Duke snapped the longest losing streak in the country at 22 games, beating Northwestern 20-14 Saturday night. Thaddeus Lewis threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns for the Blue Devils, whose last win came on Sept. 17, 2005 against Virginia Military Institute. Duke (1-2) hadn't defeated a major college team since Nov. 13, 2004, against Clemson, a span of 27 games.
In a showdown between two of the country's best players, Matt Ryan was the clear winner. The Boston College quarterback threw for a career-best 435 yards and the No. 21 Eagles shut down Georgia Tech star Tashard Choice in a 24-10 victory over the 15th-ranked Yellow Jackets on Saturday night. Ryan was 30-of-44 in the third 400-yard passing game of his career, which included a 39-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Robinson.
Andre Brown rushed for 133 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, leading North Carolina State to a 38-17 win over Wofford on Saturday night.The Wolfpack (1-2) finished with 217 yards rushing in snapping a nine-game losing streak that was their longest since 1959. They entered averaging just 71 yards on the ground in two games, having lost leading-rusher Toney Baker to a season-ending knee injury in the opener.
Cedric Peerman shredded the North Carolina defense for 186 yards and a touchdown, and Chris Gould tied a school record with five field goals Saturday as Virginia held off North Carolina, 22-20.
Wake Forest's offense couldn't get much going against Army, so the Demon Deacons left the scoring to their defense and special teams.Aaron Curry returned an interception 84 yards for a touchdown, and Wake Forest held Army to 56 total yards in the second half of a 21-10 victory over the Black Knights on Saturday.
Kyle Wright threw an 80-yard pass to Lance Leggett for Miami's longest offensive score in nearly two years, and the Hurricanes beat Florida International 23-9 Saturday in the rematch of South Florida rivals who got into an on-field melee last season. Darnell Jenkins had a career-high 108 yards receiving, Javarris James ran for 92 yards and Kenny Phillips and Chavez Grant had interceptions for Miami (2-1). The Hurricanes held a 428-264 edge in total yards, sending the Golden Panthers (0-3) to their 15th straight loss. Wright finished 10-of-19 for 224 yards, and Francesco Zampogna kicked three field goals for Miami.
Cullen Harper didn't want to brag even after completing 16 of his 19 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns in No. 20 Clemson's 38-10 win over Furman on Saturday.His backup isn't as shy."Cullen is doing an unbelievable job. There's not much more Cullen can do," said Willy Korn, the Tigers highly touted freshman who got some of the loudest cheers at Death Valley when he threw his first touchdown pass in mop-up duty in the fourth quarter.
Despite all the hype surrounding his first career start at Virginia Tech, Tyrod Taylor didn't try to be a superhero for the No. 18 Hokies. Instead, he was poised and mistake-free - just what Virginia Tech needed as it tried to shake off a 48-7 debacle and set its sights on an Atlantic Coast Conference title. They got started with a 28-7 victory against Ohio on Saturday.