Clemson keeps pace with 'Noles

Tajh Boyd dives into the end zone after a 21-yard second-quarter run, giving him a rushing score to go with five passing TDs.

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Tajh Boyd dives into the end zone after a 21-yard second-quarter run, giving him a rushing score to go with five passing TDs.

DURHAM, N.C. — Tajh Boyd threw for 344 yards and tied a school record with five touchdown passes for the second straight week to help No. 10 Clemson beat Duke 56-20 on Saturday night.

DeAndre Hopkins caught three TDs in the first quarter for the Tigers, who scored 42 by halftime and rolled to their fifth straight win, all by at least 14 points. Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant also had first-half touchdown catches, helping Clemson rack up nearly 500 yards by halftime and 718 for the game.

Clemson tied No. 9 Florida State atop the ACC's Atlantic Division, though the Seminoles beat the Tigers in September for the head-to-head tiebreaker in the division race to reach the ACC Championship Game.

Duke fell a game behind Miami in the Coastal Division.

Duke is already bowl eligible for the first time since 1994 and entered the week tied atop the Coastal with Miami and North Carolina, though the Tar Heels are ineligible for the division crown due to NCAA sanctions. That success had put the long-struggling Duke program in the unusual position of playing meaningful games in November, though some of that momentum has ebbed after a brutal two-game stretch.

First came last week's 48-7 loss at FSU. Then came Saturday night, with the Blue Devils managing more offensive success but finding no way to slow Boyd or the Clemson receivers sprinting downfield for big gains.

It was Duke's first loss in six games at Wallace Wade Stadium this season.

UVA 33, N.C. STATE 6: When the Cavaliers weren't taking the ball from Mike Glennon, they were throwing him to the turf.

Visiting Virginia forced five turnovers after getting four in the previous eight games and added six sacks in a rout that snapped a six-game skid.

"We could've said, 'Screw it,' but we didn't," defensive end Jake Snyder said. "We hung in there and felt that this was the most important game for us."

Phillip Sims ran for a touchdown and threw for another, and Kevin Parks rushed for 115 yards and a late 31-yard score for the Cavaliers.

The defense held N.C. State to 19 yards rushing with three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a safety.

GA. TECH 33, MARYLAND 13: The Yellow Jackets had two healthy quarterbacks and attempted four passes. Terrapins linebacker-turned-quarterback Shawn Petty was forced to throw 18 times.

That goes a long way toward explaining Georgia Tech's romp.

Orwin Smith rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown, and the Yellow Jackets amassed 370 yards on the ground against the nation's fourth-ranked defense against the run. After building a 20-0 lead at halftime, Georgia Tech attempted only one pass over the final 30 minutes.

"The way the game was going, there wasn't any need to throw," coach Paul Johnson said.

WAKE 28, BC 14: Michael Campanaro caught three first-half touchdowns from Tanner Price, and the host Demon Deacons took a step closer to becoming bowl eligible. Campanaro tied an ACC record with 16 receptions for 123 yards and became the eighth player in school history to catch three TDs in a game.

Clemson keeps pace with 'Noles 11/03/12 [Last modified: Sunday, November 4, 2012 12:57am]

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