Cullen Harper continued his record-setting year with three more touchdown passes and No. 20 Clemson moved a step closer to an Atlantic Coast Conference title with a 44-10 victory over Wake Forest yesterday in Clemson, S.C.
The Tigers (8-2, 5-2) won their fourth straight to set up a Death Valley showdown Saturday against Boston College, with the winner advancing to the conference championship game in Jacksonville, Fla., next month.
For Wake Forest (6-4, 4-3), its second consecutive loss means a likely end for defending the ACC crown.
Harper, who came in with a school-record 23 touchdown throws, scored on a 7-yard keeper to finish Clemson's first possession. Mark Buchholz kicked the first of his three field goals to make it 10-0.
After Wake Forest got its only TD on Josh Adams's 2-yard run, Harper connected with Tyler Grisham on a 5-yard touchdown and Aaron Kelly for a 10-yard TD.
The Tigers didn't sit on the lead. When they got the ball at their 20 with 1:18 left in the half, Harper drove Clemson into field goal range and Buchholz hit a career-long 52-yarder for a 27-7 lead.
Virginia Tech 40, Florida St. 21 - Tyrod Taylor returned from a sprained ankle that kept him out 2 1/2 games and threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, lifting the 11th-ranked Hokies (8-2, 5-1) at home.
It was the first win for Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer in eight tries against Florida State, and marked the first time Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden has lost to Virginia Tech in 16 career meetings.
Virginia 48, Miami 0 - The 23d-ranked Cavaliers (9-2, 6-1) ended the Hurricanes' 70-year stay at the Orange Bowl in stunningly one-sided fashion, dealing Miami (5-5, 2-4) its biggest shutout ever at the stadium.
N.C. State 31, North Carolina 27 - At Raleigh, N.C., Jamelle Eugene ran for three touchdowns, including the go-ahead 1-yarder with 1:41 left, to help the Wolfpack (5-5, 3-3) hold off the Tar Heels.
Georgia Tech 41, Duke 24 - Tashard Choice picked up his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season, gaining 170 yards and scoring two touchdowns to lead the Yellow Jackets (6-4, 3-4) in Durham, N.C.