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Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee scrambles against Duke in Durham, N.C., Saturday. Georgia Tech won 38-14.]
Florida State's Kenny Shaw (81) looks for a block from teammate Kelvin Benjamin (from right) Nevada's defense in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State won 62-7.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
DURHAM, N.C. - Vad Lee threw a career-high four touchdown passes and ran for another in his hometown, and Georgia Tech beat Duke 38-14 on Saturday.
The Durham native had scoring throws of 24 and 10 yards to DeAndre Smelter, 13 yards to Robert Godhigh and 19 yards to Zach Laskey.
He also ran 4 yards for a TD. The Yellow Jackets (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) fell behind 7-3, then took command by scoring the next four touchdowns.
Lee was 8 of 16 for 125 yards and added 76 yards rushing. Georgia Tech rolled up 344 yards rushing and 469 total yards against the No. 6 total defense in the Bowl Subdivision.
Jela Duncan rushed 1 yard for an early score for the Blue Devils (2-1, 0-1). Brandon Connette had a late 7-yard TD run and was 15 of 28 for 122 yards in his first start as Duke's full-time quarterback.
Duke was denied both its first victory over Georgia Tech since 2003 - when current Yellow Jackets defensive coordinator Ted Roof was their interim head coach - and its first 3-0 start since 1994.
Roof, fired by Duke in 2007 after going 6-45 in 4½ seasons and losing his last 16 home games, walked away from Wallace Wade Stadium a winner for the first time since 2005.
And he left with a tough defense that has allowed two touchdowns all season and held Duke to 254 total yards.
No. 10 FSU 62, Nevada 7
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Jameis Winston accounted for three touchdowns and Florida State's four tailbacks all scored as the No. 10 Seminoles routed Nevada.
Florida State (2-0) looked just as good in its home opener as it did to start the season 12 days ago.
The Seminoles thumped Pitt 41-13 on the road, a game in which Winston grabbed headlines with a nearly flawless performance.
He shared the spotlight Saturday with his running backs.
Devonta Freeman ran nine times for 109 yards and a touchdown. James Wilder Jr. added 45 yards and a score.
Karlos Williams may have been the most impressive of the bunch. The former safety, who moved to offense after the opener, ran eight times for 110 yards and a score. His 65-yard scamper made it 31-7 early in the third quarter.
Winston, who threw two TD passes in the first half, scored on a 10-yard run in the third. That was his final play of the day.
Southern Cal 35, Boston College 7
LOS ANGELES - Cody Kessler passed for 237 yards and two touchdowns, Tre Madden became the first Southern California player to open a season with three straight 100-yard rushing games in 32 years and the Trojans bounced back from an embarrassing loss to Pac-12 doormat Washington State to beat Boston College.
The game was Kessler's first since he was designated USC's first-string quarterback by coach Lane Kiffin, and the redshirt sophomore responded by completing 14 straight passes after misfiring on his first attempt.
Kessler and Max Wittek shared QB duties in USC's first two games and combined to pass for just 54 yards - the Trojans' lowest single-game total since 1998 - in a 10-7 setback to the Cougars last weekend, prompting local fans to chant "Fire Kiffin" in the final minutes.
The Trojans (2-1) rolled up 521 yards in total offense while holding the Eagles (2-1) to just 184 yards.
Louisiana-Monroe 21, Wake Forest 19
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Kolton Browning threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns, and Louisiana-Monroe stopped a late Wake Forest rally for the road win.
Browning completed 43 of 68 attempts, with two interceptions, as the Warhawks (2-1) won for the first time in three tries over a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Browning threw two TD passes in the first half to stake Louisiana-Monroe to a 14-13 lead, then hit Tavarese Maye on a 9-yard score in the second half.
Tanner Price threw for 310 yards and two touchdown for the Demon Deacons (1-2), with both scores going to Orville Reynolds as Wake Forest fought back with a late drive.
Price found Reynolds with a 23-yarder with 4 seconds remaining to cut Louisiana-Monroe's lead to two points.
But Price's two-point conversion pass to Michael Campanaro, who finished with 16 catches for 177 yards, went low.
Pitt 49, New Mexico 27
PITTSBURGH - Pitt scored touchdowns on six of its first eight possessions and defeated New Mexico in a non-conference game Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field.
The Panthers (1-1, 0-1 ACC), who return to ACC play Saturday at Duke, got five touchdowns from their talented freshman class and a dominant performance from their defense in the first half.
Pitt held New Mexico (1-2) to just 59 total yards at halftime, including five yards rushing. Senior tailback Kasey Carrier, who entered the game with an NCAA-best 345 yards rushing, had just 22 yards on seven carries against the Panthers.
Tom Savage was 13 of 17 for 236 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions.
Syracuse 54, Wagner 0
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Sophomore quarterback Terrel Hunt ignited Syracuse with five first-half touchdown drives to carry the Orange to a rout of Wagner Saturday at the Carrier Dome.
Hunt ripped the overmatched Seahawks (1-2), an FCS opponent, completing 15 of 18 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns.
Jarrod West caught five balls for 147 yards and a score, and Jerome Smith ran for two touchdowns.
Syracuse (1-2), which led 37-0 at halftime, gave Scott Shafer his first win as the Orange's head coach. The Seahawks dropped to 1-2.
Maryland 32, UConn 21
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - C.J. Brown ran for 122 yards and a touchdown and threw for 277 yards and another score as Maryland beat UConn, giving Randy Edsall a win over the team he coached for a dozen seasons.
Stefon Diggs had 110 yards receiving, including a 12-yard touchdown for the Terrapins, who improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2001.
Maryland, which led just 13-10 at the half, put up 501 yards of offense, going over 500 yards for the third straight game.
Shakim Phillips caught a career-high 10 passes for 178 yards and a late touchdown for UConn, which fell to 0-2 for the first time since 2002.
It was the first visit to Connecticut for Edsall since he left the school for Maryland after leading the Huskies to the 2011 Fiesta Bowl.
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