Georgia Tech clinches ACC's Coastal title

Dwyer, Nesbitt lead Yellow Jackets to rout over Duke

November 15, 2009|By From Sun News services

Jonathan Dwyer rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns, Josh Nesbitt accounted for three scores and No. 7 Georgia Tech clinched a spot in the ACC championship game by routing host Duke, 49-10, on Saturday.

Orwin Smith returned a kickoff 83 yards to spark the slow-starting Yellow Jackets (10-1, 7-1). Their offense took over after that, scoring touchdowns on five of the following six possessions, rushing for 306 yards and shutting out the Blue Devils in the final three quarters.

Nesbitt was 6 of 10 for 195 yards with touchdown passes covering 32 yards to Stephen Hill and 75 yards to Demaryius Thomas, and had a 2-yard touchdown run. Dwyer, the reigning ACC player of the year, had scoring runs of 3 and 13 yards in his fourth consecutive 100-yard game.

The Blue Devils (5-5, 3-3) had minus-1 yard rushing through three quarters and finished with 25.

Georgia Tech outgained Duke 519-281, won its eighth straight and sewed up the Coastal Division title for the second time in four years. Now, after a week off and a visit from instate rival Georgia, it's on to Tampa, Fla., to face the Atlantic champion with a trip to the Orange Bowl on the line.

No. 24 Clemson 43, North Carolina State 23: C.J. Spiller became the first player in Clemson history to record a touchdown passing, rushing and receiving in the same game, helping the No. 24 Tigers defeat host North Carolina State, 43-23, on Saturday.

Spiller, who broke Derrick Hamilton's single-season school record for all-purpose yards on his 16-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, rushed for 97 yards on 18 carries. He finished with three receptions for 48 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown catch that blew open the game early in the fourth quarter.

Jamie Harper added a 69-yard touchdown run for the Tigers (7-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their fifth consecutive game.

Russell Wilson was 12 of 32 for 183 yards and two touchdowns for the Wolfpack (4-6, 1-5 ACC), who allowed at least 30 points for the seventh consecutive game.

Spiller threw the second TD pass of his career to give the Tigers a 17-0 lead.

North Carolina 33, No. 12 Miami 24: Kendric Burney returned one of his three interceptions for a 77-yard touchdown and his third pick resulted in a bizarre fourth-quarter score that helped the host Tar Heels beat the No. 12 Hurricanes.

Burney fumbled his third interception on what looked to be a forward lateral, but Melvin Williams picked up the loose ball and ran the last 44 yards for a score. The touchdown held up on review after replays showed the ball slipping from Burney's hand, confirming a play that gave the Tar Heels (7-3, 3-3 ACC) a 30-17 lead with about 9 1/2 minutes left.

Casey Barth kicked four field goals, including the clincher with 1:57 left, to help North Carolina become bowl-eligible for the second straight year and give Butch Davis yet another win against his former program. It also was North Carolina's fifth consecutive win against ranked teams dating to last season.

It was quite a way for the Tar Heels to close their home schedule. Their defense, which came in ranked fifth in the nation, allowed 435 yards but harassed Jacory Harris into a career-high four interceptions - with three going to Burney to end drives deep in North Carolina territory.

Harris threw for 319 yards and a touchdown for the Hurricanes (7-3, 4-3), and Graig Cooper and Damien Berry each ran for scores.

Florida St. 41, Wake Forest 28: Jermaine Thomas rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown, E.J. Manuel was effective in his first career start, and the visiting Seminoles kept their bowl hopes alive with a victory over the Demon Deacons.

Manuel was 15 of 20 for 220 yards. He threw for a touchdown and ran for another replacing the injured Christian Ponder for the Seminoles (5-5, 3-4), who will qualify for a bowl for a record 28th straight year with a win next week against Maryland.

Wake Forest (4-7, 2-5) lost its fifth straight and was eliminated from bowl contention in a sour final home game for Riley Skinner. Looking to become the first quarterback to start in four wins over Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden, Skinner struggled as the Demon Deacons fell behind 31-7 in the second quarter.

Boston College 14, Virginia 10: Dave Shinskie's 1-yard sneak on fourth down gave Boston College the lead and the Eagles handed the host Cavaliers their fourth straight loss.

The Eagles (7-3, 4-2 ACC) kept their hopes alive to win the ACC's Atlantic Division thanks to a 70-yard fourth-quarter drive that included two fourth-down conversions.

Boston College remains a half-game behind Clemson in the division race with two league games remaining. The Tigers have one league game remaining, at Virginia next week, and would clinch the title - and a berth in the ACC title game against Georgia Tech - with a victory.

Virginia (3-7, 2-4) had taken its first lead of the game on Robert Randolph's 38-yard field goal on the last play of the third quarter, but couldn't muster one more big drive.

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