ACC roundup for Nov. 18

  • Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2012 11:18 p.m.
    UPDATED: Saturday, November 17, 2012 11:24 p.m.
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Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington, right, runs the ball against the defense of Duke’s C.J. France.
AP Photo Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington, right, runs the ball against the defense of Duke’s C.J. France.

GEORGIA TECH 42, DUKE 24

ATLANTA — Tevin Washington passed for three touchdowns and ran for another score to lead Georgia Tech to a 42-24 win over Duke on Saturday, preserving the Yellow Jackets’ hopes of playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

Georgia Tech (6-5, 5-3 ACC) is bowl-eligible for the 16th consecutive season and moved one-half game ahead of Miami in the Coastal Division. Miami ends its conference schedule next week against Duke.

Duke (6-5, 3-4) already clinched its first bowl berth since 1994.

Washington threw two scoring passes to Robert Godhigh and one to Zach Laskey.

Duke receiver Conner Vernon became the ACC’s all-time leader in yards receiving, passing former Florida State star Peter Warrick’s record of 3,517 yards. Vernon, who began the game 35 yards behind Warrick’s mark, had five catches for 38 yards.

No. 10 FLORIDA STATE 41, MARYLAND 14

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Devonta Freeman ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns, Florida State’s top-ranked defense lived up to its billing and the No. 10 Seminoles rolled past Maryland 41-14 to earn a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

Florida State (10-1, 7-1) led 27-0 at halftime and cruised to its fifth straight victory. The Seminoles clinched the league’s Atlantic Division title for the second time in three years and will play for its 13th ACC crown on Dec. 1.

VIRGINIA TECH 30, BOSTON COLLEGE 23, OT

BOSTON — Logan Thomas threw for two touchdowns – the second a 7-yarder to Randall Dunn in overtime – and ran for another score to help Virginia Tech keep its bowl hopes alive with a 30-23 comeback win over Boston College.

The Hokies (5-6, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) need to beat rival Virginia at home next Saturday to become bowl-eligible for the 20th straight season.

The Eagles (2-9, 1-6) look to avoid matching their worst record since 1989 next week at North Carolina State.

MIAMI 40, SOUTH FLORIDA 9

MIAMI — Stephen Morris threw for 413 yards and three scores, Herb Waters had an 87-yard touchdown catch for Miami’s longest reception in more than five years and the Hurricanes rolled past South Florida 40-9.

Clive Walford (135), Waters (130) and Phillip Dorsett (104) all topped the 100-yard receiving mark for Miami, and Duke Johnson rushed for 66 yards and another score for the Hurricanes (6-5).

Miami is now bowl-eligible, though the school will consider imposing a second straight postseason ban on itself because of the ongoing NCAA investigation into compliance practices.

A year ago, Miami announced its bowl-ban decision one day after winning its sixth game of the season – also against South Florida.

Demetris Murray ran for 108 yards and Maikon Bonani kicked three field goals for the Bulls (3-7), who lost starting quarterback Bobby Eveld to a shoulder injury late in the first quarter.

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