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Cavaliers capture 8th in row

Alvin Pearman ran for 104 yards, including two fourth-quarter touchdowns, and Virginia shut down Clemson after the opening 15 minutes in a convincing 30-10 victory last night at Charlottesville, Va.

Pearman, who replaced Wali Lundy at tailback in the third quarter, scored on a 2-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 23-10, then clinched it with another 2-yarder with 5:14 remaining.

The No. 10 Cavaliers (5-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), ranked higher than at any point since they were No. 7 in 1998, have won eight straight.

Clemson (1-4, 1-3) lost its fourth in a row since a season-opening overtime victory against Wake Forest.

The Tigers drove 80 yards in six plays on their opening drive, but had just seven first downs thereafter. Connor Hughes added field goals of 21, 43, and 50 yards for the Cavaliers, who last started 5-0 in 1998 under George Welsh.

Southern Miss. 35, Houston 29 -- Backup quarterback Damion Carter threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Otho Graves in overtime, giving the Golden Eagles the win at Hattiesburg, Miss.

Southern Miss. (4-0, 3-0 Conference USA), which blew a 14-point lead and trailed for most of the second half, forced overtime on starting quarterback Dustin Almond's 18-yard touchdown run with 1:22 remaining and Anthony Harris's tying 2-point conversion run.

Southern Miss. got the ball first in overtime and scored when Carter rolled right and hit Graves, who made a fingertip grab in the back of the end zone. Dustin McCaleb's extra point was blocked.

Houston then advanced to the Southern Miss. 15 before faltering with two plays for negative yardage.

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