ACC Football Roundup
The ACC roundup …
DURHAM ó Jonathan Dwyer rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns, Josh Nesbitt accounted for three scores and No. 7 Georgia Tech clinched a spot in the ACC championship game by routing Duke 49-10.
Orwin Smith returned a kickoff 83 yards to get things rolling for the slow-starting Yellow Jackets (10-1, 7-1). Their offense took over after that, scoring touchdowns on five of the following six possessions, rushing for 306 yards and shutting out the Blue Devils in the final three quarters.
The Blue Devils (5-5, 3-3) had minus-1 yard rushing through three quarters and finished with 25.
Va. Tech 36, Maryland 9
COLLEGE PARK, Md. ó Now that Virginia Tech has another winning streak going, the Hokies intend to make the best of a season that once appeared in danger of falling apart.
Tyrod Taylor threw for 268 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, and No. 20 Virginia Tech built an early 24-point lead before coasting past Maryland 36-9 on Saturday.
Despite the victory, the Hokies were eliminated from the ACC title chase when Georgia Tech defeated Duke. But Virginia Tech (7-3, 4-2) can still play in a prestigious bowl game and wrap up a sixth consecutive 10-win season.
“Winning two games. That’s our goal now,” said Ryan Williams, who ran for 126 yards ó his seventh 100-yard game of the season. He also scored his 12th touchdown, a single-season record for a Virginia Tech freshman.
Consecutive losses to Georgia Tech and North Carolina last month sidetracked the Hokies’ march to a possible national championship or a berth in the Orange Bowl. But since then they’ve hammered East Carolina and Maryland.
“We had a couple of tough losses and we’ve hung in there and stayed together,” coach Frank Beamer said. “Hopefully we’ll play our best football at the end of the year. That’s what we’re trying to do.”
BC 14, Virginia 10
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. ó Dave Shinskie’s 1-yard sneak on fourth down gave Boston College the lead and the Eagles handed Virginia (3-7, 2-4 ACC) its fourth straight loss.
The Eagles (7-3, 4-2) kept their hopes alive to win the ACC’s Atlantic Division.