BOSTON — Jameis Winston threw for four touchdowns, including a 55-yard Hail Mary as time expired in the first half to help No. 8 Florida State rally from a slow start and beat Boston College 48-34 on Saturday.
Winston had first-half touchdown passes of 56 and 10 yards to tie the game after Boston College (2-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) opened a 17-3 lead. The desperation heave to Kenny Shaw made it 24-17, then Winston added a fourth TD pass in the second half as the Seminoles (4-0, 2-0) pulled away.
Winston completed 17 of 28 passes for 330 yards and ran 14 times for 67 yards.
NO. 15 MIAMI 49, SOUTH FLORIDA 21
In Tampa, Fla., Stephen Morris threw for two touchdowns before limping off with an ankle injury and Duke Johnson scored a TD in his eighth consecutive game, helping Miami (4-0) roll past South Florida (0-4).
Miami is off to its best start in nine years heading into next weekend’s ACC opener at home against Georgia Tech.
Morris threw for 222 yards, moving ahead of Steve Walsh and into ninth place on Miami’s career passing list.
EAST CAROLINA 55, NORTH CAROLINA 31
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Shane Carden threw three touchdown passes and ran for three scores to help East Carolina (3-1) beat North Carolina (1-3), earning its first win in Chapel Hill in nearly four decades.
Vintavious Cooper ran for a career-high 186 yards for the Pirates, who had beaten North Carolina on the road only once before in 1975.
The Pirates finished with 603 total yards, the second-highest total ever allowed by the Tar Heels at home.
PITTSBURGH 14, VIRGINIA 3
In Pittsburgh, the Panthers (3-1, 2-1) turned a pair of early Virginia turnovers into touchdowns and the defense did the rest.
Tom Savage completed 13 of 30 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions before leaving late in the fourth quarter.
Virginia (2-2, 0-1) managed just 188 total yards.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE 48, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 14
In Raleigh, N.C., Shadrach Thornton and Matt Dayes each had long scoring runs during North Carolina State’s four-touchdown second quarter, and the Wolfpack (3-1) routed Central Michigan (1-4).
Thornton finished with 71 yards and his 29-yard scoring run came shortly before Dayes’ 42-yard TD for N.C. State.D.J. Green returned an interception 37 yards for the first score and Rashard Smith brought a punt back 67 yards for a TD to help N.C. State build a 35-0 lead at
Pete Thomas was 14 of 20 for 244 yards with a late 80-yard touchdown pass to Bryan Underwood.
DUKE 38, TROY 31
In Durham, N.C., Brandon Connette threw three touchdowns passes and ran for two more to lead Duke (3-2) over Troy (2-3).
Connette had 324 yards passing and 55 rushing.
The five touchdowns are a career high for Connette.