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Special-team dominance lifts BC past Clemson

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published September 10, 2006


BOSTON - Clemson's kicks kept winding up in the wrong hands.

Jeff Smith returned one kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown and had three other long runbacks to help Boston College force overtime Saturday, then Jolonn Dunbar blocked an extra point in the second OT to lead BC to a 34-33 victory over No. 18 Clemson on Saturday.

"After they scored, I just knew I had to try as hard as I could to get through there," said Dunbar, who deflected Jad Dean's point-after attempt. "I knew our offense would score. I wanted to put an end to it as quickly as possible."

Ryan Ohliger, who missed a 36-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, kicked a 35-yarder on BC's first possession of overtime. Clemson went backward after first and goal from the 3 and settled for a tying field goal; then, after Dean was blocked on Clemson's second possession, L.V. Whitworth scored on a 6-yard run and Ohliger split the uprights.

Clemson took a 24-17 lead on James Davis' 1-yard run with 8:20 left in regulation. Smith set BC up on its 42 with a 29-yard return.

Matt Ryan hit Kevin Challenger at the 14, but Michael Hamlin took the ball away for what officials called an interception. The review gave BC the ball back and Ryan hit Tony Gonzalez, who dived inside the 1.

On the second quarterback sneak, Ryan tied it at 24 with 4:59 left.

No. 16 Va. Tech 35, UNC 10

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Hokies blocked a punt, forced a fumble and returned an interception for a touchdown.

For one day, Beamerball was back.

Virginia Tech's dominating defense and special teams set up two of Branden Ore's three TDs.

"It's effort; when you get there, getting things blocked. Right now, we're doing that," said coach Frank Beamer, the namesake of the punishing special-teams style that helped the Hokies gain notoriety.

Ore finished with 111 yards and scoring runs of 1, 4 and 3 yards.

AKRON 20, N.C. STATE 17: Dennis Kennedy's third 1-yard touchdown run on the last play of the game capped a frantic quarter and lifted the visiting Zips.

"Knowing we needed the field goal meant we didn't put as much pressure on ourselves to get the touchdown," said Akron quarterback Luke Getsy, who completed 12 of 31 passes for 243 yards. "So we didn't force anything and we executed better than we did earlier in the half."

The Zips (1-1) took advantage of an unsportsmanlike conduct call on the Wolfpack for excessive celebration after Marcus Stone's 11-yard scoring pass to Jamelle Eugene with 1:07 left. The 15-yard penalty moved the kickoff back and allowed Akron to return the ball to its 33.

UVA 13, WYOMING 12 (OT): The Cowboys' Aric Goodman missed an extra point in overtime, allowing host Virginia to escape.

The Cavaliers went ahead on the first play of overtime when backup quarterback Kevin McCabe hit Kevin Ogletree for a 25-yard touchdown. Chris Gould added the extra point.

Wyoming (1-1) pulled within one after Jacob Doss threw a 3-yard TD to Chris Sundberg on fourth and 1, but Goodman's kick sailed right.

Down 6-3, Josh Zidenberg blocked a punt to set Virginia up at the Wyoming 14 late in the third. Three plays lost 3 yards and the Cavs settled for Gould's 34-yard field goal to tie it.

GA. TECH 38, SAMFORD 6: Calvin Johnson caught two touchdowns and the host Yellow Jackets returned two interceptions for scores for the first time in 30 years, bouncing back from a tough loss to Notre Dame.

WAKE 14, DUKE 13: Chip Vaughn blocked Joe Surgan's 28-yard field goal on the final play for the hosts in Winston Salem, N.C. Micah Andrews ran for the go-ahead touchdown with 1:28 left for the Demon Deacons.

MARYLAND 24, MID. TENN. 10: Lance Ball rushed for two touchdowns for the host Terrapins, who won despite being outgained 321-274 by their Sun Belt opponent.