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ACC Game Stories, Oct. 19

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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. 

Duke rallies to stun Virginia, 35-22 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Brandon Connette heard the play call, and knew it would work.

Duke's backup quarterback and designated fourth-down runner took the snap on fourth-and-1, faked a handoff, saw Virginia defenders converging on him and flipped the ball a few yards ahead to tight end Braxton Deaver, and Deaver did the rest, scrambling 47 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.

"It was a great play call," said Connette, who twice had converted fourth-and-1 plays earlier in the second half by running the ball. "We just knew that they weren't paying attention to anyone on the field but me in those situations, so we took advantage."

Deaver's touchdown completed the Blue Devils' comeback from a 22-0 deficit, and they rolled to a 35-22 victory against Virginia on Saturday night.

Anthony Boone threw two touchdown passes and Connette also ran for a score as Duke beat Virginia for the fifth time in the last six meetings.

The Blue Devils (5-2, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) converted four fourth-down plays in the second half, and their defense held Virginia to five straight three-and-outs as they converted a 22-7 halftime deficit into a 25-22 lead with 11:44 remaining on Deaver's big play.

"I caught the ball and there was nobody in front of me," Deaver said.

The loss was the fourth in a row for Virginia (2-5, 0-3), which gained just 7 yards in the third quarter and 83 yards in the second half, negating a fast start that made it seem like it would finally snap its losing streak.

Kevin Parks ran for two TDs and caught a scoring pass for Virginia, but it all came in the first half.

"Whatever happened happened, and it got ugly fast," center Luke Bowanko said. "We're not proud of the product we put out there."

Three plays before the Connette-to-Beaver touchdown Anthony Harris dropped a sure interception for the Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers tried to rally, but even a huge break wasn't enough. On a third-and-18 play from their 27, Watford's pass for Darius Jennings sailed high and off the chest of defender Kelby Brown. The ball bounced high in the air, and Kevin Parks pulled it in for the most improbable 48-yard reception.

Two runs by Parks gained another 25 yards, but facing fourth-and-5 from the Duke 22, Virginia sent Alec Vozenilek in to try a 39-yard field goal. It was good, but was negated by a false start penalty against right guard Jay Whitmire, and when Vozenilek tried from 44 yards, his kick sailed wide left.

Deaver later caught a 24-yard scoring pass from Boone, and Ross Martin added a late 32-yard field goal.

Virginia was rolling early in what many saw as a must-win game. The Cavaliers outgained Duke 175-45 in the first quarter, opening a 14-0 lead, and made it 22-0 with5:49 remaining in the first half when Parks pinned a 13-yard pass from David Watford against his leg, pulled it in and flipped into the end zone.

But an exchange of punts set Duke up at its 38 late in the half. Boone had completions of 14 yards to Brandon Braxton and 25 yards to Deaver. That took it to the Virginia 19, and four plays later, Boone rolled right under pressure and hit Jamison Crowder between defenders for the TD with 0:46 remaining in the half.

"It was huge" Deaver said. "It was a turn of emotion, a wave of confidence for us. It was one of the things that got us going."

In the second half, Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe got bold fast, sending Connette in to convert a fourth-and-1 from the Duke 39 on the opening series. The drive ended with Martin's 25-yard field goal, making it 22-10, but the message it sent to the Blue Devils helped keep the tide turning their way.

"Coach Cut's like that," Deaver said. "He's got that put your foot on their throat mentality."

After another three-and-out by Virginia, Boone hit Crowder for 42 yards to the Cavaliers' 11, Jela Duncan ran for 5 yards and Connette took it the final 6, making it 22-17 and quieting the crowd of 38,071.

The Cavaliers seemed to get a spark when Darius Jennings returned the ensuing kickoff to the 25 and a Duke player drew a personal foul for hitting him out of bounds, but Watford's first pass was incomplete, and the snap on the next play skipped past him for a 15-yard loss. An offensive holding penalty suddenly found the Cavaliers facing third-and-35 from their 15, and when Virginia punted, Duke drove for the go-ahead score.

The Cavaliers brought out all stops on their opening drive. Watford hit Keeon Johnson for 25 yards on the first play, and when the drive stalled at the Duke 49, Vozenilek, who is also the punter, ran for 10 yards and a first down. Parks added a 13-yard reception, a 12-yard run and then ran it in from the 1 yard-line.

Late in the quarter, Watford hit Tim Smith for 51 yards to the Blue Devils' 5, and three plays later, Parks took it in from the 1 again.

Winston, No. 5 FSU Crush No. 3 Clemson, 51-14 

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Jameis Winston and Florida State didn't take long to hush Death Valley, making a statement that that could be heard from Alabama to Oregon.

The Seminoles' remarkable redshirt freshman threw for 444 yards and three touchdowns and No. 5 Florida State crushed No. 3 Clemson 51-14 Saturday night. When the first BCS standings of the season come out Sunday, Florida State should be right there with the top-ranked Crimson Tide and second-ranked Ducks, fighting for the top spots.

"Do we deserve to be in the top two? We deserve to be No. 1," Florida State linebacker Telvin Smith said.

The Atlantic Coast Conference's game of the year, billed as maybe the league's biggest game ever, quickly became a Seminoles' seminar on how to take apart a top-five opponent on its hostile home turf in front of 83,428.

"We don't play against noise. We're playing against the Clemson Tigers," Winston said. "It was amazing, when we were out on the field that first snap. It was loud and we started smiling because we don't play against noise."

The game started with two Heisman Trophy contender quarterbacks. It ended with one.

Playing in one of the loudest stadiums in the country, Winston was unfazed, going 22 for 34 for Florida State (6-0, 4-0). His first throw was a 22-yard touchdown to Kelvin Benjamin, and he scrambled for a 4-yard touchdown that made it 41-7 with 4:04 left in the third quarter.

"They took advantage of our mistakes," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "They might be the best team in the country."

Tajh Boyd threw two interceptions for Clemson, and his first-quarter fumble was returned 37 yards for touchdown by Mario Edwards. Clemson (6-1, 4-1) turned it over a season-high four times, the first one on the first play from scrimmage.

"We know we're better than how we played, but nobody cares about that," Swinney said.

Rashad Greene caught eight passes for 146 yards and two scores, including a 72-yard sprint that made it 24-7 Florida State in the second quarter.

The Seminoles broke a five-game losing streak at Memorial Stadium, scored more points than any opponent ever has in Death Valley and gave fourth-year coach Jimbo Fisher his biggest victory since taking over for Bobby Bowden.

Florida State is also perfect through six games for the first time since 1999, the last time Bowden's 'Noles won the national championship.

Maybe after all these years, the Seminoles are finally back to that level?

"They're mature, they're growing, they're older, they understand the moments," Fisher said of his team.

As for Clemson, the Tigers can't be accused of 'Clemsoning' this one away. They were simply outclassed.

Florida State tight end Nick O'Leary punctuated the beatdown in the third quarter, running over Clemson's Travis Blanks as he tried to make a tackle. Seminoles by a knockout. O'Leary finished with five catches for 161

The game marked only the fourth time that the conference better known for basketball has matched two top-five football teams, and the first time since 2005.

Not long after Clemson made its grand entrance, sprinting past Howard's Rock and down the hill onto the field, orange balloons filling the sky above Memorial Stadium, Florida State took control. On the first play from scrimmage Smith stripped Stanton Seckinger and Terrence Brooks recovered for the Seminoles at the Clemson 34.

Two plays later, Winston lofted deep down the sideline to the 6-foot-5 Benjamin, who went up high for the perfectly thrown ball and landed with it inside the pylon for a touchdown.

Winston has been even better than advertised in his first season as a starter, hard to believe considering the hype. But this opponent and this setting represented by far the biggest challenge of his young career. Turns out, it was just another showcase - for Florida State's defense, too.

Lamarcus Joyner forced Clemson turnover No. 2, coming free on a blitz and knocking the ball free from Boyd. Edwards scooped and scored. It was 17-0 with 3:07 left in the first quarter and Death Valley suddenly didn't seem so daunting.

Clemson made a much needed response, Boyd hitting Sammy Watkins with a 3-yard touchdown pass to trim the lead to 10 late in the first quarter. But Winston and his talented receivers struck again.

Winston beat a Clemson blitz with a quick pass to Greene, who slipped a tackle and was gone, 72 yards for a touchdown that made it 24-7 midway through the second. Greene made a shush gesture to the Clemson fans. He didn't need to. He had already quieted them.

Joyner's interception of Boyd in Florida State territory turned it into another field goal to make it 27-7 at halftime.

Boyd finished 17 for 37 for 156 yards.

The last sounds heard booming from Memorial Stadium were from the Florida State band, playing that familiar Seminole war chant with its fans chopping away.

Georgia Tech Ends Skid With 56-0 Rout Of Syracuse

ATLANTA (AP) — Vad Lee ran for two touchdowns and added a long scoring pass, Zach Laskey ran for three touchdowns and Georgia Tech rolled to a surprising 56-0 rout of Syracuse on Saturday.

The blowout victory easily surpassed Georgia Tech's 49-10 win over Duke on Nov. 14, 2009 as the Yellow Jackets' biggest margin of victory in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.

Georgia Tech (4-3, 3-2 ACC) ended a three-game losing streak by compiling almost 500 total yards.

Syracuse (3-4, 1-2) also brought a .500 record into what was expected to be a competitive game. Instead, the game resembled Georgia Tech's 70-0 win over Elon, a FCS team, to open the season.

The Yellow Jackets took advantage of a blocked punt and three Syracuse turnovers for the runaway win.

Linebacker Quayshawn Nealy had an interception and fumble recovery to lead Georgia Tech's defense.

Syracuse, which averaged 342.5 yards rushing in its first two ACC games, was held to 75 yards on 26 carries and 208 total yards. Jerome Smith had 11 carries for 43 yards.

Georgia Tech had 482 total yards, including 394 yards rushing.

Orange starting quarterback Terrel Hunt completed 7 of 14 passes for 68 yards with an interception. Drew Allen took over in the second half and completed 6 of 15 passes for 65 yards with an interception.

Georgia Tech backup quarterback Justin Thomas ran for 95 yards, including a 50-yard scoring run, and Synjyn Days had a 4-yard touchdown run. Laskey had 13 carries for 75 yards and scored on runs of 6, 3 and 1 yards.

Lee threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Darren Waller early in the second half on his first official attempt of the game. Lee had an incomplete pass wiped out by a Syracuse penalty earlier in the game.

A procession of mistakes left the Orange with a deficit that continued to grow during the first half.

Georgia Tech's Chris Milton blocked Riley Dixon's first-quarter punt, setting up a quick 24-yard drive capped by Days' scoring run. On Syracuse's next possession, Nealy's interception set up a 71-yard touchdown drive.

Georgia Tech's option offense was so productive the Yellow Jackets had no third-down plays in the first quarter. Syracuse had a chance to stop Georgia Tech on a third-down incompletion midway through the second quarter, but defensive end Micah Robinson was flagged for a blow to Lee's head. Two plays after the personal foul penalty, Lee was untouched on a 3-yard run for a 21-0 lead.

Syracuse drew nine penalties for 91 yards. Georgia Tech had no penalties.

Late in the half, Syracuse's second turnover set up Georgia Tech's fourth touchdown. Backup center Jason Emerich's shotgun snap was high over Hunt's head. Hunt tried to fall on the fumble but lost the ball when tackled by Jemea Thomas, who was credited with a forced fumble. Nealy recovered the ball at the Syracuse 7, setting up Lee's second touchdown run.

Emerich entered the game after starting center Macky MacPherson left with a reported upper body injury in the first quarter. MacPherson returned in the second half.

Georgia Tech's only turnover came on a botched trick play early in the game. Lee handed off to receiver DeAndre Smelter on a reverse. Smelter stopped and threw deep for Waller, but the pass was intercepted by cornerback Ri'Shard Anderson.

Syracuse defensive tackle John Raymon was taken off the field late in the first half with an apparent right knee injury. 

Pitt avoids upset-minded ODU 35-24  

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh found a pretty effective way to keep quarterback Tom Savage's jersey clean.

Hand it to running back Isaac Bennett instead.

Running through gaping holes created by an offensive line with something to prove, Bennett ran for a career-high 240 yards and three scores as the Panthers held off Old Dominion 35-24 on Saturday night.

"The line, I guess they probably had a pregame speech from (offensive line coach Jim Hueber) and they went out there and attacked it and I just followed behind," Bennett said.

The Panthers (4-2) needed Bennett to be sharp. The junior spent most of the season watching from the sideline as freshman James Conner appeared to get a firm grasp on the starting job. Conner left last week's 19-9 loss to Virginia Tech with a shoulder injury and while he dressed against the Monarchs, he didn't break a sweat.

Bennett did while lugging it 30 times, often through wide swaths of open space as the Panthers gashed ODU (4-3) after falling behind 10-0 in the first quarter.

"I thought Isaac ran hard and a lot of guys worked their tail off up front to make those happen," Pitt coach Paul Chryst said.

It was the kind of response Chryst was looking for after the line allowed Savage to endure eight sacks against the Hokies. Chryst challenged the entire offense - not just the line - to get its act together. While Savage wasn't sharp, he did pass for 104 yards and a touchdown and run for another score while getting sacked just once.

"We were down and then we came back and won," Savage said. "That's huge, especially for a team with so many young guys."

ODU quarterback Taylor Heinicke threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns but couldn't lead the Monarchs to their first win over a Bowl Championship Series opponent. ODU cut an 18-point deficit to four late in the third quarter, but Savage's 5-yard touchdown run gave Pitt enough cushion to survive.

It was hardly pretty on a night as the teams combined for 24 penalties and 221 penalty yards.

"I felt we moved the ball really well," Heinicke said. "Our penalties were what really beat us. We had a lot of false starts and holds that put us in a tough situation."

The Monarchs are in the midst of transitioning from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision. They'll be in Conference USA next fall, a leap the school insists it's ready to make even though the program didn't even exist five years ago.

For long stretches on Saturday, it certainly looked like it.

Pitt appeared to be firmly in control when Savage hit Manasseh Garner for a 21-yard touchdown that gave the Panthers a 28-10 lead. The Monarchs rallied behind Heinicke. The reigning Walter Payton Award winner - given annually to the best player in the FCS - found Blair Roberts for a 47-yard score to make it 28-17.

ODU executed a perfect onside kick, with kicker Jarod Brown falling on the ball after it rolled the required 10 yards. Five plays later Antonio Vaughn sprinted into the end zone to pull the Monarchs within 28-24 with 4:35 left in the third quarter.

The Panthers, however, steadied themselves behind Savage. Needing to create some space, Savage led Pitt on a five-play, 47-yard drive. He covered the last five yards himself, spinning between two ODU defenders at the goal line for his second touchdown in as many games.

Savage, hardly the most mobile quarterback around, joked maybe he should switch his name to "Tommy Football," a play on the nickname given to Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

Pitt could afford to laugh, but only in the end.

ODU raced to a quick 10-0 lead behind Heinicke, who hit Marquel Thomas with a 15-yard touchdown pass to put the Monarchs in front. Brown then drilled a 54-yard field goal through the notoriously tricky winds at Heinz Field, the longest kick in the stadium's 12-year history.

The beginning was eerily similar to Pitt's humbling 31-17 loss to FCS-member Youngstown State in Chryst's head coaching debut last year. The ending, however, was different.

Rather than panic or press, the Panthers turned to Bennett.

Bennett bolted up the middle for a 25-yard touchdown to get Pitt on the board early in the second quarter. A 56-yard punt return by Kevin Weatherspoon set up a 3-yard burst to give the Panthers the lead with 7:40 remaining in the half. Working behind a line that made sure he was rarely touched until he was into the secondary, Bennett put Pitt firmly in control late in the half, capping a 63-yard drive by darting up the middle for a 16-yard touchdown to make it 21-10 at the break.

Price's TD hat trick leads Wake past Terps, 34-10 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Quarterback Tanner Price had touchdowns rushing, receiving and passing in Wake Forest's 34-10 victory over Maryland on Saturday.

Price was 26 of 36 through the air for 231 yards, scored on a 4-yard run and caught a 4-yard TD pass from receiver Michael Campanaro - the trick-play master's fourth career touchdown throw.

Price hit Campanaro with a 10-yard touchdown pass to become the first player in school history and the fourth Bowl Subdivision player this season to hit the touchdown trifecta. He joined Clemson's C.J. Spiller as the only ACC players since 2000 to do it.

Josh Harris' 1-yard touchdown run on the opening series put the Demon Deacons (4-3, 2-2) on their way to their fourth straight home victory over the Terrapins (5-2, 1-2).

Maryland lost two of its starting receivers for the rest of the season with broken legs, coach Randy Edsall said afterward.

Edsall said Deon Long broke the fibula and tibia in his right leg early in the second quarter, and Stefon Diggs broke his fibula early in the fourth. Both are scheduled for surgery, Edsall said.

Backup Caleb Rowe threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Levern Jacobs to briefly pull Maryland to 24-10 midway through the third quarter.

Price restored Wake Forest's three-touchdown lead with his scoring pass on the next possession, and Chad Hedlund put the Demon Deacons up by 24 with a 38-yard field goal with 7:46 to play.

Starter C.J. Brown was 15 of 24 for 137 yards in his return from a concussion for Maryland. But he was constantly harassed by nose tackle Nikita Whitlock, threw two interceptions in the second quarter that led directly to Price's first two touchdowns and was replaced by Rowe midway through the third.

Rowe finished 15 of 27 for 207 yards. Maryland outgained Wake Forest 383-307 but finished with three turnovers.

In the final moments, the Big Ten-bound Terrapins were serenaded by chants of "A-C-C" by the Wake Forest crowd. Maryland fell to 1-9 in ACC road games under Edsall.

The Demon Deacons scored on four of their six possessions in the first half and turned those turnovers into a 24-3 halftime lead.

Merrill Noel's 49-yard interception return to the Maryland 18 set up Price's touchdown run that made it 17-3 with 5:21 before the break.

A.J. Marshall picked off Brown on Maryland's next possession, and that's when coach Jim Grobe reached into his bag of tricks. Four plays after Campanaro took a lateral from Price and threw a 24-yard pass to Tyree Harris, the Demon Deacons were at it again.

Backup running back Dominique Gibson took a direct snap and flipped the ball to Campanaro, who rolled left and flipped a strike to Price in the end zone with 1:21 before the break.

Campanaro, a native of Clarksville, Md., caught 11 passes to give him 217 career receptions - breaking Desmond Clark's school record of 216. Campanaro finished with 122 yards receiving and was 2 of 2 passing for 29 yards in his final game against his home-state school.

He entered as the conference's leader in receptions and receiving yardage per game, and improved his unofficial career passer rating to 454.5.

No. 3 Clemson Stung With Record Home Defeat 

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney had few inspirational words and no get-up-off the mat speeches, not after his third-ranked Tigers' record-setting defeat.

The Tigers (6-1, 4-1) had come in hoping to take control of the Atlantic Coast Conference and cement their place among the BCS contenders. Instead they left with a 51-14 loss to No. 5 Florida State, which scored the most points in Death Valley history on Saturday night.

"We know we're better than how we played, but nobody cares about that," Swinney said. "We got our butts handed to us."

The Seminoles (6-0, 4-0) quickly turned the ACC top-five showdown into a beatdown. They led 17-0 in the opening quarter, scoring touchdowns after two fumbles that stunned the crowd and put Clemson's fast-paced offense led by quarterback Tajh Boyd on its heels.

"We never could swing the momentum back in our favor and turnovers were a huge part of that," Swinney said. "You can't win when you play like that."

Clemson hadn't played like this for much of the past two seasons. It had won several key games since its last ACC defeat (at Florida State in 2012) including victories over Southeastern Conference powers LSU and Georgia.

The Seminoles proved the biggest challenge of all. Boyd, who came in a Heisman Trophy candidate, finished 17 of 37 for 156 yards and two interceptions and was completely outclassed by Florida State freshman Jameis Winston, who passed for 444 yards and three touchdowns, plus ran for a fourth TD.

Boyd said the loss was "West Virginia-esque," referring to the Tigers' last embarrassment, a 70-33 loss to the Mountaineers in the Orange Bowl after the 2011 season.

"We didn't play up to our capabilities and that's the most disappointing thing," Boyd said.

Winston and the Florida State defense took the Tigers out of it early and the Seminoles kept going.

Rashad Greene caught eight passes for 146 yards and two scores, including a 72-yard sprint that made it 24-7 in the second quarter.

"We have high expectations for ourselves," Greene said. "So we try and get our plays in and do as much as we can and score as much as we can. We were prepared and we just went out there and executed."

Florida State tight end Nick O'Leary punctuated the victory in the third quarter, running over Clemson's Travis Blanks as he tried to make a tackle. O'Leary, the grandson of Jack Nicklaus, finished with five catches for 161 yards, including a 94-yard catch in the final quarter when the Seminoles were backed up to their 1. That set up Roberto Aguayo's 20-yard field goal that broke the Death Valley record for points by an opponent.

Not long after Clemson made its grand entrance, sprinting past Howard's Rock and down the hill onto the field, orange balloons filling the sky above Memorial Stadium, Florida State took control. On the first play from scrimmage Florida State's Telvin Smith stripped Stanton Seckinger and Terrence Brooks recovered for the Seminoles at the Clemson 34.

Two plays later, Winston lofted a pass deep down the sideline to the 6-foot-5 Benjamin, who went up high for the perfectly thrown ball and landed with it inside the pylon for a touchdown less than 2 minutes into the game.

Winston has been even better than advertised in his first season as a starter, hard to believe considering the hype. But this opponent and this setting represented by far the biggest challenge of his young career. Turns out, it was just another showcase game - for Florida State's defense, too.

LaMarcus Joyner forced Clemson turnover No. 2, coming free on a backside blitz and knocking the ball free from Boyd. Edwards scooped and scored, covering the ball with two arms as he crossed the goal line with a Clemson player trying to strip it from behind. It was 17-0 with 3:07 left in the first quarter and Death Valley suddenly didn't seem so daunting.

Winston beat a Clemson blitz with a quick pass to Greene, who slipped a tackle and was gone, 72 yards for a touchdown that made it 24-7 midway through the second. Greene made a hush gesture to the Clemson fans. He didn't need to. He had already quieted them.

Joyner's interception of Boyd in Florida State territory turned it into another field goal to take a 27-7 lead at halftime.

Terps lose Diggs, Long in 34-10 loss at Wake  

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Maryland lost much more than just another game on Saturday. More importantly, the Terrapins lost their top two receivers.

Deon Long and Stefon Diggs both broke their right legs during the Terps' 34-10 loss to Wake Forest.

Coach Randy Edsall said Long broke his fibula and tibia early in the second quarter while Diggs broke his fibula early in the fourth.

Long was expected to have surgery when the Terps returned to College Park while Diggs' procedure would come during the week.

"I feel bad for both those guys," Edsall said. "We've got to make sure we move forward. What has to happen is we have to have guys step up and guys go out there and play with the kind of intensity that you have to play with for 60 minutes. We didn't get that today."

The Terps (5-2, 1-2) had three turnovers, allowed Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price to score touchdowns three different ways - rushing, receiving and passing - and were lit up by Maryland native Michael Campanaro, who set a school record with his 217th career reception and also threw and caught touchdown passes.

It all added up to a miserable final trip to Winston-Salem as an Atlantic Coast Conference member for Maryland, which hasn't won here since 2005.

At least they won't ever have to come back. In dropping to 1-9 in league road games under Edsall, the Big Ten-bound Terrapins were serenaded by chants of "A-C-C" by the Wake Forest crowd.

"I tried to tell our team that we were going to get their best effort - it was their homecoming, coming off that (N.C. State) win and plus with our situation in the ACC," Edsall said. "But we didn't come out and match their intensity early on."

Price was 26 of 36 through the air for 231 yards for Wake Forest (4-3, 2-2), scored on a 4-yard run and caught a 4-yard TD pass from Campanaro - the trick-play master's fourth career touchdown throw.

Price hit Campanaro with a 10-yard touchdown pass to become the first player in school history and the fourth Bowl Subdivision player this season to hit the touchdown trifecta. He joined Clemson's C.J. Spiller as the only ACC players since 2000 to do it.

"That's a once-in-a-lifetime experience and not a whole lot of people have done that," Price said. "I was pretty excited about that and had a lot of fun doing it."

Campanaro finished with 11 catches to give him one more reception for his career than Desmond Clark, who set the school record from 1995-98. He broke the record on a 12-yard grab in the final minutes.

"They really made me work for it," Campanaro said. "That was tough."

The Clarksville, Md., native leads the ACC in receptions and receiving yardage per game. He finished with 122 yards receiving and was 2 of 2 passing for 29 yards in his final game against his home-state school.

"When you hear plays like that called from the sideline, you kind of get excited but you've got to calm down - you don't want to mess it up," Campanaro said of his passes. "That was fun. Tanner and I switched roles for a play."

Josh Harris' 1-yard touchdown run on the opening series put the Demon Deacons on their way to their fourth straight home victory over the Terrapins.

Backup Caleb Rowe threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Levern Jacobs to briefly pull Maryland to 24-10 midway through the third quarter.

Price restored Wake Forest's three-touchdown lead with his scoring pass on the next possession, and Chad Hedlund put the Demon Deacons up by 24 with a 38-yard field goal with 7:46 to play.

Starter C.J. Brown was 15 of 24 for 137 yards in his return from a concussion for Maryland. But he was constantly harassed by nose tackle Nikita Whitlock, threw two interceptions in the second quarter that led directly to Price's first two touchdowns and was replaced by Rowe midway through the third.

"Things that I saw, it was the best thing for our team to do to try and move the ball in the second half," Edsall said.

Rowe finished 15 of 27 for 207 yards. Maryland's 383-307 advantage in total yardage was mitigated by those three turnovers.

Syracuse overwhelmed in 56-0 loss to Georgia Tech 

ATLANTA (AP) - Extra practice time devoted to stopping Georgia Tech's spread-option offense didn't change the fact Syracuse had never faced the attack in a game.

That disadvantage proved too difficult to overcome.

Syracuse was hurt by three turnovers and a blocked punt and Georgia Tech was dominant on the ground in its 56-0 win over the Orange on Saturday.

"We've never played an option team before," said Syracuse safety Durell Eskridge. "Georgia Tech has been running the option forever. They've got their scheme down pat."

Zach Laskey had three of Georgia Tech's seven rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Vad Lee added two rushing touchdowns and threw a scoring pass.

For Syracuse (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), it was a sobering let-down one week after a 24-10 win at North Carolina State.

Syracuse coach Scott Shafer said he "got outcoached today" by Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson even though the Orange spent extra time in the summer and on Sundays preparing for the offense.

"Very disappointed in myself," Shafer said. "We thought we had a good plan, but we got our butts kicked today and that starts with me."

Georgia Tech (4-3, 3-2) averaged 5.9 yards per carry.

The Yellow Jackets ended a three-game losing streak by compiling 482 total yards, including 394 yards rushing. The Yellow Jackets had 67 rushing attempts and threw only five passes, including Lee's 46-yard touchdown pass to Darren Waller early in the second half.

"They did everything we thought they were going to do," Eskridge said. "They executed their cutbacks, and we had a hard time getting off blocks."

The blowout victory easily surpassed Georgia Tech's 49-10 win over Duke on Nov. 14, 2009 as the Yellow Jackets' biggest margin of victory in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.

The Yellow Jackets had only eight third-down plays - none in the first quarter.

"As long as you're churning out seven, eight yards a pop, you get behind schedule throwing it," Johnson said, adding that by keeping the ball on the ground "you kind of run them into oblivion."

Syracuse cornerback Ri'Shard Anderson intercepted a pass thrown by receiver DeAndre Smelter on a trick play to end Georgia Tech's first possession. After that, the Yellow Jackets had few mistakes, including no penalties.

The Yellow Jackets took advantage of a blocked punt and three Syracuse turnovers for the runaway win.

Linebacker Quayshawn Nealy had an interception and fumble recovery to lead Georgia Tech's defense.

Syracuse, which averaged 342.5 yards rushing in its first two ACC games, was held to 75 yards on 26 carries and 208 total yards. Jerome Smith had 11 carries for 43 yards.

"They did a multitude of things," said Shafer of Georgia Tech's defense. "But at the end of the day, when you're down by 14 and 21 points early ... you can't rush the whole game."

Orange starting quarterback Terrel Hunt completed 7 of 14 passes for 68 yards with an interception. Drew Allen took over in the second half and completed 6 of 15 passes for 65 yards with an interception.

"We shot ourselves in the foot, hurt ourselves a lot," Hunt said. "We could have done better.

"It's disappointing. We're going to flush this down the toilet and go back to work."

Georgia Tech backup quarterback Justin Thomas ran for 95 yards, including a 50-yard scoring run, and Synjyn Days had a 4-yard touchdown run. Laskey had 13 carries for 75 yards and scored on runs of 6, 3 and 1 yards.

A procession of mistakes left the Orange with a deficit that continued to grow during the first half.

Georgia Tech's Chris Milton blocked Riley Dixon's first-quarter punt, setting up a quick 24-yard drive capped by Days' scoring run. On Syracuse's next possession, Nealy's interception set up a 71-yard touchdown drive.

Syracuse had a chance to stop Georgia Tech on a third-down incompletion midway through the second quarter, but defensive end Micah Robinson was flagged for a blow to Lee's head. Two plays after the personal foul penalty, Lee was untouched on a 3-yard run for a 21-0 lead.

Syracuse drew nine penalties for 91 yards.

Late in the half, Syracuse's second turnover set up Georgia Tech's fourth touchdown. Backup center Jason Emerich's shotgun snap was high over Hunt's head. Hunt tried to fall on the fumble but lost the ball when tackled by Jemea Thomas, who was credited with a forced fumble. Nealy recovered the ball at the Syracuse 7, setting up Lee's second touchdown run.

Emerich entered the game after starting center Macky MacPherson left with a reported upper body injury in the first quarter. MacPherson returned in the second half.

Syracuse defensive tackle John Raymon was taken off the field late in the first half with an apparent right knee injury.

"He had a tough injury," Shafer said. "We are going to find out exactly what it is. We have our suspicions of what it is. It's not a good thing, obviously."

Frustrated Virginia folds 35-22 to Duke 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia coach Mike London is forever talking about "plays that cause you to lose," and the Cavaliers made a whole bunch as they blew a 22-0 lead and lost 35-22 to Duke on Saturday night.

There was an interception that Anthony Harris had in his hands and dropped three plays before Duke went ahead.

There was the failure to capitalize on good field position because the snap to quarterback David Watford on second down somehow wound up skittering along the Scott Stadium turf for a 15-yard loss.

There was the procedure penalty that negated a field goal, and the missed assignments and poor tackling that allowed Duke to gain almost 300 yards and outscore Virginia 28-0 after halftime, sending the Cavaliers (2-5, 0-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) to their fourth consecutive loss.

"Once again, we beat ourselves, offensively and defensively," linebacker Henry Coley said. "If we have the ball in our hands, we have to come down with it. If we're in a position to score, we need to convert. We made that field goal but get called for a penalty and had to do it again and something went wrong."

Kevin Parks scored all three touchdowns for Virginia, but his frustration is mounting, too. All three scores came in the first half, and the Cavaliers were limited to 83 yards in the second half.

"Thirty-five unanswered points is ridiculous. I am feeling a little frustrated right now," he said. "They kept playing and we didn't. They played four quarters and we played a half of football."

Solutions?

"The spark has to come from somewhere, whether it's offense, defense or special teams," Coley said. "It was just on our shoulders at that specific time to give the offense a spark, and we didn't execute."

Apart from a critical touchdown with 46 seconds left in the first half that restored some confidence, Duke (5-2, 1-2) pretty much played a half of football, too, and blew away what Virginia had done.

Anthony Boone threw two touchdown passes and Brandon Connette ran for one touchdown and threw for another for the Blue Devils, who converted four fourth-down plays in as many tries in the second half.

Their defense, meantime, held the Cavaliers to five straight three-and-outs.

Connette, who came in at quarterback and twice gained a yard on fourth down to keep Blue Devils drives alive, faked a handoff on another fourth down and flipped a short pass to Braxton Deaver, who took it 47 yards for the winning TD. Three plays earlier, Harris let an interception bounce off his chest.

Deaver later caught a 24-yard scoring pass from Boone to seal the victory.

The Cavaliers tried to rally, but even a huge break wasn't enough. On a third-and-18 play from their 27, Watford's pass for Darius Jennings sailed high and off the chest of defender Kelby Brown. The ball bounced high in the air, and Kevin Parks pulled it in for the most improbable 48-yard reception.

Two runs by Parks gained another 25 yards, but facing fourth-and-5 from the Duke 22, Virginia sent Alec Vozenilek in to try a 39-yard field goal. It was good, but was negated by a false start penalty, and when he tried from 44 yards, his kick sailed wide left.

Boone then hooked up with Deaver, and the Blue Devils tacked on a late field goal.

Virginia was rolling early in what many saw as a must-win game. The Cavaliers outgained Duke 175-45 in the first quarter, opening a 14-0 lead, and made it 22-0 with5:49 remaining in the first half.

But an exchange of punts set Duke up at its 38. Boone had completions of 14 yards to Brandon Braxton and 25 yards to Deaver. That took it to the Virginia 19, and four plays later, Boone rolled right under pressure and hit Jamison Crowder between defenders for the TD with 0:46 remaining in the half.

In the second half, the Blue Devils made it 22-10 on Ross Martin's 25-yard field goal.

After another three-and-out by Virginia, Boone hit Crowder for 42 yards to the Cavaliers' 11, Jela Duncan ran for 5 yards and Connette took it the final 6, making it 22-17 and quieting the crowd of 38,071.

The Cavaliers seemed to get a spark when Darius Jennings returned the ensuing kickoff to the 25 and a Duke player drew a personal foul for hitting him out of bounds, but Watford's first pass was incomplete, and the snap on the next play skipped past him for a 15-yard loss. An offensive holding found the Cavaliers facing third-and-35 from their 15, and when Virginia punted, Duke drove for the go-ahead score.

Virginia took a 22-0 lead when Parks caught a 13-yard pass from Watford and then flipped over a defender into the end zone with 5:49 left in the second quarter. The Cavaliers then set up for a 2-point conversion, and Miles Gooch ran it in.

The Cavaliers brought out all stops on their opening drive. Watford hit Keeon Johnson for 25 yards on the first play, and when the drive stalled at the Duke 49, punter Alec Vozenilek ran for 10 yards and a first down. Parks added a 13-yard reception, a 12-yard run and then ran it in from the 1 yard-line.

Late in the quarter, Watford hit Tim Smith for 51 yards to the Blue Devils' 5, and Parks scored three plays later.