Noles barely escape

The Associated PressSeptember 13, 2009 

Florida State needed two scores in the final 35 seconds Saturday night to avoid arguably one of the most embarrassing upsets in school history.

Ty Jones' 1-yard touchdown run on fourth down with 35 seconds left put the Seminoles ahead of lower-division Jacksonville (Ala.) State and teammate Kevin McNeil returned a fumble for a score 21 seconds later to seal the 19-9 victory.

Trailing 9-7, Jones' TD rallied the Seminoles and McNeil scooped up Ryan Perrilloux's fumble and ran 33 yards for his score. McNeil also blocked a field goal try by Jacksonville's Patrick Tatum in the third quarter that could have given the Gamecocks a 12-7 lead.

The visiting Gamecocks (0-2) took advantage of three Florida State turnovers to keep control of the contest until the final minute.

Florida State (1-1) hasn't lost to a school in the Football Championship Subdivision since a 9-0 defeat to William & Mary in 1969.

Also Saturday

No. 16 TCU 30, Virginia 14: TCU's defense picked up right where it left off last season, holding Virginia to seven first downs Saturday as the Horned Frogs breezed to victory in their season-opener at Virginia.

The Horned Frogs of the Mountain West Conference, looking to make a splash against a team from a league (the ACC) with an automatic BCS bowl spot, dominated until Virginia connected on a couple of scoring passes in the final five minutes, long after the outcome had been decided.

Last year's TCU defense led the nation in yards allowed, and this season's group looks equally stout. Virginia never snapped the ball in the red zone and managed only 177 yards total offense, 83 of them coming on Jameel Sewell's two late touchdown passes.

TCU gained 380 yards and converted on all five red-zone chances. Andy Dalton was 15-of-21 for 177 yards and one touchdown, a 31-yarder to Jimmy Young. Joseph Turner and Jeremy Kerley had scoring runs for the Horned Frogs.

Maryland 38, James Madison 35 (OT): Nick Ferrara kicked a 26-yard field goal in overtime, giving Maryland a narrow win over visiting James Madison.

Starting first in overtime, James Madison moved one yard in three plays before Dixon Wright was wide right on a 41-yard field-goal try.

Maryland (1-1) then used two runs by Da'Rel Scott to move the ball to the 13. Following two carries by quarterback Chris Turner, the second of which got the ball to the middle of the field, Ferrara connected.

Drew Dudzik ran for 112 yards and a touchdown and threw for two scores for James Madison (0-1).

No. 14 Virginia Tech 52, Marshall 10: Freshman Ryan Williams ran for 164 yards and three touchdowns, and the Hokies nearly quadrupled their offensive production from last week in their rout of visiting Marshall.

Virginia Tech (1-1) managed only 155 yards in its opener against Alabama, but that tally was topped before the end of the first quarter against the Thundering Herd (1-1). Marshall barely laid a hand on Williams during his 57-yard scamper up the middle in the first quarter; he added scoring runs of 4 and 28 yards in the second as the Hokies took a 35-7 halftime lead.

Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor finished 9-for-16 for 161 yards and two touchdowns and was done for the day late in the third quarter. He also ran seven times for 58 yards, including a 46-yard run after a well-sold fake to Williams that fooled the entire Marshall defense.

Boston College 34, Kent State 7: Boston College quarterbacks Justin Tuggle and Dave Shinskie each threw a first-quarter touchdown to lead the Eagles over visiting Kent State (1-1).

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