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ACC football game summaries - Week 1

Posted Saturday, September 6, 2008

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Boston College 21, Kent State 0
Fifth-year senior quarterback Chris Crane completed 12 of 18 passes for 106 yards and rushed for two touchdowns and the Eagles blanked Kent State in their opener at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Boston College grabbed early control with a pair of fi rst-quarter touchdowns, one on a 10-yard run by Crane and another on a 42-yard run by Jeff Smith. The Eagles fi nished with 230 yards rushing as a team and its defense held the nation’s leading returning rusher in Kent Stat TB Eugene Jarvis, to just 51 yards on 11 carries.

Alabama 34, Clemson 10
9th-ranked Clemson’s offense struggled against 24th-ranked Alabama, which claimed a 34-10 win over the ninth-ranked Tigers in the much-anticipated season-opener at the Georgia Dome. Clemson was limited to zero net yards rushing and scored its only points on C.J. Spiller’s 96-yard kickoff return and a fi eld goal by Mark Buchholz. Tiger quarterback Cullen Harper passed for 188 yards. John Parker Wilson threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to key the Crimson Tide, and Leigh Tiffi n kicked four fi eld goals, including one of 54 yards.

Duke 31, James Madison 7
A Saturday night near-capacity crowd of 32,571 packed Wallace Wade Stadium to watch David Cutcliffe make his Blue Devil head coaching debut, and the home fans didn’t leave disappointed. Thaddeus Lewis threw a pair of touchdown passes to Eron Riley, and Duke rolled to a 31-7 win over James Madison.Lewis fi nished the game 17-of-28 for 141 yards, and Clifford Harris added 95 yards rushing as the Blue Devils won at home for the fi rst time since 2005. Duke broke a 7-7 tie with 5 seconds remaining in the fi rst half on Riley’s fi rst TD catch and never looked back, scoring 17 unanswered second half points.

Georgia Tech 41, Jacksonville State 14
The Yellow Jackets presented fi rst-year head coach Paul Johnson with an impressive season-opening win. Led by B-Back Jonathan Dwyer and QB Josh Nesbitt, Tech piled up 349 rushing yards in a 41-14 Thursday win over visiting Jacksonville State. Dwyer rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and Nesbitt added a pair of TDs on short keepers. Sophomore S Morgan Burnett picked off a pair of passes, giving him five interceptions for his career.

Maryland 14, Delaware 7
Da’Rel Scott delivered 197 rushing yards in his fi rst college start for the Terrapins, who turned back Delaware 14-7.Scott’s rushing output was the most by a Maryland running back since Nov. 29, 2003, when Bruce Perry had 237 against Wake Forest. Scott, who rushed for a total of 137 yards last season as a freshman, had runs for 40, 37 and 26 yards. Maryland’s touchdowns came on a 12-yard reverse run by receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and a 14-yard run by Davin Meggett.

Miami 52, Charleston Southern 7
The Hurricanes looked more than comfortable playing their fi rst offi cial home game at Dolphin Stadium, striking for three quick fi rst-quarter touchdowns and never looking back in a 52-7 rout of Charleston Southern. QB Jacory Harris started ther romp by racing 30 yards for a touchdown less than three minutes into the game. He added a 7-yard TD pass to Leonard Hankerson and Miami’s defense limited Charleston Southern to 126 total yards, just 49 of which came on the ground.

North Carolina 35, McNeese State 27
The season-opening crowd in Chapel Hill had to endure a one hour and 48-minute delay due to lightning storms, but Brandon Tate made sure it was worth the wait with some lightning of his own. Tate exploded for a school-record 397 all-purpose yards as UNC fended off McNeese State for a 35-27 victory. Tate scored on an 82-yard punt return and caught a 57-yard touchdown pass from T.J. Yates which put UNC ahead for good. He added 106 rushing yards on just three carries and averaged 36.1 yards every time he touched the ball. UNC bolted to a 14-0 lead prior to the halt in action due to weather, but found itself down 20-14 in the third quarter before Tate’s TD catch ignited the UNC win.

South Carolina 34, NC State 0
The Wolfpack trailed just 3-0 at halftime and intercepted four South Carolina passes, but it wasn’t enough to keep the homestanding Gamecocks from pulling away in the second half. NC State played most of the game without starting quarterback Russell Wilson, who left the game in the 2nd quarter after suffering a concussion. Tailback Andre Brown provided a bright spot for the Wolfpack offense by rushing for 101 yards on 21 carries as did LB Nate Irving (10 tackles, INT) for the State defense.

Southern Cal 52, Virginia 7
The visiting Trojans built a 21-0 lead in the fi rst 11 minutes, behind QB Mark Sanchez, who completed 26 of 35 passes for 338 yards and 3 TDs, spoiling the Cavaliers’ season opener before 64,947 at Scott Stadium.Virginia’s lone touchdown came on Mikell Simpson’s 7-yard touchdown run in the fi rst quarter. Quarterback Peter Lalich fi nished 18-of-35 passing for 155 yards.

East Carolina 27, Virginia Tech 22
East Carolina’s T.J. Lee blocked a punt and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown with 1:52 remaining, lifting the Pirates to a 27-22 win over Virginia Tech before 72,169 at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium. Stephan Virgil made two big defensive plays for the 17th-ranked Hokies, returning a second-quarter fumble 30 yards for a touchdown and taking a blocked extra point the distance for a two-point conversion in the third quarter. But the Pirates closed with 13 points in the final 3:36 to claim the season-opening win.

Wake Forest 41, Baylor 13
The Demon Deacons opened the season with an impressive 41-13 road win over Big 12 Conference foe Baylor on Thursday night, as QB Riley Skinner threw three TD passes–two to WR Chip Brinkman and a 43-yard strike to TE Ben Wooster–and RB C.J. Washington led a balanced rushing attack with 63 yards. Senior CB Alphonso Smith recorded his 15th career interception, one of fi ve turnovers the Deacons forced in the game.

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