Cory Randolph threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Marion with 33 seconds left as Wake Forest rallied to hand Clemson another heartbreaking loss, 31-27, yesterday in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The comeback wasn't sealed until the final play, when Tigers wide receiver Curtis Baham was stopped at the 3-yard line after a 27-yard gain as time expired. The referees huddled briefly before agreeing that it was over, setting off a raucous celebration by the Demon Deacons (2-3, 1-1 ACC).
They drove 66 yards in slightly less than two minutes for the winning score after Clemson Coach Tommy Bowden called for a fake field goal instead of letting Jad Dean attempt a 44-yarder that would have put the Tigers up by six. The poorly executed play was stopped easily and Wake Forest took over on its 34.
The loss was the third in a row for Clemson (2-3, 1-3), but at least this one didn't go into overtime. After winning their opening two games by a total of five points, the Tigers lost in triple overtime to Miami and in one extra period to Boston College.
* MIDDLE TENN. ST. 17, VANDERBILT 15: In Nashville, the Blue Raiders' Jeremiah Weaver blocked a last-second field goal attempt to hand the Commodores their first defeat.
Middle Tennessee State (1-3) kept the Commodores from going 5-0 for the first time since World War II. Middle Tennessee has won three straight over Vanderbilt, with each victory coming at Vanderbilt Stadium.
Colby Smith kicked a 29-yard field goal with 6 minutes 41 seconds left in the game to put the Blue Raiders in the lead. Vanderbilt (4-1) drove down the field in the last two minutes and with three seconds left, Bryant Hahnfeldt attempted the 36-yard kick.
* TEXAS A&M 16, BAYLOR 13: Courtney Lewis scored on a 13-yard run in overtime to lift the host Aggies to a come-from-behind win over the Bears, the second straight year the Big 12 rivals have gone to overtime.
After Baylor's Ryan Havens kicked a 21-yard field goal in the first overtime, Texas A&M ran two plays before Lewis scampered to the end zone untouched.
It was a bit of revenge for the Aggies, who lost 35-34 to Baylor in overtime last season when they were ranked 16th.
* NORTH CAROLINA 31, UTAH 17: Matt Baker threw two touchdown passes and Tommy Richardson made two key fumble recoveries in the fourth quarter as the Tar Heels won at home.
The game turned on a penalty late in the third quarter. On a second and 12 at his 32, Baker's pass for Jawarski Pollock was intercepted by Eric Weddle, who returned it for a touchdown. But Utah was called for roughing the passer, and the momentum reversed in favor of North Carolina (2-2).
Four plays later, Baker hit Mike Mason on a 40-yard pass to the Utah 1. Barrington Edwards (Bowie High) scored on the next play to extend North Carolina's lead to 24-14 with 14:02 to go.
* IOWA 35, ILLINOIS 7: Ed Hinkel scored with an acrobatic move at the end of a reverse and caught one of Drew Tate's two touchdown passes, leading host Iowa.
Damian Sims added a 66-yard touchdown run for Iowa (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten), which bounced back from a sorry performance in a 31-6 loss at Ohio State to amass 476 yards and set a school record with its 21st straight victory at home.
* OKLAHOMA 43, KANSAS ST. 21: Adrian Peterson rushed for 51 yards and a touchdown before leaving with an injury in the second quarter, putting a damper on the host Sooners' best offensive performance of the season.
Kejuan Jones added two touchdown runs in relief of Peterson, and Rhett Bomar ran for one score and passed for another as Oklahoma (2-2, 1-0 Big 12) won its Big 12 opener for the sixth straight year.
* AUBURN 48, SOUTH CAROLINA 7: Brandon Cox threw for 245 yards and a touchdown, and the Tigers (4-1, 2-0 SEC) scored on five of its first seven possessions to win at home. Gamecocks Coach Steve Spurrier has lost three straight SEC games for the first time in his career.
* COLORADO 34, OKLAHOMA ST. 0: Hugh Charles rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns as the visiting Buffaloes shut down the Cowboys' struggling offense.
* U-CONN. 47, ARMY 13: Darius Butler had three interceptions, returning one for a score, and Matt Bonislawski threw for 180 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Huskies in West Point, N.Y.
* WYOMING 42, UNLV 17: Jovon Bouknight had seven catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cowboys (4-1, 2-0 Mountain West) in Laramie, Wyo.
* MARSHALL 16, SMU 13: Bernie Morris's 15-yard scramble in the third overtime gave the Thundering Herd (2-2, 1-1 Conference USA) the win at home.
* OREGON ST. 44, WASHINGTON ST. 33: Mike Hass caught seven passes for 161 yards, including the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, to lead the Beavers (3-2, 1-1 Pacific-10) in Corvallis, Ore.
* OREGON 44, STANFORD 20: Kellen Clemens threw for 393 yards and three touchdowns, and the visiting Ducks (4-1, 1-1) gave Coach Mike Bellotti his 50th Pacific-10 win.
* MEMPHIS 27, UTEP 20: DeAngelo Williams rushed for 236 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 50 seconds left, to lead the Tigers (2-2, 1-1 Conference USA) over the visiting Miners (3-1, 1-1), who committed six turnovers.
* SOUTHERN MISS. 33, E. CAROLINA 7: The Golden Eagles (2-1, 1-0 Conference USA) took advantage of five Pirate turnovers en route to a win in Greenville, N.C.