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Hurricanes hang, but Florida pulls away late

Associated Press / September 7, 2008
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Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow was good early and even better late, enough to help No. 5 Florida snap a six-game losing streak against rival Miami.

Tebow threw two touchdown passes, speedster Percy Harvin ran for a score, and the Gators used a swarming defensive effort to beat the Hurricanes, 26-3, last night at The Swamp.

It was Florida's first victory since 1985 in the on-again, off-again series that used to be one of the best and most heated in the nation.

The rebuilding Hurricanes (1-1), three-touchdown underdogs, hung close for three quarters with the Gators (2-0), who had averaged more than 40 points at Florida Field with Tebow as the starting quarterback but struggled against Miami's defense most of the night.

Tebow finished 21 of 35 for 256 yards and two TD passes. He also ran 13 times for 55 yards. Harvin, who missed last week's opener while recovering from offseason heel surgery, ran five times for 27 yards.

Robert Marve, making his first career start for Miami, was 10 of 18 passing for 69 yards and was sacked three times. The Hurricanes managed just 140 yards of offense and gave up 345.

Florida, whose two scores in the first half came off Miami miscues on special teams, led 9-3 to start the fourth quarter. But the Gators finally found their rhythm, putting together consecutive drives of 86 and 95 yards to put the game away.

Wake Forest 30, Mississippi 28 - Sam Swank kicked a 41-yard field goal with three seconds left to cap a dramatic final minute and give the 20th-ranked Demon Deacons the victory in Winston-Salem, N.C.

After Jevan Snead's 5-yard TD pass to Cordera Eason on fourth down with 1:01 left gave Ole Miss (1-1) the lead, Riley Skinner led Wake Forest (2-0) on a 56-yard drive, keyed by a pass interference penalty against Marshay Green.

Swank, the nation's active career leader with 65 field goals, calmly drilled the winning field goal for the sixth lead change of the game.

Clemson 45, Citadel 17 - C.J. Spiller ran for three touchdowns and the Tigers bounced back from last weekend's shellacking against Alabama by steamrolling the Bulldogs of the Championship Subdivision.

Spiller and backfield partner James Davis accounted for only 20 yards a week ago, while the Tigers finished with zero yards on the ground. Yesterday, Davis finished with 107 yards and a 38-yard TD, and Spiller had 75 yards, including TD runs of 37, 1, and 17 yards as Clemson won its 15th straight in the series.

Davis gained 24 yards on the Tigers' first play. He started Clemson's scoring with his powerful 38-yard romp. Spiller kept the pressure on the next series, outrunning Citadel defenders for a 37-yard score. When Spiller burst through for a TD on Clemson's next drive, the Tigers were up, 21-0.

Virginia Tech 24, Furman 7 - Kenny Lewis Jr. caught a touchdown pass and ran for a score, and the Hokies went back to their two-quarterback system in an easy home win over the Paladins of the FCS.

Darren Evans scored the third touchdown on a 3-yard run as Virginia Tech (1-1) made good on its plan to get its running game going. The Hokies accumulated 261 yards on the ground, including 112 by quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

Taylor and Sean Glennon divided the quarterback duties as the Hokies reverted to the tandem system they used last season. Coach Frank Beamer changed his mind and decided not to redshirt the more mobile Taylor after the Hokies lost their season opener to East Carolina.

Florida St. 69, Western Carolina 0 - Christian Ponder threw three TD passes and backup QB D'Vontrey Richardson ran for two more scores as the host Seminoles (1-0) cruised in a game that was interrupted more than two hours by lightning.

Virginia 16, Richmond 0 - The Cavaliers' Chase Minnifield stopped a late Richmond threat with an interception, and Vic Hall returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown to seal the home victory over the Spiders (1-1) of the FCS.

N.C. State 34, William & Mary 24 - Backup quarterback Harrison Beck threw two TD passes as the Wolfpack (1-1) cruised in Raleigh, N.C.

Northwestern 24, Duke 20 - Tyrell Sutton ran for two scores and the visiting Wildcats (2-0) made two critical fourth-down stops down the stretch to repel the Blue Devils (1-1).

Middle Tennessee 24, Maryland 14 - The Blue Raiders (1-1) got two TD passes from Joe Craddock, and the hosts held off the Terrapins (1-1) in the fourth quarter.

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