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ACC: Tech hands N.C. State first defeat

©Associated Press
November 3, 2002

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A.J. Suggs and Gordon Clinkscale ended North Carolina State's dream of an unbeaten season.

Suggs directed Georgia Tech to a tying score, and Clinkscale provided the go-ahead score with a 14-yard run with 9:23 left as the Yellow Jackets beat the Wolfpack 24-17 on Saturday.

"I told the team I've been involved in some great victories," coach Chan Gailey said. "And this one is certainly at the top." N.C. State fell one game back of Florida State.

"I told the kids that they have nothing to be sad about," coach Chuck Amato said. "We win as a team, and we lose as a team. But now is where we've got to stick together. We can still accomplish a lot."

The Wolfpack took a 10-9 lead on Philip Rivers' 19-yard touchdown to Jerricho Cotchery with 1:35 left in the third. It made it 17-9 early in the fourth on T.A. McLendon's 8-yard run.

But the Yellow Jackets answered quickly. Suggs directed a nine-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 2-yard toss to John Paul Foschi. Suggs' conversion pass to Jonathan Smith tied it with 10:54 left.

After the Wolfpack went three-and-out on its next possession, Kelly Rhino returned the punt 26 yards to the N.C. State 22.

After an 8-yard Suggs pass on first down, Clinkscale took the handoff, started right then reversed field and took it down the left sideline for the go-ahead score.

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CLEMSON 34, DUKE 31: Aaron Hunt kicked a 21-yard field goal with eight seconds left for the visiting Tigers, who erased a 24-10 fourth-quarter deficit.

Clemson's Charlie Whitehurst, a redshirt freshman making his first start, set school records with 34 completions and 420 yards. He also matched a school record with four touchdown passes.

The loss extended Duke's conference losing streak to 23. Its last ACC victory came Nov.13, 2000, 48-35 over Wake Forest.

Trailing 31-24, the Blue Devils recovered a Whitehurst fumble at the Clemson 24 with 2:48 left. Two plays later, Adam Smith hit tight end Andy Roland to tie it.

The Tigers started their next drive at their 40. After two incompletions, Whitehurst hit Derrick Hamilton for 19 yards and J.J. McKelvey for 11 on consecutive plays. A completion to McKelvey and Bernard Rambert's 17-yard run got the Tigers to the 4, setting up the winning field goal.

MARYLAND 59, UNC 7: Chris Downs rushed for 157 yards and four touchdowns as the visiting Terps won their sixth in a row. It was Maryland's first victory in Chapel Hill since 1988 and their largest margin of victory in the series, which dates to 1920.

Downs' touchdowns included a 9-yarder that gave Maryland a 17-7 lead, a 36-yarder for a 31-7 lead, a 1-yarder for a 38-7 lead and a 6-yarder for a 45-7 lead.

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