Jamelle Eugene ran for three touchdowns, including the go-ahead 1-yarder with 1:41 left, to help North Carolina State hold off North Carolina 31-27 in a wild finish Saturday. Eugene finished with 159 yards rushing for the Wolfpack (5-5, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their fourth straight game overall and ended a three-game losing streak in the instate rivalry. Daniel Evans also threw for a score as N.C. State blew a 17-point first-half lead before forcing a late turnover to set up Eugene's final score.
Key Stat Of The Game: NC State had 167 rushing yards to North Carolina's 12 rushing yards.
It only took Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper a few moments to move past Saturday's big win and hone in on a game even bigger. Harper threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth in the 20th-ranked Tigers' 44-10 victory over Wake Forest. More importantly, Harper's play helped Clemson (8-2, 5-2) set up a Death Valley showdown with Boston College next week for a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game.
Key Stat Of The Game: Clemson was 3 for 3 in red-zone TDs.
Tashard Choice picked up his sixth 100-yard game of the season Saturday, running for 170 yards and two touchdowns to lead Georgia Tech to a 41-24 victory over Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Choice, who has 16 100-yard games in his career, scored on runs of 1 and 16 yards despite playing with a sore hamstring. It was Choice's first action since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Oct. 23. He suffered the injury in the first half of the Oct. 20th game against Army and missed just one game before his return against the Blue Devils
Key Stat Of The Game: Georgia Tech had 259 rushing yards to Duke's 24 rushing yards.
Mikell Simpson had a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs and quarterback Jameel Sewell scored twice, as the Cavaliers posted a 48-0 victory. Chris Cook had a 44-yard fumble return for a score with 2:26 left, putting Virginia's effort into the Miami history books. It topped the 44-0 beating Notre Dame put on the Hurricanes at the Orange Bowl in 1973. It was Miami's first home shutout loss since Oct. 4, 1974 against Auburn, and the Hurricanes' worst defeat since losing 66-13 at Syracuse on Nov. 28, 1998. The last time Miami lost this badly at home was in 1944, when Texas A&M beat the Hurricanes 70-14. This was also the last game to be played by the Canes in the Orange Bowl. It is scheduled for demolition while the Canes move to the Miami Dolphins Stadium in 2008.
Key Stat Of The Game: Miami had 5 turnovers.(3 Ints. and 2 fumbles)
Boston College led by Heisman hopeful Matt Ryan lost to Maryland 42-35 for its second loss in a row. Ryan was intercepted twice as they played the Terrapins at home in College Park, Md. Maryland QB Chris Turner threw for 337 yards, 3 TDs, and no interceptions. Maryland running back Lance Ball was the leading rusher of the game as he rushed for 109 yards on 32 carries and had 1 TD.
Key Stat Of The Game: Maryland intercepted Boston College's Matt Ryan twice and converted both for TDs.