Clemson forced six turnovers and made one last defensive stand in the waning moments to beat North Carolina State, 26-20, yesterday in Clemson, S.C.
The Wolfpack (4-4, 3-3 ACC) drove to the Clemson 12 with eight seconds to go. But on fourth and 10, Jay Davis threw his fifth interception of the game to defensive end Charles Bennett as the clock ran out. Clemson's defense came into the game having forced just six turnovers all season.
Jad Dean made all four of his field goals for the Tigers (4-4, 3-3) and Airese Currie, the ACC's leading receiver, had seven receptions for 108 yards.
North Carolina State outgained Clemson 381-267. But mistakes doomed the Wolfpack, which came into the game ranked 110th out of 117 teams in turnover margin.
Eric Coleman returned one of Davis's interceptions 20 yards for a score. Justin Miller also had two interceptions for Clemson, including one in the end zone with three seconds left in the first half.
* SYRACUSE 42, CONNECTICUT 30: Perry Patterson threw for two touchdowns, Walter Reyes ran for two more and the Orange defense forced five turnovers to beat the Huskies.
Arch rivals in basketball, it was the first meeting between the teams in football and it was especially critical for Syracuse (4-4, 2-1 Big East) and its postseason hopes. The Huskies slipped to 5-3, 2-3 in their first season in the Big East.
* NEBRASKA 24, MISSOURI 3: In Lincoln, Neb., Cory Ross ran for a career-high 194 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cornhuskers, who gained sole possession of first place in the Big 12 North.
Missouri (4-4, 2-3 Big 12) outgained Nebraska (5-3, 3-2) 328-235, but still lost its third straight game.
Nebraska relied heavily on its special teams, with Andrew Shanle blocking a punt and recovering a fumble on another botched punt attempt to set up the Huskers' first two touchdowns.
* OHIO STATE 21, PENN STATE 10: Ted Ginn returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown and Tyler Everett ran back an interception for another score to lead the Buckeyes at home.
Two offenses ranked among the worst in the Big Ten struggled all day, combining for four turnovers. Neither team could pass in the gusting winds, with the Nittany Lions going to the air for just 69 yards despite trailing all day and Ohio State (5-3, 2-3) settling for 59 yards with a keep-away attack for the final three quarters. Penn State (2-6, 0-5) lost its fifth game in a row.
* IOWA STATE 13, KANSAS 7: Defensive tackle Brent Curvey scored on a fumble return for the second straight game and Bret Culbertson kicked two field goals, lifting the Cyclones at home. Both offenses struggled on a raw, windy day, but Iowa State (4-4, 2-3 Big 12) made enough plays on defense and in the kicking game for its first two-game winning streak since starting the 2003 season with two straight victories.
* EAST CAROLINA 38, ARMY 28: James Pinkey threw three touchdown passes to Bobby Good to help the Pirates end the visiting Black Knights' first winning streak in seven years. Army (2-5, 2-4 Conference USA) snapped a 19-game losing streak earlier this month with a victory over Cincinnati, then beat South Florida before a bye. Last year, the Black Knights set an NCAA record for futility by losing all 13 games.
* WYOMING 43, AIR FORCE 26: Corey Bramlet passed for two touchdowns, and Ivan Harrison scored on a pair of one-yard runs in the fourth quarter to lead the Cowboys at home. Wyoming (5-3, 2-2 Mountain West) ended a two-game losing streak and kept its chances for a bowl bid alive, while the Falcons (3-5, 2-3) lost for the fourth time in five games.
* WAKE FOREST 24, DUKE 22: Chris Barclay rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown to lift the host Demon Deacons in a matchup of teams looking for their first ACC win. Ben Mauk also had a touchdown pass for Wake Forest (4-4, 1-4 ACC), which beat the Blue Devils (1-7, 0-5) for the fifth straight time. With the win, Wake Forest avoided its first 0-5 league start in four years.
* CINCINNATI 21, TCU 10: Richard Hall rushed 29 times for 143 yards and a touchdown to lead the Bearcats at home. Cincinnati (4-4, 3-2 Conference USA) scored touchdowns on three of its first five possessions and hung on despite only crossing midfield once in the second half -- and that drive ended with a missed field goal.
* MISSISSIPPI ST. 22, KENTUCKY 7: Fred Reid rushed for 109 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown run with 3 minutes 34 seconds remaining, to lead the Bulldogs at home. Jerious Norwood ran for 165 yards, his third straight 100-yard rushing performance for Mississippi State (3-5, 2-3 Southeastern Conference).
* TEXAS TECH 35, KANSAS ST. 25: NCAA passing leader Sonny Cumbie threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns, but the visiting Red Raiders (5-3, 3-2 Big 12) needed big plays on defense and kicking teams to secure the victory.
* UCLA 21, STANFORD 0: Maurice Drew scored touchdowns on a 68-yard punt return and a three-yard reception, and the host Bruins posted their first Pacific-10 shutout in 17 years. Drew gained 107 yards on 12 carries for UCLA (5-3, 3-2). Drew Olson completed 17 of 28 passes for 177 yards and one touchdown, with one interception.
* OREGON 31, WASHINGTON 6: Kellen Clemens found freshman Cameron Colvin with a pair of touchdown passes to lead the host Ducks. Defensive end Chris Solomona also returned an interception eight yards for another score for Oregon (5-3, 4-1, Pac-10).
* OREGON ST. 28, ARIZONA 14: In Tucson, Derek Anderson threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, breaking the Beavers' career passing and total offense records in the process, as Oregon State (4-4, 3-2 Pac-10) won its third in a row.
* IVY LEAGUE: Pat McDermott's passing sparked a late rally, capped by Sam Matthews's two-yard touchdown run with 49 seconds left, as Pennsylvania extended its record for consecutive league wins with a 20-16 victory over visiting Brown. It was the 19th straight league victory for the Quakers (6-1, 4-0). . . . In Hanover, N.H., Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a 20-yard touchdown to Brian Edwards and Matt Schindel kicked two field goals to lift unbeaten Harvard (7-0, 4-0) to a 13-12 victory over winless Dartmouth. . . . Yale safety Matt Handlon deflected a pass intended for Columbia tight end Wade Fletcher in the left corner of the end zone with 37 seconds left to preserve a 21-14 win for the host Bulldogs. . . . Ryan Kuhn threw for 208 yards and two touchdowns, and Cornell held on at home to beat Princeton, 21-20.