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September 17, 2006|From Associated Press

ATLANTIC COAST

Clemson 27, at No. 9 Florida State 20: James Davis' one-yard run with eight seconds left gave the Tigers (2-1, 1-1) a victory over the Seminoles (2-1, 1-1) for their first win in Tallahassee, Fla., in 17 years. Clemson was able to give Coach Tommy Bowden his second straight win, and third in the last four years, against his father Bobby, despite having two kicks blocked and returned for points by the Seminoles' Tony Carter. Clemson had not won at Florida State since 1989 when Terry Allen led the Tigers to a 34-23 victory, three years before the Seminoles joined the ACC.

at No. 14 Virginia Tech 36, Duke 0: The Hokies (3-0, 2-0) held the Blue Devils (0-3, 0-2) to 139 total yards in an easy conference victory at Blacksburg, Va. Virginia Tech had more points than Duke had total yards after Sean Glennon's second touchdown pass, a 25-yarder to Josh Morgan midway through the third quarter. The play gave the Hokies a 30-0 lead, and the Blue Devils had 25 yards.

at No. 23 Boston College 30, Brigham Young 23: Matt Ryan threw a touchdown pass to Tony Gonzalez on the first play of the second overtime, then the Eagles (3-0) waited for a replay review to confirm a game-ending interception that gave them a win over the Cougars (1-2) at Boston. It was the second consecutive double-overtime game for Boston College, which beat Clemson on a blocked extra point the previous week.

at Georgia Tech 35, Troy 20: Reggie Ball ran for 130 yards, setting a school record for a quarterback, and the Yellow Jackets (2-1) scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to defeat the Trojans (1-2) at Atlanta. Georgia Tech wore down the smaller Troy defense by rushing for 320 yards. Ball's previous career high was 103 yards rushing against Vanderbilt as a freshman in 2003.

Western Michigan 17, at Virginia 10: Mark Bonds ran for 118 yards and a touchdown and Desman Stephen returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown as the Broncos (2-1) upset the Cavaliers (1-2) at Charlottesville, Va. Western Michigan completed only seven passes and was outgained, 258-179, but still became the first school from the Mid-American Conference to defeat Virginia.

at North Carolina 45, Furman 42: Ronnie McGill ran for 114 yards and scored four touchdowns, and Cam Sexton threw for two scores in his first career start to help the Tar Heels (1-2) defeat the Paladins (2-1) at Chapel Hill, N.C. Sexton threw for 265 yards and found Jesse Holley downfield for a 50-yard touchdown strike that put the Tar Heels ahead to stay at 38-35 with 9:30 left in the game.

at Southern Mississippi 37, North Carolina State 17: Freshman Damion Fletcher rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Golden Eagles (2-1) to the victory over the Wolfpack (1-2) at Hattiesburg, Miss. Fletcher rushed for 53 yards in the first quarter alone and finished with the third-best rushing performance by a freshman in school history.

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SOUTHEASTERN

at No. 6 Auburn 7, No. 3 Louisiana State 3: Auburn (3-0, 2-0) survived another bruising showdown with LSU (2-1, 0-1) thanks to a stingy defense that wouldn't budge and a reversed call that went their way late in the game at Auburn, Ala. Eric Brock deflected a pass near the goal line to stop one late drive and then made a game-saving tackle on the final play. With LSU facing fourth and eight from Auburn's 31 and 2:43 left, JaMarcus Russell fired the ball to Early Doucet near the goal line. A diving Brock deflected the pass, but Zach Gilbert was called for pass interference that would have kept the drive alive. The officials overturned the call, although replays showed the contact came before the ball was tipped by Brock.

at No. 10 Georgia 34, Alabama Birmingham 0: Freshman Matthew Stafford scored his first touchdown in a winning debut as starting quarterback, and the Bulldogs (3-0) defeated the Blazers (1-2) at Athens, Ga., for their second straight shutout.

Arkansas 21, at Vanderbilt 19: Freshman Mitch Mustain threw for 224 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Razorbacks (2-1, 1-0) over the Commodores (0-3, 0-2) in a conference game at Nashville. Vanderbilt had a chance to upset Arkansas for a second straight year, but Bryant Hahnfeldt's 48-yard field-goal attempt with 55 seconds left fell short.

at Kentucky 31, Mississippi 14: Andre' Woodson threw three touchdown passes -- two to Dicky Lyons Jr. -- and the Wildcats (2-1, 1-0) beat the Rebels (1-2, 0-1) at Lexington, Ky., for their first win in an SEC opener in 19 years. Kentucky defensive tackle Myron Pryor had an interception, recovered a fumble and forced another.

at Alabama 41, Louisiana Monroe 7: John Parker Wilson threw for two touchdowns as the Crimson Tide (3-0) rolled over the Warhawks (1-2) at Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama had 444 yards in total offense.

at South Carolina 27, Wofford 20: Cory Boyd tied a school record with three rushing touchdowns, but the Gamecocks (2-1) still struggled on offense and escaped with a victory over the Division I-AA Terriers (1-2) at Columbia, S.C.

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