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Blue Devils win yet again

A ton of yards: Boston College’s Andre Williams becomes the 16th player with 2,000 rushing yards in a season.

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A ton of yards: Boston College’s Andre Williams becomes the 16th player with 2,000 rushing yards in a season.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A school record belongs to Duke and at least part of a division title, too.

Anthony Boone threw three touchdowns and No. 25 Duke claimed a share of the ACC's Coastal Division title by beating Wake Forest 28-21 on Saturday. The ninth win ties a school record set in 1941.

"It means a lot," Boone said. "But none of us came here to share anything."

By beating archrival North Carolina, they won't have to.

"Every time we've won a game, obviously, the next one gets bigger and the challenge gets bigger," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. "This will be our greatest challenge of the year."

This visit to Wake Forest turned out to be more of a test than anticipated.

The Blue Devils fell behind 14-0 and spent a decent chunk of the day playing catch-up before change-of-pace quarterback Brandon Connette rushed 3 yards for the go-ahead score late in the third quarter.

Boone finished 24-of-29 for 256 yards with touchdown passes of 58 and 10 yards to Jamison Crowder and 4 yards to Max McCaffrey.

Tanner Price was 12-of-27 for 124 yards in his final home game for Wake with a touchdown pass and touchdown run. But the interception he threw to Ross Cockrell with 2:30 left was the Demon Deacons' second turnover of the fourth quarter. That clinched their fifth straight losing season.

Said Price: "That's a hard one to take."

BC tailback tops 2,000

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Andre Williams rushed for 263 yards to become the 16th player in NCAA history to top 2,000 in a season, and Nate Freese's 52-yard field goal as time expired lifted Boston College past Maryland 29-26.

Williams scored twice and now has 2,073 yards (555 off Barry Sanders' record). His 36-yarder set up Freese's winner.

"I know he's pretty banged up," Eagles coach Steve Addazio said. "He took a lot of shots in there like he does each week, and they're cumulative. I got a feeling that we're going to have a pretty beat-up guy here come (today)."

Freese missed his first try at the winner. But Maryland had called timeout just before the snap.

NO. 7 CLEMSON 52, THE CITADEL 6: Tajh Boyd threw for five touchdowns and 288 yards in his final home game as the host Tigers celebrated a senior class that brought the program back as a national contender.

Clemson didn't score on its first possession but did so on its next five. Boyd had touchdown passes of 8, 9, 19, 24 and 30 yards. He ended the game with 102 passing touchdowns and tied the Tigers record of five for the sixth time. Three times, Boyd has thrown for five scores in the first half.

"He's something special," said offensive coordinator Chad Morris, the architect of an attack that is averaging 515 yards a game and is on pace to break last year's record of 512. "Everything he's gotten he deserves."

PITT 17, SYRACUSE 16: Isaac Bennett scored the decisive touchdown on a 5-yard run on the final play of the third quarter, Tom Savage passed for 218 yards and another score and the visiting Panthers became bowl eligible. The Orange can still become bowl eligible next week at home against Boston College. Trailing with time winding down in the third, Savage directed a nine-play, 88-yard drive to give Pittsburgh the winning score.

E. Carolina 42, N.C. State 28: Shane Carden threw three touchdowns and ran for two for the visiting Pirates. Justin Hardy had a first-quarter touchdown catch for East Carolina, which dominated the Wolfpack to reach nine wins for the third time in six season. The Pirates led 21-7 at halftime and 35-7 entering the fourth on the way to the season's second road win against an instate conference rival (55-31 at North Carolina).

UNC 80, Old Dominion 20: Marquise Williams threw five first-half touchdowns and T.J. Logan scored four for the host Tar Heels, who set school records for points and touchdowns by the midpoint of the third quarter. Williams finished 20-of-27 for 409 yards and rushed for 60 more to set the school record for total yards, and North Carolina had a school-record 721. Just two of its 11 touchdowns came on possessions longer than 1:44.

GA. TECH 66, ALABAMA A&M 7: David Sims ran for 111 yards, and Synjyn Days and Matt Connors had two rushing touchdowns for the host Yellow Jackets.

Blue Devils win yet again 11/23/13 [Last modified: Saturday, November 23, 2013 9:48pm]

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