Virginia outlasts No. 18 UNC in OT

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Al Groh insisted he didn't lose faith in his Virginia Cavaliers. As the fourth quarter of Virginia's game against No. 18 North Carolina began, he turned to quarterback Marc Verica.

"This is your quarter to shine," he told Verica.

Trailing by seven with 2:18 to play, Verica led the Cavaliers on an 82-yard scoring drive that sent the game into overtime, and Cedric Peerman, who had scored in the final minute of regulation, ran in from 2 yards to give Virginia a 16-13 win over the Tar Heels yesterday, continuing North Carolina's struggles in Charlottesville.

Virginia (4-3, 2-1, Atlantic Coast Conference) celebrated as Peerman scored on a 2-yard run with 47 seconds left in regulation, though Robert Randolph's conversion was barely good to send the game into overtime.

"We had our best at the end," Groh said.

Casey Barth kicked a 28-yard field goal to begin overtime, and North Carolina (5-2, 1-2) led 13-10.

Tight end John Phillips caught a 19-yard pass from Verica to put the ball on the Tar Heels' 4-yard line. Peerman ran for 2 yards and then 2 more for the winning score.

The victory extended the Cavaliers' winning streak at Scott Stadium to 14 and was their third straight win. They beat Maryland, 31-0, on Oct. 4.

North Carolina's Shaun Draughn, who switched from safety to tailback this season, rushed for 140 yards.

The Tar Heels haven't won in Charlottesville since Nov. 14, 1981.

Boston College 28, No. 17 Virginia Tech 23: : Rich Gunnell returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown and the host Eagles (5-1, 2-1) overcame quarterback Chris Crane's miscues to beat the Hokies (5-2, 2-2). Crane threw three interceptions, two of them returned for touchdowns, but BC held Virginia Tech to 240 yards.

Georgia Tech 21, Clemson 17: : Josh Nesbitt threw for one touchdown and rushed for another to lead the visiting Yellow Jackets (6-1, 3-1) over the Tigers (3-4, 1-3) and spoil coach Dabo Swinney's debut for Clemson. It was an emotional day for the Tigers in their first game since coach Tommy Bowden stepped down Monday. Clemson and oft-criticized quarterback Cullen Harper rallied in the second half with two touchdown passes to Aaron Kelly to wipe out an 11-point deficit and lead 17-14. Nesbitt, though, found Demaryius Thomas alone for a 24-yard touchdown pass with 5:22 left.

Miami 49, Duke 31: : Jacory Harris threw four touchdown passes and ran for another touchdown to lead the Hurricanes (4-3, 1-2) over the host Blue Devils (3-3, 1-2). The freshman took over for starter Robert Marve in the second quarter.

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