Once Jacory Harris settled down and Miami's defense got rolling, the Hurricanes found the right combination for their biggest win in years.

And for Sam Bradford-less Oklahoma, it was just another frustrating trip to South Florida.

Harris survived a shaky start to throw three touchdown passes, Javarris James ran for a career-high 150 yards against the nation's top rush defense, and No. 17 Miami knocked off No. 8 Oklahoma 21-20 on Saturday night - in what will join some games from the 1980s as another Hurricanes-Sooners classic.

With Oklahoma's reigning Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback watching from the sideline, still out with a right shoulder injury, Miami (3-1) scored 21 straight points to take control.

"It's our time," said linebacker Jordan Futch. "We are back. We are still The U."

No. 25 Georgia Tech 42, Mississippi State 31:: Josh Nesbitt threw for a career-high 266 yards and the visiting Yellow Jackets converted three Bulldogs turnovers into touchdowns for a win.

Nesbitt, who rushed 32 times the week before, took to the air against the Bulldogs (2-3), connecting with Demaryius Thomas eight times for 174 yards and a 23-yard touchdown in an exciting game that featured a little bit of everything.

The Yellow Jackets (4-1) and Bulldogs (2-3) both scored on reverses and converted a combined six fourth downs, including a fake field goal by Mississippi State. The Bulldogs' Leon Berry had an 89-yard kickoff return a score and Tech's Jerrard Tarrant returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown.

Anthony Dixon rushed for 106 yards, but gave up the fumble to Tarrant and another at the goal line after going 329 carries since 2007 without losing the ball.

Virginia 16, North Carolina 3:: Mikell Simpson ran for the game-clinching touchdown in the fourth quarter while the Cavaliers' defense turned in a dominating performance to beat the host Tar Heels.

Robert Randolph kicked three field goals for the Cavaliers (1-3, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who came out of a bye week with a desperately needed win after a terrible start to the season. Simpson added 100 yards rushing, but the Cavs didn't need much offense considering the way their defense completely locked down on the Tar Heels (3-2, 0-2).

North Carolina got nothing from its rushing attack, committed three turnovers and managed just 174 total yards. And when Simpson ran it in from 8 yards out with 5:49 left, Virginia had a two-possession lead that sent most of the light blue-clad Tar Heel fans bolting for the Kenan Stadium exits.

Boston College 28, Florida State 21: : Montel Harris broke free up the middle for a 42-yard touchdown run with 4:07 left - his second score of the game - and the host Eagles recovered after blowing an 18-point lead to beat the Seminoles.

Harris finished with a career-high 179 yards on 25 carries for the Eagles (4-1, 2-1 ACC). After Boston College stopped the Seminoles (2-3, 0-2) on fourth down with 2:16 left, Harris broke loose for a 39-yard run but then fumbled on the next play.

Boston College's Anthony Castonzo recovered, and Dave Shinskie was able to run out the clock.

Shinskie, a 25-year-old freshman in just his second week as the full-time starter, completed 12 of 21 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns. Colin Larmond Jr. had five catches for 98 yards.

Wake Forest 30, North Carolina State 24: : Riley Skinner threw three touchdown passes to become Wake Forest's career leader, the defense ended Russell Wilson's NCAA record streak by intercepting him twice, and the Demon Deacons beat the visiting Wolfpack.

Skinner won the matchup of elite ACC quarterbacks by throwing for a career-high 361 yards, while the Demon Deacons (3-2, 1-1) became the first team to intercept Wilson in more than a year.

Wilson's streak was snapped at 379 attempts when Josh Bush picked off the sophomore in the second quarter. Redshirt freshman Kenny Okoro then intercepted him in the end zone with 2:02 left and the Wolfpack (3-2, 0-1) lost in their first road game of the season.

Chris Givens had eight catches for 113 yards and a TD and Wake Forest overcame six sacks to beat NC State for the fourth time in five meetings.

No. 6 Virginia Tech 34, Duke 26: : Tyrod Taylor threw two long touchdown passes and the sixth-ranked Hokies dodged a letdown and beat the host Blue Devils.

Taylor was 17 of 22 for a career-high 327 yards with TD tosses of 36 yards to Danny Coale and 28 yards to Jarrett Boykin. Josh Oglesby had two late touchdown runs for Virginia Tech (4-1, 2-0 ACC).

Playing one week after dominating then-No. 9 Miami, the Hokies were nowhere near that sharp this time - but they were good enough to claim their ninth straight victory over the Blue Devils.

Thaddeus Lewis was 22 for 40 for 359 yards with two touchdown passes, including a 4-yarder to Austin Kelly with 25 seconds left.

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