Sunday, November 29, 2009

WEEK 13: WINS

N.C. STATE 28, NO. 23 NORTH CAROLINA 27
Russell Wilson threw four touchdown passes and Alan-Michael Cash blocked a field goal attempt with about 5 minutes left to help the Wolfpack rally past the 23rd-ranked Tar Heels.

Wilson connected twice with Owen Spencer for scores, including the go-ahead 38-yard touchdown two plays into the fourth quarter that gave the Wolfpack (5-7, 2-6 ACC) a third straight win against their next-door neighbors and fiercest football rivals. All three have come since Tom O'Brien took over shortly after the Tar Heels (8-4, 4-4) made their big splash by luring former Miami and NFL coach Butch Davis to Chapel Hill.

The Wolfpack also had the motivation of playing for offensive coordinator Dana Bible. The team learned earlier this week that Bible, who was not with the team for its final two games, had been diagnosed with leukemia and would be hospitalized for treatment for a month. Bible was clearly on Wilson's mind afterward. He chucked the football into the stands in celebration, then remembered he wanted to send it to Bible. So team staffers sought out the fan who had the ball and got it back, and O'Brien said he planned to send the fan another ball to replace it.

BOSTON COLLEGE 19, MARYLAND 17
Montel Harris ran for 142 yards, Dave Shinskie threw a 66-yard touchdown pass, and Boston College beat Maryland 19-17 Saturday to seal the Terrapins' first 10-loss season.

Steve Aponavicius kicked four field goals for Boston College (8-4, 5-3 ACC). But the standout senior was wide right on a 31-yarder, ruining what had been a perfect season. Aponavicius made 37 straight conversions and was 12-for-12 on field goal tries before the third-quarter miss.

The Terrapins (2-10, 1-7) finished with seven straight losses and a school-record 10 defeats. The skid has raised questions about the job security of coach Ralph Friedgen, who has two years left on a contract that pays him $2 million annually.

WAKE FOREST 45, DUKE 34
Riley Skinner passed for a career-high 372 yards and a school-record five touchdowns. Skinner completed 28 of 38 passes and did not throw an interception for the Demon Deacons (5-7, 3-5 ACC), who ended their season by snapping a five-game losing streak.

Devon Brown caught a pair of touchdown passes to help Wake Forest get its 10th consecutive win over Duke. Marshall Williams added eight catches for 119 yards and a touchdown for the Demon Deacons.

Thaddeus Lewis passed for 387 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for the Blue Devils (5-7, 3-5), who ended the season on a four-game skid after starting the season 5-3.

Lewis, who added a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, became the 60th player in Football Bowl Subdivision history to pass for 10,000 career yards.

MIAMI 31, South Florida 10
Javarris James rushed for two touchdowns, Jacory Harris threw for two more, and No. 19 Miami took a big early lead on the way to beating South Florida (7-4).

Dedrick Epps and Leonard Hankerson caught touchdown passes for Miami (9-3), which ran out to a 21-3 halftime lead and capped its first nine-win regular season since 2005.

A bowl victory - destination undetermined, but undoubtedly boosted by Saturday's performance - would give Miami its first 10-win season since 2003.

Damien Berry rushed for 114 yards and Graig Cooper added 83 more for Miami, which played without ill left tackle Jason Fox and still rolled.

The schools were meeting for just the second time, with plans calling for the teams to play in late November annually until 2013, by which time another true Sunshine State rivalry could be born.

It's not there yet, and to the chagrin of 66,469 - the second-largest crowd in South Florida history.

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