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Top 25 roundup: 'Canes give ACC another win over SEC

Published: Sunday, Sept. 8 2013 10:54 a.m. MDT

Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon (25) breaks away from Tennessee Tech's Matt Hamby for a 37-yard touchdown run during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Madison, Wis.

Morry Gash, Associated Press

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Miami made it two big victories for the Atlantic Coast Conference against the Southeastern Conference in the first two weeks of the college football season.

The Hurricanes beat mistake-prone No. 12 Florida 21-16 on Saturday. Add that to Clemson's victory against Georgia and the ACC can come away feeling good about its early season showing against the league that has won the last seven national championships.

Ultimately, it was a split of four spotlight matchups. No. 1 Alabama beat Virginia Tech handily and South Carolina whipped North Carolina in the opening weekend of the season.

But considering all the grief the ACC generally takes for not being able to stand up to the mighty SEC, .500 is looking solid.

"How about that ACC? Spunky little old league?" Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said after his Tigers had an easy follow-up victory against South Carolina State on Saturday.

Miami needed a lot of help from Florida.

The Gators had five turnovers and numerous empty trips to the red zone. Florida outgained Miami 413-212, but Stephen Morris threw a couple of TD passes and the Hurricanes held on.

NO. 2 OREGON 59, VIRGINIA 10

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — De'Anthony Thomas ran for 124 yards and three touchdowns, Marcus Mariota threw for two touchdowns and ran 71 yards for another score, and Oregon started fast and completely manhandled Virginia.

The Ducks (2-0), who gained a school-record 772 yards last week in beating Nicholls State, looked capable of doing it again against a Virginia defense that hoped to keep the Cavaliers in the game. Oregon finished with 557 yards and did all its scoring while possessing the ball for just 21:25.

Virginia (1-1) got an early look at what it was up against as Mariota dropped back on a third-and-5 on the opening series, then bolted up the middle untouched, going 71 yards for a touchdown.

After 1:51, the Ducks were on their way to their 16th consecutive victory on their opponent's field, the longest streak in the country.

NO. 3 OHIO ST. 42, SAN DIEGO ST. 7

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Kenny Guiton took over when Braxton Miller left with a sprained left knee, running for one touchdown and passing for two while leading Ohio State over San Diego State.

Miller watched the last three quarters from the sideline after being sandwiched between two tacklers on the Buckeyes' seventh offensive play. The Buckeyes (2-0) didn't need him.

Guiton, who helped save Ohio State's 12-0 season a year ago, had the most playing time he's ever had in a game. He set career bests with 19 of 28 passing for 152 yards and 83 rushing yards.

It was another disappointing outing for the Aztecs (0-2), who lost 40-19 to FCS Eastern Illinois at home in their opener.

Guiton came in having completed 14 of 25 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions in his 16 career games. He had totaled 59 yards rushing on 14 attempts.

NO. 4 CLEMSON 52, SOUTH CAROLINA ST 13

CLEMSON, S.C. — Tajh Boyd ran for a touchdown and Clemson returned two interceptions for scores for the first time in program history in a win over FCS opponent South Carolina State.

Boyd finished 14-of-23 passing for 169 yards after accounting for five TDs a week ago and becoming a prime Heisman Trophy contender as the Tigers (2-0) defeated No. 11 Georgia 38-35.

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