Anthony Boone ran for a touchdown, Ross Martin kicked two long field goals, and Duke ended a long history of losing to ranked teams with a 13-10 victory against No. 16 Virginia Tech on Saturday in Blacksburg, Va.
The Blue Devils (6-2, 2-2 ACC) beat a ranked team for the first time since they stopped No. 13 Virginia in 1994, and beat one on the road for the first time since Stanford in 1971. And they did it without a third-down conversion, and a 2-to-1 time of possession deficit.
Virginia Tech (6-2, 3-1) had its six-game winning streak end as Logan Thomas threw four interceptions, the last on a deflected pass in the closing minutes that allowed Duke to finally run out the clock.
Two flags against Virginia Tech and some shifty running by Boone helped Duke take a 13-0 lead in the third quarter.
Linebacker Jack Tyler was flagged for pass interference, and Kyshoen Jarrett for defensive holding, setting up Duke at the Hokies’ 26. From there, Boone ran for 6 yards, for 11 yards, and for the final 9 on consecutive plays, and the Blue Devils were poised for a historic win.
Thomas ran 5 yards for a TD to get Virginia Tech on the board with 11 seconds left in the third quarter and Cody Journell’s 42-yard field goal made it 13-10 early in the fourth. After the Hokies picked off Boone, they drove to the Blue Devils’ 23. But Journell, who had already missed once in the game, did again, pulling a 40-yard try wide left to keep Duke in front.
Miami 24, Wake Forest 21 — Duke Johnson ran for 168 yards on 30 carries and two fourth-quarter TDs, the second a 1-yard plunge with 53 seconds left, as the No. 7 Hurricanes (7-0, 3-0) rallied twice to beat the visiting Demon Deacons.
Tanner Price’s 44-yard touchdown pass to Dominique Gibson with 4:02 remaining put Wake Forest on top, but the Hurricanes went 73 yards on their next 10 plays, with Johnson scoring to keep Miami unbeaten heading into next week’s showdown at No. 3 Florida State.
Wake Forest (4-4, 2-3) fell to 1-53 against Top 10 teams — the lone win coming 67 years ago Saturday. The Demon Deacons trailed for less than three minutes against the Hurricanes, and still dropped their fifth straight in the series.
Clemson 40, Maryland 27 — Tajh Boyd threw for a TD and ran for a score, Sammy Watkins had a school-record 14 catches for 163 yards, and the No. 9 Tigers (7-1, 5-1) wore down the host Terrapins (5-3, 1-3).
Boyd went 28 for 41 for 304 yards with an interception and Roderick McDowell rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns to help the Tigers rebound from last week’s 51-14 defeat against Florida State.
Florida State 49, N.C. State 17 — Jameis Winston threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns and the No. 3 Seminoles (7-0, 5-0) scored 35 points in the first quarter on the way to a blowout of the visiting Wolfpack (3-4, 0-4).
Navy 24, Pittsburgh 21 — A 30-yard field goal by Nick Sloan as time expired pushed the host Midshipmen (4-3) past the Panthers (4-3).
Georgia Tech 35, Virginia 25 — Zach Laskey and David Sims each ran for two touchdowns and the visiting Yellow Jackets (5-3, 4-2) overcame five turnovers to hold off the Cavaliers (2-6, 0-4).