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ACC: Cavs win it with two late field goals

By Wire services
Published September 28, 2003

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia coach Al Groh had a hard time deciding who showed more toughness: his quarterback or kicker.

The kicker, sophomore Connor Hughes, made a tying, career-long 53-yard field goal with less than two minutes left and a 38-yard winner with 10 seconds left to give Virginia a 27-24 victory Saturday against Wake Forest.

"This is a kicker who's got real guts, so that was easy" to try a 53-yarder, Groh said.

Meanwhile, quarterback Matt Schaub returned after injuring his shoulder in the season opener, overcoming three second-half interceptions to throw for 326 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a two-point conversion that tied it at 21 early in the fourth.

"If you want to have a tough team, you've got to have a tough quarterback," Groh said. "On that two-point conversion, he dives in with no regard to himself."

Jamaine Winborne's interception set up Hughes' winner. At Wake's 46 with 43 seconds left, Cory Randolph scrambled but waited too long to throw to an open Jason Anderson. Winborne stepped in front and returned the ball to the Wake 33. Schaub then hit Heath Miller with a 15-yard pass.

"As soon as (Randolph) started (to throw), we knew we were in trouble," Wake coach Jim Grobe said.

Hughes acknowledged only a little bit of nervousness on the final two kicks.

"I wasn't not nervous," he said. "I just tried to be really positive."

N.C. STATE 47, UNC 34: Philip Rivers had his fourth 400-yard passing game and ran for two touchdowns for the host Wolfpack, which played without tailback T.A. McLendon, who has a sore hamstring.

The Wolfpack led 24-21 at halftime but put it away with 20 points during the opening 11 minutes of the third as Rivers passed for 182 of his 423 yards.

He hit Jerricho Cotchery with an 80-yard touchdown to open the third. Cotchery, who had a career-high 217 yards on nine catches, did most of the work, catching it near midfield and weaving his way through several tacklers. Rivers completed a 40-yarder on N.C. State's first play of its next possession. The 78-yard drive was capped by Josh Brown's 6-yard run.

Rivers ended it a series later as his 14-yard keeper made it 44-21.

MARYLAND 37, E. MICHIGAN 13: Scott McBrien was 14-of-19 for a season-high 252 yards and the visiting Terps scored three second-half touchdowns.

Josh Allen's 8-yard run made it 23-13 with 5:42 left in the third, and McBrien made it 30-13 on an 8-yard run with 14:54 left. The Terrapins capped the scoring when McBrien hit Dan Melendez for a 14-yard touchdown with 9:16 left.

[Last modified September 28, 2003, 02:04:08]


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