Virginia Tech trounced by BC; Clemson destroys Temple

Oct 13, 2006 - 6:54 AM BRISTOL, Connecticut (Ticker) - Frank Beamer's 300th game as a coach was far from a time to remember. James Davis, C.J. Spiller and Will Proctor decided to extend their time off.

Sean Glennon threw two interceptions as 22nd-ranked Virginia Tech fell, 22-3, to Boston College, suffering its first road loss in nine Atlantic Coast Conference games.

Elsewhere, No. 12 Clemson rolled to a 63-9 victory over Temple in a non-conference matchup.

The Hokies (4-2, 2-2 ACC Coastal) failed to muster anything offensively and committed four turnovers - two lost fumbles - in a historic appearance for Beamer. Virginia Tech totaled just 33 yards on the ground and 148 in the air. It converted 3-of-14 third downs and Glennon was sacked three times by Boston College (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic).

"We have to determine what type of team we are," Beamer said. "I know it's hard to win football games when you turn the ball over."

The Tigers, who played in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday, dominated like they were a professional team.

Clemson (6-1) scored touchdowns on each of its seven possessions in the first half. Davis answered an early field goal by Temple (0-7) with an eight-yard TD run and, after Spiller scored from a yard out, Davis added a two-yard TD for a 21-3 lead with 4:30 left in the opening quarter.

The second quarter was more of the same, only this time Proctor got involved as well, throwing a six-yard TD pass to Alex Pearson and a 55-yard scoring strike to Jacoby Ford. Davis and Spiller each added another rushing TD in the quarter as Clemson opened a 49-3 lead at the half.

"I told the team, 'Don't go play Temple, just go play football,'" Tigers coach Tommy Bowden said. "They needed to just come out and take care of business."

Davis finished with 138 yards on just nine carries and Spiller ran for 73 on 12 carries with both backs sitting out the second half. Proctor also saw only two quarters of action and completed 8-of-9 passes for 151 yards.

"This game played out exactly like we wanted it to," Proctor said. "The offense has a great deal of confidence."

Clemson's next game is at Florida State on October 21.

There are 18 games involving ranked teams on Saturday, but only one involves a pair of top-25 squads. Fresh off an impressive victory, second-ranked Florida (6-0) visits angry No. 11 Auburn (5-1).

The Gators became the only undefeated Southeastern Conference team with a 23-10 home win over then-No. 9 Louisiana State. Auburn was ranked second in the nation before getting stunned by Arkansas, 27-10.

In other games involving highly ranked teams, No. 1 Ohio State (6-0) visits reeling Big Ten Conference rival Michigan State; No. 3 Southern California (5-0) hosts Arizona State in a Pac-10 Conference matchup; and No. 4 Michigan (6-0) visits Big Ten rival Penn State without injured star receiver Mario Manningham, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday.

Also, No. 5 West Virginia (5-0) opens Big East Conference play against Syracuse; No. 6. Texas (5-1) hosts Big 12 Conference foe Baylor; No. 7 Louisville (5-0) takes on Cincinnati in the Big East; and 10th-ranked California (5-1) looks to keep rolling at Washington State.

On Sunday, No. 20 Boise State (6-0) visits New Mexico State in a Western Athletic Conference matchup.

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