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ACC football game summaries - Week 2

Posted Saturday, September 13, 2008

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Georgia Tech 19, Boston College 16
Jonathan Dwyer broke free on a 43-yard touchdown run midway through the .fourth quarter, and the visting Yellow Jackets made it stand for a 19-16
road win over Boston College in the ACC opener for both teams. The Eagles limited Georgia Tech to 235 total yards and recovered three fumbles.
But the Yellow Jackets (2-0, 1-0) held BC (1-1, 0-1) to a lone touchdown on Chris Crane’s 7-yard strike to Ifeanyi Momah and forced the Eagles to
settle for three fi eld goals by Steve Aponacvicius on three of their other scoring threats. Dwyer fi nished with 108 rushing yards, marking his second
straight week eclipsing the 100-yard mark, and Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson left a winner in his fi rst ACC test.
Clemson 45, The Citadel 17
C.J. Spiller rushed for three touchdowns, and James Davis rumbled for 107 yards and another score as the Tigers won their home opener with a
convincing victory over The Citadel. Spiller scored on runs of runs of 37, 1 and 17 yards, and the Tigers (1-1) came up with three interceptions,
all be senior saefty Michael Hamlin. The Citadel (1-1) was led by quarterback Bart Blanchard, who completed 22 of 35 passes for 279 yards and a
touchdown. Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to tight end Michael Palmer as the Tigers piled up 525 yards total
offense. Clemson was keyed defensively by Hamilin had interception runbacks of 29, 37 and 12 yards and now has 11 interceptions as a college
player and his 210 return yards ranks second on Clemson’s all-time career list.
Northwestern 24, Duke 20
The homestanding Blue Devils saw a potential game-winning touchdown nullifi ed by a holding penalty in the closing minutes, and Northwestern
escaped Wallace Wade Stadium with a 24-20 win. Tyrell Sutton paced the Wildcats (2-0) with a pair of rushing touchdowns, and Omar Conteh
punched across what proved to be the winning TD in the fourth quarter. Duke (1-1) lost despite holding an 18:30 advantage in time of possession and
accumulating nearly 500 total yards. Blue Devil quarterback Thaddeus Lewis fi nished 24-of-42 for 256 yards passing. His favorite target was freshman
Johnny Williams, who had 11 catches for 135 yards.
Middle Tennessee State 24, Maryland 14
Da’Rel Scott’s 123 rushing yards weren’t enough for the Terps (1-1), who suffered a 24-14 loss to Middle Tennessee State on the road. MTSU
quarterback Joe Craddock completed 28 of 40 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns, and the Blue Raiders’ opportunistic defense picked off three
Maryland passes. Middle Tennessee (1-1) limited the Terps to a pair of touchdowns, which came on Scott’s 63-yard touchdown run in the fi rst quarter
and Chris Turner’s 80-yard pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey in the third.
Florida 26, Miami 3
For the fi rst time since 1985, Florida got the best of the Hurricanes in this battle of Sunshine State rivals. Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow led the
fi fth-ranked Gators (1-1), completing 21 of 35 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns. The win snapped a six-game losing streak against Miami
(1-1). The Hurricanes’ lone points came on Matt Bosher’s 50-yard fi eld goal in the second quarter. The Hurricanes stayed in the game with a stout
defensive effort of their own and trailed just 9-3 in the fourth quarter before Tebow and the Gators opened things up with 17 unanswered points.
Florida State 69, Western Carolina 0
The Seminoles opened up a 28-0 halftime lead, then exploded for 27 points in the third quarter to turn their season-opening game against visiting
Western Carolina into a rout. Tony Carter got things started with a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter, and quarterback Christian
Ponder threw touchdown passes of 41, 7 and 54 yards. D’Vontrey Richardson also got into the act at QB, with touchdown rushes of 52 and 7
yards and an 80-yard touchdown pass to Jarmon Fortson. Offensive tackle Rodney Hudson led the way up front for the Seminoles, who piled up 290
rushing yards.
NC State 34, William & Mary 24
Harrison Beck came off the bench to spark the Wolfpack (1-1), which evened its record before over 56,000 in its home opener. Beck fi nished 17-of-
25 for 246 yards and two touchdowns. Andre Brown and Curtis Underwood each added a rushing touchdown for NC State, which built a 14-0 halftime
lead and fended off the Tribe in the fi nal two quarters. The Wolfpack led 34-10 in the fourth quarter before the Tribe (0-1) closed the gap with
two touchdowns, one of which came on a 45-yard interception return by quarterback Derek Cox. NC State had two key fumble recoveries -- one by
Robbie Leonard that killed a W&M threat inside the 10-yard line in the fi rst half, and a second-half recovery by Nate Irving that set up a fi eld goal.
Irving also registered 13 tackles to lead all defenders.
Virginia 16, Richmond 0
The Cavaliers bounced back from last week’s loss to top-ranked Southern Cal with a 16-0 shutout of visiting Richmond. Virginia (1-1) came up with
two crucial interceptions, one that Vic Hall took back 60 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, and another by Chase Minnifi eld that halted a
Richmond drive in the second half. The Cavaliers led just 3-0 going into the fi nal quarter, but Mikell Simpson’s 11th career rushing touchdown and
Hall’s interception return for a TD fi nally put the Spiders (1-1) away. Virginia quarterback Peter Lalich fi nished 21-of-39 for 204 yards.
Virginia Tech 24, Furman 7
Kenny Lewis Jr. provided a double-whammy for Virginia Tech, catching a 10-yard pass from Sean Glennon from one touchdown and racing 23 yards
from scrimmage for another score. Tyrod Taylor, who alternated with Glennon at quarterback, led all rushers with 112 yards. The Hokies rushed for
261 yards as a team. Virginia Tech sealed the win with 21 third-quarter points before the Paladins (1-1) got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter.
Wake Forest 30, Mississippi 28
Sam Swank’s 41-yard fi eld goal with three seconds remaining lifted the 20th-ranked Demon Deacons to a two-point win over the stubborn Rebels
and pushed Wake’s record to 2-0 for the young season. The Deacons overcame four touchdown passes by Mississippi quarterback Jevan Snead,
including a 5-yarder to Cordera Eason that gave the visitors a 28-27 lead with 1:01 to play. Wake quarterback Riley Skinner (32-of-43, 267 yards , 2
TDs) directed the fi nal drive, which was additionally aided by a pass interference penalty against the Rebels. Swank’s fi eld goal was his third of the
afternoon.

 
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