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Boston College plays another replay thriller

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published September 17, 2006


BOSTON - Matt Ryan and Ryan Ohliger had a chance to make up for their mistakes. And so did the officials.

Ryan threw a touchdown to Tony Gonzalez on the first play of the second overtime Saturday, then No. 23 Boston College waited for a replay review to verify Jamie Silva's game-ending interception and the Eagles escaped with a 30-23 victory over Brigham Young.

"I was telling them that it was a pick. One guy was real sure that it wasn't, so we had to go to the tape," Silva said. "The tape doesn't lie."

It was the second consecutive double-overtime game for Boston College. The Eagles won last week on a blocked extra point after a replay negated a Clemson interception.

Both teams missed field goals in the first overtime, and Ryan, who was picked off twice in regulation.

NO. 14 Va. TECH 36, DUKE 0: Sean Glennon and the offense started slow again, but the Hokies' defense again shouldered the load, holding the Blue Devils to 139 total yards in Blacksburg, Va. The Hokies even had more points than Duke had total yards after Glennon's second touchdown pass, a 25-yarder to Josh Morgan midway through the third quarter for a 30-0 lead.

SOuthern miss 37, N.C. state 17: Freshman Damion Fletcher rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns as the Golden Eagles pulled off the win in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Fletcher rushed for 53 yards in the first quarter and finished with the third-best rushing performance by a freshman in team history as Southern Miss picked up a rare home victory against a team from a Bowl Championship Series conference.

The Wolfpack has lost two consecutive games to teams from minor conferences - Akron of the Mid-American Conference last week and Southern Miss of Conference USA.

N.C. State failed to force a Southern Miss punt.

Georgia Tech 35, Troy 20: Reggie Ball ran for 130 yards, setting a school record for a quarterback, and the Yellow Jackets scored three fourth-quarter TDs in Atlanta. Georgia Tech wore down the smaller Troy defense by rushing for 320 yards. Ball's previous career high was 103 yards rushing against Vanderbilt as a freshman in 2003. Ball ran 16 times and passed for two touchdowns.

W. Michigan 17, Virginia 10: Mark Bonds ran for 118 yards and a touchdown and Desman Stephen returned an interception 34 yards for a score as Western Michigan won in Charlottesville. Western Michigan completed only seven passes and was outgained 258-179, but it became the first Mid-American Conference school to beat Virginia.

NORTH CAROLINA 45, FURMAN 42: Ronnie McGill ran for 114 yards and finished with four touchdowns while Cam Sexton threw for two scores in his first career start to lead the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill. McGill ran for three scores and also had a 58-yard TD catch from Sexton on the third play for the Tar Heels. Jerome Felton ran for 67 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Division I-AA Paladins (2-1).