MURFREESBORO, Tenn. Joe Craddock passed for 256 yards and two touchdowns to lead Middle Tennessee State to a 24-14 win over Maryland on Saturday.
It was the Blue Raiders' first victory over an ACC opponent and second victory for the Sun Belt Conference over a team from the Bowl Championship Series this season. Arkansas State defeated Texas A&M last week.
Craddock led MTSU on a 10-play, 80-yard drive to open the game, throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Sancho McDonald with 9:04 left in the quarter.
The Blue Raiders converted a fake punt when punter David DeFatta rolled to the right and threw back to Alvin Ingle for a 28-yard completion.
Maryland had three possessions inside the Middle Tennessee 35 in the final quarter but couldn't score.
It was MTSU's fourth win over a BCS opponent. The Blue Raiders have defeated Vanderbilt on three occasions.
GEORGIA TECH 19, BOSTON COLLEGE 16: Jonathan Dwyer ran for 108 yards, scoring the go-ahead touchdown on a 43-yard run midway through the fourth quarter for the visitors.
Boston College took a 16-10 lead when Chris Crane hit Ifeanyi Momah on a touchdown pass with 3minutes, 3seconds left in the third. But Crane was sacked for a safety, and four plays after the free kick Dwyer broke free on a pitch around the right side for the touchdown.
Georgia Tech's Josh Nesbitt completed 6 of 13 passes for 73 yards and ran 15 times for 50 yards and a touchdown. He also gained a yard on a fourth-and-inches sneak with two minutes left and Boston College out of timeouts.
BC (1-1, 0-1 ACC) held a 9-7 halftime lead thanks to three Georgia Tech (2-0, 1-0) fumbles and three field goals by Steve Aponavicius. But the Eagles, who also missed a field-goal attempt during the first half, had three turnovers in the second – two interceptions and a fumble, also by Crane.
VIRGINIA TECH 24, FURMAN 7: In Blacksburg, Va., Kenny Lewis Jr. caught a touchdown pass and ran for a score, and the Hokies went back to their two-quarterback system against the Paladins.
Darren Evans scored the third touchdown on a 3-yard run as the Hokies (1-1) made good on their plan to get their running game going. They accumulated 261 yards on the ground, including 112 by quarterback Tyrod Taylor, against overmatched Furman (1-1).
Chris Truss caught a 17-yard pass from Jordan Sorrells with 6:02 left for Furman's score.
Taylor and Sean Glennon divided the quarterback duties as the Hokies reverted to the tandem system they used last season. Coach Frank Beamer changed his mind and decided not to redshirt Taylor after the Hokies lost their season opener to East Carolina.
Lewis' first touchdown came with 8:41 left in the third quarter on a 10-yard pass from Glennon. The 64-yard drive was highlighted by a 50-yard Taylor run.
VIRGINIA 16, RICHMOND 0: Chase Minnifield stopped a late Richmond threat with an interception, and Vic Hall returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown to seal the host Cavaliers' victory.
Richmond kept it close until Mikell Simpson's 1-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter finally gave Virginia (1-1) a little breathing room at 10-0, and the defense did the rest.
Minnifield intercepted Eric Ward's pass at the goal line and returned it to the Virginia 28 with 4:10 left, one of several big defensive plays that allowed the Cavaliers to overcome poor field position and three unsuccessful fourth-down gambles.
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