RALEIGH, N.C. — Russell Wilson threw for 328 yards and three touchdowns to help N.C. State beat Boston College 44-17 on Saturday, giving coach Tom O'Brien his first win against his former program.
D.J. Green recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a first-quarter touchdown, and C.J. Wilson returned an interception for a third-quarter score for the Wolfpack.
O'Brien spent 10 seasons with BC before leaving in 2007. BC had won all three meetings since and scored at least 37 each time, including a 52-20 rout last season.
But N.C. State reversed that trend and proved it can bounce back from a disappointing loss.
Last week, the Wolfpack — carrying the program's first national ranking in seven years — led Virginia Tech 17-0 at home before the Hokies rallied to win 41-30.
"You definitely think about (the Virginia Tech loss)," Wilson said. "You don't want to have that feeling ever again. It's something you put in the back of your mind. But at the same time, you let it go and keep working and trying to get better."
After Green's touchdown, Wilson pump-faked then threw a perfect pass over the middle to Owen Spencer for a 23-yard touchdown that made it 17-3. Two possessions later, Wilson found Darrell Davis for a 5-yard score that made it 24-3.
"Every position will be evaluated," Eagles coach Frank Spaziani said. "We've had to start at Square 1 and move forward."
Va. Tech 45, Central Mich. 21: Tyrod Taylor rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns and threw for a touchdown for the host Hokies, who are 4-0 since starting 0-2. Tech scored 38 consecutive points after the Chippewas scored a touchdown on the game's opening possession. "That's what I like about this team. No one panics," Tech coach Frank Beamer said. "There's no screaming or hollering at each other. It's all about getting on the same page and let's get going."
Ga. Tech 33, Virginia 21: Anthony Allen, a graduate of Tampa's Jesuit High, ran for 195 yards and second-half touchdowns of 6, 18 and 8 yards for the host Yellow Jackets. They were the senior's first touchdowns of the season. "I didn't know what to do," Allen said of the long-awaited first touchdown. "It felt good to score my first touchdown — and my second and third." Tech rushed for 477 yards, fifth most in school history and the most in an ACC game (5 more than against Miami in 2008). Quarterback Joshua Nesbitt added 109 yards and a touchdown for Tech, which has consecutive wins for the first time this season.
UNC 21, Clemson 16: Johnny White rushed for two touchdowns for the host Tar Heels, who beat the Tigers for the first time since 2001. White ran for 89 yards, including scores of 4 and 26 yards, and caught six passes for 90 yards. The Tigers have lost three in a row. "I'm extremely embarrassed. I'm very sorry," coach Dabo Swinney said. "This team deserves better. Clemson deserves better. Fans deserve better. We're just not a very well-coached football team right now."
Navy 28, Wake 27: Ricky Dobbs' 6-yard pass to Greg Jones with 26 seconds left lifted the visiting Midshipmen. It was the Demon Deacons' second straight last-minute loss, coming a week after Georgia Tech scored a touchdown with 15 seconds left. Dobbs had been knocked out of the game briefly after taking a sack on the previous drive.