BLACKSBURG, Va. — C.J. Brown knew that he was largely to blame for the offensive woes that had seen Maryland lose four of five games, turning a once-promising season into one that was quickly slipping away.
The quarterback did something about it, running for 122 yards, including the winning touchdown in overtime, as the Terrapins became bowl eligible with a 27-24 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday.
"I kind of had a chip on my shoulder coming in," said Brown, who carried 23 times and also threw for 135 yards. "The offense wasn't doing very good. That reflects on me. … (The Hokies) play a lot of man coverage. When they try to run with the receivers, it gives me a lot of running lanes. With my athletic ability, I thought I could outrun the defensive ends. I took advantage of that."
Brown had runs of 38, 18, 16 and 18 yards, all on scrambles, hit Nigel King for a 16-yard touchdown, and William Likely returned a punt 67 yards for the Terrapins, who led 21-7 then held on after the Hokies pulled even with 9:32 to play.
The loss damaged Virginia Tech's chance of playing for the ACC championship. It went in knowing that if it beat Maryland then Virginia next week, and if Duke lost one of its three remaining games, it would win the Coastal Division and a spot in the championship game.
Instead, it became a most forgettable Senior Day for Logan Thomas and 11 other seniors who trotted onto the field at Lane Stadium as players for the final time.
"I told the younger guys, 'Just remember this day. It's not the way you want to go out on your Senior Day, and don't ever let it happen again,' " said Thomas, who will leave owning many of Virginia Tech's career records. "This is supposed to be a day you remember for the rest of your life."
The Terrapins surely will.
BC 38, N.C. STATE 21: Andre Williams ran for 339 yards to break the Eagles' career and single-game rushing records, and host Boston College qualified for a bowl game for the first time in three seasons.
Williams ran for more than 100 yards in the first quarter, and early in the fourth he secured his fourth 200-yard game this season. He broke Mike Cloud's school record on a strange play in the fourth when he got loose on a 65-yard run but fumbled just before the goal line.
Williams hit 300 yards on a 5-yard run in the final minutes to break the single-game record of 295 he set last week against New Mexico State. On his school record-tying 42nd carry of the day, he scored on a 34-yard run.
The Eagles became bowl-eligible in Steve Addazio's first season as head coach.
UNC 34, PITT 27: Ryan Switzer returned two punts for touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 4:46 left for the visiting Tar Heels.
Switzer returned a punt 65 yards in the second quarter to give North Carolina a 21-point lead. He did it again in the fourth quarter, zigzagging 61 yards to help the Tar Heels fend off a Panthers rally for their fourth straight win.
Pittsburgh drove to the North Carolina 26 with less than two minutes left, but the Tar Heels stuffed running back James Conner on fourth and 1.