Monday, October 15, 2007

SATURDAY’S GAMES

BOSTON COLLEGE 27, NOTRE DAME 14 – Matt Ryan used a series of screens and short passes to keep the blitzing Irish off balance and threw two touchdowns to lead the fourth-ranked Eagles to a 27-14 victory over Notre Dame. The Irish were hoping to put a damper on BC's national title hopes as the Eagles had done when they cost Notre Dame a national championship in 1993. They threatened, but just couldn't pull it out.

Don’t look now, but suddenly the ACC has a BCS Championship contender.

VIRGINIA TECH 43, DUKE 14 – You know Frank Beamer loves having an experienced QB he can count on…Enter Sean Glennon. Glennon felt like he'd been stuck on the Virginia Tech sideline forever after losing his starting quarterback job. On Saturday, he played like he didn't plan on going back.

The junior threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns in relief of injured
Tyrod Taylor while the No. 12 Hokies' defense shut down Duke yet again. Tech (6-1, 3-0) remains unbeaten in the ACC. Eddie Royal and Branden Ore also scored touchdowns for the Hokies during a 21-point second quarter. The Blue Devils (1-6, 0-4) have lost seven straight to the Hokies.

VIRGINIA 17, CONNECTICUT 16 – Don’t laugh, while known as a basketball school, the Huskies are actually pretty good. Wahoo kicker Chris Gould booted a 19-yarder with 3:20 to play as mistake-prone Virginia won its sixth consecutive game. The win knocked Connecticut from the ranks of the unbeaten.

The Cavaliers (6-1) trailed 16-14 and had struggled on offense all day before driving 79 yards to Gould's second game-winner in as many weeks. Last Saturday, his 34-yarder with 8 seconds left gave Virginia a 23-21 victory at Middle Tennessee.

GEORGIA TECH 17, MIAMI 14 – Tashard Choice (ACC Name of the Week) ran for a career-high 204 yards on 37 carries, quarterback Taylor Bennett rushed for two touchdowns and Georgia Tech controlled the second half to beat Miami. Travis Bell’s 39-yard field goal with 7:34 left was the eventual game-winner. Georgia Tech is now 4-3, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference. Senior QB Kyle Wright continues to suck (8 for 17, 56 yards, 1 TD) Fifty-six yards?

SOUTH CAROLINA 21, NORTH CAROLINA 15 – Chris Smelley threw a career-high three touchdowns in the first half as the No. 7 Gamecocks nearly blew an 18-point halftime lead. The Tar Heels staunch second half defense which held the Cocks to 62 total yards, and a sometimes competent offense bodes well for the Tar Heels next season.

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