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ACC Game Stories, Nov. 2

Saturday, November 2, 2013 6:20pm

Check below for game stories from all the ACC action this weekend. It's listed in alphabetical order, by winning ACC team. Stories from the losing team's perspective then follow. 

Eagles Capitalize On TOs In 34-27 Win Over Hokies 

BOSTON (AP) - Four turnovers and three blown leads added up to the second straight frustrating loss for suddenly tumbling Virginia Tech.

Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Lewis had a 33-yard interception return for a touchdown midway into the fourth quarter and Andre Williams ran for a pair of scores, lifting Boston College to a 34-27 win over the Hokies on Saturday afternoon.

Logan Thomas followed his four interception game last week by turning the ball over four times again, twice each by fumbles and picks as the Hokies fell apart late in the game.

"I think our team is in a little bit of a funk," Hokies coach Frank Beamer said.

And it started with Thomas' bad day, coming off a frustrating 13-10 loss at home against Duke last week.

"Turnovers were the story again," he said. "We just have to take care of the football. Defense played well other than we gave them the ball at bad field position. We did everything we wanted today. They couldn't stop us if they wanted to; we stopped ourselves."

Thomas completed 24 of 41 passes for 391 yards and two TDs, but his turnovers led to 17 Boston College points.

The Hokies (6-3, 3-2 ACC) took their third lead of the game on Cody Journell's 47-yard field goal - his second long one of the day - 1:52 into the final quarter. But BC rallied again, tying it on Nate Freese's 43-yard field goal midway into the fourth quarter.

Williams carried 33 times for 166 yards and Chase Rettig completed 11 of 14 passes for 93 yards and a TD for Boston College (4-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

"You have to step on him before he gets started," Beamer said. "He's a strong, powerful player. Definitely a big-time back."

The Eagles had lost the last five meetings between the schools.

On the next possession with a third-and-5 from his own 30, Thomas, under pressure and back pedaling, threw a floating pass over the middle that Pierre-Louis picked off and broke down the right sideline for the go-ahead score with 7 minutes to play.

After BC stopped the Hokies on a fourth-and-6 from its own 38, Williams burst through the right side of the line for a 62-yard score on the next play.

Thomas hit Trey Edmunds with a 22-yard TD pass with 2:54 to play, cutting it to 34-27.

The Hokies took over on their own 28 with 1:49 to play, but Thomas fumbled it away again three plays later.

Journell's career-best, 56-yard field goal with 1 second left in the second quarter had given the Hokies a 10-7 halftime edge. It tied Paul Engle's 1977 kick for the third longest in school history. Wayne Latimer owns the record with a 61-yarder, against Florida State in 1975.

The Eagles tied at 10-all on Freese's 25-yard field goal after corner back Manny Asprilla's interception and return down the left sideline to Virginia Tech's 15 early in the third quarter.

On the ensuing possession, Thomas hit Joshua Stanford over the middle and he broke a pair of tackles for a 69-yard reception down to the 1. The Eagles held on three rushing attempts before Thomas hit Kalvin Cline with the scoring toss off a play-action to push the Hokies back in front 17-10 midway into the third.

BC forced another turnover when Kasim Edebali stripped Thomas and Brian Mihalik recovered it at the Hokies' 17. Rettig's 2-yard TD pass to fullback Jake Sinkovec tied it at 17-all late in the third.

Journell had missed two attempts - from 40 and 45 yards - last week. The Hokies fell out of The AP Top 25 in this week's poll.

Trailing 7-0 after sputtering on offense in the first quarter, the Hokies marched 76 yards in nine plays, tying the game on Edmunds' 1-yard run midway into the second quarter. The score was set up by Thomas' 25-yard strike to D.J. Coles, which moved the ball to the 1.

Late in the opening half, Virginia Tech took over at its own 18 and moved 43 yards in nine plays before Journell nailed his field goal, a low line drive that knuckled over the crossbar. Four plays earlier, the Hokies had a 46-yard TD pass from Thomas to Edmunds nullified by a holding penalty against center David Wang.

The Eagles had jumped ahead 7-0 on Williams' 19-yard TD run late in the first quarter. Williams, who entered the week as the nation's fifth-leading rusher at 144.3 yards per game, broke three tackles - the last about 8 yards away from the goal line against Kyshoen Jarrett - before going in for the score. Rettig set up the score with a 19-yard scramble on third-and-10 from the Hokies' 38.

The stands were fairly empty when the game started, likely reduced by a number attending or watching a parade that honored the World Series champion Red Sox. Late in the second quarter - nearly 3 hours after the "rolling rally" started about 2 miles away at Fenway Park - it looked like the usual-sized crowd at Alumni Stadium.

Boyd Shines As No. 9 Clemson Routs Virginia, 59-10 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Tajh Boyd threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score and No. 9 Clemson broke the game open with three touchdowns in the last 4:18 of the first half in a 59-10 victory against Virginia on Saturday.

The Hampton, Va., native became the Atlantic Coast Conference's career leader in touchdown-making with a 33-yard pass to Sammy Watkins to start the scoring for the Tigers (8-1, 6-1 ACC). It broke a tie at 112 TDs with North Carolina State's Philip Rivers. Boyd later added TD throws of 10 yards to Roderick McDowell and 96 yards to Watkins, and scored on a 1-yard run 13 seconds before halftime to make it 35-7.

Virginia (2-7, 0-5) lost its sixth in a row and for the 15th time in its last 19 games. It also suffered its second 59-10 loss at home this season, having lost by the same score against No. 2 Oregon in the second week of the season.

Boyd, who was removed from the game after teaming up with Watkins on the longest pass play of each of their careers, finished 24 of 29 for 377 yards. He's now been in on 116 career touchdowns, with 93 through the air and 23 running.

Watkins caught eight passes for 169 yards and two TDs. It was his sixth game with at least 100 receiving yards this season.

The long touchdown came on a third-and-15 play for the Tigers on their opening series of the third quarter. Watkins ran past freshman Tim Harris, who has been pressed into duty by injuries that have sidelined defensive backs Demetrious Nicholson and Maurice Canady, and Boyd hit him in stride.

That made it 42-7 and sent fans streaming for the exits in earnest.

It also helped Boyd improve to 4-0 against teams from his home state. He's 3-0 against Virginia Tech.

The Tigers wasted little time asserting their dominance, taking the opening kickoff and driving 75 yards in six plays and just 1:27 off the clock. Boyd hit Watkins three times, the last for 33 yards.

Virginia pulled even after an exchange of punts, Watford running it in from the 6 to cap a 54-yard drive, but the Tigers responded immediately with another 6-play, 75-yard march to C.J. Davidson's 2-yard run. Boyd hit Roderick McDowell for 27 yards and Martavius Bryant for 37 yards on consecutive plays.

Anthony Harris' sixth interception of the season ended a Tigers drive deep in Virginia territory, and Clemson punted twice and was stopped on fourth down on its next three possessions, but the Cavaliers could do nothing offensively.

When David Watford overthrew Darius Jennings late in the half and Jayron Kearse intercepted and returned it 37 yards to the Virginia 33, the Tigers began a late scoring frenzy.

Boyd's screen pass to McDowell made it 21-7, and when Kearse stripped the ball from Khalek Shepherd on the ensuing series, DeShawn Williams recovered at midfield. Five plays later, McDowell ran into the line on third-and-1, broke quickly into the clear and went 25 yards for a touchdown that made it 28-7.

Boyd followed another three-and-out for Virginia by carving the defense up in a crisp eight-play, 86-yard drive. He was 6 for 6 on the drive for 84 yards, then ran it the final yard 0:13 before halftime.

No. 3 Florida State Defeats No. 7 Miami 41-14 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Jameis Winston threw for 325 yards and No. 3 Florida State rolled to a 41-14 victory against No. 7 Miami in another matchup of undefeated Atlantic Coast Conference rivals that turned into a Seminoles' blowout.

Winston threw two interceptions in the first half after throwing four in the first seven games, but the Florida State defense shut out the Hurricanes (7-1, 3-1) in the second half after it was 21-14 at the break.

The Seminoles (8-0, 6-0) went on a 20-0 run after a skirmish broke out midway through the third quarter. The two teams were called for offsetting personal fouls and James Wilder Jr. scored on a 5-yard run on the next play. The rout was on from that point, not much different from Florida State's 51-14 win at Clemson last month.

The Seminoles have handily defeated all three Top 25 teams they played this season. Their national championship hopes are alive and well with Florida being the last real challenge in the regular season.

"Just like baseball, sometimes you go out there and strike out," Winston said. "Then you've got to come back and bounce back."

Florida State and Miami seemed ready for a civil outing when they lined up before the game to shake hands. Outside of a little trash-talk, there wasn't much fury between the two teams separated by 500 miles. Both were flagged for offsetting personal fouls midway through the third quarter when pushes and shoves were exchanged. Florida State right tackle Bobby Hart was chewed out by coach Jimbo Fisher for getting involved with Miami defensive end Anthony Chickillo.

Wilder scored on a 5-yard touchdown run on the next snap and the Seminoles were energized. Miami's night was all but over at that point.

Freeman ran for 81 yards and two touchdowns against his hometown team while Miami running back Duke Johnson posted 97 yards on 23 carries, before leaving with a leg injury.

Winston threw one touchdown and Miami quarterback Stephen Morris threw for 192 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Winston and the No. 3 ranked scoring offense in the FBS didn't waste any time putting points on the board in the first quarter. The Seminoles opened the game with a 13-play, 72 yard drive that ended with Freeman's 5-yard touchdown run. They converted three third downs as Winston showed off his arm with completions to Kelvin Benjamin, Rashad Greene and Freeman and his legs with a 19-yard run on third-and-12.

The Miami offense responded with an impressive drive of its own that included 28 yards from Johnson on his first three carries. Coach Al Golden didn't open with a slow, ball-control plan as many expected to keep the Florida State offense on the sideline. Miami went hurry-up with a heavy dose of Johnson to move to the FSU 27-yard line, but Matt Goudis missed a 44-yard field goal wide left.

The Miami defense forced two huge turnovers in the first half that kept Florida State from running away. Safety Deon Bush picked off a Winston overthrow intended for Greene. The Hurricanes scored five plays later on a 33-yard pass from Morris to Allen Hurns to tie the game at 7-7.

The Seminoles got their groove back on the ensuing possession and put together another drive capped by a Wilder Jr. 1-yard touchdown run to go up 14-7.

The game was on the verge of being a first-half blowout after Freeman took a screen pass 48 yards for a touchdown. Miami overloaded the right side of the Florida State line and came with a heavy blitz, but Fisher caught them with the perfect call - the screen to the left where there were more blockers than defenders.

The Seminoles went up 21-7 with 5:08 left in the second quarter and the Hurricanes promptly went three-and-out. Winston took the field ready to bury Miami under a 21-point lead, but Rayshawn Jenkins picked him off and gave the offense the ball near midfield. Morris found Hurns again with a 14-yard touchdown pass eight plays later to send the game into halftime with the Hurricanes up 21-14.

Godhigh Leads Georgia Tech Past Pitt, 21-10 

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Tech turned up the defensive pressure when Pittsburgh added a freshman starter to an already inexperienced offensive line.

Jeremiah Attaochu had two of Georgia Tech's season-high five sacks, Robert Godhigh ran for two touchdowns and the Yellow Jackets beat Pitt 21-10 on Saturday night.

Left tackle Dorian Johnson made his first start, becoming Pitt's first true freshman offensive lineman to start in seven years. Johnson started ahead of redshirt freshman Adam Bisnowaty, who played as a backup.

"We knew they had a couple of freshmen tackles," said Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson, who said he saw an opportunity for Attaochu, a senior defensive end, to disrupt Pitt quarterback Tom Savage's night.

"Jeremiah is a pretty good pass rusher," Johnson said, adding Attaochu "was kind of caving in" the pocket.

"He's a handful to block one on one," Johnson said. "He plays with a big motor. He plays hard and he's quick off the ball."

Georgia Tech (6-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) overcame two lost fumbles for its third straight win.

Linebacker Jabari Hunt-Days had a sack and three tackles for losses. Defensive tackle Euclid Cummings had 1.5 sacks. Attaochu, who had 10 sacks in 2012, made the biggest impression on Savage.

"He's a great player," Savage said. "He's fast and he did a great job."

Attaochu said Georgia Tech's secondary gave the pass rushers time to reach Savage.

"I think it was a team effort," Attaochu said. "We were working in tandem. The secondary was giving me time. On some of those sacks, I had time to get there."

Pitt (4-4, 2-3 ACC) was held without a first down in the first quarter and managed only 55 total yards in the first half. Savage threw a 12-yard scoring pass to Tyler Boyd on the Panthers' first possession of the second half, cutting Georgia Tech's lead to 14-10.

Pitt coach Paul Chryst said an injury to Bisnowaty forced Dorian Johnson into the lineup for the difficult matchup.

"Dorian was challenged tonight, but he did some good things," Chryst said. "He did some things where he got beat. I need to do a better job of helping him on some of those things."

Vad Lee's 42-yard pass to DeAndre Smelter set up Godhigh's second touchdown run, from 11 yards, with less than 3 minutes remaining.

David Sims had a touchdown run for Georgia Tech.

Lee completed 5 of 10 passes for 84 yards - with exactly half of the production coming on the late pass to Smelter. Lee had 17 carries for 44 yards.

Savage led Pitt on a final long drive after Godhigh's second scoring run. Savage's final pass was intercepted by safety Jemea Thomas at the Georgia Tech 4 with 33 seconds remaining.

Savage completed 25 of 37 passes for 233 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The senior completed each of his four passes on the Panthers' lone touchdown drive on their first possession in the third quarter.

An ineffective running game made it difficult for Pitt to maintain the momentum. The Panthers were held to minus-5 yards rushing on 21 carries.

"We've just got to find a way to win," Savage said.

"Just put it on me. I've got to find a way to put the ball in the end zone and give my receivers a chance."

Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald had a season-high 11 tackles, one sack and forced two fumbles. He had a career-high six tackles for losses.

Sims had 18 carries for 94 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but lost two fumbles. Godhigh had six carries for 89 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Pitt netted only 1 yard on its first three possessions as Georgia Tech's defense produced a series of tackles for losses on third downs.

Attaochu's first sack of Savage ended the Panthers' first possession on three downs. Hunt-Days tackled running back James Conner for a loss of three yards on Pitt's second series.

On Pitt's third series of plays, Attaochu again broke through the line to hit Savage just as the quarterback was trying to unleash a third-and-8 pass. The wobbly short pass was caught by center Artie Rowell. Georgia Tech declined the ineligible receiver penalty.

Chris Blewitt kicked a 44-yard field goal in the second quarter for Pitt.

Pitt's last true freshman to start on the offensive line was right guard Joe Thomas against Syracuse on Oct. 7, 2006.

 

 

 

The teams were playing for the first time since 1976.

Tar Heels Beat Wolfpack 27-19 

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Freshman T.J. Logan ran for a 14-yard touchdown with 11:19 left to help North Carolina beat rival North Carolina State 27-19 on Saturday.

Quinshad Davis had two touchdown catches for the Tar Heels (3-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won in Carter-Finley Stadium for the first time since 2005. Davis' second score came off a 59-yard pass from Ryan Switzer on a trick play, putting UNC ahead for good midway through the second.

Logan's score gave the Tar Heels a cushion that ultimately held up, with A.J. Blue running for a key first down with about 2½ minutes left to help UNC drain the clock on the Wolfpack (3-5, 0-5).

Brandon Mitchell ran for 105 yards and a touchdown to become the first Wolfpack quarterback to crack the 100-yard mark in 37 years, but the Wolfpack couldn't give coach Dave Doeren a winner in his rivalry debut.

Mitchell threw a costly interception after Logan's score, prompting Doeren to turn to backup Pete Thomas for what amounted to the Wolfpack's last best drive. Thomas got the Wolfpack to midfield before his fourth-down pass for Rashard Smith fell incomplete with 2:42 left.

Blue's 10-yard run on third down moved the chains, and the Wolfpack didn't get the ball again until there were just 13 seconds left. Mitchell's final heave was caught well short of the end zone for the final play, sending several UNC players running to the Wolfpack's midfield logo to celebrate before players from both teams had to be separated there.

N.C. State had won five straight meetings, its longest run since 1988-92, before last year's wild game in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels won that one 43-35 on Gio Bernard's oft-replayed 74-yard punt return for the go-ahead score with 13 seconds left, giving UNC coach Larry Fedora a successful debut in the long-running rivalry.

N.C. State jumped out to a 10-0 lead and had plenty of momentum, but the Tar Heels rallied - with a boost from a botched fake punt by N.C. State from its own 30 - with a pair of first-quarter touchdowns that took some of the energy out of the Wolfpack's home crowd.

Niklas Sade also kicked four field goals, but two came on drives that stalled inside the 10 and proved costly as time ran out. The Wolfpack led 16-14 before the Switzer-to-Davis TD throw with 9:43 left in the second quarter.

Marquise Williams threw a touchdown pass for UNC, while Bryn Renner ran for a score and played through an injury to his left shoulder late in the game.

Syracuse Shuts Out Wake Forest 13-0 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Syracuse coach Scott Shafer didn't like the trick play in practice. He loved it during the game.

Running right off a reverse, wideout Jarrod West hit wide-open freshman Brisly Estime with a 25-yard touchdown pass in the right corner of the end zone to cap a third-quarter rally, and Syracuse beat Wake Forest 13-0 on Saturday.

The play worked to perfection after repeated misses in practice, and offensive coordinator George McDonald didn't jettison it during the game after Shafer had expressed his doubts.

"All week long, we tried three different kids on that play, and it was interception, interception, duck. It was horrible, horrible," Shafer said with a big smile. "I told George, 'It's out! It's out!' He didn't say anything. But I knew they were going to keep working it and they got it right by game time. That's what counts. Heckuva call by George. I don't know if I would have the intestinal fortitude to make that call."

It was a critical game for the Orange's postseason hopes. Syracuse (4-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) has road games against Maryland and No. 3 Florida State in the next two weeks and finishes the season at home against Pittsburgh and Boston College.

Coming off a bye week, the Syracuse defense forgot about its last game, a 56-0 road loss to Georgia Tech two weeks ago, repeatedly forcing Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price to throw on the run. Price, who has accounted for 62 touchdowns in his career (51 passing, 10 rushing, 1 receiving), finished 22 of 54 for 173 yards passing and, without star wideout Michael Campanaro, never was able to guide the Deacons inside the Syracuse 30-yard line.

It marked the Orange's first league shutout since a 42-0 Big East win over Rutgers in 1996, and the defense made the decisive play after Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt had broken a scoreless tie with a 6-yard run midway through the third quarter. Freshman defensive end Isaiah Johnson, pressed into a key role because of injuries along the line, batted a Price pass in the air and made a diving interception at the Wake Forest 25, and the Orange used the trick play on the next snap to take control.

"My confidence is really high," Johnson said. "They say I can't be a freshman all year, so I had to step up with the big guys. We haven't been clicking on all cylinders all season, but now it seems like we are. Having a bye week, we were itching to get back on the field. We were still mad. We're mad right now. We're back to .500, but that means nothing. We want to go bowling."

The Demon Deacons (4-5, 2-4 ACC) had won two of three and nearly upset No. 7 Miami a week ago, losing 24-21 after leading the entire game when the Hurricanes scored in the final minute. They struggled on this day without Campanaro, who left the game with an injured left shoulder in the first quarter.

"It certainly didn't help us," Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe said. "Their defense did a really nice job. We knew they were going to pressure and we didn't handle it very well. I thought we had a really good plan."

Sherman Ragland III picked up the slack for the injured star with 10 catches for 91 yards, both career highs.

Syracuse, which was held to only 75 yards rushing on 26 carries against the Yellow Jackets after gaining over 300 yards against both Clemson and North Carolina State, netted only 31 yards on 15 carries in the first half Saturday. But the Orange finished with a flourish, gaining 152 in the second half.

Hunt was 18 of 30 for 144 yards and Estime finished with nine catches for 62 yards and his first college TD.

Former Syracuse star Donovan McNabb, one of the greatest quarterbacks in school history, had his No. 5 jersey retired at halftime.

Miami Hang With FSU For A Half In 41-14 Loss 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - No. 7 Miami's perfect season ended Saturday night against No. 3 Florida State, and it was no mystery to Hurricanes coach Al Golden why.

"They made all the plays, we didn't," Golden said after a 41-14 defeat. "Give them credit,"

Miami (7-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) could get a rematch against the Seminoles (8-0, 6-0 ACC) in the conference title game next month if it can hold its lead in the Coastal Division. Though the Hurricanes will have to make do without their best offensive player.

Star running back Duke Johnson left the game late in the third quarter with a leg injury. Golden said that there was no word on the extent of the injury to the ACC's second leading rusher who ran for 97 yards against FSU, but a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Johnson had a broken right ankle and would miss the rest of the season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement was still to come.

The Hurricanes managed to keep it close in the first half before being shut down by the Florida State defense in the final 30 minutes.

"Once we started getting behind it unraveled a little bit," Golden said. "We put the defense on the field too many times there in the third quarter ... and the beginning of the fourth."

Florida State blew the game open in the third quarter with a pair of touchdowns on its first two drives of the second half to open a 35-14 lead.

"It's a high-powered offense," Golden said. "We didn't do enough in this game to put the pressure on them."

There was hope for Miami at halftime.

After a pair of Seminole scores, Morris zipped a 14-yard touchdown throw to Hurns with 22 seconds left in the half to pull the 'Canes to 21-14 at the break. It came nine plays after sophomore safety Rayshawn Jenkins intercepted Florida State's Jameis Winston. Both Miami scores followed misfires by the Seminoles' celebrated freshman quarterback. Another Miami sophomore safety, Deon Bush, picked off Winston at the Miami 35 to set up the 'Canes initial score.

But it was Morris who was intercepted twice in a half when the 'Canes managed 105 yards, only 40 in the decisive third period.

"Let's just learn from it," Morris said. "We have to leave this game in Tallahassee."

Morris completed 16 of 28 passes for 192 yards and the two TD throws with Hurns, who had five catches for 84 yards.

"If we run out the season, we have a chance to see them again," Hurns said. "We will bounce back."

Golden said there were no silver linings in the loss.

"We just have to move forward," he said. "We have to get better, that's my chief concern."

The Seminoles opened the game with a 13 play, 72-yard scoring drive that the Hurricanes answered on their second offensive series when Allen Hurns caught a pass in stride from Stephen Morris on a 33-yard touchdown and Matt Goudis' kick tied the score at 7.

"We didn't want this to be another walk in the park," Winston said. "That was a good sign we were able to come back and fight."

Despite the two picks, Winston finished with another good night, completing 21 of 29 for 325 yards and a touchdown.

"The defense was dominant," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. "''We played the number seven team in the country and won by 27," Fisher said. "This is a heck of a football team here."

 

Pitt, Savage Sacked 21-10 By Georgia Tech 

ATLANTA (AP) - The sacks total continues to climb against Pittsburgh and quarterback Tom Savage.

Pitt, last in the ACC in sacks allowed, again struggled to protect Savage as Georgia Tech turned up the defensive pressure in its 21-10 win over the Panthers on Saturday night.

Jeremiah Attaochu had two of Georgia Tech's season-high five sacks. Robert Godhigh ran for two touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets.

Pitt (4-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) was held without a first down in the first quarter and managed only 55 total yards in the first half. Savage threw a 12-yard scoring pass to Tyler Boyd on the Panthers' first possession of the second half, cutting Georgia Tech's lead to 14-10.

Savage completed 25 of 37 passes for 233 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The senior completed each of his four passes on the Panthers' lone touchdown drive.

An ineffective running game and inability to protect Savage made it difficult for Pitt to maintain the momentum. The Panthers were held to minus-5 yards rushing on 21 carries.

"It's frustrating losing," Savage said. "It doesn't matter if we win 3-0, our offense will be satisfied.

"We've just got to find a way to win."

Pitt trailed 14-3 at halftime.

"Just put it on me," Savage said. "I've got to find a way to put the ball in the end zone and give my receivers a chance."

Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald had a season-high 11 tackles, one sack and forced two fumbles. He had a career-high six tackles for losses.

Pittsburgh added a freshman starter to an already inexperienced offensive line. Left tackle Dorian Johnson made his first start, becoming Pitt's first true freshman offensive lineman to start since Joe Thomas in 2006.

Johnson started ahead of redshirt freshman Adam Bisnowaty, who played as a backup.

Pitt coach Paul Chryst said an injury to Bisnowaty forced Dorian Johnson into the lineup for the difficult matchup against Attaochu.

"Dorian was challenged tonight, but he did some good things," Chryst said. "He did some things where he got beat. I need to do a better job of helping him on some of those things."

Pitt began the day last in the ACC with its average of 3.43 sacks allowed per game. The Panthers have allowed 29 sacks.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said he was aware Pitt "had a couple of freshmen tackles." Johnson said he saw an opportunity for Attaochu.

"Jeremiah is a pretty good pass rusher," Johnson said, adding Attaochu "was kind of caving in" the pocket.

"He's a handful to block one on one," Johnson said. "He plays with a big motor. He plays hard and he's quick off the ball."

Georgia Tech (6-3, 5-2) overcame two lost fumbles for its third straight win.

Linebacker Jabari Hunt-Days had a sack and three tackles for losses. Defensive tackle Euclid Cummings had 1.5 sacks. Attaochu, who had 10 sacks in 2012, made the biggest impression on Savage.

"He's a great player," Savage said. "He's fast and he did a great job."

Vad Lee's 42-yard pass to DeAndre Smelter set up Godhigh's second touchdown run, from 11 yards, with less than 3 minutes remaining.

David Sims had a touchdown run for Georgia Tech.

Lee completed 5 of 10 passes for 84 yards - with exactly half of the production coming on the late pass to Smelter. Lee had 17 carries for 44 yards.

Savage led Pitt on a final long drive after Godhigh's second scoring run. Savage's final pass was intercepted by safety Jemea Thomas at the Georgia Tech 4 with 33 seconds remaining.

Sims had 18 carries for 94 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but lost two fumbles. Godhigh had six carries for 89 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Pitt netted only 1 yard on its first three possessions as Georgia Tech's defense produced a series of tackles for losses on third downs.

Attaochu's first sack of Savage ended the Panthers' first possession on three downs. Hunt-Days tackled running back James Conner for a loss of three yards on Pitt's second series.

On Pitt's third series of plays, Attaochu again broke through the line to hit Savage just as the quarterback was trying to unleash a third-and-8 pass. The wobbly short pass was caught by center Artie Rowell. Georgia Tech declined the ineligible receiver penalty.

Chris Blewitt kicked a 44-yard field goal in the second quarter for Pitt.

The teams were playing for the first time since 1976.

VIRGINIA BURIED BY No. 9 Clemson, 59-10 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Kevin Parks thought Virginia was ready to give No. 9 Clemson all it could handle.

The Cavaliers did, too, for about 25 minutes, and then watched it all unravel in a flash.

The Tigers scored 21 points in the last 4:18 of the first half, turning two turnovers into touchdowns and turning a 14-7 game into a 35-7 blowout. When they opened the second half with a 96-yard touchdown pass from Tajh Boyd to Sammy Watkins, making it 42-7, the 59-10 final score was merely a formality.

"I felt like we came out on fire and everything was clicking when we were tied 7-7," Parks said, "but we had a lot of three-and-outs and they forced the issue there."

Virginia (2-7, 0-5) lost its sixth in a row and for the 15th time in its last 19 games. It also suffered its second 59-10 home loss this season; No. 2 Oregon did that in the second week of the season.

Linebacker Henry Coley said the score wasn't the only similarity.

"They are really similar, almost exactly the same," he said of the Tigers and Ducks. "Oregon probably spreads you out a bit more than Clemson does. They hit you in the same kind of ways."

Boyd finished with three touchdown passes and ran for a score for the Tigers, turning his final game in his home state into a milestone-maker. The Hampton, Va., native became the Atlantic Coast Conference's career leader in touchdown-making with a 33-yard pass to Watkins to start the scoring. It broke a tie at 112 TDs with North Carolina State's Philip Rivers.

Boyd later added TD throws of 10 yards to Roderick McDowell and the long one to Watkins, and scored on a 1-yard run just before halftime.

Boyd finished 24 of 29 for 377 yards for the Tigers (8-1, 6-1 ACC). He's now been in on 116 career touchdowns, with 93 through the air and 23 running. Watkins caught eight passes for 169 yards and two TDs. It was his sixth game with at least 100 receiving yards this season.

For Virginia, David Watford followed a breakout game a week ago with a poor performance. He was 16 for 35 for 130 yards before being replace by Greyson Lambert. Virginia was outgained 610-277.

The long touchdown came on a third-and-15 play for the Tigers on their opening series of the third quarter. Watkins ran past freshman Tim Harris, who has been pressed into duty by injuries that have sidelined defensive backs Demetrious Nicholson and Maurice Canady, and Boyd hit him in stride.

That made it 42-7 and sent fans streaming for the exits in earnest.

It also helped Boyd improve to 4-0 against teams from his home state. He's 3-0 against Virginia Tech.

The Tigers wasted little time asserting their dominance, taking the opening kickoff and driving 75 yards in six plays and just 1:27 off the clock. Boyd hit Watkins three times, the last for 33 yards.

Virginia pulled even after an exchange of punts, Watford running it in from the 6 to cap a 54-yard drive, but the Tigers responded immediately with another 6-play, 75-yard march to C.J. Davidson's 2-yard run. Boyd hit Roderick McDowell for 27 yards and Martavius Bryant for 37 yards on consecutive plays.

Anthony Harris' sixth interception of the season ended a Tigers drive deep in Virginia territory, and Clemson punted twice and was stopped on fourth down on its next three possessions, but the Cavaliers could do nothing offensively.

When David Watford overthrew Darius Jennings late in the half and Jayron Kearse intercepted and returned it 37 yards to the Virginia 33, the Tigers began a late scoring frenzy.

Boyd's screen pass to McDowell made it 21-7, and when Kearse stripped the ball from Khalek Shepherd on the ensuing series, DeShawn Williams recovered at midfield. Five plays later, McDowell ran into the line on third-and-1, broke quickly into the clear and went 25 yards for a touchdown that made it 28-7.

Boyd followed another three-and-out for Virginia by carving the defense up in a crisp eight-play, 86-yard drive. He was 6 for 6 on the drive for 84 yards, then ran it the final yard 0:13 before halftime.

Wake Forest Punchless, Loses 13-0 At Syracuse 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - As usual, Wake Forest wideout Michael Campanaro was starting to dissect another defense with a couple of catches on the game's first drive against Syracuse.

But when he left the game with an injury to his left shoulder the next time the Demon Deacons had the ball, their chances at a victory seemed to vanish, too.

Terrel Hunt scored on a 6-yard run to break a scoreless tie in the third quarter, freshman defensive end Isaiah Johnson set up another score with an interception moments later, and Syracuse beat Wake Forest 13-0 on Saturday.

"It was a tough game," Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price said. "It's always big when you lose a player like that. It definitely hurt us. It's going to be tough to bounce back, but we have to find a way."

Tough for sure.

Wake Forest (4-5, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) had won two of three and nearly upset No. 7 Miami a week ago, losing 24-21 after leading the entire game when the Hurricanes scored in the final minute. And instead of moving within a victory becoming eligible to play in the postseason, the Deacons now have the daunting task of hosting No. 3 Florida State next week.

"When Mike got hurt, we didn't play very good football," Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe said. "But that didn't have anything to do with him not being out there. We probably could have generated more offense, but we didn't."

It was a critical game for the Orange's postseason hopes. Syracuse (4-4, 2-2 ACC) has road games against Maryland and No. 3 Florida State in the next two weeks and finishes the season at home against Pittsburgh and Boston College.

That the Orange received a boost from a freshman pressed into duty because of injuries along the line made it that much sweeter.

"My confidence is really high," Johnson said. "They say I can't be a freshman all year, so I had to step up with the big guys. We haven't been clicking on all cylinders all season, but now it seems like we are. Having a bye week, we were itching to get back on the field. We were still mad. We're mad right now. We're back to .500, but that means nothing. We want to go bowling."

It marked the Orange's first league shutout since a 42-0 Big East win over Rutgers in 1996. The Demon Deacons' deepest penetration in the game was the Syracuse 32 in the first half.

"Our defense did a great job," Price said. "Offensively, we couldn't put anything together. It really hurt losing Campanaro. That had a lot to do with it, but we can't use that as an excuse."

Campanaro entered the game third all-time in the ACC with 227 catches and has six TD catches on the season. He had two receptions for 11 yards to move within three receptions of Aaron Kelly, who had 232 catches at Clemson from 2005-08. He was hurt fielding a punt.

That sure didn't help.

Price, who has accounted for 62 touchdowns in his career (51 passing, 10 rushing, 1 receiving), finished 22 of 54 for 173 yards passing. Sherman Ragland III picked up the slack for the injured star with 10 catches for 91 yards, both career highs.

Coming off a bye week, the Syracuse defense forgot about its previous game, a 56-0 road loss to Georgia Tech two weeks ago, as the Orange turned the tables on Wake Forest, holding the Demon Deacons scoreless in the first half en route to its second shutout of the season. Only problem was, Syracuse didn't score, either, extending its offensive ineptitude to six straight quarters.

That changed midway through the third quarter when Syracuse took the second-half kickoff and drove 75 yards in 14 plays, with Hunt scoring on a keeper.

Syracuse struck again less than three minutes later after Johnson's nifty play. He batted a pass in the air and made a diving interception at the Wake Forest 25. After taking a handoff on a reverse on the next play, wideout Jarrod West hit a wide-open Brisly Estime in the right corner of the end zone and the Orange led 13-0 after the extra-point kick was blocked by Jason Whitlock.

The trick play had not worked in practice and left Syracuse coach Scott Shafer shaking his head and smiling at the gutsy call by offensive coordinator George McDonald.

"All week long, we tried three different kids on that play, and it was interception, interception, duck. It was horrible, horrible," Shafer said. "I told George, 'It's out! It's out!' He didn't say anything. But I knew they were going to keep working it and they got it right by game time. That's what counts. I don't know if I would have the intestinal fortitude to make that call."