BOSTON — Everett Golson ran for a touchdown and threw for two more on Saturday night to help No. 4 Notre Dame beat Boston College 21-6 and keep its national championship hopes intact.
Taking the field one hour after top-ranked Alabama lost to No. 15 Texas A&M, the Fighting Irish (10-0) remained unbeaten and in the hunt for a spot in the BCS title game.
Golson completed 16 of 24 passes for 200 yards, connecting with Troy Niklas for a 7-yard touchdown at the end of the first half and with John Goodman from 18 yards out early in the second.
Chase Rettig completed 27 of 34 passes for 247 yards for Boston College (2-8), which is off to its worst start since going 0-11 in 1989.
VIRGINIA 41, MIAMI 40
In Charlottesville, Va., Michael Rocco threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jake McGee with 6 seconds remaining and Virginia rallied from a 10-point deficit to stun Miami .
Rocco threw four touchdown passes and Virginia (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its second in a row after a six-game losing streak. It was the Cavaliers third consecutive win against the Hurricanes (5-5, 4-3).
The victory kept the Cavaliers’ slim bowl hopes alive.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE 37, WAKE FOREST 6
In Raleigh, N.C., Mike Glennon threw two touchdown passes while Tobais Palmer returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score to help North Carolina State beat Wake Forest (5-5, 3-5) and secure bowl eligibility.
Logan Winkles and Asa Watson each had TD catches for the Wolfpack (6-4, 3-3).