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Numerous mistakes damage Wake

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Riley Skinner's first interception in nine months was quickly followed by another Saturday, then another.

The miscues didn't stop until Navy had its first win over a ranked team in 23 years.

Skinner was responsible for five of No. 16 Wake Forest's six turnovers, and his fourth-quarter interception ended any comeback hopes in Navy's 24-17 win.

"It's pretty deflating for an offense and a defense when you do that," said Skinner, who had his streak of 133 passes without an interception shattered by throwing four, plus losing a fumble. "It's all on me."

Well, not all of it. Starting left tackle Jeff Birdsong was ejected and the Demon Deacons couldn't stop the nation's top ground game.

Eric Kettani rushed for a career-high 175 yards and backup quarterback Jarod Bryant scored the decisive touchdown late in the fourth quarter — after Skinner's fourth pick — as Navy survived despite losing starting quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada in the second to a hamstring injury.

"It was a phenomenal job of our kids fighting, scratching and clawing," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "Every situation that we put them in, our defense just stepped up."

MARYLAND 20, NO. 20 CLEM. 17: Thoroughly dominated for a half, Maryland needed a special play. Who else to call on than perhaps the Terps' most special player, Darrius Heyward-Bey.

With the visiting Terrapins down 17-6, the former high school track star took off on a 76-yard reverse that set up the first of two second-half TDs

"I just remember, 'Just run,'" Heyward-Bey said.

The play went to the Clemson 4, and two plays later Chris Turner found Torrey Smith on a 6-yard score to close the gap.

Da'Rel Scott had the winning score early in the fourth and Maryland's defense, which allowed 193 yards and two TDs in the first half to Clemson runners James Davis and C.J. Spiller, shut down the Tigers from there.

DUKE 31, VIRGINIA 3: Coach David Cutcliffe's tenure is just four games old, and already Duke has moved beyond raw celebration each time it wins.

The host Blue Devils snapped a 25-game league losing streak, yet Cutcliffe balanced praise with criticism.

"When you can win 31-3 and have a lot to learn from it, that beats the heck out of getting beat and learning from it," he said.

Bowl scouts watched his team — which went 6-45 in five years under coach Ted Roof — get halfway to postseason eligibility.

BC 42, RHODE ISLAND 0: Montel Harris ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns to lead the host Eagles in the schools' first meeting since 1917. Backup quarterback Dominique Davis led BC to four consecutive scores.

Navy 24

No. 16 Wake 17

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