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ACC Game Stories, Nov. 9

Saturday, November 9, 2013 6:19pm
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. 

 

Boston College Outruns New Mexico St 48-34 

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Boston College tailback Andre Williams scored on two long runs in the fourth quarterSaturdayto help the Eagles pull away from a stubborn New Mexico State team and escape with a 48-34 victory at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

Williams, the leading rusher in the ACC and No. 2 in the FBS in yards per game, finished with 30 carries for 295 yards and two touchdowns. His two biggest, though, were the scoring runs that came on plays of 80 and 47 yards, both with less than a minute to go in the game, and broke a 34-34 tie.

Boston College (5-4) won for the second week in a row, following a win against Virginia Tech last week. However, it wasn't easy against NMSU (1-9), which has lost two in a row and whose only win this season has come against Abilene Christian. BC needs one more win to become bowl eligible.

In the first-ever meeting between the teams, the Eagles led only 20-17 at the half and 27-24 going into the fourth quarter.

A 32-yard field goal by Maxwell Johnson of NMSU tied the game at 27-27 early in the fourth quarter but, as they'd done almost all afternoon, the Eagles answered an Aggie score with one of their own.

This time, it was a 98-yard kickoff return for a score by Myles Willis, who broke a tackle near his own 23-yard line, then darted outside and raced untouched the rest of the way. That put the Eagles back ahead at 34-27.

Still, the Aggies, who had the Boston College defense on its heels for much of the game, refused to go away. NMSU drove 75 yards in six plays to tie the score at 34-34. Quarterback Andrew McDonald hit all-purpose threat Austin Franklin on a post route that covered 49 yards for the tying touchdown.

The Aggies, coached by former Eagles quarterbacks coach Doug Martin, looked to take control on the next series when Bryan Bonilla recovered a fumble by Boston College receiver Alex Amidon.

This time, it was the Eagles' defense turn, and it forced NMSU into a three-and-out. However, the ensuing punt left Boston College at its own 3-yard line.

That's when Williams stepped up. After an offside penalty on the Aggies and a 12-yard pass from Chase Rettig to C.J. Parsons, Williams took a handoff up the middle and shot through the line and all the way down the field untouched for a 41-34 lead.

Linebacker Steven Daniels sealed things for the Eagles when he intercepted McDonald on the fourth place of the next series. Two plays later, Williams again broke free, this time for a 47-yard run to the right side that made it 48-34.

Blue Devils Beat Wolfpack 38-20 For 7th Win 

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - DeVon Edwards scored three touchdowns, two on interception returns in a span of 16 seconds to help Duke beat North Carolina State 38-20 on Saturday, securing the Blue Devils' first winning season in nearly two decades.

Edwards also had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown late in the third quarter for the Blue Devils (7-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who went from trailing in a close game to winning in a romp with a stunning flurry of late-game touchdowns.

Brandon Connette put Duke up for good with a 5-yard keeper with 3:31 left for a 24-20 lead. Edwards took care of the rest, returning interceptions 25 yards and 45 yards on consecutive plays to blow the game open.

The Blue Devils are guaranteed of their first winning season since going 8-4 in 1994, while N.C. State (3-6, 0-6) has its worst league record since going 0-6 in 1959.

Neither team looked particularly sharp offensively in this one, combining for six interceptions and eight turnovers. In the end, Edwards' one-man show finally gave the Blue Devils the push they needed.

The Wolfpack, struggling badly in coach Dave Doeren's first year, got a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown from Rashard Smith to take a third-quarter lead then an 80-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Mitchell to Quintin Payton for a 20-17 lead with 6:37 left.

On Payton's touchdown, Edwards had the last chance to bring Payton down, but the receiver broke free around the 10 and ran into the end zone.

Edwards got that one back, following Connette's keeper with a terrific individual effort to tip Mitchell's desperation pass into the air, haul it in and run it back for the 25-yard score that gave Duke a 31-20 lead. And his 45-yard return seconds later after Pete Thomas' interception ensured that the Blue Devils weren't going to let this one get away.

Duke's Jamison Crowder added seven catches for 134 yards, including a 75-yard catch in the opening quarter to set up a 4-yard touchdown keeper by Anthony Boone.

When it was over, Duke's players jogged to the student section of Wallace Wade Stadium to celebrate while the Wolfpack walked dejectedly back to the locker room after a fifth-straight loss.

Mitchell threw for 148 yards on 7-for-18 passing with two interceptions for N.C. State, while Shadrach Thornton ran for 103 yards.


 
 

Winston, Defense Lead No. 3 FSU Past Wake, 59-3 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - No. 3 Florida State finally discovered a defense that can cool off Jameis Winston and the Seminoles' high-powered offense.

Its own.

Florida State tied a school record with six interceptions, returned turnovers for touchdowns on consecutive plays and gave the offense short fields throughout a 59-3 rout of Wake Foreston Saturday that clinched a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game.

Nate Andrews took an interception 56 yards for a touchdown one play before Jalen Ramsey returned a fumble 23 yards for another score, keeping the yardage down but pumping the point total way up.

"For us to be a great team, both (offense and defense) have got to be clicking," Winston said. "When they're getting turnovers and scoring touchdowns just like that, sometimes it is hard (to stay in a rhythm) but obviously, I've got to do a better job of commanding the team and leading us."

The Seminoles (9-0, 7-0) claimed the inside track to a BCS title game berth with No. 2 Oregon's loss Thursday. They kept firm grasp of it by forcing seven turnovers and breaking the stadium record of 56 points they set in 1994.

"Everything's falling into place now," defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. said, "like (coach Jimbo Fisher) said it would."

Winston threw two touchdown passes while leading an offense that gained just 296 total yards - well off its ACC-leading average of 549.

Fisher said the offense "on the day did not play as well" but that was largely because the defense and special teams put up the points and regularly gave the Seminoles short fields.

Florida State held Wake Forest (4-6, 2-5) to 166 total yards and turned those turnovers into five TDs and a field goal.

Winston was 17 of 28 for 159 yards in two-plus quarters with an 18-yard TD to Kelvin Benjamin and a 2-yarder to Chad Abram that made it 42-0 at halftime.

James Wilder Jr. and Devonta Freeman had early scoring runs 50 seconds apart. The Seminoles, 35-point favorites, scored their first three touchdowns in a 5:05 span of the first quarter.

Chad Hedlund's 23-yard field goal with 9:07 left helped the Demon Deacons avoid being shut out for the second straight week and for the third time in four meetings with Florida State.

Kermit Whitfield returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for the TD that gave the Seminoles the BB&T Field scoring record.

Wake Forest's first two quarterbacks, Tanner Price and Tyler Cameron, combined for six completions and 66 yards passing.

Price threw three interceptions on four attempts before he was pulled. The first two were returned into the red zone and Andrews took the third back for a score.

"Today," coach Jim Grobe said, "was just a comedy of errors."

In matching the team record of six interceptions set against Louisville in 1991, Florida State proved there was no Hurricane hangover for these Seminoles after routing rival Miami 41-14 last week.

Now the challenge the rest of the way might be to avoid boredom: Boston College is the only team to either hang within 14 points of the Seminoles or score more than 17 points against them. Nobody has held them to fewer than 41 points, either.

None of their final four opponents entered this week with a winning record.

"If they ever believe in our system, if they ever believe in eliminating the clutter," Fisher said, "then now is the time."

They're headed to the ACC title game for the third time in four years and had little trouble claiming the voter-impressing blowout that kept them in the thick of the national championship race.

After they went 80 yards in 13 plays on their first drive - capped by Wilder's 5-yard touchdown run that made it 7-0 - the Seminoles ran only four offensive plays while stretching their lead to 35-0.

The Demon Deacons helped them out by giving them short fields with turnovers on four consecutive possessions.

"We were down 35-0, maybe, and I don't think the defense had hardly been on the field," Grobe said.

That included a remarkable effort by Edwards, who somehow pulled in the second interception of Price while being bear-hugged by Wake Forest offensive tackle Josh T. Harris.

Winston found Benjamin over the middle for a touchdown two plays later, and the defensive scores came quickly after that.

"We start stopping the offense and turning the ball over, it gives you momentum and it kills their momentum and makes them not want to play anymore," Edwards said.

Wake Forest, which didn't advance deeper than the Syracuse 42 in a 13-0 defeat last week and lost go-to receiver Michael Campanaro to a broken collarbone, didn't get past the Florida State 44 until the fourth quarter.

North Carolina Rolls Past Virginia 45-14 

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - In his first game as North Carolina's No. 1 quarterback, Marquise Williams wore No. 2 to honor his injured teammate.

Williams accounted for scores in three ways, recording a touchdown passing, rushing and receiving to help North Carolina beat Virginia 45-14 on Saturday.

Ryan Switzer had a punt return for a touchdown and Dominique Green had an interception return for a score for the Tar Heels (4-5, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

North Carolina extended its winning streak to three games while posting its fourth consecutive victory over the Cavaliers (2-8, 0-6).

"I thought we probably played one of the more complete games that we have played this year, and I'm talking in all three phases," North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said. "I do believe that this team is getting a little bit better each week."

It was North Carolina's first game since starting quarterback Bryn Renner had season-ending surgery on his left shoulder, ending his college career.

Williams, who called Renner and a "big brother figure" and credited Renner with helping him become more mature, wore Renner's number rather than his customary No. 12.

"I felt like I should wear that to honor him because nobody has been through what he's been through and the ups and downs," Williams said. "I felt like honoring my guy and my leader and my boy. It just felt good wearing his jersey."

Wide receiver Quinshad Davis caught a touchdown pass and threw for a score for the Tar Heels, who led 28-0 late in the third quarter.

After a 1-5 start to the season, North Carolina can become bowl eligible with two wins in its final three games.

"It's just a good feeling in the locker room," Davis said. "Everybody's happy. Nobody's pouting, nobody's selfish about anything. It's just a good feeling right now."

The mood was opposite on the other sideline.

Kevin Parks rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries for Virginia. The Cavaliers suffered their seventh consecutive defeat, their longest losing streak within one season since 1981.

"They did an excellent job doing what they needed to do, and we did not," Virginia coach Mike London said. "The results are as they are."

Williams completed 15 of 28 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns.

The Tar Heels had thrived in recent weeks using a two-quarterback system employing Renner and Williams, but Williams alone was enough against Virginia.

He led the Tar Heels on long touchdown drives the first two times they had the ball.

Williams threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Davis to cap the first series, and Davis returned the favor with a 29-yard strike to Williams on the final play of the first quarter.

Davis took a pitch from running back T.J. Logan on a reverse and lofted a pass to Williams, who was alone in the Virginia secondary, for the touchdown.

The Tar Heels kept the drives alive by going 5-for-5 on third down. Four of the conversions featured passes by Williams on third and 9 or longer.

"Watching him pregame, watching him in the locker room, watching how he interacted with the guys, he was as comfortable as he ever is," Fedora said. "Nothing was changed about him, and he got out there and managed the game very well."

North Carolina led 21-0 at halftime after Switzer turned trepidation into celebration in a matter of seconds. He muffed a 49-yard punt by Virginia's Alec Vozenilek, but the ball bounced right back into his hands at the 15.

Switzer took off up the middle, broke a tackle and worked his way to the left sideline. He eluded Vozenilek at the Virginia 40 and coasted into the end zone for an 85-yard touchdown.

"I'm going to be in trouble for that tomorrow," Switzer said, referring to his drop. "Thankfully, it bounced right up. It kind of helped me because I got a second to hesitate, and the defense kind of outran it."

Trailing 28-0 after a 3-yard touchdown run by Williams, the Cavaliers showed signs of life when Parks had an 8-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.

Anthony Harris intercepted a pass by Williams on the ensuing possession, setting up Virginia at the North Carolina 41.

But two plays later, Green intercepted an ill-advised pass by the scrambling Watford and returned it 62 yards for a touchdown to put the Tar Heels ahead 35-7.

"It's obviously disappointing not being able to make something happen offensively early on," London said. "They got up on us quick."

Pittsburgh Rallies, Upsets No. 24 Notre Dame 28-21 

PITTSBURGH (AP) - James Conner ran for two short touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 9:36 remaining as Pittsburgh upset No. 24 Notre Dame 28-21 Saturday night.

Tom Savage passed for 243 yards and two scores to Devin Street as the Panthers (5-4) took advantage of some sloppy play by the Fighting Irish (7-3) to end Notre Dame's four-game winning streak.

The Irish turned it over three times, including a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions by Tommy Rees. Rees completed 18 of 39 for 318 yards and two touchdowns but was picked off by Pitt's Ray Vinopal on consecutive passes in the final quarter.

TJ Jones caught six passes for 149 yards and a touchdown and ran for another but Notre Dame's hopes for a Bowl Championship Series bowl bid vanished in a sloppy final 15 minutes.

The previous five meetings between the two schools had been decided by six points or less, including a triple-overtime escape by the Irish last year in South Bend that kept their perfect regular season alive.

The Panthers blew a 14-point fourth quarter lead and a short field goal in overtime that would have pulled off the upset.

This time, Pitt kept its composure and provided coach Paul Chryst with his first signature win since taking over nearly two years ago.

Of course, Rees did his part to help.

Notre Dame was driving for a go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter when Rees floated a pass to the back of the end zone that Vinopal leapt in front of to end the threat.

Pitt punted, but Rees gave it right back. He tried to go deep down the seam but overshot his receiver. The ball sailed into Vinopal's hands and the safety returned it 45 yards to the Notre Dame 5. Two plays later Conner ran up the middle to put Pittsburgh in front to stay.

The Irish drove to the Pitt 38 on its final drive, but Rees' fourth-down pass to DaVaris Daniels was knocked away by Panthers defensive back Anthony Gonzalez.

The Irish appeared to be in control when Rees hit Jones for an 80-yard touchdown to make it 21-14 with 3:29 left in the third quarter.

The Panthers responded immediately. Savage found Street for a 63-yard score to tie it at 21.

The Irish drove the length of the field but stumbled when Rees' threw his first pick to Vinopal. Notre Dame never recovered, ending a streak of 10 straight victories in games decided by a touchdown or less.

The Irish took an early 7-0 lead when a fourth-down conversion in Pitt territory set up a 10-yard touchdown pass from Rees to Daniels, one of the better throws by Rees in windy conditions that made any pass more than a handful of yards downfield treacherous.

Pitt's offense, which hasn't been the same since Savage sustained a concussion in a win over Virginia on Sept. 28, sprang to life with some help from the Irish. Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt was ejected for targeting when officials ruled he lead with his helmet while going to tackle a scrambling Savage early in the second quarter. Eight plays later the game was tied when Savage found Street for a 3-yard score.

Notre Dame pushed back in front midway through the second quarter when a short punt by the Panthers gave the Irish the ball at the Pitt 39. Rees hit Ben Koyack with a 38-yard gain to the 1 and Jones eluded two Pitt defenders on third-and-goal to make it 14-7 at the half.

All it did was set the stage for yet another close finish.

Syracuse Rolls Past Maryland 20-3 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The Syracuse defense has taken more than its share of hard hits this season, most of them of the verbal nature.

On Saturday, the unit struck back.

Relying heavily on a defense that appears to have finally reached peak form, Syracuse moved within one victory of becoming bowl eligible with a 20-3 win over Maryland.

In the process, the Orange foiled the Terrapins' third attempt at securing their elusive sixth win of the season.

Jerome Smith ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns. He scored from the 1 to end the first drive of the game and added a 21-yard TD with 10:33 left to put the Orange up by 17.

But credit for this one goes primarily on a defense that previously surrendered 48 points to Northwestern, 49 to Clemson and 56 to Georgia Tech.

"There were a lot of doubters out there, but we never doubted ourselves," coach Scott Shafter said. "We got beat by a good Georgia Tech team a month ago. I'm so pleased with the job we did on the defensive side of the ball. I love the way they're hitting."

Durell Eskridge and Julian Whigham had interceptions for Syracuse, which also forced five fumbles - recovering two of them. The Orange (5-4, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) have allowed only three points in their last two games following the loss to Georgia Tech.

"The defense is amazing. We rely on them a lot," said quarterback Terrel Hunt, who accounted for 67 of Syracuse's 242 yards rushing. "We have faith on them that they'll get a stop. We're just really proud of the defense."

Maryland (5-4, 1-4) has lost three straight and four of five. The Terrapins have been trying since mid-October to reach the six wins necessary to earn a bowl bid.

"Well, you don't have a shot to win when you turn the ball over four times and you have as many dropped balls, as many errors as we did," coach Randy Edsall said. "We have the opportunities to make the plays and we didn't make them."

Edsall indicated that Maryland's poor showing on offense was pretty much self-inflicted.

"(The Orange) didn't really do anything different than what we had prepared for," he said. "They had one new blitz that they came in with, but all the things that we saw, we just weren't able to block some of it and make some of the calls that we needed to make to take care of it."

C.J. Brown went 21 for 40 for 211 yards and two interceptions for Maryland. He also lost a fumble.

"I didn't execute to my potential and I put our team in tough situations, so that falls back on me," Brown said. "So it's tough for me to go and try to get the guys going when I'm the problem, I was the one with the three turnovers today. That's a tough situation. You can't let that happen."

Maryland's lone score came in the third quarter, when Brad Craddock kicked a field goal to end a drive that was aided by several Syracuse penalties, including an offside call that eliminated a fumble recovery the Orange.

The field goal ended a run of 113 straight scoreless minutes by the Orange defense that began in the Georgia Tech game and included last week's 13-0 win over Wake Forest. It also ended Syracuse's bid to register consecutive shutouts for the first time since 1969.

That made it 13-3. In the fourth quarter, however, Hunt ran for 29 yards to set up Smith's game-clinching touchdown jaunt.

Syracuse won despite being penalized 12 times for 115 yards and going 3 for 14 on third-down conversions.

"Nothing like fixing something after a win," Shafer said.

The Orange outgained Maryland 267-141 before halftime and scored on their first and last drives to take a 10-0 lead.

Syracuse took the opening kickoff and launched a 16-play drive that consumed nearly eight minutes and featured a pair of fourth-down gambles, the last of which produced Smith's first touchdown run.

The Terrapins converted a fourth-down try of their own late in the first quarter, but that only led to a missed field goal try by Craddock.

In the second quarter, a fumble by Smith started a run of five of six possessions that ended in turnovers, including three by Maryland - two interceptions by Brown and a fumble by Amba Etta-Tawo. Syracuse converted the last turnover into a 34-yard field goal by Ryan Norton.

Virginia Tech Rolls Past No. 14 Miami, 42-24 

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - A fumbled punt return. A fumbled kickoff return. A punting miscue.

Trey Edmunds and Virginia Tech cashed in on each of those massive Miami blunders, and all of a sudden, the Hokies very much look like a team capable of winning yet another Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division title.

Edmunds ran for four touchdowns, the first three of them set up by Miami mistakes, and Virginia Tech knocked off the 14th-ranked Hurricanes 42-24 on Saturday night, handing Miami its second straight loss.

"We ran the ball really hard, had some holes to run in . one of our better offensive performances in a while," Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said. "On defense, we played well, had a couple long plays. This was a great win for us."

Edmunds had scoring runs of 10, 2, 4 and 1 yards for the Hokies (7-3, 4-2 ACC). Logan Thomas completed 25 of 31 passes for 366 yards, giving him consecutive games of 300 yards or more for the first time in his Virginia Tech career, and the Hokies dominated in all sorts of categories.

They outgained Miami 549-352, piled up 26 first downs to Miami's 12, went 8 for 14 on third downs compared with a 3-for-12 showing by the Hurricanes, and held the ball for nearly a 2-to-1 margin.

Most importantly, every time Miami gave Virginia Tech a gift, the Hokies made them pay. Miami wore new jerseys with the phrase "Deserve Victory" - a favorite of coach Al Golden's - stitched along the collar.

"Really disappointed," Golden said. "We didn't deserve to win."

Stephen Morris completed 16 of 29 passes for 324 yards for Miami (7-2, 3-2), which saw its seven-game home winning streak snapped and still hasn't beaten Virginia Tech consecutive times since 2001 and 2002. Morris had an 81-yard touchdown pass to Stacy Coley and an 84-yarder to Allen Hurns, but it wasn't nearly enough.

"Like I was telling the team in the locker room, it's not over for us," Morris said. "We've got a lot to still work for."

Virginia Tech held Miami to 28 rushing yards.

The win turns the ACC's Coastal Division into a muddled mess, with Georgia Tech at 5-2 in conference play, Virginia Tech a half-game back (but owning the tiebreaker over the Yellow Jackets), Miami and Duke at 3-2, North Carolina at 3-3 and Pittsburgh at 2-3.

Florida State has already clinched the Atlantic Division title and spot in the ACC title game on Dec. 7.

"We're back in there," Beamer said. "We've got a shot."

Joshua Stanford (107) and Willie Byrn (105) both had 100-yard receiving nights for Virginia Tech, helping carve a Miami defense that has allowed 1,066 yards in its last two games - both blowout losses.

Winning games with help of strong special teams play is nothing new for the Hokies. After all, it's not called "Beamer Ball" for nothing.

But the Hurricanes were making it too easy for Virginia Tech.

After the Hurricanes took a 7-0 lead on the Morris-to-Coley completion, Miami was primed to get the ball back in Virginia Tech territory following a punt. But Coley fumbled it away at the Hokies' 45 - after getting hit by punter A.J. Hughes, no less. And five plays later, Edmunds scored his first of the night to tie the game.

Rain was falling steadily. The mistakes, from the Miami side, started coming at deluge rates.

The ensuing kickoff was eerily similar to the punt return, with things going from great to dreadful for Miami in the blink of an eye. Artie Burns fumbled the kickoff return near midfield, Edmunds scored five plays later once again, and the Hokies had the lead. It became 21-7 not long after the third Miami blunder, this one coming when punter Pat O'Donnell's knee was on the ground as he fielded a low snap at the Miami 17.

"Can't let them get 21 points like that," Golden said. "Inexcusable."

Playing without running back Duke Johnson, out for the season with a broken right ankle, Miami struggled offensively. Take away the two long touchdown passes, and the Hurricanes managed only 3.7 yards per play the rest of the night.

Plus, the Hokies never made the mistake that Miami would have needed.

Virginia Tech converted on a third-and-17 late in the half, when Stanford made three Hurricanes miss - two had a chance at him well short of a first down - on the way to a 32-yard scoring grab that made it 28-14.

"Just thrilled the way we played offensively," Thomas said. "They did a great job after the catch. ... I think every win is a big win but tonight is especially satisfying."

 

A third-and-12 play at midfield in the third quarter summed up the night.

Virginia Tech took a time-out to keep Thomas, whose helmet was knocked off on the previous play, on the field. He found a wide-open Willie Byrn for a first down - and when Miami's Ladarius Gunter punched the ball away around the 5, it bounded into the end zone, only to be recovered by Demitri Knowles for a 35-17 lead.

Mistake-Prone Maryland Loses To Syracuse 20-3 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Maryland's seemingly endless quest for its elusive sixth victory will be extended for at least another week.

The Terrapins can only blame themselves for their latest misfire, a 20-3 loss to Syracuse on Saturday.

Two interceptions, two lost fumbles, several dropped passes and shoddy tackling all contributed to Maryland's third straight loss and fourth in five games.

"Well, you don't have a shot to win when you turn the ball over four times and you have as many dropped balls, as many errors as we did," coach Randy Edsall. "We have the opportunities to make the plays and we didn't make them."

After going 4-0 in September, the Terrapins are now 5-4, 1-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. They have been on the brink of becoming bowl eligible since beating Virginia on Oct. 12.

"It's a tough position to be in, but the best thing we can do is stay prepared and stay positive," nose tackle Darius Kilgo said. "All we can do is move forward from here."

C.J. Brown went 21 for 40 for 211 yards and two interceptions for Maryland. He also lost a fumble and was sacked three times.

"I didn't execute to my potential and I put our team in tough situations, so that falls back on me," Brown said. "So it's tough for me to go and try to get the guys going when I'm the problem, I was the one with the three turnovers today. That's a tough situation. You can't let that happen."

Jerome Smith ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns for Syracuse. He scored from the 1 to end the first drive of the game and added a 21-yard TD with 10:33 left to put the Orange up by 17.

But credit for this one goes primarily on a defense that previously surrendered 48 points to Northwestern, 49 to Clemson and 56 to Georgia Tech.

"There were a lot of doubters out there, but we never doubted ourselves," coach Scott Shafter said. "We got beat by a good Georgia Tech team a month ago. I'm so pleased with the job we did on the defensive side of the ball. I love the way they're hitting."

Durell Eskridge and Julian Whigham had interceptions for Syracuse, which also forced five fumbles. The Orange (5-4, 3-2) have allowed only three points in their last two games following the loss to Georgia Tech.

"The defense is amazing. We rely on them a lot," said quarterback Terrel Hunt, who accounted for 67 of Syracuse's 242 yards rushing. "We have faith on them that they'll get a stop. We're just really proud of the defense."

Maryland's lone score came in the third quarter, when Brad Craddock kicked a field goal to end a drive that was aided by several Syracuse penalties, including an offside call that eliminated a fumble recovery the Orange.

The field goal ended a run of 113 straight scoreless minutes by the Orange defense that began in the Georgia Tech game and included last week's 13-0 win over Wake Forest. It also ended Syracuse's bid to register consecutive shutouts for the first time since 1969.

That made it 13-3. In the fourth quarter, however, Hunt ran for 29 yards to set up Smith's game-clinching touchdown jaunt.

Syracuse won despite being penalized 12 times for 115 yards and going 3 for 14 on third-down conversions.

"Nothing like fixing something after a win," Shafer said.

The Orange outgained Maryland 267-141 before halftime and scored on their first and last drives to take a 10-0 lead.

Syracuse took the opening kickoff and launched a 16-play drive that consumed nearly eight minutes and featured a pair of fourth-down gambles, the last of which produced Smith's first touchdown run.

The Terrapins converted a fourth-down try of their own late in the first quarter, but that only led to a missed field goal try by Craddock.

In the second quarter, a fumble by Smith started a run of five of six possessions that ended in turnovers, including three by Maryland - two interceptions by Brown and a fumble by Amba Etta-Tawo. Syracuse converted the last turnover into a 34-yard field goal by Ryan Norton.

"I thought we were well prepared and confident coming into the game," Brown said. "But you have to come out and execute. We didn't do that today."

 

 

Wake Forest Routed 59-3 By No. 3 Florida State 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Wake Forest just can't get anything going on offense without receiver Michael Campanaro.

The Demon Deacons were held without a touchdown for the second straight week and threw six interceptions in a 59-3 loss to No. 3 Florida State on Saturday - their most lopsided in BB&T Field history.

"Today," coach Jim Grobe said, "was just a comedy of errors."

Wake Forest (4-6, 2-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) turned it over seven times and didn't get past the Florida State 44 until the fourth quarter.

Only a 23-yard field goal by Chad Hedlund with 9:07 left allowed the Demon Deacons to avoid their first consecutive shutouts since the 1974 team was blanked in five straight.

Campanaro, who has accounted for nearly 30 percent of Wake Forest's total offense, broke his collarbone last week in a 13-0 loss at Syracuse in which the Demon Deacons didn't advance further than the Orange 42.

Nobody expected anything to be easier against a Florida State team that's on track for a spot in the BCS title game.

But they didn't expect this self-destruction, either.

"Obviously, that's a great team," offensive guard Frank Souza said. "But on offense, we just kind of killed ourselves. A bunch of turnovers. We've got to take care of the ball better."

Florida State's six interceptions tied a school record, and the Seminoles returned turnovers for touchdowns on consecutive plays in clinching an ACC title game berth.

Nate Andrews took an interception 56 yards for a touchdown one play before Jalen Ramsey returned a fumble 23 yards for another score - keeping the yardage down but the point total way up.

The Seminoles (9-0, 7-0) claimed the inside track to a BCS title game berth with No. 2 Oregon's loss Thursday. They kept firm grasp of it by breaking the stadium record of 56 points they set in 1994.

"Everything's falling into place now," defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. said, "like (coach Jimbo Fisher) said it would."

Jameis Winston threw two touchdown passes while leading an offense that gained just 296 total yards - well off its ACC-leading average of 549.

Fisher said the offense "on the day did not play as well," but that was largely because the defense and special teams put up the points and regularly gave the Seminoles short fields.

Florida State held Wake Forest (4-6, 2-5) to 166 total yards and turned those turnovers into five TDs and a field goal.

Winston was 17 of 28 for 159 yards in two-plus quarters with an 18-yard TD to Kelvin Benjamin and a 2-yarder to Chad Abram that made it 42-0 at halftime.

James Wilder Jr. and Devonta Freeman had early scoring runs 50 seconds apart. The Seminoles, 35-point favorites, scored their first three touchdowns in a 5:05 span of the first quarter.

Wake Forest's first two quarterbacks, Tanner Price and Tyler Cameron, combined for six completions and 66 yards passing.

Price threw three interceptions on four attempts before he was pulled. The first two were returned into the red zone and Andrews took the third back for a score.

After Florida State went 80 yards in 13 plays on its first drive - capped by Wilder's 5-yard touchdown run that made it 7-0 - the Seminoles ran only four offensive plays while stretching their lead to 35-0.

The Demon Deacons helped them out by giving them short fields with turnovers on four consecutive possessions.

"We were down 35-0, maybe, and I don't think the defense had hardly been on the field," Grobe said.

That included a remarkable effort by Edwards, who somehow pulled in the second interception of Price while being bear-hugged by Wake Forest offensive tackle Josh T. Harris.

Winston found Benjamin over the middle for a touchdown two plays later, and the defensive scores came quickly after that. Andrews took Price's airmailed throw for a pick-six, and on the Demon Deacons' next snap, Josh Harris fumbled and Ramsey added his scoop-and-score.

"We start stopping the offense and turning the ball over, it gives you momentum and it kills their momentum and makes them not want to play anymore," Edwards said.