Chris Gardocki kicked three field goals as Clemson upset No. 12 North Carolina State, 30-10, Saturday at Clemson, S.C., keeping alive its hopes of winning an unprecedented fourth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference title.
The Tigers, 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the conference, defeated the Wolfpack for the first time since 1985. N.C. State is 6-1 and 4-1, falling into a first-place tie with Virginia, which defeated Wake Forest, 47-28, Saturday.
Clemson, which had lost its last two ACC games, grabbed a 17-0 halftime lead, holding N.C. State to a season-low 99 yards total offense.
After the teams traded field goals in the third period, N.C. State cut the lead to 20-10 with 41 seconds left in the quarter on a five-yard run by Todd Varn. Shane Montgomery keyed the 77-yard, 12-play drive, hitting seven of nine passes for 69 yards.
N.C. State drove to the Clemson 38-yard line on its next possession, but ACC interception leader Robert O'Neal picked off a pass from Montgomery to end the threat. It was the freshman's fifth interception.
N.C. State turned the ball over again on its next possession. Linebacker Wayne Simmons stripped split end Chris Corders of the ball and then recovered the fumble at the N.C. State 12 to set up a 23-yard field goal by Gardocki with 7:15 left.
Clarkston Hines, Dave Colonna and Mark Hayes each caught touchdown passes, Randy Cuthbert ran for a touchdown and Wyatt Smith returned an interception for a touchdown as the Blue Devils snapped a 15-game losing streak to the Terrapins.
The victory, which raised Duke's record to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the conference, was the Blue Devils' first at Maryland's Byrd Stadium since 1960.
The Terrapins fell to 2-6 and 1-4.
Hines scored on a 19-yard pass to the left corner of the end zone from Ray 5:52 into the first quarter for his ninth touchdown of the season, giving Duke a 7-0 lead.
The touchdown gives Hines 30 in his career, four shy of the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. record of 34 set by Elmo Wright from 1968-70.
Hines' seven catches gave him 166 career receptions, breaking the ACC record of 164 set by Wes Chesson of Duke.
North Carolina's Clint Gwaltney attempted a 52-yard field goal as time ran, but it fell short.
The victory extended Georgia Tech's ACC winning streak to three after the Yellow Jackets had dropped 16 league games in a row.
Jones, a redshirt freshman who also scored on a five-yard broken play in the second period, guided the Yellow Jackets on a 60-yard, eight-play drive in the final two minutes to lift Georgia Tech (3-3 and 3-2).
North Carolina (1-6 and 0-4), lost its sixth consecutive game and eighth in a row in the ACC.
Georgia Tech's Jerry Mays, the ACC's leading rusher, ran for 169 yards in 27 carries, but the Yellow Jackets had to overcome four turnovers.
East Carolina 14, Virginia Tech 10--Travis Hunter ran for one touchdown and passed for a tie-breaking touchdown in the second quarter as the Pirates held off two fourth-quarter threats by the Hokies for the victory at Greenville, S.C.
A fumbled punt recovered by East Carolina with 4:16 left helped preserve the victory. East Carolina is 4-1-1.
The Hokies (3-3-1) had two chances to score within a three-minute span. A 50-yard run on a broken play by Vaughan Hebron to the East Carolina 25 led Virginia Tech down to the Pirate eight-yard line. But Hebron was stopped on fourth and one at the East Carolina five with 12:53 left.
South Carolina 24, West Carolina 3--Harold Green ran for 150 yards and a touchdown and Mike Dingle scored twice as the 24th-ranked Gamecocks won at Columbia, S.C.
Dingle, who had 63 yards rushing, gave the Gamecocks (5-1-1) a 7-0 lead late in the second quarter. The Catamounts dropped to 3-3-1.
Virginia 47, Wake Forest 28--Shawn Moore, who entered the game as the NCAA's Division I-A passing efficiency leader, threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth as the Cavaliers won the ACC game at Charlottesville, Va.
Moore completed 15 of 30 passes for 280 yards as Virginia, 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the ACC, beat the Demon Deacons for the sixth consecutive time. Moore, a redshirt junior, also had two passes intercepted, both on deflected passes, and ran for 77 yards in 12 carries.
Wake Forest is 1-5-1 and 1-3-0.
Jake McInerney tied a Virginia record with four field goals.
Southwestern Louisiana 24, Southern Mississippi 21--Mike Lemoine kicked a 50-yard field goal with two seconds left to give the Ragin Cajuns the victory at Hattiesburg, Miss.