South Florida's newest rivalry has already overheated.
Miami beat Florida International, 35-0, last night in a game marred by a wild brawl in the third quarter that had fists flying, helmets swinging, and even crutches being used as weapons. In all, 13 players were ejected -- eight from FIU, five from Miami, and they will likely face one-game suspensions.
Kyle Wright had three touchdown passes for the Hurricanes (4-2), who set a season high for points against a 1-A opponent. Lance Leggett had two TD catches. FIU (0-7) was held to 114 total yards.
With nine minutes left in the third, James Bryant caught a 5-yard TD pass from Wright, then drew a 15-yard flag for unsportsmanlike conduct for pointing at the FIU bench and taking a bow. Moments later, Jon Peattie kicked the extra point and the melee began. Both sidelines emptied, and several fights broke out within seconds. The brawl lasted about five minutes, and more than two dozen police officers came onto the field.
Wake Forest 25, N.C. State 23 -- Sam Swank kicked three field goals of more than 50 yards for the Demon Deacons (6-1, 2-1), who earned their first road win over the Wolfpack (3-3, 2-1) in 22 years.
Maryland 28, Virginia 26 -- Keon Lattimore ran 56 yards for the go-ahead TD as the visiting Terrapins (4-2, 1-1) rallied to beat the Cavaliers (2-5, 1-2).
S. Florida 37, N. Carolina 20 -- At Chapel Hill, N.C., Ricky Ponton ran for 101 yards and two TDs to carry the Golden Bulls (5-2) past the Tar Heels (1-5).
Florida St. 51, Duke 24 -- Drew Weatherford threw four TD passes and the Seminoles (4-2, 2-2) improved to 15-0 against the host Blue Devils (0-6, 0-4).