Virginia Tech finally punches out Cincy

Published September 24, 2006

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Given a scare by Cincinnati in the first half, No. 11 Virginia Tech turned to its hallmarks Saturday - power running and Beamerball.

Branden Ore ran for 152 of his 170 yards in the second half and scored a touchdown and the Hokies overcame a sluggish start to win 29-13.

The Hokies also got two more of the plays that have made coach Frank Beamer's name famous - a blocked punt for a safety and a 72-yard interception return for a clinching touchdown by Victor Harris, capping a 17-point rally in the fourth quarter.

The Hokies, who won their first three games by a combined 109-10, didn't take the lead for good until Brandon Pace's 21-yard field goal with 14:51 remaining made it 15-13.

Ore carried six times on the drive to Pace's go-ahead kick, including a 24-yard burst. He added consecutive runs of 11, 46 and 8 yards, followed by two 1-yard runs and then a touchdown from a yard out as Virginia Tech went ahead 22-13 with 8:30 left.

The Hokies trailed 10-5 and had minus-8 yards rushing at halftime, and Beamer was delighted to see his offensive line finally start doing its job.

N.C. State 17, No. 20 Boston College 15

RALEIGH, N.C. - Daniel Evans connected with John Dunlap for a 34-yard touchdown with 8.5 seconds to play to cap a stunning comeback.

Evans directed a 72-yard TD drive with no timeouts to stun the Eagles. After driving to the 34-yard line with 16.8 seconds left, Evans lofted a pass to the back right corner of the end zone for Dunlap. The receiver jumped to beat DeJuan Tribble to the ball, bobbled it, then pulled it in just before Paul Anderson arrived to make the hit.

No. 19 Clemson 52, North Carolina 7

CLEMSON, S.C. - With Clemson's 1981 national championship team watching, the Tigers showed power rushing and teeth-rattling defense never go out of style. James Davis had four of Clemson's seven rushing touchdowns and the Tigers held UNC to 150 total yards.

Maryland 14, FIU 10: Sam Hollenbach threw a pair of first-half touchdowns and Christian Varner intercepted Josh Padrick's pass at the 2-yard line as time expired in College Park, Md.