Sunday, November 28, 2010

Saturday ACC Football

Tyrod Taylor and the Commonwealth Cup
#13 VIRGINIA TECH 37, VIRGINIA 7 – Ryan Williams ran for two touchdowns and No. 13 Virginia Tech won its 10th consecutive game and seventh in a row over the Wahoos (4-8, 1-7 ACC) on Saturday to win the coveted Commonwealth Cup.

Tyrod Taylor threw for 176 yards and a touchdown and became the career passing yardage leader for the Hokies (10-2, 8-0 ACC). Virginia Tech also became the first team to finish the regular season unbeaten in ACC play since Florida State in 2000.

The Hokies will meet the Seminoles in next weekend's ACC championship game in Charlotte, N.C. It will be Tech's fourth appearance in six years.

MARYLAND 38, #21 N.C. STATE 31 – Danny O’Brien threw for a career-high 417 yards and four touchdowns, all to Torrey Smith, as Ralph’s Terps (8-4, 5-3 ACC) denied No. 21 N.C. State (8-4, 5-3 ACC) a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game. O'Brien, a redshirt freshman, completed 33 of 47 passes in the first 400-yard game by a Terp quarterback since Scott Milanovich in 1993. Smith had a career-high 14 catches for 224 yards and became the first Maryland player with four touchdown receptions in a single game.

Christian Ponder hands off (which rarely leads to an interception)
#22 FLORIDA STATE 31, Florida (Gators, 33,628 students, Gainesville, FL) 7 – The 22nd-ranked Seminoles not only put the brakes on a six-year losing streak against archrival Florida with a 31-7 victory, they also slipped into next week's ACC Championship Game with a big boost from the Terps. Christian Ponder threw for 221 yards and three touchdowns in his final game at home and Jimbo Fisher finished with a 9-3 (8-2 ACC) regular season record in his first season as a head coach.

NORTH CAROLINA 24, DUKE19 – T.J. Yates threw for 264 yards and a touchdown, and North Carolina (7-5, 4-4 ACC) continued its dominance of Duke (3-9, 1-7 ACC) in the annual Victory Bell Game.

#18 South Carolina (Gamecocks, 29,597 students, Columbia, SC) 29, CLEMSON 7 – Stephen Garcia threw for two touchdowns to lift No. 18 South Carolina to a 29-7 victory over rival Clemson (6-6, 4-4 ACC).

Torrey Smith
WAKE FOREST 34, Vanderbilt (Commodores, 6,796 students, Nashville, TN) 13 – Josh Harris rushed for 138 yards and one touchdown and Wake Forest (3-9, 1-7 ACC) defeated Vanderbilt.

Georgia (Bulldogs, 34,855 students, Athens, GA) 42, GEORGIA TECH 34 – Justin Houston returned a fumble 18 yards for a score and Georgia Tech missed a tying extra point as Georgia posted a 42-34 victory over the Yellow Jackets (6-6, 4-4 ACC).

USF (Bulls, 36,358 students, Tampa, FL) 23, MIAMI 20 OT – Demetris Murray had a 1-yard touchdown run in overtime and South Florida stunned Miami on Saturday. Miami had a chance to win in regulation, but Jacory Harris threw an interception - with the Hurricanes in field goal range - with 5 seconds left. Matt Bosher kicked a 38-yarder on the first possession of overtime for Miami, but it wasn't enough as the Hurricanes (7-5, 5-3 ACC) finished 3-3 at home for the first time in 14 seasons. USF is now 9-0 all-time in overtime.

BOSTON COLLEGE 16, Syracuse (Orange, 20,407 students, Syracuse, NY) 7 – Freshman tailback Andre Williams rushed for 185 yards on a school-record 42 carries and scored one touchdown, Nate Freese kicked three field goals, and Boston College (7-5, 4-4 ACC) beat Syracuse.

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