Josh Adams scored on a 6-yard run on the first possession of overtime to help Wake Forest cap a stunning 21-point comeback and beat Maryland 31-24 on Saturday. Alphonso Smith had a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the third quarter to jumpstart the Demon Deacons (2-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who were trailing 24-3 before coming up with a rally almost as improbable as their run to last year's ACC championship.
The rapidly rising Bulls validated their first Top 25 ranking Saturday with a 37-10 victory over North Carolina, setting themselves up for next week's much-anticipated Big East showdown against No. 5 West Virginia. Matt Grothe led long touchdown drives on USF's first two possessions, while the Bulls' swarming defense forced four turnovers and kept the young, rebuilding Tar Heels out of the end zone until just over a minute remained.
Jameel Sewell threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Staton Jobe one play after a muffed punt recovery in the fourth quarter Saturday, and Virginia rallied after blowing an early lead and beat Georgia Tech 28-23. The surprising Cavaliers (3-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) also got 138 rushing yards from Cedric Peerman and several big plays from defensive end Chris Long as they won their third straight against ACC Coastal Division opponents.
C.J. Spiller and James Davis each caught a touchdown pass and rushed for another to lead No. 15 Clemson to a 42-20 rout of North Carolina State on Saturday. Davis rushed for a season-high 166 yards with a 3-yard touchdown catch and a 1-yard scoring run, while Spiller - a week after Furman held him to minus-1 yard - finished with 114 yards with an 11-yard TD catch and a 44-yard scoring run. The Tigers (4-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) dominated from the opening kickoff, scoring on four of their first five possessions and at one point outgaining the Wolfpack 220-1.
Backup kicker Joey Bullen made a 44-yard field goal on the last play of the game to lift Navy past Duke 46-43 on Saturday. Bullen's kick finished off a fourth-quarter comeback by the Midshipmen (2-2), who trailed 43-32. With Jarod Bryant entering the game at quarterback in place of winded starter Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, Navy rode Bryant's fresh legs to 14 consecutive fourth-quarter points.
Matt Ryan threw for 356 yards and accounted for four touchdowns before leaving the game midway through the fourth quarter and leading No. 14 Boston College to a 37-17 victory over Army on Saturday. Ryan moved into third place on BC's career passing list behind Doug Flutie and Glenn Foley with 6,147 yards. The senior quarterback finished 35-for-51 with three touchdown passes and a TD run, and connected with Kevin Challenger nine times for 104 yards before being replaced by Chris Crane.
Brandon Flowers returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown and Eddie Royal scored on a 60-yard punt return as No. 17 Virginia Tech defeated William & Mary 44-3 Saturday. The Hokies (3-1) dominated from the beginning against the Tribe (2-2) of the Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA), scoring three touchdowns and two field goals in the first quarter. They turned to Beamerball tactics for their most lopsided victory of the season.