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CLAWED - It was a rootin'-tootin', old-fashioned, Wild West shootout at the Byrd Stadium corral on Saturday night with 8th-ranked Clemson.
Unfortunately for the Terrapins, Clemson came with the heavier ammunition.
Maryland blew two 18-point leads, including a 38-24 edge midway through the 3rd quarter, as the Tigers solidified themselves as an ACC title contender in a 56-45 victory.
Defense was apparently optional on Homecoming in College Park, as the teams combined for 1,044 yards of offense, 53 first downs and plenty of other gaudy-looking stats.
But at the end of the night, even after grabbing a 45-42 lead late in the 4th quarter, the victory belonged to Clemson. The Tigers snagged the lead for good on the kickoff following the Matt Furstenburg touchdown that gave Maryland a three-point lead. Tigers freshman Sammy Watkins, who finished up with 345 all-purpose yards, earned 89 of them on a kickoff return for six that gave Clemson a 49-45 lead.
STINGING THE STUNG - It had been a while since the Virginia Cavaliers earned a victory that generated some buzz nationwide, but a 24-21 upset victory over #12 Georgia Tech did just that.
"This is one of those wins that can change the perception of what you think about yourself," Cavs bench boss Mike London exhorted after the game.
London had reason to smile. Forget Perry Jones' 149 yards for a moment - Virginia limited the Yellow Jackets' vaunted triple option and the 2nd best rushing team in the nation to just 272 yards.
What more, Virginia sits a 4-2 at the midpoint of their season, and with very winnable games against Maryland and Duke still on the horizon, the Cavaliers could be eyeing bowl eligibility for the first time since 2007.
SLOW START, BIG FINISH - The Virginia Tech Hokies are making a habit of slow starts, but if they keep finishing like they did in a 38-17 win over Wake Forest, perhaps they'll keep spotting opponents leads.
The Hokies fell behind 10-0 just eight minutes into the game before Logan Thomas and the rest of the team turned it on, rolling up three touchdowns in 8:39 in the 2nd quarter to take a lead that they wouldn't look back from.
Then again, Wake Forest's abysmal 1-for-13 conversion rate on 3rd down may have had an impact on their offensive clout, too.
RB David Wilson and WR Jarrett Boykin carried the load for the Hokies, combining for 285 yards and two touchdowns in the rout.
Next up - On Saturday, Virginia Tech hosts Boston College in Blacksburg, the Terps travel to Tallahassee (say THAT five times fast) to take on Florida State, and Virginia hosts North Carolina State at Scott Stadium.
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