Tajh Boyd threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score and No. 9 Clemson broke the game open with three touchdowns in the last 4:18 of the first half in a 59-10 victory against Virginia on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.
Boyd, a native of Hampton, Va., became the Atlantic Coast Conference’s career leader in touchdown-making with a 33-yard pass to Sammy Watkins to start the scoring for the Tigers (8-1, 6-1). It broke a tie at 112 TDs with North Carolina State’s Philip Rivers. Boyd later added TD throws of 10 yards to Roderick McDowell and 96 yards to Watkins, and scored on a 1-yard run 13 seconds before halftime to make it 35-7.
Virginia (2-7, 0-5) lost its sixth in a row and had dropped 15 of its last 19 games. It also suffered its second 59-10 loss at home this season, having lost by the same score against No. 2 Oregon in the second week of the season.
Syracuse 13, Wake Forest 0 — Terrel Hunt scored on a 6-yard run to break a scoreless tie in the third quarter, freshman defensive end Isaiah Johnson set up another score with an interception moments later, and the host Orange (4-4, 2-2) blanked the Demon Deacons.
It was a critical game for the Orange’s postseason hopes. Syracuse has road games against Maryland and No. 3 Florida State in the next two weeks and finishes the season at home against Pittsburgh and Boston College.
Wake Forest (4-5, 2-4) had won two of three and nearly upset No. 7 Miami a week ago, losing, 24-21, after leading the entire game until the Hurricanes scored in the final minute.
Georgia Tech 21, Pittsburgh 10 — Robert Godhigh rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns on six carries to push the host Yellow Jackets (6-3, 5-2) past the Panthers (4-4, 2-3).
North Carolina 27, N.C. State 19 — Quinshad Davis had two touchdown catches and freshman T.J. Logan ran for a 14-yard touchdown with 11:19 left to help the Tar Heels (3-5, 2-3) beat the rival Wolfpack (3-5, 0-5) in Carter-Finley Stadium for the first time since 2005.