- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 9, 2008

From combined dispatches

WAKE FOREST 28, VIRGINIA 17: Brandon Pendergrass rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown, Kevin Patterson returned an interception for another score and the Demon Deacons (6-3, 4-2 ACC) surged to the top of the jumbled conference standings with a home win over the Cavaliers (5-5, 3-3) on Saturday in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Behind a dominant defense that forced four turnovers and stymied the league’s most accurate passer, the Demon Deacons ended years of futility against the Cavaliers, moved atop the Atlantic Division and became bowl eligible for the third straight year.

Riley Skinner threw touchdown passes to Ben Wooster and Devon Brown for Wake Forest, which had lost 20 of 21 games to Virginia, including 10 straight at home.

But in holding on after building a 28-3 halftime lead, Wake Forest positioned itself to reach the ACC title game for the second time in three years. Wake Forest needs wins over N.C. State and Boston College and one loss by Maryland to reach another goal and continue the best stretch in school history.

Virginia could have moved into sole possession of first place in the Coastal Division with a win but didn’t reach the end zone until the fourth quarter and lost its second straight game.

Marc Verica, who came in with a 67 percent completion rate, got off to a rough start, completing only three of his first 14 passes. His second first-half interception was returned 53 yards by Patterson to make it 28-3 late in the second quarter.

GEORGETOWN 13, MARIST 12: Keerome Lawrence threw for 119 yards and a touchdown and the Hoyas (2-7) beat the Red Foxes (3-7) on Saturday at the Multi-Sport Facility.

Lawrence, who completed 11 of 17 passes, connected with Collin Meador on a 13-yard touchdown in the first quarter for Georgetown, which snapped a seven-game losing streak.

Marist had a 12-10 lead at halftime after Obuzua Ehikoya had scoring runs of 3 and 4 yards.

The Hoyas scored the game’s final points on Jose-Pablo Buerba’s 30-yard field goal and Georgetown’s defense held strong the rest of the way for the win.

CATHOLIC 49, GUILFORD 34: Keith Ricca threw for 530 yards and five touchdowns to lead the visiting Cardinals (8-1, 4-1 ODAC) to a win over the Quakers (4-5, 1-4) in Greensboro, N.C., leaving them one win away from the conference championship.

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