- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 15, 2009

BOSTON COLLEGE 14, VIRGINIA 10: Dave Shinskie’s 1-yard sneak on fourth down gave Boston College the lead, and the Eagles beat the Cavaliers on Saturday in Charlottesville to hand Virginia its fourth straight loss.

The Eagles (7-3, 4-2 ACC) kept their hopes alive to win the ACC’s Atlantic Division thanks to a 70-yard fourth-quarter drive that included two fourth-down conversions.

Boston College remains a half-game behind Clemson in the division race with two league games remaining. The Tigers have one league game remaining, at Virginia next week, and would clinch the title - and a berth in the ACC title game against Georgia Tech - with a victory.

Virginia (3-7, 2-4) had taken its first lead of the game on Robert Randolph’s 38-yard field goal on the last play of the third quarter but couldn’t muster one more big drive.

NO. 7 GEORGIA TECH 49, DUKE 10: The Yellow Jackets clinched the Coastal Division and a spot in the league championship by routing the Blue Devils in Durham, N.C., behind 110 yards rushing and two touchdowns from Jonathan Dwyer and another big day from Josh Nesbitt.

Smith’s 83-yard kickoff return sparked slow-starting Georgia Tech (10-1, 7-1). Duke’s Jordon Byas tracked him down from behind at the 2, but none of the Yellow Jackets’ pursuers can catch them in the standings.

NORTH CAROLINA 33, NO. 12 MIAMI 24: Kendric Burney returned one of his three interceptions for a 77-yard touchdown, and his third pick resulted in a bizarre fourth-quarter score that helped the Tar Heels beat the Hurricanes in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Burney fumbled his third interception, but Melvin Williams picked up the loose ball and ran the last 44 yards for a score that gave the Tar Heels (7-3, 3-3) a two-score lead with about 9 1/2 minutes left.

FLORIDA STATE 41, WAKE FOREST 28: Jermaine Thomas rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown, E.J. Manuel was effective in his first career start, and the Seminoles kept their bowl hopes alive with a victory over the Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Manuel was 15-for-20 for 220 yards. He threw for a touchdown and ran for another replacing the injured Christian Ponder for the Seminoles (5-5, 3-4), who will qualify for a bowl for a record 28th straight year with a win next week against Maryland.

Wake Forest (4-7, 2-5) lost its fifth straight and was eliminated from bowl contention in a sour final home game for Riley Skinner.

NO. 24 CLEMSON 42, N.C. STATE 23: C.J. Spiller became the first player in Clemson history to record a touchdown passing, rushing and receiving in the same game, helping the Tigers defeat the Wolfpack in Raleigh, N.C.

Spiller, who broke Derrick Hamilton’s single-season school record for all-purpose yards on his 16-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, rushed for 97 yards on 18 carries.


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