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ATLANTIC COAST

From the Associated Press

* No. 7 South Carolina 21, at North Carolina 15: Chris Smelley threw a career-high three touchdown passes in the first half at Chapel Hill, N.C., and the Gamecocks (6-1) held off a late rally by the Tar Heels (2-5). South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier wasn’t happy with his team’s play in the second half, taking responsibility for what he said was a “putrid offense” that gained 62 yards after the break and rushed more than twice as often as it passed. “We were playing well, up 21-3, and we tried to run and call [conservative plays], and then we couldn’t throw it later,” Spurrier said.

* No. 12 Virginia Tech 43, at Duke 14: Sean Glennon threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns in relief of injured Tyrod Taylor at Durham, N.C., and the Hokies (6-1, 3-0) built a 34-7 lead at halftime against the Blue Devils (1-6, 0-4) to win their seventh in a row in the series.

* Georgia Tech 17, at Miami 14: Tashard Choice ran for a career-high 204 yards in 37 carries, quarterback Taylor Bennett rushed for two touchdowns and the Yellow Jackets (4-3, 2-3) controlled the second half and defeated the Hurricanes (4-3, 1-2) at Miami. Georgia Tech became the fourth team since 1978 to defeat Miami in three consecutive seasons, joining Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Florida State.

* at Virginia 17, Connecticut 16: Chris Gould kicked a 19-yard field goal with 3:20 to play and the mistake-prone Cavaliers (6-1) won their sixth consecutive game and knocked the Huskies (5-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten with a nonconference victory at Charlottesville, Va.

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