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ACC: Wary Jackets do not allow Cavs comeback

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October 27, 2002

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech knew it wasn't over, even as they trotted to the locker room with a 23-0 halftime lead over Virginia.

"Everyone knows their comeback theme," Tech coach Chan Gailey said. "The players were talking about it walking down the hall. I didn't even have to say it."

As usual, the Cavaliers came storming back over the final two quarters, but this time they came up short as Georgia Tech held on Saturday for a 23-15 win.

A.J. Suggs passed for 220 yards in his best performance of the season. The Yellow Jackets ran for 211 yards, led by walk-on P.J. Daniels, and Jeremy Muyres had the clinching interception.

Georgia Tech bounced back from consecutive losses and ended Virginia's six-game win streak. The previous week, the Cavaliers rallied from a 21-0 halftime deficit to beat North Carolina. Also this season they overcame a 17-point deficit in the second half to down Wake Forest.

"We waited too long to get it started," Virginia receiver Billy McMullen said. "We were on our way back, but you can't make that many mistakes."

Virginia got close when quarterback Matt Schaub scored on an 8-yard run and converted a two-point play with 2:58 left.

Schaub did most of his damage throwing, completing 41 of 58 for 372 yards. But his final throw was picked off by Muyres, who got a foot down before tumbling out of bounds at the Georgia Tech 14 with 1:25 left.

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MARYLAND 45, DUKE 12: Scott McBrien threw for two touchdowns and ran for one to lead the visiting Terrapins, who won their fifth straight to continue their turnaround after a 1-2 start.

Maryland has won 25 of 29 in the series and outscored opponents 209-50 during its win streak.

McBrien completed 16-of-21 for 264 yards and Maryland intercepted three passes.

Maryland scored four ways to open up a 31-0 halftime lead: on Nick Novak's 51-yard field goal, Steve Suter's 63-yard punt return, Curome Cox's 9-yard interception return and two rushing scores.

Latrez Harrison's 69-yard TD reception from McBrien made it 38-0.

WAKE FOREST 31, UNC 0: His first 100-yard rushing game of the season and a shutout over North Carolina is going to cost Tarence Williams a lot of money.

Williams ran for 101 yards Saturday as Wake Forest shut out UNC for the first time since 1966. He immediately starting planning a celebration.

"I am so happy about this, it is so special," Williams said. "The offensive line, I owe them all a steak dinner. I don't know where I am going to get the money from, but I am going to get it somewhere."

James MacPherson threw for two touchdowns in the first half to help give Wake Forest a 17-0 lead at halftime.

The Deacons didn't punt until eight seconds were left in the third quarter.

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