Freshman Lonnie Pryor ran for a pair of touchdowns, including a 3-yarder with 32 seconds remaining, and Florida State beat Maryland, 29-26, in Tallahassee yesterday to become bowl-eligible for the 28th straight year.
Pryor’s winning score was set up by a 48-yard punt return by freshman Greg Reid that gave the Seminoles the ball at the Maryland 44 with 1:35 left. Pryor also scored on a 50-yard run in the second quarter to give Florida State a 14-3 lead.
The Seminoles (6-5, 4-4 ACC) handed Maryland (2-9, 1-6) its sixth straight loss.
Maryland’s Davin Meggett scored his second touchdown on a 9-yard run with 4:29 remaining, which gave the Terrapins a 26-22 lead.
Maryland’s defense intercepted Florida State freshman EJ Manuel three times, the last one by Cameron Chism with 2:57 left that seemed to shut the door on the Seminoles.
But the Terrapins were unable to run out the clock and Reid, the ACC’s leading punt returner, gave the Seminoles some momentum with his return to set up the winning drive. Reid returned three punts for 88 yards and now has 350 yards on 19 returns.
Manuel, who was making his first start at home, completed 17 of 27 passes for 206 yards. He ran for 49 yards, including gains of 15 and 20 on the final drive.
Florida State finished its home season with a 3-3 record and for the second straight game there were thousands of empty seats, despite pregame activities honoring departing senior players and longtime defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews.
Miami 34, Duke 16 - Jacory Harris threw for 348 yards and two touchdowns, Darryl Sharpton capped his final home game with a 73-yard interception return for a score, and the 21st-ranked Hurricanes staved off a challenge by the Blue Devils.
Damien Berry’s 2-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter opened the floodgates for Miami (8-3, 5-3). Leonard Hankerson had career bests of eight catches and 143 yards - including a 44-yard score - for the Hurricanes, who scored the final 24 points to keep hope alive for their first 10-win season since 2003.
Thaddeus Lewis finished 20 of 37 for 303 yards for Duke (5-6, 3-4), taking over the school’s all-time lead in passing yardage with 9,678. Donovan Varner caught eight passes for a career-high 165 yards and a touchdown for the Blue Devils, who have lost 55 straight away from home against ranked opponents, dating to October 1971.
Harris completed 25 of 43 passes - with an ailing right hand protected by a brace - and has 3,003 passing yards this season, making him the seventh Miami quarterback with a 3,000-yard season and the first since Ken Dorsey in 2002.
Virginia Tech 38, N.C. State 10 - Ryan Williams ran for 120 yards and four touchdowns as the 16th-ranked Hokies routed the visiting
Virginia Tech (8-3, 5-2) also got career days from Jarrett Boykin, who caught six passes for 164 yards and a touchdown, and from Cody Grimm, who forced an NCAA-record three fumbles in his final home game.
N.C. State (4-7, 1-6) lost its second straight and for the sixth time in seven games. The Wolfpack allowed at least 30 points for the eighth game in a row, and struggled on offense, turning the ball over four times and allowing five sacks of Russell Wilson.
The victory was Virginia Tech’s third in a row, keeping them on pace for a sixth consecutive 10-win season provided they also win at Virginia Saturday and then in a bowl game.