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ACC Game Stories, Oct. 26

Sunday, October 27, 2013 9:40am

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. 

Boyd Leads No. 9 Clemson Past Maryland 40-27 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The offense clicked on the ground and in the air, amassing 551 yards on 98 plays. The defense came up big during a pivotal stretch of the third quarter, and special teams contributed 16 points.

It was a relentless performance by No. 9 Clemson, which returned to form in grand style Saturday in a 40-27 victory over injury-riddled Maryland.

Tajh Boyd threw for a touchdown and ran for a score, Sammy Watkins had a school-record 14 catches for 163 yards and Roderick McDowell rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns to help the Tigers (7-1, 5-1 ACC) rebound from last week's 51-14 defeat against Florida State.

"It's good to get the win, get back on track," coach Dabo Swinney said. "We had a great week, we really did. I thought our guys bounced back. If there was a hangover, if we weren't focused, this team could have gone south in a hurry. But it didn't. It responded. That's what great teams do.

"Everybody was disappointed with a loss last week, but heck, there's a lot of teams out there that would like to be 7-1 right now. We're a good football team, and if we can finish this thing the right way, we have a chance to be a great football team."

Against Florida State, Boyd threw for 156 yards and two interceptions. He rebounded to go 28 for 41 for 304 yards with one interception against the Terrapins (5-3, 1-3).

"He didn't make many mistakes tonight," Swinney said. "He played a really, really good football game."

Especially in the fourth quarter, when Clemson turned a 19-13 advantage into a 20-point cushion.

"That's what we pride ourselves on," Boyd said. "We're a physical team, a tough team. We come back and respond from adversity. That's what we do."

The Tigers needed four field goals from Chandler Catanzaro to take a slim lead into the fourth quarter.

After that, however, Maryland's defense finally caved. Boyd scored on a 5-yard run and McDowell ran it in from the 3 to make it 33-13 with 7:57 remaining, and a 45-yard touchdown run by McDowell gave Clemson a 40-20 lead with 5:03 to go.

It was the seventh straight road win for the Tigers, their longest streak since a nine-game run in 1978-79.

"If you're going to be a great program, you've got to win consistently on the road," Swinney said. "I'm just really proud of our guys for coming up here and taking care of business."

Maryland played without several key injured starters, including quarterback C.J. Brown, running back Brandon Ross, wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, and tight end Dave Stinebaugh.

Caleb Rowe went 19 for 45 for yards and three touchdowns, and Levern Jacobs had eight catches for 158 yards. But the Terrapins went 48 minutes between their first and second touchdowns and committed four turnovers.

"I feel like I did OK," Rowe said. "Of course, I left plays out on the field, everyone did. But it just wasn't good enough in the end."

For three quarters, Maryland did a good job of stopping Clemson in the red zone. In the fourth quarter, the Tigers converted their scoring opportunities into touchdowns.

"We gave up a couple plays there late," Terrapins coach Randy Edsall said. "What we were going to have to do is just try to hold on and not let them score the touchdown late and kick field goals, but we weren't able to do that in the fourth quarter."

Trailing 16-7 at halftime, Maryland converted fumbles by Watkins and McDowell into field goals to close to 16-13 with four minutes elapsed in the third quarter.

Swinney said that might have been the turning point.

"Hats off to our defense," he said. "When you put the ball down twice inside your own 20 and they only come away with six points, our defense responded."

Boyd answered with a 68-yard drive before Catanzaro connected on a 24-yarder.

Despite making only three first downs in the third quarter, Maryland remained within striking distance until running back Albert Reid lost a fumble at the Maryland 31 and Clemson's Spencer Shuey took it to the 22. Four plays later, Boyd scored to make 26-13 with 13:04 left.

That gave Boyd 112 touchdowns via run or pass, tied with Phillip Rivers for most in ACC history.

Watkins had 10 catches for 127 yards by halftime, and Clemson ran more than twice as many offensive plays as the Terrapins in building a nine-point cushion at intermission.

Down 3-0, the Terrapins got a big play from Jacobs in his first start of the year. Jacobs grabbed a short pass over the middle and sprinted into the end zone for a 71-yard touchdown.

Denied after getting a first down at the Maryland 2, the Tigers settled for a field goal to make it 7-6.

Then, after Jayron Kearse picked off a Rowe pass in the end zone, Clemson put together a 13-play march that ended with another field goal.

The Tigers finally got their first touchdown with nine seconds left in the half. After a 30-yard completion to Watkins, Boyd threw a 5-yard scoring pass to Jordan Leggett.

Duke Stuns No. 16 Virginia Tech, 13-10 


BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - The numbers suggested it was the same old Duke: 0-for-11 on third-down conversions, a 387 to 198 deficit in total offense, and a whopping 39:27 to 20:33disadvantage in time of possession.

The difference was that these Blue Devils won, stunning No. 16 Virginia Tech 13-10 on Saturday, and all but clinching what will be the first consecutive bowl appearances in program history.

"It is a historical victory and they should be proud of that," Duke coach David Cutcliffe, in his sixth season, said. "It is a distinct step in the right direction, and it is a big step."

That joy was not lost on his players, who rallied from a 22-0 deficit a week ago and beat Virginia 35-22, and ended a 12-game losing streak against the Hokies with their first victory in the series since 1981.

"Being a part of a change in the program is the most amazing feeling you can have," linebacker David Helton said after contributing 19 tackles and a key pass deflection. "It feels out of this world."

Anthony Boone ran for a touchdown, Ross Martin kicked two long field goals and the Blue Devils even overcame four turnovers to end a long history of futility against ranked teams.

"This is the reason each one of these players came to Duke," left guard David Harding said. "We came to Duke when it wasn't the cool thing to do. ... There's no luck involved. Our playmakers made plays when they had to."

The Blue Devils (6-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat a ranked team for the first time since they stopped No. 13 Virginia in 1994, and beat one on the road for the first time since Stanford in 1971.

"Two unreal field goals, our offense coming through at the end when we needed them," said linebacker Kelby Brown, whose interception with about 4½ minutes to go, and Brandon Connette's 3-yard run on fourth-and-1, allowed the Blue Devils to run out the clock. "We did everything we needed to do to win."

Virginia Tech (6-2, 3-1) had its six-game winning streak end as Logan Thomas threw four interceptions, the last on a deflection in the closing minutes with a packed stadium looking for a dramatic victory.

"There's a fine line between winning and losing and we've been walking that line," Hokies offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler said. "Today our kids learned how important the details are - lining up correctly, not jumping offsides, the four turnovers. All these things will come back to bite you."

Virginia Tech had a touchdown called back when D.J. Coles was whistled for illegal motion just before catching a 2-yard scoring pass. On the next play, Ross Cockrell intercepted Thomas in the end zone.

Two flags and some shifty running by Boone helped Duke take a 13-0 lead in the third quarter.

Linebacker Jack Tyler was flagged for pass interference, and Kyshoen Jarrett for defensive holding two plays later, setting Duke up at the Hokies' 26. From there, Boone ran for six yards, for 11 yards and for the final nine on consecutive plays, and the Blue Devils were poised for their historic win.

Boone ran 11 times for 44 yards, and hit on just 7 of 25 passes for 107 yards.

Things looked even more bleak for Virginia Tech when Thomas threw his third interception on the Hokies' next series, a pass that was broken up by Helton and pulled in by Jeremy Cash, but the nation's No. 2 defense forced a three-and-out and Thomas and the offense finally came to life.

After a review, the ensuing punt was ruled downed at the 1, and with fans jeering the call, Thomas hit Demitri Knowles streaking down the left sideline for 56 yards on the first play. Thomas ran for 21 yards on two carries, hit Coles for 12 yards and ran it in with 11 seconds left in the third quarter.

Thomas finished with 101 yards rushing on 24 carries, and hit 21 of 38 passes for 214 yards.

After another three-and-out for Duke, the Hokies drove to Cody Journell's 42-yard field goal that made it 13-10 with 9:23 left. When Boone threw deep for Jamison Crowder and freshman Kendall Fuller intercepted for the third time in the game moments later, the Hokies drove, but stalled at the Blue Devils' 23.

Journell had already missed once in the game, and five times in 12 tries on the season, and he did again, pulling a 40-yard try wide left to keep Duke in front as the crowd groaned in disbelief.

Brown's interception, and Duke's ability to hang onto the ball, finished the upset.

"I'm awfully glad we got an open date," Cutcliffe said. "I think everyone's a little bit on cloud nine now. They deserve to stay up there a few days."

Martin accounted for all the first-half scoring with field goals of 51 and 53 yards, the later a career-best on the final play of the first half.

Virginia Tech had numerous scoring chances, but Thomas' pass was broken up on a fourth-and-11 from the Blue Devils' 31 on the Hokies' first series, he threw an interception in the end zone from the 1 yard-line in the second quarter and Journell's 45-yard field goal hit the left upright late in the half.

The Blue Devils were turned away with nothing twice in Hokies territory. Fuller's second interception of the day came after Duke drove to the Virginia Tech 18, and Tariq Edwards tipped a ball that Dadi Nicolas intercepted at the Duke 17 after the Blue Devils reached the Virginia Tech 12 yard-line.

No. 3 Florida State Rolls Over N.C. State 49-17 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Famous Jameis did it again, putting on a show reminiscent of some of the Florida State greats who were on hand Saturday to honor Bobby Bowden.

Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes and the third-ranked Seminoles scored 35 points in the first quarter on the way to a 49-17 victory against North Carolina State in Bowden's return to Doak Campbell Stadium.

Bowden planted the spear at midfield before the game - a job usually done by Florida State's Seminole mascot. The school honored the 83-year-old Hall of Fame coach who won two national titles and retired after the 2009 season with a pregame ceremony that included nearly 400 former players.

Then the current Seminoles went out and put on display that Bowden's best teams would have been proud of, setting up a huge game with unbeaten Miami next week in Tallahassee.

Winston completed 16-of-26 passes for 292 yards with one interception and left the game after the opening series of the second half. The effort was the latest dazzling performance put on by the Heisman Trophy candidate.

"A lot of people said it was a revenge game but we simply just wanted to show N.C. State that they didn't have a chance last year, either," Winston said. "I mean they're a great team, but we obviously knew that last year's game hurt us and it hurt us deep because it stopped our team from potentially getting a national championship so I'm glad that the guys remembered that and bounced back strong."

Rashad Greene topped 100 yards receiving for the third consecutive game with eight receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown for the Seminoles (7-0, 5-0).

The Wolfpack upset the Seminoles in Raleigh, N.C., last season, but this year it was no contest as Florida State put on a show for its old coach. N.C. State coach Dave Doeren was so impressed he told Florida State cornerback Lamarcus Joyner to, "go win the whole ... thing" as they left the field.

"Going into the game everybody has been bragging about (Winston) all week and it's well deserved," Doeren said. "He's accurate, he's got good players, they run a good scheme, they protect him. ... That's what I told our guys in there - that's what a championship team looks like."

N.C. State (3-4, 0-4) had quarterback Brandon Mitchell back for the first time since breaking his foot in the season opener. He completed 17-of-33 passes for 128 yards with two interceptions.

Mitchell threw an interception to Terrence Brooks on the second snap of the game and the Seminoles scored four plays later. This was the beginning of a long day for the Wolfpack, who previously won the last four meetings when the Seminoles were ranked. The 35 first-quarter points tied a Florida State record for the most points in a single quarter.

Karlos Williams took a pitch to the right side, shook a defender and raced to the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown to make it 7-0.

"It was crazy because it seemed like as fast as we got them off the field, we had to go right back on," Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan said. "Sometimes I was like, 'Dang, Jameis, man, just incomplete one pass.' But it was just fun."

The Wolfpack promptly went three-and-out on the next possession and Winston threw a 39-yard touchdown to Kelvin Benjamin on the first play.

Florida State took its time on the next scoring drive. The possession needed seven plays for Devonta Freeman to score an 11-yard touchdown through gaping holes.

The Seminoles were overwhelming in the first 15 minutes, but the Wolfpack didn't do themselves any favors. Johnathan Alston fumbled on the second snap after the Freeman touchdown and Telvin Smith recovered. Brooks forced his second turnover of the day with a hit on Alston.

"Coming into this game, we knew we'd have to score to play with their offense, and make plays," Mitchell said. "They have a great team over there and they showed it today."

Florida State went back to its quick-strike ways with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Winston to Nick O'Leary on the second snap after the fumble. That put the Seminoles up 28-0 with four touchdowns scored in 4:13 of possession time.

And they weren't done.

The Wolfpack punted on the next possession after a desperate illegal forward pass by Mitchell that resembled a no-look, over-the-shoulder basketball pass.

Winston then found Greene for a 42-yard score.

"It's a step that we're taking," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. "It's a program step, not a team step, but a program step and understanding how to play in those moments and bounce back and not get too high and respond back."

The Seminoles set a school record for seven consecutive games scoring 40-plus points when Freeman scored on a 4-yard run with 3:06 left in the second quarter.

Laskey, Sims Lead Georgia Tech Past Virginia 35-25 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Zach Laskey and David Sims each ran for two touchdowns and Georgia Tech overcame five turnovers to hold off Virginia 35-25 Saturday.

Robert Godhigh also ran for a touchdown for Georgia Tech (5-3, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), which never trailed and responded every time Virginia (2-6, 0-4 ACC) made it close.

Sims scored on the Yellow Jackets' third play of the game and sealed it with a 29-yard TD run with 1:55 left after Virginia had cut the lead to 28-25 on David Watford's 12-yard touchdown pass to Darius Jennings and 2-point conversion pass to Khalek Shepherd.

Earlier in the fourth quarter, Virginia had cut Georgia Tech's lead to 21-17 on Watford's 5-yard touchdown pass to Jennings. But the Yellow Jackets responded with a 65-yard touchdown run by Godhigh to again stretch their lead to double digits.

Georgia Tech got lots of big plays from its triple-option offense, rolling up 507 yards as three backs rushed for over 100 - Laskey with 133, Godhigh with 111 and Sims with 107.

Virginia got no points off Georgia Tech's turnovers - three fumbles and two Anthony Harris interceptions - but moved the ball well against the nation's 12th-rated defense. Watford was 43 of 61 for 376 yards for the Cavaliers, whose 444 total yards were over a 100 more than Georgia Tech has allowed on average.

Two veteran Virginia receivers who have yielded playing time recently to younger players found plenty of open space in the Georgia Tech secondary and had career days. Jennings, a junior, had 13 catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns and senior Tim Smith had 10 receptions for 151 yards. It was the first time in Virginia history two players caught at least 10 passes in the same game.

The Cavaliers had the ball nearly 10 minutes longer than Georgia Tech, which entered the game No. 2 in the nation in time of possession.

However, Virginia failed to capitalize on some key opportunities. Perhaps the most glaring missed chance came late in the first half after a Harris interception gave Virginia the ball at its own 41. The Cavaliers quickly moved to the Georgia Tech 14 on three passes from Watford to Jennings. A pass interference penalty against Louis Young in the end zone put the Cavaliers at the 2.

Kevin Parks was stopped at the 1 with six seconds left, and Virginia burned its last timeout. Rather than settle for the chip-shot field goal, the Cavaliers ran Parks off tackle again. The Yellow Jackets stopped him short of the goal line and jubilantly sprinted into the locker room with their 14-10 lead intact.

It was the second time a fourth-down gamble failed to pay off for Virginia. On their second possession of the game, the Cavaliers lined up for a 32-yard field-goal try on third-and-6. An offsides penalty against Georgia Tech made it fourth-and-1, and the crowd pleaded with coach Mike London to go for the first down. He obliged, but Watford overthrew fullback Billy Scrobacz in the flat.

The game started with a here-we-go-again feeling for the Cavaliers, who gave up a 70-yard touchdown to Georgia Tech on the first play of last year's loss to the Yellow Jackets, when Sims scored on a 36-yard burst up the middle barely over a minute into the game. The score came after a 35-yard run by Goodhigh.

But the Cavaliers settled in after that, forcing fumbles on Georgia Tech's next two possessions and a punt on the third that pinned the Cavaliers at their 2. Virginia responded with a 13-play, 87-yard drive capped by Alec Vozenilek's 28-yard field goal to make it 7-3.

Georgia Tech stormed back with a 59-yard kickoff return by Lynn Griffin to the Virginia 41. Seven plays later, Laskey scored from the 7 to extend the lead to 14-3.

Virginia went right back to work on offense, driving 73 yards in 10 plays to make it 14-10 on Parks' 6-yard touchdown run.

Johnson Scores Late, No. 7 Miami Tops Wake 24-21 

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Duke Johnson ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, the second a 1-yard plunge with 53 seconds left, as No. 7 Miami rallied twice to beat Wake Forest 24-21 on Saturday and remain unbeaten.

Johnson finished with 168 yards on 30 carries for the Hurricanes (7-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference),

Tanner Price's 44-yard touchdown pass to Dominique Gibson with 4:02 remaining put Wake Forest on top, but the Hurricanes went 73 yards on their next 10 plays, with Johnson scoring to keep Miami unbeaten heading into next week's showdown at No. 3 Florida State.

Wake Forest (4-4, 2-3 fell to 1-53 all-time against Top 10 teams - the lone win coming exactly 67 years ago Saturday. The Demon Deacons trailed for less than 3 minutes against the Hurricanes, and still dropped their fifth straight in the series.

Antonio Crawford's interception sealed the win with 37 seconds left for Miami, which was playing its first game since the NCAA investigation into the Nevin Shapiro scandal ended earlier in the week - culminating a 2½-year saga for the Hurricanes.

After Johnson's first score of the game put Miami up 17-14 late in the fourth quarter, Wake Forest found an answer.

Price connected with Jared Crump for an 11-yard gain on 4th-and-5 from the Wake Forest 45 with 4:30 remaining. On the next snap, he found Gibson on the right sideline, linebacker Tyrone Cornelius wound up missing on the tackle, and Gibson took off on a 44-yard play that put the Demon Deacons up 21-17 with 4:02 left.

But for the second straight game, Miami found a way to get a win in the final moments, and matched their best start since 2003.

Price threw for 302 yards and Michael Campanaro had 10 catches for 88 yards for the Demon Deacons. Stephen Morris threw for 191 yards for Miami, including a touchdown pass to Herb Waters.

Wake Forest set the tone from the outset, going 16 plays and getting a touchdown on the game's first drive. None of the plays gained more than 14 yards, and the 79-yard march - capped by Josh Harris' 12-yard run - chewed nearly 9 minutes off the clock. In terms of plays (by two) and time (by more than 2 minutes), it was Wake Forest's longest scoring drive of the season.

Miami was simply on its heels. The Hurricanes went three-and-out on their ensuing drive, and didn't get the ball again until the second quarter. At one point early in the second quarter, Wake Forest was outgaining Miami 124 yards to 8 and enjoying nearly a 10-to-1 edge in time of possession.

And after Miami got on the board with a field goal, the Demon Deacons rode the strength of a big play to take a two-score edge.

Price found Tyree Harris with a 56-yard third-down pass midway through the second quarter, getting Wake Forest into the Miami red zone. Four plays later - on 4th-and-1 - Price connected with Campanaro from 9 yards out to put the Demon Deacons up 14-3, the biggest deficit the Hurricanes had faced since the Florida State game on Oct. 20, 2012.

Late in the half, Miami seemed to finally get something going.

Facing third-and-short with about 1:30 left, Morris faked a handoff and fired a fastball down the right hash marks that seemed to be sailing high - before tight end Clive Walford snared it with his right hand and somehow held on through the tackle. One play later, Morris connected with Waters for a 35-yard scoring strike, getting the Hurricanes within 14-10 at halftime.

Midway through the third, Miami was inside the Wake Forest 10, but Dallas Crawford was stopped by safety Anthony Wooding, who shook off a block and wrapped him up just shy of what would have been a first down. And when Miami elected not to go for it on another fourth-down opportunity early in the fourth, there was more than a little bit of booing at Sun Life Stadium.

Ultimately, the field-position game proved effective. Miami downed a punt at the Wake Forest 3, forced a three-and-out, and Johnson put the Hurricanes ahead for the first time 4 minutes later.

UNC Snaps 4-Game Slide By Beating BC, 34-10 
 

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - As the losses kept piling up for North Carolina, defensive end Kareem Martin started to worry.

"I didn't want my senior year to be remembered as the team to only win one game," Martin said.

The Tar Heels not only got victory No. 2 on Saturday, they showed they might be capable of earning a few more in the season's final month.

They snapped a four-game losing streak by routing Boston College 34-10.

In his most accurate performance since his first career start in 2011, Bryn Renner finished 18 of 21 for 227 yards. He had two touchdowns, a 13-yard score to Ryan Switzer and a 10-yarder to Bug Howard, for the Tar Heels (2-5, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Howard also caught a backbreaking 17-yard touchdown pass from change-of-pace quarterback Marquise Williams late in the third quarter. Williams and A.J. Blue had short scoring runs for the Tar Heels.

Andre Williams, the ACC's leading rusher, ran for 172 yards in his fifth 100-yard performance of the season and had a 56-yard touchdown run.

But facing a defense that allows an ACC-worst 456 yards per game, the Eagles (3-4, 1-3) managed just 261 total yards and converted just 5 of 16 third downs - a total first-year coach Steve Addazio called "woeful."

Until the final five meaningless minutes, they took only five offensive snaps in North Carolina territory.

"We always knew we had a good defense, but in every game, we allowed big plays," Martin said. "This is what happens when we limit those big plays."

Chase Rettig was 10 of 20 for 57 yards and was sacked four times for BC.

The Eagles lost their sixth straight ACC road game, have yet to beat North Carolina since joining the ACC in 2005 and have never won in Chapel Hill.

"It wasn't a lack of effort," Addazio said. "We actually played pretty darn hard and physical. But we didn't play well."

For the Tar Heels, it only felt like that long since their last win here - or anywhere, for that matter.

A rough stretch - including consecutive games against nationally ranked Coastal Division rivals Miami and Virginia Tech - left them with the worst record in the ACC.

But this started a stretch of navigable games: The second half of the schedule includes a game against FCS member Old Dominion and five league opponents who entered the weekend a combined 17-15.

"I think we have a lot of football to play and my goal is to get this team to a bowl game," Renner said. "We're 2-5 ... and we can do it."

North Carolina's maligned defense, which entered last in the league in all four major stat categories, kept the Eagles in check for much of this one.

BC had 59 yards passing - the fewest allowed by North Carolina since 1997 when Clemson had just 37 - and coach Larry Fedora called the pass defense's performance "pretty danged good."

The only real mistake came on the BC tailback's long touchdown run, in which Williams was barely touched on his way up the middle and down the right side.

"Other than that, they got after it," Fedora said. "We knew we would not hold them to 50 yards rushing because they've got a good running back."

Blue put the Tar Heels back up on the fifth play of the second when he burrowed in off left tackle. Renner then extended North Carolina's lead to 20-7 with his scoring pass to Howard with 52 seconds left in the half.

Howard's second score came with 19 seconds left in the third and after the Tar Heels moved into the red zone on two Renner-to-Eric Ebron completions. Cornerback Bryce Jones slipped near the back line, leaving Howard wide open for the easy strike from UNC's Williams to stretch the lead to 27-7.

Marquise Williams' 4-yard TD run midway through the fourth then pushed it to 34-7.

Switzer, a freshman who had two touchdowns called back due to penalties earlier this season, finally got his first scoring catch on North Carolina's first drive to put the Tar Heels up 6-0. That came after Williams fumbled at the BC 35 on the Eagles' second offensive play.

Nate Freese kicked a 38-yard field goal with 2:04 left for BC.

Offensive Woes Doom BC In 34-10 Loss To UNC 

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Boston College made the ACC's worst defense look nearly impenetrable.

Aside from one big play, the Eagles barely got anything going Saturday in a 34-10 loss to North Carolina.

BC (3-4, 1-3) was facing a Tar Heels defense that allows league worsts of 456 yards and 31 points per game.

The Eagles managed just 261 total yards and converted just 5 of 16 third downs. Until the final five meaningless minutes, they took only five offensive snaps in North Carolina territory.

The only bright spot was Andre Williams. The ACC's leading rusher ran for 172 yards in his fifth 100-yard performance of the season and ran 56 yards for the Eagles' only touchdown.

But Chase Rettig was 10 of 20 for 57 yards and was sacked four times for BC, which finished with 59 yards passing - the fewest allowed by North Carolina since 1997 when Clemson had just 37.

"We threw for some woeful amount and we dropped too many balls," first-year BC coach Steve Addazio said. "Balls hit us in the chest and ricocheted down to the ground. ... Imagine if we could convert those third downs. That's a whole different deal going on."

In his most accurate performance since his first career start in 2011, Bryn Renner finished 18 of 21 for 227 yards while helping the Tar Heels (2-5, 1-3) snap a four-game losing streak.

He had two touchdowns, a 13-yard score to Ryan Switzer and a 10-yarder to Bug Howard.

"I think we have a lot of football to play and my goal is to get this team to a bowl game," Renner said. "We're 2-5 ... and we can do it."

Howard also caught a backbreaking 17-yard touchdown pass from change-of-pace quarterback Marquise Williams late in the third quarter. Williams and A.J. Blue had short scoring runs for the Tar Heels.

"We always knew we had a good defense, but in every game, we allowed big plays," defensive end Kareem Martin said. "This is what happens when we limit those big plays."

The Eagles lost their sixth straight ACC road game, have yet to beat North Carolina since joining the ACC in 2005 and have never won in Chapel Hill.

"It wasn't a lack of effort," Addazio said. "We actually played pretty darn hard and physical. But we didn't play well."

UNC coach Larry Fedora called his team's pass defense's performance "pretty danged good."

The only real mistake came on the BC tailback's long touchdown run, in which Williams was barely touched on his way up the middle and down the right side.

"Other than that, they got after it," Fedora said. "We knew we would not hold them to 50 yards rushing because they've got a good running back."

Blue put the Tar Heels back up on the fifth play of the second when he burrowed in off left tackle. Renner then extended North Carolina's lead to 20-7 with his scoring pass to Howard with 52 seconds left in the half.

Howard's second score came with 19 seconds left in the third and after the Tar Heels moved into the red zone on two Renner-to-Eric Ebron completions. Cornerback Bryce Jones slipped near the back line, leaving Howard wide open for the easy strike from UNC's Williams to stretch the lead to 27-7.

Marquise Williams' 4-yard TD run midway through the fourth then pushed it to 34-7.

Switzer, a freshman who had two touchdowns called back due to penalties earlier this season, finally got his first scoring catch on North Carolina's first drive to put the Tar Heels up 6-0. That came after Williams fumbled at the BC 35 on the Eagles' second offensive play.

Nate Freese kicked a 38-yard field goal with 2:04 left for BC.

Maryland Fades Late In 40-27 Loss To No. 9 Clemson 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - For three quarters, Maryland shrugged off all its injuries and made a game of it against No. 9 Clemson.

And then, finally, the depleted Terrapins simply got worn out.

With standout quarterback Tajh Boyd leading the way, Clemson scored three touchdowns in the final 15 minutes and pulled away to a 40-27 victory Saturday.

Maryland (5-3, 1-3 ACC) trailed 19-13 entering the fourth quarter before it all unraveled.

Boyd scored on a 5-yard run and Roderick McDowell ran it in from the 3 to make it 33-13 with 7:57 remaining. After the Terrapins got a touchdown pass from Caleb Rowe, a 45-yard touchdown run by McDowell gave Clemson a 40-20 lead with 5:03 to go.

Earlier in the game, Maryland forced the Tigers (7-1, 4-1) to kick field goals after they reached the red zone. The trend didn't continue in the fourth quarter, and the Terrapins lost for the third time in four games.

"We gave up a couple plays there late," coach Randy Edsall said. "What we were going to have to do is just try to hold on and not let them score the touchdown late and kick field goals, but we weren't able to do that in the fourth quarter."

Maryland played without several key injured starters, including quarterback C.J. Brown, running back Brandon Ross, wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, and tight end Dave Stinebaugh.

Rowe went 19 for 45 for yards and three touchdowns, and Levern Jacobs had eight catches for 158 yards. But the Terrapins went 48 minutes between their first and second touchdowns and committed four turnovers.

"I feel like I did OK," Rowe said. "Of course, I left plays out on the field, everyone did. But it just wasn't good enough in the end."

Still, it was an impressive showing against one of the finest teams in the country.

"We're proving that we are developing depth here in our program and that the guys know that we as coaches believe in them, that if they're on the field we feel as though they're going to be able to get the job done. You kind of just preach that," Edsall said.

Boyd threw for a touchdown and ran for a score, Sammy Watkins had a school-record 14 catches for 163 yards and McDowell rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns to help the Tigers rebound from last week's 51-14 defeat against Florida State.

"It's good to get the win, get back on track," coach Dabo Sweeny said. "We had a great week, we really did. I thought our guys bounced back. If there was a hangover, if we weren't focused, this team could have gone south in a hurry. But it didn't. It responded. That's what great teams do."

It was the seventh straight road win for the Tigers, their longest streak since a nine-game run in 1978-79.

"If you're going to be a great program, you've got to win consistently on the road," Sweeny said. "I'm just really proud of our guys for coming up here and taking care of business."

Trailing 16-7 at halftime, Maryland converted fumbles by Watkins and McDowell into field goals to close to 16-13 with four minutes elapsed in the third quarter.

Sweeny said that might have been the turning point.

"Hats off to our defense," he said. "When you put the ball down twice inside your own 20 and they only come away with six points, our defense responded."

Boyd answered with a 68-yard drive before Catanzaro connected on a 24-yarder.

Despite making only three first downs in the third quarter, Maryland remained within striking distance until running back Albert Reid lost a fumble at the Maryland 31 and Clemson's Spencer Shuey took it to the 22. Four plays later, Boyd scored to make 26-13 with 13:04 left.

That gave Boyd 112 touchdowns via run or pass, tied with Phillip Rivers for most in ACC history.

Watkins had 10 catches for 127 yards by halftime, and Clemson ran more than twice as many offensive plays as the Terrapins in building a nine-point cushion at intermission.

Down 3-0, the Terrapins got a big play from Jacobs in his first start of the year. Jacobs grabbed a short pass over the middle and sprinted into the end zone for a 71-yard touchdown.

Denied after getting a first down at the Maryland 2, the Tigers settled for a field goal to make it 7-6.

Then, after Jayron Kearse picked off a Rowe pass in the end zone, Clemson put together a 13-play march that ended with another field goal.

The Tigers finally got their first touchdown with nine seconds left in the half. After a 30-yard completion to Watkins, Boyd threw a 5-yard scoring pass to Jordan Leggett.

"I never thought that we were going to lose that game," Maryland defensive back Sean Davis said. "Even when we were down at halftime, I always thought that, and the whole team thought that."

No Upset For N.C. State This Time Against No. 3 FSU 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - North Carolina State came to Doak Campbell Stadium confident it could pull another upset against Florida State.

This time, the Wolfpack never had a chance.

Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes and No. 3 Florida State scored 35 points in the first quarter on the way to a 49-17 victory against North Carolina State on Saturday in Bobby Bowden's return to Doak Campbell Stadium.

The Wolfpack upset the third-ranked Seminoles in Raleigh, N.C., last year and had won the last four meetings when Florida State was ranked. But they committed three first-quarter turnovers on top of going three-and-out twice in the first 15 minutes.

"Obviously, really disappointed in the start of the game," N.C. State coach Dave Doeren said. "We put our defense in the opposite position that we wanted to with the turnovers and they did a good job maximizing those opportunities with the short fields and that was the opposite of what we wanted to do.

"They are a good football team; we made it easier than we needed to early on."

Doeren was so impressed he told Florida State cornerback Lamarcus Joyner to, "go win the whole ... thing" as they left the field.

Winston completed 16-of-26 passes for 292 yards with one interception and left the game after the opening series of the second half. The effort was the latest dazzling performance put on by the Heisman Trophy candidate.

N.C. State (3-4, 0-4) had quarterback Brandon Mitchell back for the first time since breaking his foot in the season opener. He completed 17-of-33 passes for 128 yards with two interceptions.

"I didn't perform well," Mitchell said. "I have to do better taking care of the ball and taking what they give me.

"Coming into this game, we knew we'd have to score to play with their offense, and make plays. They have a great team over there and they showed it today."

There was little positive to take from the day except the Wolfpack outscored the Seminoles 17-7 in the second half. Florida State, however, took out its starters in the third quarter.

Shardach Thorton ran for 173 yards and two touchdowns and led the team with five receptions for 32 yards.

"I just went out there and gave it my all," Thorton said. "I really feel like I should have made plays earlier. Against a team like this, you have to seize the opportunities you get."

Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, the NCAA all-time leader in college football victories, was honored before the game in his first return since he retired after the 2009 season. Bowden planted the spear at midfield before the game - a job usually done by Florida State's Seminole mascot. The school honored the 83-year-old Hall of Fame coach who won two national titles and retired after the 2009 season with a pregame ceremony that included nearly 400 former players.

Then the current Seminoles went out and put on display that Bowden's best teams would have been proud of, setting up a huge game with unbeaten Miami next week in Tallahassee.

"A lot of people said it was a revenge game but we simply just wanted to show N.C. State that they didn't have a chance last year, either," Winston said. "I mean they're a great team, but we obviously knew that last year's game hurt us and it hurt us deep because it stopped our team from potentially getting a national championship so I'm glad that the guys remembered that and bounced back strong."

Rashad Greene topped 100 yards receiving for the third consecutive game with eight receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown for the Seminoles (7-0, 5-0).

Mitchell threw an interception to Terrence Brooks on the second snap of the game and the Seminoles scored four plays later. This was the beginning of a long day for the Wolfpack, who previously won the last four meetings when the Seminoles were ranked. The 35 first-quarter points tied a Florida State record for the most points in a single quarter.

"It's a step that we're taking," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. "It's a program step, not a team step, but a program step and understanding how to play in those moments and bounce back and not get too high and respond back."

The Seminoles set a school record for seven consecutive games scoring 40-plus points when Freeman scored on a 4-yard run with 3:06 left in the second quarter.

Navy Beats Pittsburgh On Game-Winning Kick 24-21 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - One week after missing an extra point in the second overtime that cost his team, Navy kicker Nick Sloan redeemed himself Saturday against Pittsburgh.

Sloan booted a 30-yard field-goal as time expired that gave the Midshipmen a 24-21 victory over the Panthers.

Navy (4-3) snapped a two-game losing streak and needs just two wins to become eligible for a bowl game.

After Sloan missed the extra point against Toledo last week, the Rockets scored on their next possession to escape with a 45-44 victory. Sloan said he heard Pitt coaches make comments about that game when he was near their sideline. Nonetheless, he didn't feel any added pressure when he lined up for the game-winning kick.

"It's every kickers dream to be in this situation," Sloan said. "It's definitely what separates the good kickers from the bad kickers. I thought of it as just another kick. That's all I can do."

Navy finally got into a rhythm in the second half and put together their most impressive drive of the game to take a 14-13 lead with 14:28 left in the game.

Reserve fullback Quinton Singleton's 9-yard scoring run capped the 16-play, 91-yard scoring drive that took 8:15 off the clock. The teams traded touchdowns in the fourth quarter before Sloan kicked the game-winner.

Tom Savage completed 20 of 27 pass attempts for 203 yards and two touchdowns for Pitt (4-3).

Pittsburgh's Devin Street caught nine passes for 96 yards with a touchdown and became the school's all-time leading receiver. Street now has 186 career receptions, surpassing Latef Grim, who had 178 from 1998-2000.

Trailing 14-13 midway through the fourth quarter, Savage threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to freshman Tyler Boyd to give the Panthers a 20-14 lead. Street then caught a short pass for the 2-point conversion.

Navy responded on the ensuing possession and tied the game on a 10-play, 71-yard drive capped by a 2-yard run by quarterback Keenan Reynolds with 3:53 left in the game.

The Midshipmen then forced a 3-and-out on the Panthers' next possession and got the ball at Pitt's 49. Navy ran 11 plays to set up Sloan's game-winning kick.

"I wish these games weren't like this, but we'll take it," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "I'm super-happy for Nick Sloan. The guy took a beating last week. He's the guy who took the blame last week. It wasn't his fault. We lost as a team and today we won as a team."

Pitt opened a 3-0 lead on its first drive on a 25-yard field goal by Chris Blewitt on a 16-play, 68 yard drive that took 7:32 off the clock. After Don Pearson recovered a fumble by James Conner to open the second quarter, Navy took the lead on a pass from Reynolds that deflected off Geoffrey Whiteside and was caught by senior Marcus Thomas, who ran 58 yards for first career touchdown.

"Give Navy credit, in a 60-minute game, they found a way to win," Pitt coach Paul Chryst said. "I thought our guy's effort was nothing short of what I expected. Obviously, we did not make enough plays to win the game."

Another 44-yard field goal by Blewitt pulled Pitt to within 7-6 with 9:23 left in the half. The Panthers then took a 13-7 lead eight minutes later on a 12-yard pass from Tom Savage to Street.

The Panthers completely dominated the first half and held the edge in total plays (44-22), time of possession (22:07-7:53) and yardage (252-135).

Navy entered the game ranked sixth in the nation with 304.2 rushing yards per game, and managed 220 against the Panthers.

"I'm extremely proud of Nick," Navy linebacker Cody Peterson said. "After last week, it's tough for a kicker because you're in the limelight with that one play. By no means was it his fault because there were so many plays in that game. He came back this week with ice in his veins and made it."

Gambles Fail, Virginia Falls To Georgia Tech 35-25 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Down 14-10, Virginia had the ball at the Georgia Tech 1-yard-line with six seconds left in the first half and no timeouts remaining.

Decision time for Mike London. Kick the chip-shot field goal or try to grab the lead? What do you say, Coach?

"We got down there and obviously we could have kicked the field goal, but this team is 2-5. We are trying to score a touchdown. We did a great job moving the ball down there and we wanted a touchdown."

OK. Run or pass, and maybe have a second or two left if a quick throw is incomplete?

"We can talk about play selection, but what we tried was a jumbo package play and we tried to show them something different and capitalize on that, but we didn't."

Didn't indeed. Kevin Parks was stopped for no gain as time expired, and the jubilant Yellow Jackets sprinted to the locker room while the Cavaliers walked off with their heads hanging - a scene that has become all too familiar for a Virginia team that has lost five in a row after Saturday's 35-25 loss to Georgia Tech. The Cavaliers would have to win out to become bowl eligible.

The late first-half failed gamble wasn't the first one for Virginia. On the Cavaliers' second possession, they lined up for a 32-yard field-goal try on fourth-and-6. An offsides penalty against Georgia Tech made it fourth-and-1, and the crowd pleaded with London to go for the first down. He obliged, but Watford overthrew fullback Billy Scrobacz in the flat.

Virginia got no points off five Georgia Tech turnovers, four of them in the first half.

"It's very disappointing to have had five turnovers and not be able to capitalize and score on some of those opportunities," London said. "Some of the players had career days, but you would rather have the W."

Those career days were by quarterback David Watford and receivers Darius Jennings and Tim Smith. Watford was 43-of-61 for 376 yards, setting school records for attempts and completions. Jennings caught 13 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns and Smith caught 10 for 151 yards, becoming the first Virginia duo to ever have at least 10 receptions in one game.

"It's cool to have a record, but I would rather have the record in a win rather than in a loss," Watford said. "Either way, it shows our progress. We are still fighting week in and week out without a doubt."

Zach Laskey and David Sims each ran for two touchdowns, Robert Godhigh ran for one and Georgia Tech (5-3, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) responded every time Virginia (2-6, 0-4 ACC) made it close.

Sims scored on the Yellow Jackets' third play of the game and sealed it with a 29-yard TD run with 1:55 left after Virginia had cut the lead to 28-25 on Watford's 12-yard touchdown pass to Jennings and 2-point conversion pass to Khalek Shepherd.

Earlier in the fourth quarter, Virginia had cut Georgia Tech's lead to 21-17 on Watford's 5-yard touchdown pass to Jennings. But the Yellow Jackets responded with a 65-yard touchdown run by Godhigh to again stretch their lead to double digits.

Georgia Tech got lots of big plays from its triple-option offense, rolling up 507 yards as three backs rushed for over 100 - Laskey with 133, Godhigh with 111 and Sims with 107.

Virginia had the ball nearly 10 minutes longer than Georgia Tech, which entered the game second nationally in time of possession, but the Yellow Jackets got six plays of more than 30 yards out of its triple-option offense as well as Sims' 29-yarder and a 59-yard kickoff return that led to a touchdown.

The Cavaliers finished with 32 first downs and 444 yards, more than 100 more than Georgia Tech's 12th-rated defense was allowing on average.

"We did a decent job with the score when you see how many plays they ran," Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said. The Cavaliers ran 93 plays to Georgia Tech's 61.

No. 16 Hokies Falter In 13-10 Loss To Duke 

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech linebacker Jack Tyler tried to find a bright side.

"Sometimes losses like this can get you going a little bit," Tyler said, surveying the situation after No. 16 Virginia Tech had its six-game losing streak end in a 13-10 setback to surprising Duke. "You can't lose again. You know you're going to have to ... beat everybody that you face."

The Hokies (6-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) still control their fate in the ACC's Coastal Division. Only Miami, 3-0, has a better record in the division, and the teams play on Nov. 9 in Miami. But Virginia Tech has plenty to work on, as evidenced by the fact that they struggled even after a bye week, even after outgaining the Blue Devils 387-198 and even after holding onto the ball for nearly two-thirds of the game.

"After a bye week, you're supposed to be hitting on everything," tailback J.C. Coleman said.

Instead, Logan Thomas threw four interceptions, the last with about 4½ minutes to play, and the nation's No. 2 defense couldn't stop Duke on a fourth-and-1, allowing them to run out the clock.

"Duke just came out here and beat us," coach Frank Beamer said.

Anthony Boone ran for a touchdown, Ross Martin kicked two long field goals and Duke ended a 12-game losing streak against the Hokies and a long history of losing to ranked teams.

The Blue Devils (6-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat a ranked team for the first time since they stopped No. 13 Virginia in 1994, and beat one on the road for the first time since Stanford in 1971. And they did it without converting any of their 11 third-down plays, and the time of possession deficit.

The Hokies hurt themselves all game with mistakes, including an illegal motion penalty against D.J. Coles that wiped out a touchdown catch, Thomas' interception on the following play and two flags against Virginia Tech and some shifty running by Boone that helped Duke take a 13-0 lead in the third quarter.

Tyler was flagged for pass interference, and Kyshoen Jarrett for defensive holding two plays later, setting up Duke at the Hokies' 26. From there, Boone ran for six yards, for 11 yards and for the final nine on consecutive plays, and the Blue Devils were poised for a historic win.

Things looked bleak for Virginia Tech when Thomas threw his third interception on the Hokies' next series, a pass that was broken up by David Helton and intercepted by Jeremy Cash, but the defense forced a three-and-out and Thomas and the offense finally came to life.

After a review, the ensuing punt was ruled downed at the 1, and with fans jeering the call, Thomas hit Demitri Knowles streaking down the left sideline for 56 yards on the first play. Thomas ran for 21 yards on two carries, hit D.J. Coles for 12 yards and ran it in with 11 seconds left in the third quarter.

After another three-and-out for Duke, the Hokies drove to Cody Journell's 42-yard field goal that made it 13-10, and when Boone threw deep for Jamison Crowder and freshman Kendall Fuller intercepted for the third time in the game, the Hokies drove stalled at the Blue Devils' 23.

Journell had already missed once in the game, and he did again, pulling a 40-yard try wide left to keep Duke in front.

A pass deflection and Kelby Brown's interception, Thomas' fourth of the game, sealed it.

Martin accounted for all the first-half scoring with field goals of 51 and 53 yards, the later a career-best on the final play of the first half.

Virginia Tech had numerous scoring chances, but Thomas' pass was broken up on a fourth-and-11 from the Blue Devils' 31 on the Hokies' first series, he threw an interception in the end zone from the 1 yard-line in the second quarter and Journell's 45-yard field goal hit the left upright late in the half.

The Blue Devils also were turned away with nothing twice in Hokies territory. Fuller's second interception of the day came after Duke drove to the Virginia Tech 18, and Tariq Edwards tipped a ball that Dadi Nicolas intercepted at the Duke 17 after the Blue Devils reached the Virginia Tech 12.

Wake Loses Late Leads, Falls 24-21 At No. 7 Miami 

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Talk about one-sided. Wake Forest led for nearly 49 minutes at Miami on Saturday, trailed for fewer than three minutes, and put the nation's seventh-ranked team squarely on the ropes.

A chance for a huge win was in the Demon Deacons' hands.

And then ...

"We didn't get a lot of bang for our buck," Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe said.

Duke Johnson took care of that.

He ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, the second a 1-yard plunge with 53 seconds left, as No. 7 Miami beat Wake Forest 24-21 to stay unbeaten and cap a wild week of emotions. The NCAA mess that overshadowed Miami for 2½ years finally ended on Tuesday, and four days later, Johnson made sure Miami had cause for a second celebration.

For Wake Forest, it was just another game against a Top 10 team that went awry. The Demon Deacons have played 54 of them. They've lost 53.

"It's tough in there right now," Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price said, referring to his team's locker room. "It's really hard when you come this close and you don't come away with the W. It was right there in our grasp. I thought when we had that touchdown to give us 21 that we had a chance. It was just disappointing."

That touchdown he referenced came with 4:02 left, when not long after Johnson's first score gave Miami its first lead, Price connected with Dominique Gibson for what became a 44-yard score. Miami linebacker Tyrone Cornelius missed a tackle on the play, allowing Gibson to take off for the end zone.

Turned out, Cornelius' missed tackle was a huge break for his own team.

Instead of Wake Forest (4-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) grinding up more clock, Miami (7-0, 3-0) got the ball back with plenty of time. Johnson did the rest, and his 168-yard, 30-carry day was capped by 85 rushing yards in the fourth quarter alone.

"I wanted the ball," Johnson said. "So I went to coach, and we talked about it, and coach said 'We're going to put it in your hands.'"

Smart move, Al Golden. And it allowed the Hurricanes to not only match the program's best start since 2003, but set up a giant-sized showdown at Florida State next week.

"Clearly emotional. I'm not going to lie to you. Just an emotional week," said Golden, the coach who spent the first 30 games of his Miami career waiting for the NCAA cloud to pass. "Now we can breathe and move forward. I was more worried than ever this week, just because nobody was really talking about Wake. Everybody was talking about the NCAA and obviously future scheduling."

Price completed 25 of 45 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns. Michael Campanaro had 10 catches for 88 yards for the Demon Deacons.

"I told them that I think we're a good football team," Grobe said. "Not as good as we need to be. We came up short but I think we got better today."

Wake Forest set the tone from the outset, going 16 plays and getting a touchdown on the game's first drive. None of the plays gained more than 14 yards, and the 79-yard march - capped by Josh Harris' 12-yard run - chewed nearly 9 minutes off the clock. By of plays and time, it was Wake Forest's longest scoring drive of the season.

Miami was on its heels. The Hurricanes went three-and-out on their ensuing drive, and didn't get the ball again until the second quarter. At one point early in the second quarter, Wake Forest was outgaining Miami 124-8.

And after Miami got on the board with a field goal, the Demon Deacons rode the strength of a big play to take a two-score edge.

Price found Tyree Harris with a 56-yard third-down pass midway through the second quarter, getting Wake Forest into the Miami red zone. Four plays later - on fourth-and-1 - Price connected with Campanaro from 9 yards out to put the Demon Deacons up 14-3, the biggest deficit the Hurricanes had faced since the Florida State game on Oct. 20, 2012.

Late in the half, Miami seemed to finally get something going.

Facing third-and-short with about 1:30 left, Morris faked a handoff and fired a fastball down the right hash marks that seemed to be sailing high - before tight end Clive Walford snared it with his right hand and somehow held on through the tackle. One play later, Morris connected with Waters for a 35-yard scoring strike, getting the Hurricanes within 14-10 at halftime.

That was the end of the scoring until the fourth, when Johnson put Miami ahead with 5:36 left, and returned to the field 94 seconds later to begin pulling off the second comeback drive - the one that counted most.

"We played well," Campanaro said. "We just didn't make enough plays at the end to seal the deal."