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ACC: Potent Yellow Jackets prove little challenge for Hokies defense

By Associated Press
Published September 25, 2005

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Jeff King caught a touchdown from Marcus Vick and blocked a field goal that turned into a 78-yard scoring run by D.J. Parker as No. 4 Virginia Tech routed No. 15 Georgia Tech 51-7 on Saturday.

The Hokies shut down the Yellow Jackets' vaunted passing game, turned Georgia Tech's only sustained offensive drive into a special-teams touchdown and scored 17 within 44 seconds.

The Yellow Jackets, trying to start a season 4-0 for the first time since they shared the national championship in 1990, instead were subjected to Beamerball at its most efficient.

Parker scooped up a field goal blocked by King and ran 78 yards for a touchdown, giving the Frank Beamer coached Hokies a 14-0 first-quarter lead. Xavier Adibi and Chris Ellis returned third-quarter interceptions for TDs 26 seconds apart.

King caught a 13-yard touchdown, Mike Imoh and Cedric Humes ran for scores and Brandon Pace kicked three field goals for the Hokies.

Georgia Tech went in poised to test the Hokies' suspect secondary, but Reggie Ball hardly had a chance, being forced repeatedly to throw the ball away under pressure.

He did hit Calvin Johnson for 59 yards on a third-down play in the third quarter, then found Johnson again from 11 yards for a touchdown. It was the first touchdown the Hokies have allowed in 14 quarters since the opening drive of the season.

The score made it 31-7, and that seemed to fire up the Hokies defenders even more.

After the Hokies drove for a field goal, Adibi stepped in front of Ball's pass toward Johnson and went 25 yards for the touchdown. On the Yellow Jackets' next series, Ellis did the same, taking it 29 yards to finish the 17-point outburst.

No. 23 Virginia 38, Duke 7

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Marques Hagans threw four touchdowns, and the Cavaliers forced four turnovers.

Hagan's first three TDs came on third and long, including a 46-yarder to tight end Tom Santi on third and 24 that gave Virginia a 17-0 third-quarter lead.

Deyon Williams caught two touchdowns, and backup tight end J.M. Phillips scored on a 12-yard pass, carrying two Blue Devils defenders on his back the final 3 yards.

Hagans finished 13-of-21 with 174 yards and no interceptions despite numerous dropped passes in the first half.

BC 16, CLEMSON 13 (OT): Brian Toal's 1-yard touchdown run in overtime lifted the Eagles to their first conference victory.

Boston College did not score for the final 41 minutes of regulation after taking a 10-0 lead. But on second and goal on its extra possession, Toal moved through the right side for the winner.

The Tigers endured their second straight tough home loss. Last weekend, they lost to Miami 36-30 in triple overtime.

Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst tied it at 10 in the second quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run.

UNC 31, N.C. STATE 24: Barrington Edwards ran for a career-high 129 yards and a touchdown, Matt Baker recovered from a miserable first half to throw for the go-ahead score and the visiting Tar Heels held on.

North Carolina beat its rival from down the road for the 10th time in the past 13 meetings by finally finding a running game. In two opening losses, the Heels had 118 rushing yards, but they totaled 144 against one of the country's best defenses.

Baker was 1-for-9 for 3 yards in the first half before finding his rhythm. At one point, Baker completed seven straight, including one that went 10 yards for a touchdown to Jon Hamlett that gave the Tar Heels a 28-24 lead.

MARYLAND 22, WAKE 12: Josh Wilson returned a fumble 20 yards for a touchdown to lead the visiting Terrapins' solid defensive effort.

Keon Lattimore ran for 76 yards and the only offensive touchdown for Maryland, which continued its recent dominance of the Demon Deacons. The Terps have won seven straight in the series, including all five since Jim Grobe took over at Wake Forest.

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