Defense carries Clemson past Va. Tech
DURHAM, N.C. - Tajh Boyd ran for two touchdowns and passed for another and Jonathan Meeks had a 74-yard interception return score as No. 14 Clemson won its third straight against Virginia Tech, 38-17, on Saturday. Andre Ellington had a 12-yard touchdown run and 96 yards for the Tigers (6-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who relied on their much-maligned defense to bail them out of this one. Clemson finished with three interceptions and twice stopped fourth downs to end drives by the Hokies (4-4, 2-2). Logan Thomas passed for 207 yards and ran for 99, accounting for two Virginia Tech touchdowns. He was continually harassed by the Tigers and threw two picks. Boyd was 12 of 21 for 160 yards, 131 fewer than he averaged coming in.Clemson tied a school record with its 11th straight home victory, something it had done twice before from 1937 to 1942 and 1989 to 1991. WAKE FOREST 16, VIRGINIA 10 Chad Hedlund kicked three field goals and Wake Forest (4-3, 2-3) returned from an open week with a much-improved defense and beat mistake-prone Virginia (2-6, 0-4), the Cavaliers' sixth consecutive loss. The Demon Deacons came in allowing more than 206 rushing yards and 31 points, but limited the Cavaliers to 48 yards on 32 carries. They also stymied a late Virginia drive with a 6-yard loss on second down and an 11-yard sack of Phillips Sims on third down. GEORGIA TECH 37, BOSTON COLLEGE 17 Tevin Washington ran for two touchdowns and backup quarterback Vad Lee also accounted for two scores, leading Georgia Tech past Boston College. The Yellow Jackets (3-4, 2-3) snapped a three-game losing streak in their first contest since firing defensive coordinator Al Groh. Boston College (1-6, 0-4) lost its fifth in a row and has yet to beat a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent. NORTH CAROLINA ST. 20, MARYLAND 18 Mike Glennon directed a frantic drive to set up a 43-yard field goal by Niklas Sade with 32 seconds left, and North Carolina State (5-2, 2-1) overcame a valiant performance by Maryland backup quarterback Devin Burns. After Sade's kick, the Terrapins (4-3, 2-1) moved 60 yards in five plays behind third-string quarterback Caleb Rowe before a 33-yard field goal try by Brad Craddock hit the left upright with two seconds remaining. DUKE 33, NORTH CAROLINA 30 Sean Renfree's 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder on fourth down with 13 seconds left lifted Duke past North Carolina and made the Blue Devils bowl eligible for the first time since 1994. Renfree finished 23 of 36 for 276 yards for Duke (6-2, 3-1) and converted three third-and-longs during the game-winning, 87-yard drive. That came after the Tar Heels (5-3, 2-2) erased a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit and took the lead when Duke fumbled after forcing a turnover and Gio Bernard ran it in for a touchdown.