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ACC: Boilermakers don't fall short this time

By Wire services
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 14, 2003

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - If any team was due for a close win it was Purdue.

Ben Jones kicked three field goals and the Boilermakers held No.20 Wake Forest to 244 yards in a 16-10 victory Saturday, spoiling the Demon Deacons' first game as a ranked team in more than a decade.

"We've had our share that have gone the other way," coach Joe Tiller said. "That was refreshing, to say the least."

Purdue's past six losses dating to last season were by a combined 26 points, including a 27-26 opening defeat to Bowling Green that knocked the Boilermakers out of the rankings.

"It feels great to have our defense play a complete game," safety Stuart Schweigert said. "The last four games we've lost we played a good 59 minutes and the last minute we fell short. Today we finished."

Purdue controlled the line of scrimmage and the clock - until Anthony Chambers fumbled a punt at his team's 25 with 2:28 left, setting up the Demon Deacons for a final chance. But Wake Forest had delay-of-game and holding penalties, then Schweigert stopped Chris Barclay on a fourth and 1 at the 19 with 1:05 left.

Purdue receiver Taylor Stubblefield had 16 catches in last week's opener and seven in the first half of this one, including a 7-yard touchdown from Kyle Orton. But he missed the second half because of an ankle injury.

Before this week, the Demon Deacons were last ranked in January 1993 and were trying for their first 3-0 start since 1987.

Purdue bottled up Wake Forest's offense through three quarters, allowing 170 yards. The ACC's leading rushing team the past two seasons was held to 56 yards rushing on 34 carries.

VIRGINIA 59, W. MICHIGAN 16: Marques Hagans threw three touchdowns, and Wali Lundy ran for two TDs and threw a third for the visiting Cavaliers. Hagans, filling in for injured starter Matt Schaub, completed 12-of-20. Schaub separated his right shoulder in the opening win over Duke. Chad Munson went 21-of-40 for 197 yards for Western Michigan. He was intercepted twice and had both returned for scores.

CLEMSON 37, MIDDLE TENN. ST. 14: Charlie Whitehurst threw four touchdowns and Airese Currie set a school record with 12 catches for the host Tigers. Currie, who finished with 133 yards, topped the mark of 11 set by Phil Rogers in 1965 and tied by Rod Gardner in 1999. Whitehurst, son of former Green Bay Packers quarterback David Whitehurst, finished 23-of-28 for 298 yards.

MARYLAND 61, CITADEL 0: Josh Allen opened with a 72-yard touchdown run and Steve Suter scored on a punt return in a 24-point first quarter for the host Terrapins. Eager to rebound from successive losses to Northern Illinois and Florida State, the Terps built a 44-0 halftime lead en route to their biggest blowout since a 74-13 rout of Missouri in 1954. The Citadel, a Division I-AA school, fell to 0-11 against I-A teams since 1992.

DUKE 27, RICE 24 (OT): Brent Garber kicked a 30-yard field goal in overtime to lift host Duke, the first time the Blue Devils have won consecutive games in five years. Chris Douglas rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown, and Mike Schneider threw two touchdowns for Duke. The Blue Devils blew a 10-point lead in the final 61/2 minutes only to win it when Brandon Skeen missed a 34-yard field goal.


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