Tajh Boyd and No. 13 Clemson became the first Atlantic Coast Conference team to beat ranked teams three weeks in a row, and did it resoundingly with a 23-3 victory over No. 11 Virginia Tech last night in Blacksburg, Va.
Boyd, a Virginia native recruited by the Hokies, threw for a touchdown and dissected a top-10 defense for the second week in a row in snapping the Hokies’ 12-game conference winning streak.
The Tigers got rushing touchdowns from Andre Ellington and Mike Bellamy, and finished with 323 yards against a defense that was ranked fourth nationally, allowing just 231 yards per game.
The Hokies (4-1) had a miserable night offensively, gaining 258 yards.
The Tigers led, 10-3, at halftime and doubled the edge quickly after halftime.
Following an 11-yard punt by Scott Demler, Boyd hit Jaron Brown for 27 yards. Andre Ellington ran for 7 and Boyd found Dwayne Allen on the next play for a 32-yard touchdown.
The rest of the half featured drive after drive that started, then stopped for the Hokies, and when they came up short on a fourth and 4 from the Tigers’ 12, Clemson put the game away on Bellamy’s 31-yard touchdown burst.
Georgia Tech 45, N.C. State 35 - Orwin Smith rushed for three touchdowns, and the 21st-ranked Yellow Jackets beat the Wolfpack in Raleigh, N.C., to extend their best start in more than 20 years.
Smith finished with 74 yards and scored on runs of 13, 9, and 3 yards to help Georgia Tech (5-0, 2-0) open with five wins for the first time since its national championship season in 1990.
Mike Glennon was 20 of 29 for 163 yards with two touchdown passes, but the Wolfpack (2-3, 0-2) remained winless against Bowl Subdivision teams.
Virginia 21, Idaho 20 - In Charlottesville, Va., the underdog Vandals went for the win instead of forcing a second overtime, and Brian Reader’s 2-point conversion pass fell incomplete.
The Cavaliers (3-2) overcame a blocked punt for a touchdown, an interception, two fumbles, and a slew of mental errors.
The freshman combination of quarterback David Watford and receiver Dominique Terrell clicked for Virginia in overtime. After a facemask penalty pushed the Cavaliers back to the 27, Watford hit Terrell in the right flat. Terrell broke a tackle and outran the secondary to the end zone.
Idaho (1-4) responded with a 23-yard pass to a diving Armauni Johnson in the back of the end zone.
But rather than kick the extra point, the Vandals went for the win on the road. Reader was flushed from the pocket, and he lofted a pass that was swatted down just inside the end zone.
Miami 45, Bethune-Cookman 14 - Lamar Miller ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns, Tommy Streeter caught two scoring passes, and the host Hurricanes used a series of quick scores to beat the Wildcats. All five of Miami’s offensive touchdown drives took less than two minutes - two of them checking in at 10 seconds or fewer. Jacory Harris completed 12 of 17 passes for 175 yards for Miami (2-2).
North Carolina 35, East Carolina 20 - Bryn Renner threw four touchdown passes and Giovani Bernard ran for 146 yards and a score to help the visiting Tar Heels (4-1) knock off the Pirates (1-3).
Maryland 28, Towson 3 - Danny O’Brien threw two second-half touchdown passes and the defense forced four second-half turnovers, helping the Terrapins (2-2) pull away at home.
Duke 31, Fla. International 27 - Sean Renfree passed for 335 yards and two touchdowns and Juwan Thompson ran for two fourth-quarter scores, rallying the visiting Blue Devils (3-2) past the Golden Panthers (3-2).