Chris Gould kicked a 19-yard field goal with 3:20 to play yesterday and mistake-prone Virginia won its sixth consecutive game, knocking Connecticut from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 17-16 victory in Charlottesville, Va.
The Cavaliers (6-1) trailed, 16-14, and had struggled on offense all day before driving 79 yards to set up Gould's second game-winner in as many weeks. Last Saturday, his 34-yarder with eight seconds left gave Virginia a 23-21 victory at Middle Tennessee.
Jameel Sewell completed a 30-yard pass to Chris Gorham and an 8-yarder to Tom Santi on third and 5 during the winning drive, then tried to run it in on a draw play on third and goal from the 7. He was tackled just shy of the goal line.
The Huskies (5-1) got consecutive 11-yard runs from quarterback Tyler Lorenzen after Gould's field goal to reach Virginia's 44, but UConn lost 21 yards when a snap in the shotgun zipped passed Lorenzen. A false start penalty made it second and 31, and then Lorenzen fumbled the next snap, Jeffrey Fitzgerald recovering for Virginia.
Gould's field goal try from 35 yards with 27 seconds to play missed wide left, giving the Huskies three chances to complete a long pass or draw a penalty. The Cavaliers defended them all and hung on to win the first meeting between the schools.
South Carolina 21, North Carolina 15 - At Chapel Hill, N.C., redshirt freshman Chris Smelley threw a career-high three touchdown passes in the first half and improved to 4-0 as a starter when the seventh-ranked Gamecocks withstood a late rally by the Tar Heels.
South Carolina (6-1) built a 21-3 lead through three quarters and successfully defended its first top-10 ranking since 2001. But the Tar Heels (2-5) made things interesting late.
T.J. Yates threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Greg Little on the first play of the fourth quarter, then ran 3 yards for another score to make it a 6-point game with 3:03 remaining.
The Gamecocks gave North Carolina one last chance, after Ryan Succop's 48-yard field goal bounced off the right upright with 46 seconds left.
Yates threw three quick completions to move the Tar Heels to the South Carolina 31, but misfired on his last two throws toward the end zone, his final pass deflected away by Kenny McKinley at about the 1.
Virginia Tech 43, Duke 14 - At Durham, N.C., Sean Glennon threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns in relief of the injured Tyrod Taylor, and the 12th-ranked Hokies (6-1, 3-0) built a 27-point halftime lead en route to their seventh straight win over the Blue Devils (1-6, 0-4).
Taylor, a freshman who had earned the starting job after Glennon struggled in his first two games, left early in the second quarter with a sprained right ankle. Glennon entered with Virginia Tech leading, 13-7, and directed consecutive touchdown drives.
Georgia Tech 17, Miami 14 - Tashard Choice ran for a career-high 204 yards on 37 carries, quarterback Taylor Bennett rushed for two touchdowns, and the Yellow Jackets (4-3, 2-3) controlled the second half against host Miami (4-3, 1-2).