Clemson, S.C. Tyrone Moss practically saved Miami's season with a performance that left no question about his ability to be the Hurricanes' next star runner.
Moss rushed for 139 yards and three touchdowns, including a 25-yarder in the third overtime that lifted No. 13 Miami to a 36-30 victory over Clemson and allowed the Hurricanes to avoid their first 0-2 start in 27 years.
There were some who doubted whether Moss could live up to the legacies of backs such as Frank Gore and Willis McGahee, even after he rushed for 102 yards against Florida State in his first start.
"I know I can be the man," Moss said. "I can get the job done. There was no doubt in my mind."
After Moss bounced out the right side for his game-winning score, safety Kenny Phillips intercepted Charlie Whitehurst's pass when the 20th-ranked Tigers (2-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) got their chance in the third extra period.
Phillips' play ended the game and gave the Hurricanes (1-1, 1-1) a reason to forget their miserable 10-7 loss at Florida State nearly two weeks ago.
No. 4 Virginia Tech 45, Ohio 0
Blacksburg, Va. - Marcus Vick threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third, and Virginia Tech got its second shutout in a row. The Hokies (3-0) turned three turnovers into touchdowns and turned the Bobcats away twice deep in Tech territory.
No. 7 Georgia 44, Louisiana-Monroe 7
Athens, Ga. - Danny Ware rushed for 109 yards, and Martrez Milner caught three passes for 79 yards and a touchdown as the backups led Georgia (3-0).
No. 8 Florida State 28, No. 17 Boston College 17
Boston - A.J. Nicholson intercepted two passes, scoring on a 19-yard return on the first play of the game, and Greg Carr caught two touchdowns to help Florida State spoil Boston College's ACC debut. Nicholson's interceptions sparked the Seminoles (3-0) to a 14-0 lead in the first five minutes before BC scored 17 unanswered points to take the lead. The Eagles (2-1) nursed the lead until quarterback Quinton Porter left because of an ankle injury, and Florida State took advantage.
No. 9 Ohio State 27, San Diego State 6
Columbus, Ohio - Santonio Holmes' punt returns set up Troy Smith's two first-half touchdown runs, lifting Ohio State. The Buckeyes (2-1) trailed 6-0 just 11 seconds into the game. But spurred by a relentless defense and mistakes by the Aztecs (0-3) they never seriously were challenged.
Michigan State 44, No. 10 Notre Dame 41
South Bend, Ind. - Jason Teague took an option pitch 19 yards for a touchdown in overtime, lifting Michigan State (3-0) to its fifth straight victory at Notre Dame Stadium. The Fighting Irish (2-1) rallied from 21 points down in the third quarter to tie the score, but had to settle for a 44-yard field goal by D.J. Fitzpatrick on their OT possession and couldn't make it stand up.
No. 11 Louisville 63, Oregon State 27
Louisville, Ky. - Brian Brohm threw for 368 yards and five touchdowns, and Louisville topped 50 points for the ninth time under coach Bobby Petrino. Mario Urrutia caught seven passes for 175 yards with two touchdowns for Louisville (2-0).
No. 14 Michigan 55, Eastern Michigan 0
Ann Arbor, Mich. - Max Martin ran for two touchdowns, and Chad Henne threw two TD passes to Jason Avant as Michigan (2-1) tied a school record with 28 points in the first quarter.
No. 15 Cal 35, Illinois 20
Berkeley, Calif. - Justin Forsett ran for a career-high 187 yards and two touchdowns, and Tim Mixon returned a fourth-quarter punt 79 yards for a score during California's impressive second-half rally. Marcus O'Keith rushed for a late score and caught a 26-yard TD pass for the Golden Bears (3-0).
No. 16 Georgia Tech 28, Connecticut 13
Atlanta - Red-shirt freshman Taylor Bennett, playing for Reggie Ball, threw a touchdown on his first college pass for Georgia Tech (3-0).
No. 22 Iowa 45, N. Iowa 21
Iowa City, Iowa - Drew Tate returned from a concussion to throw two touchdown passes, and Albert Young ran for two more scores, leading Iowa (2-1).
Oregon 37, No. 23 Fresno State 34
Eugene, Ore. - Kellen Clemens threw for 332 yards and four touchdowns, helping Oregon (3-0) beat Fresno (1-1).
No. 25 Virginia 27, Syracuse 24
Syracuse, N.Y. - Connor Hughes kicked a 19-yard field goal as time expired, and Virginia (2-0) escaped.