CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Alvin Pearman ran for 104 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns and No. 10 Virginia shut Clemson down after the first quarter on its way to a convincing 30-10 victory.
Pearman, who replaced Wali Lundy at tailback in the third quarter, scored on a 2-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 23-10, then clinched it with another 2-yarder with 5:14 remaining.
Virginia (5-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), ranked higher than at any point since it was No. 7 in 1998, has won eight straight.
Clemson (1-4, 1-3) lost its fourth in a row since a season-opening overtime victory against Wake Forest. The Tigers drove 80 yards in six plays on their opening drive, but had just seven first downs thereafter.
Connor Hughes added field goals of 21, 43 and 50 yards for the Cavaliers, who last started 5-0 in the 1998 season under George Welsh.
Clemson rushed for just 45 yards and managed 211 total yards.
The Tigers also had no answer for Virginia's running game, getting a reprieve only when Lundy fumbled after running for a first down at the Clemson 5 in the third quarter. Travis Pugh recovered for the Tigers.
Three plays later, the Tigers were forced to punt from their 22, Pearman took over at tailback and the Cavaliers scored on three straight possessions. After trailing 10-3, Virginia scored the last 27 points.
Virginia trailed for only 3:22 of 240 minutes in its first four games, but quickly fell behind 7-0 on Charlie Whitehurst's 5-yard pass to Duane Coleman. The key play on the six-play march was Whitehurst's 56-yard pass to tight end Ben Hall that moved the ball to the Cavaliers' 6.
The Tigers held the lead until 5:39 before halftime, when Marques Hagans hit Heath Miller from 5 yards out to give Virginia a 13-10 lead. On the drive, Hagans also hit Deyon Williams for 13 yards on third-and-7, then found Miller for 32 yards on a third-and-11 from the Tigers 43.
Whitehurst finished 16-for-28 for 166 yards for Clemson and threw his 11th interception of the year. Tony Franklin made the pick for Virginia.
Hagans was 14-for-26 for 225 yards. Virginia rushed for another 239.
The Cavaliers honored George Welsh at halftime. Welsh coached at Virginia for 19 seasons and is its leader in career victories with 189. He'll be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December.
SOUTHERN MISS 35, HOUSTON 29: Backup quarterback Damion Carter threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Otho Graves in overtime as the host Golden Eagles improved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in Conference USA.
Southern Mississippi blew a 14-point lead and trailed for most of the second half, but forced overtime on starting quarterback Dustin Almond's 18-yard touchdown run with 1:22 remaining and Anthony Harris' game-tying 2-point conversion run.
Almond injured his left leg on the TD run, forcing sophomore Carter - who had attempted only two passes all season - into the game.
Southern Miss got the ball first in overtime and scored when Carter rolled right and hit Graves, who made a fingertip grab in the back of the end zone. Dustin McCaleb's extra point was blocked.
Houston then advanced to the Southern Miss 15 before faltering with two plays for negative yardage, a false-start penalty and two incompletions.
SAM HOUSTON ST. 44, TARLETON ST.: Dustin Long threw for 246 yards and five touchdowns to lead the hosts (4-1).
GEORGIA: Once again, a Georgia football ring is for sale. A Sugar Bowl ring that once belonged to senior receiver Reggie Brown showed up on eBay, with a top bid of $2,025 as of Thursday.
Brown was not one of the nine players initially implicated in the "Ringgate" scandal, which cast an embarrassing pall over the Bulldogs' championship season in 2002. He was cleared by the NCAA about a year ago, school spokesman Claude Felton said. "He will play this weekend against Tennessee," Felton said.
ARIZONA STATE: The school is investigating whether the payment of a utility bill for suspended running back Loren Wade violated NCAA rules. The university is reviewing records within the athletic department to make sure there are no other potential offenses.