Jacque Lewis rushed for a career-high 161 yards and two touchdowns, while North Carolina's beleaguered defense was surprisingly stingy in a 34-13 victory over Georgia Tech last night in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Darian Durant had a 41-yard touchdown pass to Adarius Bowman for the Tar Heels (2-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who rushed for 284 yards and found plenty of holes in Georgia Tech's defense.
It was the Tar Heels' first win against the Yellow Jackets (2-1, 1-1) since 1997.
North Carolina was coming off a humbling 56-24 loss at Virginia, during which the Cavaliers gained 549 yards and didn't have to punt until the fourth quarter.
The Tar Heels performed far better against the Yellow Jackets, who were coming in with momentum after a stunning last-minute win at Clemson. North Carolina held Georgia Tech without a touchdown in the first half -- the first time the Tar Heels' defense kept a team out of the end zone for a half in two years -- and made the Yellow Jackets work for everything.
In addition, the Tar Heels, who hadn't intercepted a pass in almost a year, picked off Reggie Ball three times and forced two fumbles. On the game's final play, Hilee Taylor stripped Ball on a sack and returned the fumble for a 21-yard touchdown.
* UCLA 37, WASHINGTON 31: In Seattle, Maurice Drew ran for a school-record 322 yards and five touchdowns and UCLA's defense stopped the Huskies at the 2-yard line as time expired.
UCLA (2-1) has won four straight in the series and seven of the last eight, but the Pac-10 opener for both teams wasn't over until Washington wide receiver Charles Frederick was smothered near the goal line on the final play.
The Huskies (0-2) drove 58 yards in the final 39 seconds, taking over when UCLA quarterback Drew Olson couldn't draw Washington's defenders offside on fourth and inches. Officials spotted the ball where Olson downed his knee.
With six seconds left and the ball at the UCLA 27, Casey Paus found Frederick at the 5. He came free from a tackler and spun toward the end zone, but was wrapped up by several defenders as the Bruins came onto the field in celebration.
* MAINE 9, MISSISSIPPI STATE 7: Ron Whitcomb threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Kevin McMahan with 2:55 left, and Division I-AA Maine stopped Mississippi State twice in the final minutes to stun the Bulldogs in Starkville, Miss.
The Black Bears (2-1), playing a Division I-A opponent for the first time since 1991, handed Mississippi State its second loss in three games under its new coach, Sylvester Croom.
Mississippi State, which committed three turnovers deep in Maine territory, blocked the extra point attempt after Maine's go-ahead score, but the Bulldogs failed to reach field goal range on their two last drives.
* TEXAS A&M 27, CLEMSON 6: Courtney Lewis rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns and Reggie McNeal added 307 total yards, leading the Aggies to a surprising rout of the visiting Tigers.
Thought to be a contender for the ACC title this season, Clemson (1-2) took its second straight defeat to an unranked team. The Tigers were ranked No. 20 before last week's loss to Georgia Tech.
The Aggies (2-1) may finally be able to reclaim the "Wrecking Crew" moniker after hounding Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst into one of his worst performances. A&M Coach Dennis Franchione had stripped his defense of the longtime nickname following a string of embarrassing performances last season. Clemson was held to 250 yards, its lowest total since getting 199 in a loss to Georgia in the 2003 season opener.
* TEXAS TECH 70, TCU 35: Sonny Cumbie threw for 441 yards and four touchdowns and Taurean Henderson ran for three more to lead the Red Raiders past the visiting Horned Frogs.
Tech (2-1) scored on five straight possessions after trailing TCU (2-1) 21-0 midway through the second quarter.
Cumbie, who led the nation in passing coming into the game, is averaging 453 passing yards in his first three college starts. Red Raiders receiver Jarrett Hicks, who was third in the nation in receiving yards per game coming in, had his third straight game of 150 yards or more. He caught eight passes for 211 yards and is averaging 170 yards per game.
* NOTRE DAME 31, MICHIGAN STATE 24: Tom Zbikowski returned a fumble 75 yards for a touchdown and had an interception that set up another score for Notre Dame, which forced six turnovers and beat the Spartans (1-2) in East Lansing, Mich.
The Fighting Irish (2-1) got three interceptions and recovered three fumbles in their second straight victory. Freshman Darius Walker, the hero of last week's 28-20 win over Michigan, had 98 yards on 26 carries for Notre Dame.
* NEBRASKA 24, PITTSBURGH 17: The visiting Cornhuskers capitalized on four Pittsburgh turnovers and batted down a pass in the end zone on the game's final play to preserve a win in the first meeting of the teams since 1958.
The win kept Nebraska (2-1) from dropping below .500 for the first time in 23 years.
The Cornhuskers, who gave the ball away 11 times in their first two games, got into trouble again when Joe Dailey threw a fourth-quarter interception that allowed the Panthers (1-1) to pull within a touchdown in the closing minutes. Pitt got the ball back and drove inside the Nebraska 20-yard line, but could not tie.
* KANSAS STATE 40, LA.-LAFAYETTE 20: In Manhattan, Kan., Darren Sproles rushed for a team-record 292 yards on 38 carries.
Sproles broke the Kansas State record of 273 yards he set against Missouri last year on 43 carries. Sproles is 1,078 yards short of the Big 12 record of 5,289 career yards held by Texas' Ricky Williams. The Wildcats improved to 2-1; the Ragin' Cajuns fell to 1-2.
* COLORADO 52, NORTH TEXAS 21: Bobby Purify ran for 112 yards and three touchdowns to lift the Buffaloes at home. Purify's first score, midway through the first quarter, ended Colorado's streak of 114 minutes 47 seconds -- almost two full games -- without an offensive touchdown.
The Buffaloes improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1998. But the defense gave up 507 yards to the Mean Green (0-3), which lost to Texas 65-0 in its opener.
* PENN STATE 37, CENTRAL FLORIDA 13: Tony Hunt rushed for three touchdowns, leading host Penn State.
The Nittany Lions (2-1) overcame a dismal offensive performance that included six turnovers by Zack Mills -- four fumbles and two interceptions. Only Hunt's consistent running and an equally poor showing by UCF (0-3) spared Penn State.