Branden Ore ran for two touchdowns in his best performance of the season and No. 10 Virginia Tech pounded Miami, 44-14, yesterday in Blacksburg, Va., in its final tuneup for a huge game with rival Virginia next weekend.
Virginia Tech (9-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) moved into a share of first place in the Coastal Division with the Cavaliers. The teams will play Saturday in Charlottesville with the winner moving on to the conference championship game Dec. 1.
Sean Glennon threw a touchdown pass to Justin Harper, and Jahre Cheeseman and Carlton Weatherford had scoring runs for the Hokies. Weatherford's was his first career touchdown and came on a day he and 19 other seniors were honored before the game.
Miami (5-6, 2-5), coming off a 48-0 loss last weekend in its last game in the Orange Bowl, came out looking like a team that had given up. The 'Canes went three-and-out on each of their first three possessions, trailed, 17-0, after the first quarter, and had been outgained, 150-6, before briefly rallying to pull within 20-14.
Notre Dame 28, Duke 7 - The Fighting Irish (2-9) avoided becoming the first Notre Dame team in 74 years to go a season winless at home, getting three touchdown passes from Jimmy Clausen, including a pair of 25-yarders just 73 seconds apart to break open a tight game against the Blue Devils (1-10).
Wake Forest 38, N.C. State 18 - Riley Skinner threw two touchdown passes, including a momentum-shifting 62-yarder to Jordan Williams that sparked the Demon Deacons (7-4, 5-3) in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Florida St. 24, Maryland 16 - Bobby Bowden won his 300th game at Florida State, getting 133 yards rushing and a touchdown from Preston Parker in a home win that moved the Seminoles to 7-4, 4-4.
Georgia Tech 27, N. Carolina 25 - At Atlanta, Travis Bell atoned for an earlier miss by kicking a 27-yard field goal with 15 seconds left as the Yellow Jackets (7-4, 4-4) overcame four lost fumbles.