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Hokies rally, hand Wolfpack first loss

Jarrett Boykin outraces the defense and scores on a 39-yard pass to put Virginia Tech ahead with 1:27 left.

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Jarrett Boykin outraces the defense and scores on a 39-yard pass to put Virginia Tech ahead with 1:27 left.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Virginia Tech's Darren Evans grew so frustrated during the first half, he threw a helmet against the benches on the sideline.

But down 17-0 early in the second quarter, the Hokies rallied. And Tyrod Taylor hit a quick slant to Jarrett Boykin, who broke three tackles and went 38 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 1:27 left as Virginia Tech pulled out a 41-30 win at No. 23 N.C. State.

Jayron Hosley capped the victory with his third interception of the day, setting up Evans' 3-yard touchdown run that sealed it.

"If people had seen me throw the helmet and they got motivated, that was unintended," Evans said. "But I'm glad I did it now.

"It was just personal frustration that I had."

Virginia Tech also got a 92-yard kickoff return from David Wilson to begin the second half and a career-long 54-yard touchdown run by Evans in the third.

It was the biggest comeback of Frank Beamer's 24-year career as Virginia Tech's coach and helped the Hokies, who opened the season with losses to Boise State and I-AA James Madison, avoid a 2-3 record for the first time since 1992.

"The way that game started out and for us to battle back, I think it just says a lot about our kids, our program, our coaches," Beamer said. "I've been proud of this program a lot of times. But I don't know if I've ever been more proud than what we got accomplished here."

Russell Wilson threw for 362 yards and three touchdowns for the Wolfpack, which was off to its best start since 2002 and entered as the ACC's last remaining unbeaten. But its first appearance in the Top 25 since 2003 likely will be a short one.

"It's football. Football has no friends," receiver Owen Spencer said. "It's a two-faced game. You're never on top the whole game. It can turn easily. You just have to maintain it. The team that can maintain it the best is the team that's going to come out and win."

Taylor also threw touchdowns of 10 and 4 yards to Andre Smith and got Virginia Tech's offense rolling.

N. Carolina 42, E. Carolina 17: Shaun Draughn ran for 137 yards and three second-half touchdowns and Johnny White 140 yards for the host Tar Heels. It was the first time North Carolina had two 100-yard rushers in a game since Sept. 4, 2004, against Division I-AA William and Mary. Draughn, who missed the opener because of the NCAA investigation into the program, had only 14 carries in his first two games. "I feel like those two games were to get my feet back under me," said Draughn, who scored from 1, 4 and 13 yards. "I'm getting … that rhythm back."

MARYLAND 21, DUKE 16: Tony Logan's electrifying 84-yard punt return in the third quarter provided the host Terrapins with the push they needed. Maryland trailed 9-0 midway in the second quarter and 9-7 at halftime before coming back. Logan's touchdown made it 14-9, and the Terps held on. "Tony's punt return was huge for us," said quarterback Danny O'Brien, who added a 71-yard touchdown pass to Da'Rel Scott with 13:48 left.

NOTRE DAME 31, BC 13: Dayne Crist threw two first-quarter touchdowns and ran for another as the visiting Fighting Irish built a 21-point lead and coasted. Notre Dame had lost three straight but got little resistance from the Eagles, who promoted freshman Chase Rettig to starting quarterback during the week but lost him to an ankle injury early in the second quarter.

GA. TECH 24, WAKE FOREST 20: Joshua Nesbitt shook off a rough start with a brilliant fourth quarter, throwing a 9-yard touchdown to Correy Earls with 15 seconds left for the visiting Yellow Jackets. The Demon Deacons nearly won with fourth-string quarterback Skylar Jones.

Va. Tech 41

No. 23 N.C. St. 30

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