Saturday's Atlantic Coast Conference Capsules

Sep 16, 2007 - 6:54 AM By PA SportsTicker

(18) VIRGINIA TECH 28, OHIO 7 -----------------------------

BLACKSBURG, Virginia (Ticker) -- It took a little while, but Tyrod Taylor eventually gave Virginia Tech's sputtering offense the spark it desperately needed.

Tyrod Taylor passed for 282 yards and ran for the go-ahead touchdown in his first collegiate start as No. 18 Virginia Tech rebounded from a lackluster first half to post a 28-7 victory over Ohio.

A true freshman, Taylor was called upon to energize a Virginia Tech (2-1) team reeling from last weekend's embarrassing 48-7 loss at second-ranked Louisiana State.

Junior Sean Glennon started the Hokies' first two games but was ineffective, passing for just 261 yards and two interceptions.

Enter the 18-year-old Taylor, a highly touted recruit who showed flashes of promise against LSU. The speedy freshman completed 17-of-31 passes Saturday and orchestrated three touchdown drives in the second half.

(20) CLEMSON 38, FURMAN 10 --------------------------

CLEMSON, South Carolina (Ticker) -- Cullen Harper threw three touchdowns to three different receivers and reserve quarterback Willy Korn also tossed a score as No. 20 Clemson routed Furman of the Football Championship Subdivision, 38-10.

James Davis also ran for a TD for Clemson (3-0), which routed Louisiana-Monroe, 49-26, last week after starting the campaign with an emotion victory over Florida State in the annual "Bowden Bowl" matchup.

It will only get tougher for the Tigers, who follow this contest with back-to-back Atlantic Coast Conference road games at North Carolina State and No. 15 Georgia Tech.

Harper was 17-of-20 for 274 yards, connecting with Aaron Kelly, Tyler Grisham and Jacoby Ford for scores in a near-perfect performance. His final drive was an eight-play, 76-yard jaunt - capped by a 23-yard TD to Kelly to make it 31-3.

VIRGINIA 22, NORTH CAROLINA 20 ------------------------------

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Chris Goud tied a school record with five field goals as Virginia posted a 22-20 victory over North Carolina.

Goud connected on field goals of 51, 28, 37, 48 and 32 yards.

Cedric Peerman rushed for 186 yards and a touchdown for the Cavaliers (2-1, 1-0 Coastal), who nearly squandered a 19-7 lead.

T.J. Yates threw for 339 yards and a touchdown for the Tar Heels (1-2, 0-1 Coastal).

WAKE FOREST 21, ARMY 10 -----------------------

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Wake Forest scored touchdowns on special teams and defense en route to a 21-10 victory over Army.

Linebacker Aaron Curry returned an interception 84 yards for a touchdown and Kenneth Moore returned a punt 55 yards for a score as the Demon Deacons (1-2) avoided their first 0-3 start under coach Jim Grobe.

The defending ACC champions rebounded from a loss to Boston College despite being outgained, 256-213.

MIAMI (FLORIDA) 23, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 9 -------------------------------------------

CORAL GABLES, Florida (Ticker) -- Kyle Wright completed 10-of-19 passes for 224 yards, leading Miami to a 23-9 victory over Florida International.

Back in as the Hurricanes' starter, Wright tossed an 80-yard touchdown pass to Lance Leggett in the third quarter that gave Miami (2-1) a 23-3 lead.

Darnell Jenkins caught five passes for a career-high 108 yards in the first meeting between the teams since their brawl last year.

FLORIDA ST 16, COLORADO 6 -------------------------

BOULDER, Colorado (Ticker) -- Antone Smith broke a 36-yard touchdown run and Gary Cismesia kicked three field goals to lift Florida State to a 16-6 triumph over Colorado.

The Seminoles (2-1, 0-1 ACC Atlantic) managed just 218 yards but did not have any turnovers. Florida State's defense picked off Colorado (1-2) quarterback Cody Hawkins twice.

Hawkins completed 34-of-53 passes for 310 yards and a touchdown for the Buffaloes, who were held to just six yards on the ground.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 38, WOFFORD 17 -----------------------------------

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Andre Brown rushed for 133 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, helping North Carolina State to a 38-17 win over Wofford.

Brown scored from two yards out to give North Carolina State an early 7-0 lead less than four minutes into the game. He would score in each of the next two periods from one and 11 yards out that helped transform a 7-3 second-quarter lead into a 31-3 third-quarter bulge.

The Wolfpack (1-2) halted a nine-game losing streak that was their longest since 1959 in large part due to 217 yards on the ground.

North Carolina State turned three turnovers by Wofford (2-1) into touchdowns, offsetting the Terriers' 353-330 advantage in total yards and landing new coach Tom O'Brien's first win at the school.

DUKE 20, NORTHWESTERN 14 ------------------------

EVANSTON, Illinois (Ticker) -- Thaddeus Lewis completed 19-of-23 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns to help Duke defeat Northwestern, 20-14, and snap the longest losing streak in the nation at 22 games.

The Blue Devils' last win came against VMI on September 17, 2005.

Duke (1-2) used a goal-line stand to secure the victory, forcing four straight incomplete passes from Northwestern (2-1) quarterback C.J. Bacher as time ran out.

The Blue Devils scored first and never trailed, beating their first major college opponent since a victory against Clemson on November 13, 2004.

Bacher threw for 369 yards and rushed for 69 yards and a score, but threw two interceptions in the Wildcats' first loss of the season.

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