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Tigers outslug Jackets

CLEMSON, S.C. — Tajh Boyd threw for a career-high 397 yards, 173 to DeAndre Hopkins, to lead No. 15 Clemson past Georgia Tech 47-31 on Saturday.

"Could have been some more out there," Boyd said. "I came out too hyped. I was missing some passes, some easy throws."

The Tigers had 601 yards of offense, the Yellow Jackets 483.

Boyd threw two touchdowns, including a 35-yarder to Hopkins that put Clemson up 38-31 with 10:29 left in the game.

Tech bobbled the ensuing kickoff and started at its 2. Linebacker Spencer Shuey sniffed out an option pitch two plays later for a safety. It was the first time either team led by more than a touchdown.

Tech's 2-4 start is its worst since it went 1-10 in 1994.

"Right now we've got to play close to perfect," coach Paul Johnson said. "Clearly we have to score more points."

UNC 48, Va. Tech 34: Gio Bernard rushed for a career-high 262 yards and a touchdown for the host Tar Heels. It was the most yards against the Hokies under coach Frank Beamer, who took over in 1987. Bernard's 62-yard run on fourth and 1 on the first play of the second quarter put Carolina ahead to stay at 21-14. At 3-3, the Hokies are off to their worst start since 2-3-1 in 1992. "People are probably going to say that they're having an off year, but it doesn't matter," Bernard said. "We just wanted to show everybody what we could do." Said Beamer: "I don't think it's time for excuses. I think it's time for results."

Duke 42, Virginia 17: Anthony Boone, making his first start for the injured Sean Renfree, threw four touchdowns for the host Blue Devils. "I had a little bit of jitters at first," Boone said. "But once I calmed down and settled in, I feel like I executed pretty well." Duke is 2-0 in the ACC for the first time since 1994.

Maryland 19, Wake 14: Stefon Diggs made up for a fumbled punt by taking a short pass 63 yards to set up the host Terps' winning touchdown. Justus Pickett's 1-yard run came with 5:37 left. "(Diggs is) a talent," Terps coach Randy Edsall said. "It drives you crazy because he makes those mistakes, but you know he's going to find a way to make a play."

Army 34, BC 31: Quarterback Trent Steelman rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns, including the 29-yard winner with 45 seconds left, as the host Black Knights ended an eight-game losing streak. On its previous series, Army was stopped on fourth and goal. But it forced a three-and-out.

Tigers outslug Jackets 10/06/12 [Last modified: Saturday, October 6, 2012 11:07pm]
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