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Duke tops ECU, ends losing streak at 23

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September 1, 2002

DURHAM, N.C. -- Alex Wade rushed for 109 yards and Brendan Dewan had a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown as Duke ended a 23-game losing streak with a 23-16 win against East Carolina on Saturday.

Duke hadn't won since beating Wake Forest in November 1999. It ended the nation's longest skid by jumping to a 20-point first-half lead and holding on in a steady rain at Wallace Wade Stadium.

With his team up 20-16 early in the fourth, Wade carried nine straight times for 46 yards, highlighting the junior's first 100-yard game. The drive ended with a 41-yard Brent Garber field goal with 2:57 to play.

East Carolina had a chance to tie, but Matt Zielinski sacked Paul Troth on fourth down with 1:15 to play, setting off a sideline celebration for the Blue Devils.

Fans jumped out of the stands and congregated around the sideline with nine seconds left. Once time expired, many charged to the middle of the field to celebrate with the team, while others worked until they finally tore down both sets of uprights.

Duke coach Carl Franks didn't name a starter until gametime and rotated quarterbacks Adam Smith and Rutgers transfer Chris Dapolito under center. Both avoided costly mistakes.

Troth, making his first start, looked uncomfortable early before leading the Pirates on two scoring drives in the second quarter and one in the third.

Dapolito gave the Pirates trouble with his running in the first half. He scrambled 29 yards on a fourth-down keeper, then finished an eight-play, 52-yard drive with a 4-yard run for a 10-0 lead.

After a 56-yard field goal by Garber, Dewan picked off Troth and returned it for a score with 8:44 remaining in the first half for a 20-0 lead.

Troth settled down, leading a 13-play, 65-yard drive that ended with a 2-yard touchdown by Art Brown. The Pirates struck again just before halftime, getting a 31-yard field goal by Kevin Miller to close to 20-10 at intermission.

Duke did its part to help the Pirates back into the game with two third-down penalties. On the first scoring drive, Duke's Temo George was penalized 12 yards for a face mask while tackling Brown, giving the Pirates a first-and-goal at the 10.

NOTRE DAME 22, MARYLAND 0: Nick Setta delivered a school record-tying five field goals, and Vontez Duff returned a punt 76 yards for a third-quarter touchdown for the Irish in the Kickoff Classic in East Rutherford, N.J.

Tyrone Willingham won his debut as Notre Dame's first African-American coach. He left Stanford after seven seasons.

Notre Dame dominated in every way. It held the ball for more than 41 minutes and outgained Maryland 356-133. Carlyle Holiday completed 17-of-27 for 226 yards and ran for another 13.

The Irish took a 9-0 lead on field goals by Setta of 51, 32 and 18 yards. Setta was selected the MVP.

Notre Dame cornerback Shane Walton tied a school record with three interceptions and stopped Mario Merrills for a 3-yard loss on fourth-and-4 from the Irish 26 in the third quarter.

N.C. STATE 34, E. TENN. ST. 0: Greg Golden ran for two touchdowns and Lamont Reid returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a score for the host Wolfpack.

North Carolina State improved to 2-0 for the third time in as many seasons under coach Chuck Amato. The Division I-AA Buccaneers have been shut out in consecutive openers.

Golden, coming off a subpar game in the opener after switching from defensive back to tailback, scored on runs of 3 and 14 yards as N.C. State led 21-0 at halftime.

Philip Rivers, who had three touchdowns and two rushing scores in the Wolfpack's 34-14 win last week over New Mexico, was 10-for-12 for 145 yards before being replaced by backup Jay Davis late in the third quarter.

Rivers become the 17th player in conference history to throw for at least 6,000 yards.

GEORGIA TECH 45, VANDERBILT 3: A.J. Suggs threw three touchdowns and Tony Hollings ran for 153 yards, helping Chan Gailey win his coaching debut with the host Yellow Jackets.

Hollings, a converted safety, became the first running back in school history to run for more than 100 yards in his first game. Suggs, a transfer from Tennessee, was 10-of-13 for 132 yards in slightly more than a half.

Georgia Tech's first touchdown was on a 2-yard pass from Suggs to Tampa native Will Glover on the first play of the second quarter.

The Yellow Jackets scored on their next five possessions, taking a 38-0 lead. Hollings ran for two touchdowns, including a 56-yarder early in the third quarter, and Suggs threw scoring passes to Glover and Kerry Watkins.

MIAMI (OHIO) 27, N. CAROLINA 21: Cal Murray rushed for 101 yards and the visiting RedHawks took advantage of nine turnovers on a rainy afternoon.

Darian Durant, who passed for 1,843 yards and 17 touchdowns as a freshman last season sharing time with Ronald Curry, turned it over six times.

Despite all the miscues, coach John Bunting didn't go to backup C.J. Stephens until there was 1:39 left. Stephens threw a 37-yard touchdown with 39 seconds left.

The Tar Heels tied the conference record for turnovers. Wake Forest had nine against Duke on Nov. 17, 1956.

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