Backup quarterback Chris Turner led three second-half scoring drives, Keon Lattimore rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown, and Maryland's defense shut down Ray Rice and No. 10 Rutgers's high-powered offense in a stunning 34-24 victory yesterday at Piscataway, N.J.
It marked the second straight year that Rutgers (3-1) was upset after getting into the Top 10. Last year, Cincinnati surprised the Scarlet Knights a week after they reached No. 7 following an upset of then-No. 3 Louisville.
This year it was Maryland (3-2), which had dropped two straight games and was coming off a disheartening 31-24 overtime loss to Wake Forest, a game in which the Terps blew a 24-3 third-quarter lead.
Maryland squandered a 14-3 lead late in the second quarter in this one, but rallied in the second half behind Turner, getting field goals of 26 and 37 yards from an erratic Obi Egekeze, a 2-yard TD run by Lattimore, and a late 14-yard dash by Lance Ball, who rushed for 90 yards and two TDs.
Georgia Tech 13, Clemson 3 - The Yellow Jackets took advantage of a stunningly poor performance by Dean Buchholz and the rest of the 13th-ranked Tigers' kicking game to prevail in Atlanta.
Georgia Tech (3-2, 1-2) snapped a two-game losing streak and avoided its first 0-3 start in league play since 1994. The Tigers (4-1, 2-1) missed four field goals, had a punt blocked to set up the only touchdown, and fumbled on a kickoff return, setting up a field goal that gave Georgia Tech a 10-point lead with 11 1/2 minutes remaining.
Virginia Tech 17, North Carolina 10 - Tyrod Taylor, Branden Ore, and the 17th-ranked Hokies still can't find their offense, but the defense was steady and stopped one drive at the goal line to hold off the Tar Heels (1-4, 0-2).
Taylor scored on a 5-yard run and Ore scored on a 1-yard dive for host Virginia Tech (4-1, 1-0), which managed just 241 yards of offense.
Florida St. 21, Alabama 14 - Xavier Lee came off the bench to throw a pair of touchdown passes to De'Cody Fagg as the Seminoles (3-1) held off the 22d-ranked Crimson Tide (3-2) at Jacksonville, Fla.
Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, who grew up in Birmingham, Ala., earned his 369th win in his first game against Alabama.
Virginia 44, Pitt 14 - At Charlottesville, Va., Jameel Sewell threw three first-quarter touchdown passes and Cedric Peerman ran for two scores as the Cavaliers (4-1) built a 27-0 lead and cruised past the Panthers (2-3) for their fourth straight win.
Louisville 29, N.C. State 10 - The defense forced five turnovers, Brock Bolen rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown, and the Cardinals (3-2) rolled up 247 yards on the ground to beat the host Wolfpack (1-4) and take the pressure off quarterback Brian Brohm, who threw for 251 yards and a TD.
Miami 24, Duke 14 - Kyle Wright returned from an injury to throw for 230 yards and two scores, including a game-sealing touchdown pass to DajLeon Farr with 2:15 left, and the host Hurricanes (4-1, 1-0) escaped an upset bid by the Blue Devils (1-4, 0-2) for the second straight season.