1) had 712 total yards, the second-highest total in school history, including 469 yards rushing.

Presbyterian, a Division II team until 2007, had only 243 yards. The Blue Hose avoided the shutout when Aaron Mayes kicked a 30-yard field goal.

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