C.J. Spiller became the first player in Clemson history to record a touchdown passing, rushing, and receiving in the same game, helping the No. 24 Tigers defeat North Carolina State, 43-23, yesterday in Raleigh, N.C.
Spiller, who broke Derrick Hamilton’s school record for all-purpose yards in a season on his 16-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, rushed for 97 yards on 18 carries. He finished with three receptions for 48 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown that blew open the game early in the fourth quarter. His 17-yard TD pass to Xavier Dye gave Clemson a 17-0 lead.
Jamie Harper added a 69-yard TD run for the Tigers (7-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their fifth consecutive game.
Russell Wilson was 12 of 32 for 183 yards and two TDs for the
Clemson clinched a winning regular season, while N.C. State was eliminated from bowl consideration. The Wolfpack had been 7-2 in November games under Tom O’Brien, including a 4-0 mark last season that earned them a bowl berth.
Kyle Parker was 12 of 18 for 183 yards and two TDs as Clemson scored at least 38 points for a school-record fifth consecutive game.
Georgia Tech 49, Duke 10 - At Durham, N.C., Jonathan Dwyer rushed for 110 yards and two TDs, Josh Nesbitt accounted for three scores, and the seventh-ranked Yellow Jackets clinched a spot in the ACC championship game by routing the Blue Devils.
Orwin Smith returned a kickoff 83 yards to spark slow-starting Georgia Tech (10-1, 7-1). The Yellow Jackets’ offense took over after that, scoring TDs on five of the following six possessions, rushing for 306 yards, and shutting out the Blue Devils in the final three quarters.
Nesbitt was 6 of 10 for 195 yards with TD passes covering 32 yards to Stephen Hill and 75 yards to Demaryius Thomas, and had a 2-yard TD run. Dwyer had scoring runs of 3 and 13 yards in his fourth consecutive 100-yard game.
The Blue Devils (5-5, 3-3) had minus-1 yard rushing through three quarters and finished with 25.
North Carolina 33, Miami 24 - Kendric Burney returned one of his three interceptions for a 77-yard TD, and his third pick resulted in a bizarre fourth-quarter score that helped the Tar Heels beat the 12th-ranked Hurricanes in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Burney fumbled his third interception, but Melvin Williams picked up the ball and ran the last 44 yards for a score that gave North Carolina (7-3, 3-3) a two-score lead with 9 1/2 minutes left. Casey Barth kicked four field goals, including the clincher with 1:57 left, to help give coach Butch Davis yet another win against his former program.
Jacory Harris threw four interceptions for the Hurricanes (7-3, 4-3), who have lost all three meetings against Davis since he took over in Chapel Hill in 2007.
Virginia Tech 36, Maryland 9 - Tyrod Taylor threw for 268 yards and a career-high three TDs, and the 20th-ranked Hokies built an early 24-point lead before coasting to victory in College Park, Md.
Virginia Tech (7-3, 4-2) amassed 289 yards in the first half and 484 overall. Taylor threw each of his TD passes in the opening 23 minutes to help the Hokies go up, 27-3.
Wearing black and desert camouflage uniforms as a tribute to Army veterans, Maryland (2-8, 1-5) lost its fifth straight - its longest skid since 1998.
Florida State 41, Wake Forest 28 - Jermaine Thomas rushed for 149 yards and a score, E.J. Manuel (TD pass, TD run) was effective in his first career start, and the Seminoles (5-5, 3-4) kept their bowl hopes alive by beating the host Demon Deacons.
Wake Forest (4-7, 2-5) lost its fifth straight and was eliminated from bowl contention.