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Watson, Clemson remain perfect

CLEMSON, S.C. — Deshaun Watson passed for three touchdowns and a season-best 420 yards and No. 5 Clemson rolled against Boston College's top-ranked defense for a 34-17 victory Saturday night.

Watson added a rushing touchdown for the Tigers, who are 6-0 for the third time in five seasons. Watson was 27-of-41, including touchdowns of 21 yards to Zac Brooks, 51 yards to former East Lake High standout Artavis Scott and 6 yards to Jordan Leggett.

Scott had 10 catches for 162 yards as Clemson put up 532 yards on an Eagles defense that was only allowing 140 a game coming in to lead Division I-A.

Former Clearwater Central Catholic star Jeff Smith, Boston College's first true freshman to start since Chase Rettig in 2010, finished 7-of-22 for 87 yards and a 1-yard TD run in the final two minutes.

Va. 44, Syracuse 38, 3 OT: Matt Johns was at a loss for words, and so the first thing he did was laugh. "It's hard to describe how much we needed that," Virginia's quarterback said after the Cavaliers rallied to pull even on the final play of regulation, then win in three overtimes. The host Cavaliers drove 88 yards in 19 plays to set up Ian Frye's tying 25-yard field goal as regulation time expired. Then they traded touchdowns with the Orange through two overtimes before stuffing Syracuse in the third to win. In the third OT, Jordan Ellis scored on a 3-yard run after Syracuse missed a 48-yard field goal.

Pitt 31, Ga. Tech 28: Nate Peterman threw a career-high three touchdown passes and Chris Blewitt hit a 56-yard field goal with 1:11 left as the visiting Panthers started 3-0 in conference play for the first time since 2010, in the Big East. Tyler Boyd, who became Pitt's career receiving leader, began the winning drive by recovering his own fumbled punt return at the Pitt 31 and had a 5-yard catch against double coverage to convert the second of two fourth-down plays on the possession.

N. Carolina 50, Wake 14: Marquise Williams threw three touchdown passes to Mack Hollins and also rushed for a score for the host Tar Heels. Williams was 14 of 20 for 282 yards and hit Hollins on scoring passes of 57, 4 and 42 yards. Wake Forest was outgained 538-310.

Watson, Clemson remain perfect 10/17/15 [Last modified: Saturday, October 17, 2015 11:22pm]
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