Georgia Tech Delivers Another Large Win
Vad Lee ran and passed for touchdowns in his debut, Zach Laskey ran for 116 yards and a touchdown in his first start and Georgia Tech crushed overmatched Presbyterian 59-3 on Saturday night. Six players ran for touchdowns as Georgia
Tech (1-1) had 712 total yards, the second-highest total in school history, including 469 yards rushing. The Yellow Jackets had a school-record 768 yards in a 66-24 rout of Kansas in 2011.
Lee ran the offense for a series midway through the first quarter and grabbed the spotlight in the second half. He had a 1-yard scoring run, an 82-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Greene and then a 79-yard run to set up a score - all in the third quarter. Presbyterian, a Division II team until 2007, had only 243 yards. The Blue Hose avoided the shutout when Aaron Mayes kicked a 30-yard field goal with 5 seconds remaining.
Lee, a redshirt freshman, and Synjyn Days shared time with starting quarterback Tevin Washington. Lee had eight carries for 101 yards. His only completion in three pass attempts was the 82-yarder. Washington completed 7 of 11 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown, adding nine carries for 97 yards and a touchdown.
No. 6 Florida State gets Weather-Shortened Shutout
EJ Manuel passed for three touchdowns in the opening seven minutes and sixth-ranked Florida State's defense held lower-division Savannah State to 28 yards Saturday on its way to a 55-0 victory in a game called in the third quarter because of lightning.
The Seminoles bolted to a 35-0 lead in the first quarter as Manuel completed 11 of 13 passes for 161 yards and five different Seminoles scored touchdowns. Manuel didn't play after the opening quarter.
Florida State (2-0) led 48-0 at halftime and finished with 413 yards. James Wilder Jr. and Kelvin Benjamin each scored two touchdowns before the game was called with 8:59 left in the third period. The school came into the game as unprecedented 70 1/2-point underdogs - and covered, thanks to the weather.
How lopsided was it? Florida State racked up 255 yards in the first quarter while Savannah State's offense went backward to the tune of 20 yards.
Virginia Tech Wins Second Game in Five Days
The last time Virginia Tech played two games in less than a week, it emerged 0-2 after losing a shocker to an opponent from the lower-tier FCS. That was two years ago. The No. 15 Hokies made sure that didn't happen again, beating Austin Peay 42-7 on Saturday after a bit of a slow start.
"It is just a hard week and was just a tough game against Georgia Tech," said Hokies' coach Frank Beamer, who added that he condensed the team's practices after the season-opening overtime win against Georgia Tech. "We tried to get our health back and it is just not easy playing two football games that quickly."
Virginia Tech linebacker Jack Tyler said the Hokies are still feeling the effects of Monday night's game.
"Our bodies are a little banged up with the short week," he said.
But it wasn't Tyler and his defensive mates who had to shake the cobwebs, it was the offense. The Hokies (2-0) couldn't get much going early - but neither could the Governors (0-2). So Virginia Tech turned to one of its historic strong points - special teams - to seize the momentum until the offense started clicking.
First was a 46-yard punt return by Kyshoen Jarrett to the Austin Peay 6. That set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Michael Holmes.
Next came Tony Gregory's blocked punt. Virginia Tech promptly reasserted control, though, with a 72-yard drive capped by Thomas' 13-yard pass to Randall Dunn to make it 35-7, and by late in the third period Thomas was done for the day. He finished 15 of 23 for 212 yards.
The 260-pound Thomas usually is one of the Hokies' biggest rushing threats, but that wasn't the case Saturday as Virginia Tech focused on trying to get the tailbacks going. They fared a little better late, as the Governors began to wear down against the bigger and deeper Hokies, who finished with 419 total yards, 187 on the ground. Thomas threw a 30-yard TD pass to Corey Fuller, and Tony Gregory had an 18-yard touchdown run for the Hokies.
Boston College's First Win is a Blowout
Chase Rettig threw three touchdown passes, and Spiffy Evans caught one score and ran a punt back 82 yards for another as Boston College overcame a pair of early fumbles to beat Maine 34-3 on Saturday. Nate Freese booted two field goals, helping the Eagles (1-1) rebound from a season-opening loss to Miami last week.
Rettig went 16 of 32 for 219 yards and no interceptions. Rolandan Finch carried 17 times for 90 yards. The longtime hockey rivals were locked in a surprisingly tight battle before the Eagles scored 17 points in the final 7:09 of the second quarter. Boston College broke it open with a field goal and two TDs late in the third.
It was just the seventh meeting between the schools, with the first five coming before 1930. The Eagles outgained the Black Bears by nearly 100 yards in the opening quarter, but fumbled it away twice and trailed 3-0 after one.
Penn St. misses 4 FGs, falls to UVa.
Penn State is still looking for its first win under coach Bill O'Brien. The Nittany Lions may not get more chances than they had against Virginia. Cavaliers quarterback Michael Rocco hit Jake McGee on a 6-yard touchdown pass with 1:28 to play Saturday, and Penn State kicker Sam Ficken then missed his fourth field goal of the game -- from 42 yards -- to preserve Virginia's 17-16 victory.
The loss in O'Brien's first road game had to hurt the Nittany Lions as much as their defeat last weekend at home against Ohio. Penn State (0-2) largely stymied Virginia's offense and forced four turnovers in Virginia territory, continually giving its offense opportunities, but McGloin and Co. converted those chances into just three points. And even the Nittany Lions' defense came up short when it mattered most.
Virginia's winning drive took 6:36 and covered 86 yards in 12 plays, the biggest blow a 44-yard pass from Rocco to McGee on third-and-16 from the Cavaliers' 22-yard line. Seven plays later, on third-and-goal from the 6, Rocco found McGee open again just inside the end zone, and Drew Jarrett's extra point was the difference.
STANFORD 43, DUKE 6
#21 KANSAS STATE 52, MIAMI 13
NORTH CAROLINA STATE 10, CONNECTICUT 7
MARYLAND 36, TEMPLE 27
CLEMSON 52, BALL STATE 27