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ACC: Motivated Cavaliers again defy expectations

©Associated Press
November 24, 2002

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Anger and emotion proved a powerful combination for Virginia, which used a near-flawless game by Matt Schaub to stun Maryland 48-13 on Saturday.

Schaub threw three touchdowns and Wali Lundy scored three times for the Cavaliers, who came in angry that Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen compared them with lowly Duke.

"They compared us to Duke!" linebacker Merrill Robertson said, speaking of a comment from Friedgen that the Terps expect to beat teams such as Duke and Virginia. "That really ticked us off. We put it on them."

Virginia, picked to finish eighth in the preseason, instead wrapped up second by ending Maryland's eight-game win streak.

Schaub was 23-for-27 for 249 yards, becoming the Cavaliers' single-season yardage leader with 2,751 and extending his touchdown pass record to 26.

Billy McMullen caught seven passes for 92 yards, becoming the third ACC player with 200 receptions. He has 205.

A 20-point second quarter by Virginia set the tone. And two touchdowns during the third quarter gave Virginia a 34-7 lead.

On the first, McMullen got a handoff on a double reverse and ran right into Maryland's Durrand Roundtree. He spun free and hit an open Michael McGrew with a leaping pass.

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CLEMSON 27, SOUTH CAROLINA 20: Bernard Rambert ran for two touchdowns, including a 2-yarder with 9:38 left, as the host Tigers rallied to win the 100th meeting with their archrival.

Down 20-13 after three quarters, Charlie Whitehurst completed passes of 11 yards to Rambert, 17 to Derrick Hamilton and 21 to Airese Currie.

On third and 10 from the 11, Whitehurst avoided a blitz, rolled left and held the ball high as he crossed the goal line.

On the next drive, Whitehurst hit Hamilton for 23 yards and Jackie Robinson for 30 down to South Carolina's 1. Two plays later, Rambert took a pitch into the right corner of the end zone for the winning score.

NORTH CAROLINA 23, DUKE 21: Dan Orner, who earlier missed two field goals and an extra point, made a 47-yard field goal as time expired for the visiting Tar Heels.

Darian Durant ran and threw for a touchdown in his first game back since being breaking his thumb Oct. 19.

Adam Smith connected with Senterrio Landrum for a 33-yard touchdown down the right sideline with 53 seconds left. Brent Garber's kick gave Duke a 21-20 lead.

But Durant directed a 45-yard drive, hitting Sam Aiken for 10 yards on fourth down with four seconds left to set up Orner's kick.

WAKE 30, NAVY 27: Fabian Davis scored on a 5-yard run with 53 seconds left to hand the visiting Midshipmen their 10th consecutive loss.

The victory assured coach Jim Grobe his second winning season since inheriting a 2-9 Wake Forest team last season.

Navy took a 27-23 lead with 4:11 left when Craig Candeto scored on a 1-yard sneak, but the two-point conversion failed.

The Demon Deacons then marched down the field and went back on top on Davis' touchdown. Tony Lane fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and the Deacons ran out the clock.

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