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ACC: N.C. State falters 3rd straight week

©Associated Press
November 17, 2002

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Jamaine Winborne saw the ball going over his head, knew a North Carolina State receiver was there and reacted like any player suddenly responsible for his team's fate.

"I was just swinging because I knew I had to hit his hands," Winborne said after slapping the ball away from Bryan Peterson in the end zone Saturday to preserve Virginia's 14-9 victory against the Wolfpack.

"He had it for like a split second."

The play, fourth and 7 from the Virginia 15, started with 25 seconds on the clock and ended with the Cavaliers and fans celebrating a seventh victory that made them bowl eligible.

Virginia held the high-powered Wolfpack almost 28 points below their 36.9-point scoring average.

Matt Schaub threw two touchdowns, becoming the school's single-season recordholder with 22, but said the defense deserved the credit for shutting down the nation's ninth-best attack.

The loss was the third straight for North Carolina State, which a few weeks ago was mentioned among national title contenders, but has lost to Georgia Tech, Maryland and the Cavaliers.

"It's becoming a ditto -- three weeks in a row," said coach Chuck Amato, whose team twice forced fourth-quarter turnovers to stop drives.

The last came when Virginia receiver Michael McGrew was hit by Greg Golden at the Wolfpack 15 and Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay recovered. North Carolina State never gave the ball back, with Philip Rivers converting four third-down passes before facing the final fourth down from the 15.

Rivers was 28-for-47 for 236 yards.

N.C. State's T.A. McLendon, playing with a shoulder sprain, rushed for 75 yards and caught 10 passes for 70 yards.

MARYLAND 30, CLEMSON 12: Scott McBrien threw three touchdowns and ran for another for the visiting Terrapins. McBrien was 13-of-23 for 153 yards. Chris Downs led the Terps in rushing with 101 yards on 20 carries.

The defense held Clemson to 211 yards and four Aaron Hunt field goals in four trips inside the Maryland 20. It was the first time the Tigers failed to score a touchdown since losing 38-3 last year to North Carolina.

Maryland can win a share of the ACC title if it beats Virginia and Wake Forest, and Florida State loses to North Carolina State. If that happens, the Terps would get the conference's BCS bid only if they finish five spots ahead of the Seminoles in the final BCS standings on Dec. 8.

GA. TECH 17, DUKE 2: Gordon Clinkscale rushed for two TDs and A.J. Suggs completed 18-of-28 for 200 yards for the host Yellow Jackets. The Blue Devils extended their ACC-record losing streak to 24. Georgia Tech went ahead 17-2 midway through the second quarter on Clinkscale's 4-yard run.

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