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Wake Forest stops UNC, stakes claim to Tobacco Road

Associated Press
Published October 29, 2006


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Three games for Wake Forest against its Tobacco Road rivals, three dramatic endings - and, most important, three wins.

Now the 24th-ranked Demon Deacons' dreams of success can stretch well beyond the North Carolina state line.

Riley Skinner threw a 39-yard touchdown to Ken Moore and Jon Abbate intercepted a pass in the end zone to seal Wake Forest's 24-17 victory over North Carolina on Saturday.

"I'll stick with the thrills if we can keep getting Ws," Abbate said.

Abbate picked off Joe Dailey on the game's final play after the Tar Heels drove to the Wake Forest 3 with 41 seconds left.

His interception gave the Demon Deacons their first season sweep since 1987 over state rivals Duke, North Carolina State and North Carolina.

Each victory came down to the final moments, with Wake Forest blocking a field goal to beat the Blue Devils and intercepting passes in the final minute to hold off both the Wolfpack and Tar Heels.

Now Wake Forest remains in contention in the ACC's jumbled Atlantic Division entering next week's home game against division rival Boston College.

The Demon Deacons have won seven of eight to start the season for the first time since 1979 and just the third time in school history.

Wake Forest trailed 17-14 before Sam Swank tied it with a 41-yard field goal on the second play of the fourth quarter.

Then the Demon Deacons' defense helped its offense take the lead for good. North Carolina's Cam Sexton found fullback Nick Starcevic toward the right sideline. But Demon Deacons linebacker Stanley Arnoux stripped Starcevic and Josh Gattis recovered at the Tar Heels' 39.

On the next play, Skinner found Moore over the middle for the go-ahead touchdown.

No. 18 BC 41, Buffalo 0

BOSTON - Chris Crane filled in for sore starter Matt Ryan and overcame a soaking rain to run for two touchdowns and throw for another for Boston College, sending Buffalo to its seventh consecutive loss.

Crane was 17-for-26 for 142 passing yards to lead Boston College to scores on its first four possessions. L.V. Whitworth ran for 84 yards and a touchdown, and Andre Callender had 81 yards rushing as the Eagles did not need to punt until late in the third quarter - and that was called back for a roughing-the-kicker penalty.

Buffalo had just 92 yards of total offense - with a total of minus 12 on the ground. The Bulls have not won since a season-opening 9-3 overtime victory over Temple.

Vanderbilt 45, Duke 28: Quarterback Chris Nickson ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more, and the Commodores withstood a fourth-quarter rally to beat winless Duke in Durham, N.C.

Nickson accounted for 400 yards of total offense for the Commodores, who won their sixth straight over the Blue Devils in the "SAT Bowl." Nickson threw for 250 yards on 14-of-24 passing and ran for 150 yards.

Virginia 14, N.C. State 7: Jason Snelling ran 17 yards for his second touchdown with 1:31 to play for host Virginia in Charlottesville. Snelling, who carried 20 times for 99 yards, broke off an 18-yard run before go-ahead run. He then went up the middle, breaking free and dragging several defenders into the end zone.