ATLANTA (AP) _ Tevin Washington ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns and Georgia Tech’s least impressive offensive showing of the season was enough.
Georgia Tech led 21-3 before holding off the Terrapins’ fourth-quarter comeback.
Georgia Tech (6-0 overall, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) matched its wins total from 2010, when it finished 6-7. The Yellow Jackets averaged almost 52 points in their first five wins and began the day ranked first in the nation in rushing and second in scoring.
Quarterback C.J. Brown, who replaced starter Danny O’Brien, had a 77-yard touchdown run early in the quarter for Maryland (2-3, 1-1). Davin Meggett, who had 86 yards rushing, scored from the 1 with 7:33 remaining to cut the lead to 21-16.
No. 16 West Virginia 43, Connecticut 16
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) _ Geno Smith threw for 450 yards and four touchdowns and West Virginia navigated through another slow start to win its Big East opener.
West Virginia (5-1, 1-0) struggled to a 10-9 halftime lead before erupting for 23 points in a 7:35 span of the third quarter to take control.
Connecticut (2-4, 0-1) was picked apart on defense for the second straight week and its offense was limited to 275 total yards.
UConn quarterback Johnny McEntee was chased around the field all game. His third-quarter fumble led to a touchdown that gave West Virginia the momentum for good.
No. 18 South Carolina 54, Kentucky 3
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ New starting quarterback Connor Shaw threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns for South Carolina.
Shaw, a sophomore who took over as starter this week from fifth-year senior Stephen Garcia, completed 26 of 39 passes and had no interceptions.
The Gamecocks (5-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) gained 639 yards in their biggest win in an SEC game since joining the league in 1992.
The Wildcats (2-4, 0-3) offense gained just 96 yards, and their quarterbacks threw four interceptions and just four completions.
No. 19 Illinois 41, Indiana 20