Tashard Choice rushed for a career-high 196 yards and two touchdowns and the Georgia Tech defense had little trouble with any of Notre Dame's replacements for Brady Quinn, shutting down the running of Demetrius Jones and the passing of Evan Sharpley and Jimmy Clausen in beating the Irish, 33-3, yesterday.
Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis kept his choice of starting quarterback secret until game time, hoping that preparing for three quarterbacks would make it tough on Georgia Tech. It didn't work.
Choice, the leading rusher in the Atlantic Coast Conference last season with 1,473 yards, rushed for more than 100 yards for an eighth straight game, breaking the school record set by Eddie Lee Ivery in 1978.
UCF 25, N.C. State 23 - Kevin Smith rushed for a career-high 217 yards with two touchdowns, and visiting Central Florida held on to beat North Carolina State, spoiling Tom O'Brien's debut as the Wolfpack's coach.
Smith had a school-record 80-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage, and had 177 yards by halftime for the Knights, who led, 25-3, at the break and claimed their first win over a BCS conference team in seven years.
N.C. State made it a 2-point game on two fourth-quarter touchdown passes by Harrison Beck - a 6-yarder to Pat Bedics and a 14-yarder to Donald Bowens midway through the quarter. The Wolfpack had the ball at their 20-yard line with six minutes left but were stopped on fourth and 6, allowing UCF to bleed the clock.
Va. Tech 17, East Carolina 7 - The ninth-ranked Hokies prevailed at home, but appeared a bit overwhelmed by the burden of what they'll face all year: rallying a school that is desperate to move on from the worst mass shooting in modern American history. The 32 victims of April's campus massacre were honored in a heart-tugging pregame ceremony, which was followed by an uninspiring performance on the field.
East Carolina, a 27 1/2-point underdog that didn't have its No. 1 quarterback, actually led until Victor Harris returned an interception 17 yards for a touchdown with just over three minutes remaining in the first half to give the Hokies a 10-7 lead.
Miami 31, Marshall 3 - Javarris James ran for two touchdowns, Tavares Gooden and Calais Campbell had interceptions to set up easy scoring drives, and the host Hurricanes recorded six sacks in Randy Shannon's debut as coach.
UConn 45, Duke 14 - At Durham, N.C., Tyler Lorenzen threw for 298 yards and two touchdowns as the Huskies pulled away in the second half to hand the Blue Devils their 21st consecutive loss.
North Carolina 37, James Madison 14 - In coach Butch Davis's debut, the host Tar Heels got three touchdown passes from first-time starter T.J. Yates to easily beat the Dukes.
Maryland 31, Villanova 14 - At College Park, Md., Keon Lattimore ran for 106 yards and three touchdowns as the Terrapins wore down the Wildcats.
Wyoming 23, Virginia 3 - Devin Moore rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown as the Cowboys rolled at home.