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Hokies dodge Devils

Taylor, Va. Tech escape upset bid

Associated Press / October 4, 2009

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Tyrod Taylor threw for a career-high 327 yards with two long touchdown passes to help sometimes-sloppy Virginia Tech avoid a letdown and beat Duke, 34-26, yesterday in Durham, N.C.

Taylor was 17 for 22 with TD tosses of 36 yards to Danny Coale and 28 yards to Jarrett Boykin, and Josh Oglesby had two late touchdown runs once the rushing game opened up for the sixth-ranked Hokies (4-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

“I know we have a lot of talent on the offensive side of the ball,’’ Taylor said. “It’s just my job to get the ball to them.’’

One week after dominating then-No. 9 Miami, the Hokies, who host Boston College next week, were nowhere near as crisp this time. But they were good enough to claim their ninth straight win over Duke.

Thaddeus Lewis was 22 of 40 for 359 yards and two TD passes, including a 4-yarder to Austin Kelly with 25 seconds left. But the Blue Devils (2-3, 0-1) too often settled for field goals, with Will Snyderline kicking four.

Georgia Tech 42, Mississippi St. 31 - Josh Nesbitt threw for a career-high 266 yards and the No. 25 Yellow Jackets (4-1) converted three turnovers into touchdowns in a win over the host Bulldogs (2-3).

Nesbitt connected with Demaryius Thomas eight times for 174 yards and a 23-yard touchdown in a game that featured a little bit of everything.

Each team scored on a reverse and they converted a combined six fourth downs, including a fake field goal by Mississippi State. The Bulldogs’ Leon Berry had an 89-yard kickoff return for a score and Tech’s Jerrard Tarrant returned a fumble 40 yards for a TD.

Wake Forest 30, N.C. State 24 - Riley Skinner threw three touchdown passes to become the Demon Deacons’ career leader with 45, the defense ended Russell Wilson’s NCAA record streak by intercepting him twice, and Wake Forest (3-2, 1-1) downed the visiting Wolfpack (3-2, 0-1).

Skinner won the matchup of elite quarterbacks by throwing for a career-high 361 yards, while the Demon Deacons became the first team to intercept Wilson in more than a year.

Wilson’s streak was snapped at 379 attempts when Josh Bush picked off the sophomore in the second quarter. Kenny Okoro then intercepted him in the end zone with 2:02 left.

Maryland 24, Clemson 21 - Chris Turner passed for two touchdowns and the host Terrapins escaped after two late missed field goals by the Tigers.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Maryland (2-3, 1-0), which snuffed out the Tigers’ final drive at the 28 with a sack and fumble recovery by Demetrius Hartsfield with 27 seconds to play.

Clemson (2-3, 1-2) cut the deficit to 24-21 in the third quarter after C.J. Spiller scored on a 92-yard kickoff return, but Richard Jackson missed field goals from 47 and 48 yards.

Virginia 16, North Carolina 3 - Mikell Simpson ran for the clinching TD in the fourth quarter and a dominating defensive effort by the Cavaliers (1-3, 1-0) was enough to beat the host Tar Heels (3-2, 0-2) for the 10th time in the last 12 meetings.