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

Sunday - 9/8/2013, 3:31am  ET

TCU running back Aaron Green (22) dives scoring a touchdown against Southeastern Louisiana defensive backs Marice Sutton (7) and Todd Washington during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. TCU won 38-17.(AP Photo/LM Otero)

The Associated Press

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. (AP) -- 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 (AP) -- 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. (AP) -- 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.

In this one, Boyd scored Clemson's first touchdown and played only a half against the Bulldogs (0-2) before finding a spot on the Death Valley sidelines next to offensive coordinator Chad Morris. That was more than enough, though, for Clemson to move to 27-0 all-time against FCS teams.

Cornerbacks Martin Jenkins and Darius Robinson each had pick-6 scores to help the Tigers to a 38-7 lead by halftime.

Backup Cole Stoudt had three touchdown passes, two to reserve Germone Hopper, in the blowout.

NO. 5 STANFORD 34, SAN JOSE STATE 13

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Tyler Gaffney ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns in an impressive return after playing baseball in the minors last year, leading Stanford to a season-opening win.

With career-rushing leader Stepfan Taylor in the NFL now, Gaffney made sure the defending Pac-12 and Rose Bowl champions kept the ground game going strong. The Cardinal scored on their first three possessions and forced prolific passer David Fales to toss short passes for little gain.

Kevin Hogan threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns for Stanford in front of an announced sellout crowd of 50,424 -- the largest since 50,425 showed up for Southern California in 2008. Stanford has won nine straight games.

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