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ACC: Wake Forest grounds out road win

©Associated Press
October 6, 2002

ATLANTA -- Taking control with a relentless running game, Wake Forest upset Georgia Tech 24-21 Saturday when Tarence Williams scored on a 10-yard run with 5:29 left.

The Demon Deacons won in Atlanta for the first time since 1994. Wake Forest, sixth in the country in rushing coming in, piled up 209 yards on 60 carries and held the ball for nearly 38 minutes.

"We're not really where we need to be yet," Wake coach Jim Grobe said. "But our kids play so hard that we overcome some of our limitations."

With the Yellow Jackets leading 21-16, Wake's James MacPherson connected on two 14-yard passes, one to Jason Anderson, the other to Fabian Davis, to move into scoring position.

On fourth and 2 at the Tech 10, Williams burst through a hole on the right and was barely touched, going in for his first score of the season. He also ran in the two-point conversion.

Georgia Tech, favored by 13 points, went 80 yards for a touchdown on its opening drive.

"The opening drive was great," Tech's Kerry Watkins said. "After that, we died. We went into cruise control. You can't go into cruise control."

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VIRGINIA 27, DUKE 22: Matt Schaub's stats are hard to miss. His leadership in consecutive road comebacks has been equally impressive.

Schaub threw for 315 yards, 181 in the fourth quarter, and a touchdown to compensate for Virginia's poor ground game. The visiting Cavaliers were held to 2 yards on 20 carries.

Schaub drove his team 90 and 86 yards for late scores.

"He was 22-for-27 last week (in a 38-34 win at Wake Forest), but being a quarterback isn't about being 22-for-27 every week," Virginia coach Al Groh said of Schaub. "It's about bringing a team home under tough circumstances. That's what that was today."

Chris Douglas ran for 126 yards for Duke but Alex Wade, the ACC's No. 2 rusher, was held to 50 before leaving in the fourth with a left ankle injury.

Schaub's 18-yard scoring pass to Jason Snelling with 12:16 left put Virginia up 20-13. After a Duke field goal, Schaub hit consecutive passes of 35 and 54 yards before Alvin Pearman's 2-yard touchdown run padded the lead to 27-16.

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