Florida State rides late surge past Clemson

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: EJ Manuel #3 of the Florida State Seminoles runs with the ball against the Clemson Tigers during their game at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 22, 2012 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Behind EJ Manuel (380 yards passing, 102 yards rushing, 2 TDs), the Seminoles scored 35 second-half points against Clemson.
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EJ Manuel threw for a career-high 380 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 102 yards as fourth-ranked Florida State rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to defeat No. 10 Clemson, 49-37, Saturday night in Tallahassee, Fla.

Chris Thompson ran for 104 yards and two scores and James Wilder Jr. added two touchdowns runs for the Seminoles, who broke open a close game with 35 second-half points.

Florida State (4-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed until late in the third quarter, taking its first lead at 35-31 on Manuel’s 29-yard touchdown pass to Rodney Smith. The Seminoles, who finished with 667 total yards, built a 49-31 lead before Clemson scored late.

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Clemson (3-1, 0-1) built a 28-14 lead early in the third quarter on a 52-yard pass from wide receiver Sammy Watkins to Andre Ellington. Tajh Boyd had three TD passes for the Tigers.

Miami 42, Georgia Tech 36 — Mike James scored untouched on a 25-yard run, moments after the Hurricanes stopped Yellow Jackets quarterback Tevin Washington on fourth-and-inches on the first possession of overtime, giving Miami a wild win in Atlanta.

Junior Stephen Morris passed for 436 yards and rallied the Hurricanes (3-1, 2-0 ACC) from a 36-19 deficit. Georgia Tech (2-2, 1-2) had come back after trailing, 19-0, at the end of the first quarter, with Washington rushing for three touchdowns in a 36-point blitz by the Yellow Jackets that lasted into the third quarter.

But the Hurricanes scored the final 23 points. Morris’s 10-yard touchdown pass to James created a 36-all tie with 27 seconds left in regulation. Miami gained 609 yards of total offense.

West Virginia 31, Maryland 21 — The visiting Terrapins held the No. 8 Mountaineers (3-0) to 25 yards rushing but fell short of the upset in the second half. Tavon Austin, a Baltimore native, accounted for half of West Virginia’s offense, catching 13 passes for 179 yards and setting a school record for career receptions with 208.

Maryland (2-2) received big games from freshmen Perry Hills and Stefon Diggs. Hills threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns, including two long ones to Diggs.

TCU 27, Virginia 7 — The 17th-ranked Horned Frogs (3-0) stretched the nation’s longest win streak to 11 games. The visiting Cavaliers (2-2) turned the ball over four times, with TCU linebacker Kenny Cain making two interceptions and recovering a fumble.

Virginia Tech 37, Bowling Green 0 — Quarterback Logan Thomas had key runs on three straight touchdown drives for the Hokies (3-1) and the hosts held the Falcons to 266 total yards — fewer than half the yards they allowed in last weekend’s humbling loss to Pitt. Bowling Green had not been shut out since 1998.

Wake Forest 49, Army 37 — At Winston-Salem, N.C., the Demon Deacons (3-1) gained 517 yards on the winless Black Knights and Michael Campanaro scored three times to set a career high.

North Carolina 27, East Carolina 6 — Gio Bernard scored two TDs in his return from a knee injury and the Tar Heels (2-2) rolled past the Pirates (2-2) after halftime in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Duke 38, Memphis 14 — Sean Renfree threw for 314 yards and four scores, the hosts outgained the winless Tigers, 500-152, and the 3-1 Blue Devils are off to their best start since 2008.

N.C. State 52, The Citadel 14 — Freshman Shadrach Thornton ran for 145 yards and two TDs in his first career game and the host Wolfpack (3-1) throttled the Bulldogs of the FCS.