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Skinner keeps Deacons from suffering a loss

Associated Press / September 13, 2009

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Riley Skinner scored on a 1-yard keeper with two seconds remaining as Wake Forest rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat Stanford, 24-17, yesterday in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Skinner finished 18 of 26 for 187 yards and a touchdown for the Demon Deacons (1-1). His 44-yard pass to third-stringer Lovell Jackson with less than a minute left set up his winning score.

Redshirt freshman Andrew Luck was 23 of 34 for 276 yards with two touchdowns to Ryan Whalen for the Cardinal (1-1). They were denied their first 2-0 start since 2004.

Skinner’s score capped a remarkable second-half rally for the slow-starting Demon Deacons, who trailed, 17-3, at halftime before scoring touchdowns on consecutive possessions.

The decisive drive was all Skinner. He ran 12 yards on an option keeper and hit Devon Brown over the middle for 20 yards before hitting Jackson - a redshirt freshman who didn’t appear on the depth chart - behind cornerback Corey Gatewood. He was tripped up at the 2, and three plays later Skinner pushed into the end zone to give Wake Forest its first lead of the season.

Florida St. 19, Jacksonville St. 9 - The host Seminoles needed two scores in the final 35 seconds to avoid arguably one of the most embarrassing upsets in school history.

Ty Jones’s 1-yard touchdown run on fourth down with 35 seconds left put Florida State (1-1) ahead of the Gamecocks of the Championship Subdivision, and teammate Kevin McNeil returned a fumble for a score 21 seconds later to seal the victory.

Trailing, 9-7, Jones’s TD rallied the Seminoles and McNeil scooped up Ryan Perrilloux’s fumble and ran 33 yards for his score. McNeil also blocked a field goal try by Jacksonville’s Patrick Tatum in the third quarter that could have given the Gamecocks (0-2) a 12-7 lead.

Virginia Tech 52, Marshall 10 - Freshman Ryan Williams ran for 164 yards and three touchdowns, and the No. 14 Hokies nearly quadrupled their offensive production from last week by routing the visiting Thundering Herd.

Virginia Tech (1-1) managed only 155 yards in its opener against Alabama, but that tally was topped before the end of the first quarter against Marshall (1-1).

TCU 30, Virginia 14 - At Charlottesville, Va., the Horned Frogs opened their season by holding the Cavaliers’ new spread offense to seven first downs. Joseph Turner and Jeremy Kerley had TD runs for TCU.

Maryland 38, James Madison 35 - Nick Ferrara kicked a 26-yard field goal in overtime to give the Terrapins (1-1) the win in College Park, Md.

N.C. State 65, Murray St. 7 - Russell Wilson threw four TD passes to help the host Wolfpack (1-1) bounce back from a miserable showing in their opener.

Duke 35, Army 19 - Backup quarterback Sean Renfree threw two second-half touchdowns and completed seven of his first eight passes to lead the Blue Devils (1-1) in West Point, N.Y.