BLACKSBURG, Va. — Anthony Boone ran for a touchdown, Ross Martin kicked two long field goals and Duke ended a long history of losing to ranked teams with a 13-10 victory over No. 16 Virginia Tech on Saturday.
The Blue Devils (6-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat a ranked team for the first time since they stopped No. 13 Virginia in 1994, and beat one on the road for the first time since a 9-3 victory at Stanford in 1971. And they did it without a third-down conversion all game, and a 2-to-1 time of possession deficit.
“It is a historical victory and they should be proud of that,” said Duke coach David Cutcliffe, in his sixth season. “It is a distinct step in the right direction, and it is a big step.”
That joy was not lost on his players, who rallied from a 22-0 deficit a week ago and beat Virginia 35-22, and ended a 12-game losing streak against the Hokies with their first victory in the series since 1981.
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“Being a part of a change in the program is the most amazing feeling you can have,” linebacker David Helton said after contributing 19 tackles and a key pass deflection. “It feels out of this world.”
Virginia Tech (6-2, 3-1) had its six-game winning streak end as Logan Thomas threw four interceptions, the last on a deflected pass in the closing minutes that allowed Duke to finally run out the clock. The Hokies held the ball for 39:27 and outgained Duke 387-198, but still lost.
At No. 17 Oklahoma 38, No. 10 Texas Tech 30
Blake Bell threw for 249 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Damien Williams scored twice as Oklahoma handed Texas Tech (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) its first loss.
Jalen Saunders had six catches for 153 yards receiving and both of Bell’s touchdown passes for the Sooners (7-1, 4-1), who rallied after falling behind in the third quarter.
Williams finished with 97 yards rushing for Oklahoma, which forced three turnovers by the Red Raiders.
At No. 1 Alabama 45, Tennessee 10
T.J. Yeldon scored on three 1-yard runs and AJ McCarron passed for 275 yards and two touchdowns to help Alabama continue to roll.
Landon Collins returned an interception 89 yards for another score for the Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference), which raced to a 35-0 halftime lead.
At No. 3 Florida State 49, North Carolina State 17
Jameis Winston threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns and Florida State scored 35 points in the first quarter.
Winston completed 16 of 26 passes with one interception and left the game after the opening series of the second half.
Rashad Greene topped 100 yards receiving for the third consecutive game with eight receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown for the Seminoles (7-0, 5-0).
At No. 4 Ohio State 63, Penn State 14
Braxton Miller passed for three touchdowns and ran for two and Carlos Hyde rushed for 147 yards and two more scores to lead Ohio State (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten). It was the most points surrendered by Penn State (4-3, 1-2) and its worst beating in 114 years.
No. 6 Baylor 59, at Kansas 14
Bryce Petty threw for 430 yards and three touchdowns in fewer than three quarters, Lache Seastrunk ran for 109 yards and a score and Baylor (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) routed Kansas for its school-record 11th straight win.
At No. 7 Miami 24, Wake Forest 21
Duke Johnson ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, the second a 1-yard plunge with 53 seconds left, as Miami rallied twice to beat Wake Forest.
Johnson finished with 168 yards on 30 carries for the Hurricanes (7-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference),
Wake Forest (4-4, 2-3) fell to 1-53 against Top 10 teams — the lone win coming exactly 67 years ago Saturday.
No. 9 Clemson 40, at Maryland 27
Tajh Boyd threw for a touchdown and ran for a score, Sammy Watkins had a school-record 14 catches for 163 yards and Clemson wore down Maryland (5-3, 1-3 ACC). Boyd went 28 for 41 for 304 yards with an interception and Roderick McDowell rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns to help the Tigers (7-1, 5-1) rebound from last week’s 51-14 loss to Florida State.