Kyle Wright threw for 248 yards and the go-ahead score, then scampered a career-long 31 yards to set up the final touchdown as Miami beat...
MIAMI — Kyle Wright threw for 248 yards and the go-ahead score, then scampered a career-long 31 yards to set up the final touchdown as Miami beat Virginia 25-17 Saturday.
Charlie Jones ran for 88 yards and two touchdowns for Miami, which lost a chance for the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division title and a spot in the league’s title game against Florida State next Saturday.
Virginia Tech clinched the Coastal title by beating North Carolina 30-3.
Wright completed 23 of 30 passes, including a 17-yard touchdown to Sinorice Moss that put the Hurricanes (9-2, 6-2) ahead for good against the Cavaliers (6-5, 3-5).
And his long run on third-and-2 with 1:58 left set up Jones’ 1-yard run that sealed Miami’s fifth regular season with at least nine wins in the past six years.
Other Top 25 games
Nevada 38, No. 16 Fresno State 35
RENO, Nev. — Robert Hubbard ran for 146 yards and three touchdowns and Jeff Rowe hit Nichiren Flowers with a 12-yard scoring pass with 1:29 remaining as Nevada upset Fresno State to claim at least a share of the Western Athletic Conference title.
Paul Pinegar threw a 3-yard TD pass to Matt Rivera and then a 2-point pass to Joe Fernandez to make it 38-35 with 31 seconds left, but Nevada’s Anthony Pudewell recovered an onside kick to secure the victory in a crazy finish played without the stadium clock the final 6 minutes.
Pinegar completed 30 of 45 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns a week after Fresno State put a scare into top-ranked USC before falling 50-42. The Bulldogs have already accepted an invitation to play in the Liberty Bowl. Nevada (8-3, 7-1) got a pair of turnovers in the final 7 minutes to overcome 17 straight points in the second half by Fresno State (8-3, 6-1).
No. 13 Georgia 14, No. 20 Georgia Tech 7
ATLANTA — D.J. Shockley threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Bryan McClendon with 3:18 remaining and Tim Jennings clinched the victory with an interception at the goal line, giving the Bulldogs a victory over Georgia Tech (7-4). Georgia (9-2) defeated its state rival for the fifth year in a row. Both teams scored in the first quarter, then slogged it out much of the night in a field-position battle.
No. 17 Louisville 41, Syracuse 17
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Montrell Jones caught six passes for a career-high 118 yards and two touchdowns, and Brandon Johnson had a key third-quarter interception to help Louisville overcome a sloppy performance and win a school-record 12th straight home game.
The Cardinals (8-2, 4-2 Big East) held off a late rally by the Orange (1-10, 0-7), who finished with the first 10-loss season in the program’s 110-year history.
• Colorado (7-4, 5-3) will play second-ranked Texas in Houston next week, after Iowa State let a berth in the Big 12 title game slip away with a 24-21 overtime loss to Kansas (6-5, 3-5), which became bowl-eligible. It was the second straight year the Buffaloes earned their trip to the title game thanks to the Cyclones (7-4, 4-4) losing by a field goal in overtime. The Longhorns, who already beat Colorado 42-17, need a win to play for the national championship. “It feels like Groundhog Year,” Colorado coach Gary Barnett said.
• West Virginia (9-1, 6-0 Big East) will play in the Bowl Championship Series for the first time, after Connecticut’s 15-10 upset victory over South Florida (6-4, 4-2). The Huskies’ defense limited the Bulls’ vaunted rushing attack to 83 yards. South Florida was averaging 229.8 rushing yards per game.
“We couldn’t have made more mistakes in one game. I don’t think it’s possible,” South Florida coach Jim Leavitt said.
• James Noble rushed for 188 yards and a touchdown in each quarter to lead Cal Poly to a 35-21 victory over host Montana. The No. 10 Mustangs (9-3) beat No. 9 Montana (8-4) for the first time in 11 tries and avenged a 36-27 loss to the Grizzlies on Oct. 22.
• Ricky Santos threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score to lead top-ranked New Hampshire to a 55-21 win over Colgate in the first round of the Division I-AA playoffs.
• John Broussard caught two touchdown passes and Josh Powell had three interceptions to help San Jose State (3-8, 2-6 WAC) end coach Dick Tomey’s first season on a positive note with a 26-18 victory over Idaho (2-9, 2-6).
• Brett Elliott passed for 386 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another as Linfield (10-0) rallied to beat Concordia-Moorhead 28-14 and advance to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals.