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ACC ROUNDUP: Miami stuns Florida; Maryland blows out ODU

Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:58:01 AM EST
Updated On: Sep 07 2013 06:00:00 PM EDT
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Miami 21, No. 12 Florida 16

Stephen Morris threw two first-quarter touchdown passes, and Miami took advantage of Florida giving the ball away on four red-zone opportunities on the way to knocking off the 12th-ranked Gators 21-16 on Saturday.

Duke Johnson added a 2-yard touchdown run with 3:29 left to make it 21-9 Miami (2-0), which has won four straight games for the first time since 2008 and will almost certainly return to the AP Top 25 on Sunday for the first time since 2010.

Jeff Driskel threw for a career-best 291 yards and had a 21-yard touchdown pass to Solomon Patton with 2:08 left for the Gators (1-1), who lost three fumbles, had two passes intercepted and were stopped once on downs. Driskel also ran for a touchdown.

But Driskel also turned the ball over twice in the fourth quarter.

No. 4 Clemson 52, South Carolina St 13

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Tajh Boyd ran for a touchdown and No. 4 Clemson returned two interceptions for scores for the first time in program history in a 52-13 victory over FCS opponent South Carolina State on Saturday.

Boyd accounted for five TDs a week ago and became a prime Heisman Trophy contender as the Tigers (2-0) defeated No. 11 Georgia 38-35.

In this one, Boyd scored Clemson's first touchdown and played only a half against the Bulldogs (0-2) before finding a spot on the Death Valley sidelines next to offensive coordinator Chad Morris. That was more than enough, though, for Clemson to move to 27-0 all-time against FCS teams.

Cornerbacks Martin Jenkins and Darius Robinson each had pick-6 scores to help the Tigers to a 38-7 lead by halftime.

Backup Cole Stoudt had three touchdown passes, two to reserve Germone Hopper, in the blowout win.

Boyd finished 14-of-23 passing for 169 yards.

N.C. State 23, Richmond 21

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Niklas Sade's 48-yard field goal with 33 seconds left lifted North Carolina State past Richmond 23-21 on Saturday night.

N.C. State freshman Bryant Shirreffs accounted for two touchdowns and Pete Thomas was 24 of 31 for 237 yards while helping the Wolfpack (2-0) rally from an 11-point deficit.

The Wolfpack took over at their own 21 with 1:59 left and Thomas led them 48 yards in seven plays.

He completed 4 of 5 passes during the drive for 31 yards — including a critical 13-yard throw to Rashard Smith at the sideline — before things stalled at the 31. Sade's kick from the right hash cleared the crossbar with ease.

Michael Strauss moved the Spiders (1-1) downfield in the final seconds, but his deep heave with no time left was batted down by Hakim Jones just short of the goal line.

Maryland 47,Old Dominion 10

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — C.J. Brown threw for two touchdowns and ran for two, Brandon Ross rushed for 149 yards and Maryland capitalized on three interceptions in a 47-10 rout of Old Dominion on Saturday.

Brown directed touchdown drives of 77, 46, 97 and 80 yards to stake the Terrapins (2-0) to a 31-3 halftime lead. Ross had 126 yards rushing during a first half in which Maryland amassed 392 yards and 20 first downs.

After missing all of last year with a knee injury, Brown accounted for five touchdowns in the Terrapins' season opening 43-10 win over Florida International. For an encore, the fifth-year senior completed 14 of 22 passes for 275 yards and ran four times for 30 yards in three quarters of work.

Old Dominion (0-2) compiled 335 yards in offense but didn't get in the end zone until Cam Boyd scored on a 3-yard run with 5:05 left.

No. 19 Northwestern 48, Syracuse 27

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Trevor Siemian threw for 259 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, Kain Colter passed for a touchdown and ran for one, and No. 19 Northwestern pounded Syracuse 48-27 on Saturday.

Tony Jones added a personal-best 185 yards receiving and a 47-yard TD, and the Wildcats (2-0) racked up 581 yards in all. They also intercepted Syracuse's Drew Allen four times on the way to an easy victory.

How easy?

They scored the game's first 20 points and led 34-7 at the half after collecting 387 yards, with their quarterbacks picking apart Syracuse (0-2).

They each completed 11 of 12 passes in the first half, and Colter seemed to be fine after suffering a concussion early in last week's win at California.

He was 15 of 18 for 116 yards and ran for 87 yards.

Duke 28, Memphis 14.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Brandon Connette, subbing for injured starter Anthony Boone, threw for 198 yards and a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead Duke past Memphis 28-14 on Saturday afternoon.

The victory marked the first time since 1998 that the Blue Devils have opened the season 2-0, and like in their opener against North Carolina Central, the defense showed good signs at times in the victory over the Tigers (0-1).

Connette was 14 of 21 after entering in the second quarter when Boone, the Duke starter, left the game with an injury to his right side and didn't return.

Connette broke open a 14-14 tie with touchdown passes of 22 yards to Issac Blakeney and 12 yards to Brandon Braxton in the final frame

Memphis scored its touchdowns on a 75-yard interception return by Bobby McCain in the first half and an 11-yard run by Jai Steib. Steib's came in the early stages of the fourth quarter before Connette's passing put it out of reach.

North Carolina 40, Middle Tennessee 20

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Romar Morris scored twice to help North Carolina run out to a big lead and beat Middle Tennessee 40-20 on Saturday.

Bryn Renner threw for 339 yards and a touchdown for the Tar Heels (1-1), who led all day to regroup after a loss at highly ranked South Carolina. North Carolina scored the first 23 points, had 511 yards and never let the Blue Raiders (1-1) get closer than 13 points after halftime.

Jordan Parker ran for a touchdown and Jared Singletary returned a fumble for a score early in the fourth quarter that brought Middle Tennessee to within 26-13. But the Blue Raiders committed four turnovers, had their offense go dormant in the first half and struggled to consistently slow the Tar Heels' no-huddle spread offense.

Renner found Quinshad Davis for an 18-yard touchdown shortly after Singletary's return to retake momentum, helping UNC win its third straight home opener.

Boston College 24, Wake Forest 10

Andre Williams ran 35 times for 204 yards and a touchdown, and cornerback Bryce Jones had an interception and a fumble recovery to lead Boston College to a 24-10 victory over Wake Forest on Friday night.

Alex Amidon caught five passes for 93 yards and a touchdown for BC (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Eagles matched their victory total from last season, when Frank Spaziani was fired and replaced by Steve Addazio.

Michael Campanaro caught five passes for 86 yards and a touchdown for Wake Forest (1-1, 0-1). Tanner Price completed 18 of 30 passes for 191 yards, but he also threw an interception and had a hand in two poor pitches that led to fumbles deep in Demon Deacons territory.

Kevin Pierre-Louis had 11 tackles for Boston College, and Steele Devitto and Steven Daniels had 10 apiece. Chase Rettig completed 7 of 14 passes for 123 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.