Kyle Parker threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Ford in overtime, giving Clemson a 40-37 road win over eighth-ranked Miami yesterday at Land Shark Stadium.
Matt Bosher kicked a 22-yard field goal on Miami’s overtime possession, but on third and 11, Parker’s third TD pass gave the Tigers (4-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) their first win over a ranked opponent in nine games - and dealt Miami’s ACC title hopes a serious blow.
C.J. Spiller had a 90-yard kickoff return and a school-record 310 all-purpose yards for Clemson.
Jacory Harris threw for two touchdowns for Miami (5-2, 2-2), but also threw three interceptions.
The Hurricanes could have had fourth and goal from inside the Clemson 1 in OT after the Tigers were offside on Bosher’s third field goal of the game. But they kept the points on the board, turning it over to the defense.
On third down, Parker found Ford, a South Florida native, for the winning score. Parker finished 25 of 37 for 326 yards.
Georgia Tech 34, Virginia 9 - The 11th-ranked Yellow Jackets ran through a downpour in Charlottesville, Va., piling up 362 yards rushing and holding the ball more than 42 minutes to dispatch the last unbeaten team in ACC play.
With an option attack that ranked second in the nation in rushing yards, Georgia Tech (7-1, 5-1) put on a ball-control clinic on each of its four touchdown drives: a 10-play, 60-yard march in the second quarter; an 18-play, 82-yard, 10:47 marathon in the third; an 11-play, 66-yard clinching possession in the fourth; and a 10-play, 71-yarder near the finish. Quarterback Josh Nesbitt threw only two passes on those four drives, and finished with 82 yards rushing and two scores.
Paul Johnson’s team has sole possession of the Coastal Division and is closing in on the school’s first top-10 ranking since 2001. The Cavaliers (3-4, 2-1) had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Navy 13, Wake Forest 10 - Playing in a driving rain in Annapolis, Md., the Midshipmen (6-2) didn’t throw a single pass against the Demon Deacons (4-4). Navy’s backup quarterback, Kriss Proctor, ran 40 yards for a game-breaking TD in the third quarter in place of the injured Ricky Dobbs (left knee).
Riley Skinner was 13 of 25 for 173 yards for Wake Forest. His 15-yard TD throw to Devon Brown made it 13-10 with 7:41 left, but the Deacons got only one more first down the rest of the way.
Duke 17, Maryland 13 - Thaddeus Lewis threw for 371 yards and two scores, and the Blue Devils forced two late turnovers to wrap up the victory over the Terrapins in Durham, N.C.
Lewis, the ACC’s leading passer, was 30 of 43 with TDs covering 24 yards to Donovan Varner and 1 yard to Danny Parker in his third straight 300-yard performance. Duke (4-3, 2-1) never trailed and outgained Maryland, 394-249. The Terrapins (2-6, 1-3) have lost three straight.