The Eagles improved to 5-0 – their best start since 1954, when they played home games at Fenway Park – with a 24-14 victory over I-AA Massachusetts. Senior Andre Callender ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns on a career-high 32 carries to boost the Eagles. BC led 17-0 at halftime, then saw UMass cut it to 17-14 before QB Matt Ryan led a scoring drive that put the game away. Next: Saturday, vs. Bowling Green.
The Tigers had a nightmare performance on special teams and lost 13-3 to host Georgia Tech. The Tigers missed four field goals, had a punt blocked to set up the only touchdown and fumbled on a kickoff return, setting up a field goal. QB Cullen Harper was sacked six times, and Clemson's rushing attack managed just 32 yards. Next: Saturday, vs. Virginia Tech.
The Blue Devils lost for the 24th time in 25 games, falling 24-14 to host Miami. But Duke made UM sweat it out, as the Hurricanes' victory wasn't secured until a TD pass with 2:15 left. Thaddeus Lewis - a Miami native - threw for 241 yards and two TDs, but was sacked nine times.
Next: Saturday, vs. Wake Forest.
Backup QB Xavier Lee threw two touchdown passes to De'Cody Fagg as the Seminoles downed Alabama 21-14 in Jacksonville, Fla. It was FSU coach Bobby Bowden's first game against Alabama. Lee threw for 224 yards and also ran for a game-high 59 in his first playing time of the season. The Seminoles held the Tide to 89 rushing yards.
Next: Saturday, vs. NC State.
The Yellow Jackets avoided their first 0-3 start in conference play since 1994 with a 13-3 victory over visiting Clemson. Tashard Choice ran for 145 yards and a TD to spark the Yellow Jackets. Tech blitzed frequently and finished with six sacks; it also held Clemson to 34 rushing yards.
Next: Saturday, at Maryland.
Backup QB Chris Turner led the Terps to 20 second-half points in a 34-24 upset of host Rutgers. Keon Lattimore ran for 124 yards and a TD for his fourth 100-yard game of the season. Turner came on after starter Jordan Steffy sustained a concussion. Backup TB Lance Ball added 90 yards and two TDs for the Terps, who forced three turnovers.
Next: Saturday, vs. Georgia Tech.
Kyle Wright threw for 230 yards and two TDs as the Hurricanes defeated Duke 24-14. His second TD pass came with 2:15 remaining to enable UM to escape Duke's upset bid. Graig Cooper ran for 101 yards and a touchdown for the Hurricanes. Miami came up with nine sacks. The Hurricanes haven't allowed a first-half point in four home games this season. Next: Saturday, at North Carolina.
The Tar Heels held host Virginia Tech to 241 yards, but managed just 306 themselves in a 17-10 loss. QB T.J. Yates was sacked six times. Connor Barth kicked a 32-yard field goal in the second quarter, the school-record 15th in a row for him dating to the 2005 season.
Next: Saturday, vs. Miami.
The Wolfpack committed five turnovers in losing 29-10 to visiting Louisville. NCSU lost three fumbles. "There is no excuse for fumbling the football," Tom O'Brien said. Starting QB Harrison Beck sustained a collarbone injury and had to leave the game in the third quarter.
Next: Saturday, at Florida State.
Jameel Sewell threw three first-quarter TD passes to get the Cavaliers on their way to a 44-14 victory over visiting Pitt. In all, UVa. scored four first-quarter TDs. Cedric Peerman scored twice on runs for the Cavs. It was Virginia's fourth consecutive victory after a season-opening loss at Wyoming. Next: Saturday, at Middle Tennessee State.
The Hokies scored on their opening drive, then held on for a 17-10 victory over visiting North Carolina. The Hokies had six sacks, but Tech QB Tyrod Taylor was sacked five times himself. Tech managed just 241 yards, but didn't allow UNC to score a touchdown until late in the fourth quarter. Next: Saturday, at Clemson.
The Demon Deacons were off last week. Next: Saturday, at Duke.