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Notre Dame beats old title-killing rival BC

BOSTON — Everett Golson ran for a touchdown and threw for two Saturday night to help No. 4 Notre Dame beat Boston College 21-6 and keep its national title hopes intact.

Taking the field an hour after top-ranked Alabama lost to No. 15 Texas A&M, the Fighting Irish remained unbeaten and in the hunt for a spot in the BCS title game. They also eased past a longtime rival that had twice before spoiled its title hopes.

Golson completed 16-of-24 for 200 yards, hitting tight end Troy Niklas for a 7-yard touchdown at the end of the first half and receiver John Goodman from 18 yards out early in the second. Manti Te'o grabbed his sixth interception of the season, a school record for a linebacker.

Theo Riddick ran 18 times for 104 yards and caught six passes for 67 more for the Irish, who are 10-0 for the first time since 1993. That year, BC's David Gordon hit a 41-yard field goal as time expired to beat No. 1 Notre Dame and end its perfect season in the finale. In 2002, the Irish were 8-0 and No. 4 when the unranked Eagles won 14-7 in South Bend.

Yellow Jackets win in record shootout

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — They score 118 points all the time in the ACC — on the basketball court, not the football field.

Georgia Tech and North Carolina blew up the scoreboard in the highest-scoring game in ACC history, the Yellow Jackets earning a 68-50 victory.

The 118 points surpassed the 110 of Virginia's 63-47 victory over Tulane in 1968.

Georgia Tech's Robert Godhigh rushed for two touchdowns and caught one. Jamal Golden returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score, and backup quarterback Vad Lee rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns and threw for a touchdown.

"We were just out there scoring," Georgia Tech running back Orwin Smith said. "It was touchdown for touchdown. It was a shootout, basically."

UNC had never allowed that many points at home.

"If I would have saw that coming," Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora said, "I probably wouldn't have shown up."

No. 10 Clemson 45, Maryland 10: Tajh Boyd threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns for the Tigers, who set a school record with their 12th consecutive home victory. They won 11 consecutive from 1937-42 and 1989-91. Twelve seconds after Boyd hit Adam Humphries for a 13-yard score, end Corey Crawford forced and returned quarterback Shawn Petty's fumble 16 yards for a score. Soon after another Petty fumble, Boyd hit DeAndre Hopkins for a 28-yard score. The only downer for the Tigers was All-America receiver Sammy Watkins sustaining a lower-leg injury on a second-quarter catch. But he said he could have returned if needed.

N.C. State 37, Wake 6: Mike Glennon threw two touchdowns for the host Wolfpack. N.C. State led 17-0 in the first quarter, and Tobais Palmer made it 24-6 when he tied a school record by returning the second-half kickoff 100 yards.

Notre Dame beats old title-killing rival BC 11/10/12 [Last modified: Sunday, November 11, 2012 12:18am]
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