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Jackets start big in thrashing Cavs

ATLANTA — Georgia Tech needed one play to set the tone for a lopsided win over Virginia.

Tevin Washington ran for three touchdowns and threw a 70-yard touchdown to Zach Laskey on Georgia Tech's first snap, setting up an early barrage of big plays in a 56-20 win on Saturday.

Laskey, who plays the "B-back," the Yellow Jackets' version of a fullback in their spread-option attack, slipped past linebacker Henry Coley and had open field for the touchdown.

Virginia didn't recover, especially after Tech added two more big plays.

"I don't think it really confused them," Tech running back Orwin Smith said. "I think it just shocked them. They weren't thinking about a B-back going out onto the flats on to the sideline."

Tech had three plays of 60 yards or longer among its first four. After Laskey's touchdown, Smith had a 77-yard touchdown run on the second play of the next series. Washington started the third series with a 60-yard run to set up his 1-yard touchdown run as the Jackets took a 35-7 halftime lead.

"It's a humbling experience when you come in and get beat like that," Virginia coach Mike London said. "When you don't execute well on defense or offense, things like that happen."

Virginia had just 98 rushing yards. A year ago, it ran for 274 and held the ball for 30 minutes in a 24-21 win over Tech. Jackets coach Paul Johnson made sure his players saw highlights of that game, including Virginia's sideline celebration.

"Their sideline was going crazy," Washington said. "Our sideline looked like it had no life."

Johnson said his players responded the way he hoped.

"We challenged our guys, and they accepted the challenge," Johnson said. "I heard a long time ago that revenge is a great motivator for those who care. They care."

Tigers' All-American shines in his debut

CLEMSON, S.C. — Sammy Watkins had a 58-yard touchdown run in his season debut as No. 11 Clemson routed I-AA Furman 41-7.

Watkins, an All-America receiver as a freshman last season, was suspended for the first two games for an offseason drug arrest. He scored on the first play of the second quarter on an inside handoff.

"It kind of felt like it was very easy," said Watkins, who also caught four passes for 52 yards. "Being a year in this offense … I was very comfortable out there."

UConn 24, Maryland 21: Lyle McCombs and Scott McCummings ran for touchdowns and Nick Williams returned a punt for a score as the visiting Huskies beat their former coach. Randy Edsall's departure after the 2010 season prompted grumblings in Storrs. But his former players played down the matchup. "I went up to (Edsall) after the game and told him I love him," said senior linebacker Sio Moore, who had 21/2 of the Huskies' six sacks. "He is one of those guys that really saw something in me when I didn't know I had anything in me myself. So I really appreciate him giving me the chance." The Terps trailed 14-0 early but cut it to 24-21 before Perry Hills threw incomplete on fourth down from the Huskies 39 with 17 seconds left. "I don't accept losing, don't like losing," said Hills, who ran and passed for touchdowns. "But I promised my team and everyone that I'm going to prepare like I've never prepared before to get ready for this next game (against No. 9 West Virginia."

N'western 22, BC 13: Jeff Budzien tied a school record with five field goals and Mike Trumpy ran for 106 yards and an insurance touchdown for the host Wildcats. Up 15-13, Northwestern downed a punt at the BC 1. It forced a three-and-out, took over at the Eagles 44 and got Trumpy's 27-yard touchdown with 1:37 left.

N.C. State 31, S. Ala. 7: Mike Glennon threw three touchdowns for the host Wolfpack. Glennon, 24-of-34 for 257 yards, hit Rashard Smith and Bryan Underwood on the first two N.C. State's first two possessions. The Wolfpack led the Jaguars, in their first season in I-A, 28-0 at halftime. Shortly before kickoff, N.C. State suspended backup running back Mustafa Greene for an undisclosed violation.

Duke 54, N.C. Central 17: The host Blue Devils scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams for the first time since 2004. Lee Butler recorded Duke's first punt return for a touchdown since 2001 as it improved to 2-1 for the first time since 2008, coach David Cutcliffe's first season, by routing the I-AA Eagles.

Jackets start big in thrashing Cavs 09/15/12 [Last modified: Sunday, September 16, 2012 1:01am]

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