Tevin Washington rushed for 176 yards and broke the two longest runs of his career, leading Georgia Tech to a 31-17 upset of sixth-ranked Clemson and likely snuffing out the Tigers’ national title hopes last night.
The Yellow Jackets (7-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) raced to a 24-3 halftime lead in Atlanta and held off Clemson (8-1, 5-1), which was off to its best start since 2000. The Tigers had climbed to fifth in the BCS standings, but they figure to take a tumble and are unlikely to have enough chances left to re-enter the national title race.
The Yellow Jackets snapped a two-game losing streak behind their junior quarterback, who had runs of 46 and 56 yards along with a 3-yard TD among his 27 carries.
He took a final knee and celebrated with Georgia Tech students who stormed the field.
Clemson, which scored 115 points in its two previous games, turned it over four times. Tajh Boyd threw for 295 yards, and freshman Sammy Watkins had 10 catches for 159 yards and a touchdown. It wasn’t enough.
Clemson drove right down the field on its first possession before Georgia Tech stiffened at its 16. Chandler Catanzaro came on to knock through a 34-yard field goal, and the high-flying Tigers appeared off to another big offensive performance.
Not so fast. It was all Georgia Tech the rest of the first half.
Washington ran it in from the 3 to push the lead to 24-3 with just 37 seconds left in the half.
Virginia Tech 14, Duke 10 - David Wilson rushed for 148 yards and the No. 15 Hokies overcame a sloppy showing to edge the Blue Devils for an ACC-record 11th straight road victory.
Logan Thomas was 17 of 28 for 190 yards with two interceptions and a 2-yard touchdown pass to Eric Martin. Josh Oglesby added a 1-yard scoring run for Coastal Division-leading Virginia Tech (8-1, 4-1).
The Hokies entered as 15-point favorites, were shut out in the second half, and were sluggish and inefficient throughout - yet came up with enough plays to claim their fourth straight victory. Virginia Tech rolled up 433 yards while allowing 326.
Sean Renfree was 17 of 35 for 204 yards and was intercepted three times for the Blue Devils (3-5, 1-3).
The Hokies broke the league record of 10 straight road wins set in 2000 by Florida State and matched six years later by Virginia Tech.
North Carolina 49, Wake Forest 24 - Redshirt freshman Giovani Bernard scored three touchdowns and had his sixth 100-yard rushing performance to help the Tar Heels (6-3, 2-3) roll at home and become bowl eligible for the fourth straight season.
Wake Forest (5-3, 4-2) had five turnovers - three on interceptions thrown by Tanner Price - after committing just five all season, and North Carolina converted four of them into touchdowns. It was North Carolina’s highest point total in seven years and its most points in an ACC game in a decade. Bernard ran for 154 yards on 27 carries.
Florida St. 34, N.C. State 0 - EJ Manuel threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns as the Seminoles overwhelmed the Wolfpack in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State (5-3, 3-2) led, 24-0, at halftime and intercepted Mike Glennon twice en route to its first shutout of the season. N.C. State (4-4, 1-3) had only 166 yards of offense.