Saturday, November 14, 2009

WEEK 11: EARLY GAME RESULTS

NO. 21 VIRGINIA TECH 36, MARYLAND 9 – Tyrod Taylor had a big day going 13 for 26 for 268 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions. Ryan Williams had another 100+ yards game gaining 126 yards from 26 attempts. The Hokies (7-2, 4-2 ACC) outgained the Terps (2-8, 1-5) 487 yards to 235 yards.

Back up Maryland QB Jamarr Robinsin looked like a back-up going 12-32 for 103 yards and no touchdowns. To his credit he didn’t throw any picks.

CLEMSON 43, N.C. STATE 23 – The Wolfpack tried to keep the ball away from His Awesomeness C.J. Spiller by squib kicking. It didn’t work.
In the end, Spiller became the first player in Clemson history to record a touchdown passing, rushing and receiving in the SAME GAME.

Spiller, who broke Derrick Hamilton's single-season school record for all-purpose yards on his 16-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, rushed for 97 yards on 18 carries. He finished with three receptions for 48 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown catch that blew open the game early in the fourth quarter.

Jamie Harper added a 69-yard touchdown run for the Tigers (7-3, 5-2 ACC) who won their fifth consecutive game. The Tigers will clinch the ACC Atlantic Division if Boston College loses at Virginia later Saturday.

Russell Wilson was 12 of 32 for 183 yards and two touchdowns for the Wolfpack (4-6, 1-5), who allowed at least 30 points for the seventh consecutive game.

NO. 7 GEORGIA TECH 49, DUKE 10 – Duke jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but the Yellow Jackets composed themselves and cranked up their offense to clinch a spot in the Dr. Pepper Bowl (the ACC Championship Game). Jonathan Dwyer rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns and QB Josh Nesbitt accounted for three scores.

Orwin Smith returned a kickoff 83 yards to spark the slow-starting Yellow Jackets (10-1, 7-1 ACC). Their offense took over after that, scoring touchdowns on five of the following six possessions, rushing for 306 yards and shutting out the Blue Devils in the final three quarters.

The Blue Devils (5-5, 3-3) had minus-1 yard rushing through three quarters and finished with 25.

Georgia Tech outgained Duke 519-281, won its eighth straight and sewed up the Coastal Division title for the second time in four years.

Thaddeus Lewis was 22 for 35 for 212 yards with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Re'quan Boyette and an interception in garbage time. Duke has lost two straight, and must beat No. 12 Miami and Wake Forest to qualify for its first bowl since 1994.

FLORIDA STATE 42, WAKE FOREST 28 – Jermaine Thomas rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown, E.J. Manuel was effective in his first career start as the Noles kept its bowl hopes alive.

Manuel was 15 of 20 for 220 yards. He threw for a touchdown and ran for another replacing the injured Christian Ponder for the Seminoles (5-5, 3-4 ACC), who will qualify for a bowl for a record 28th straight year with a win next week against Maryland. And, quite frankly, how hard can that really be?

Wake Forest (4-7, 2-5) lost its fifth straight and was eliminated from bowl contention in a sour final home game for Riley Skinner. Looking to become the first quarterback to start in four wins over Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden, Skinner struggled.

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