Thomas finished 17 of 32 for 280 yards with scoring passes of 20 yards to Jarrett Boykin and 30 yards to Marcus Davis, and added scoring runs of 1 and 3 yards for the Hokies (6-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). They shook off an early 10-point deficit and took command by reeling off four touchdowns in an 11-minute, 7-second span.
Boykin caught seven passes for 149 yards to help Virginia Tech win its second in a row overall and its fifth in a row in the series, and snap Wake Forest’s four-game winning streak.
Tanner Price was 19 of 33 for 254 yards with touchdowns of 79 yards to Chris Givens and 4 yards to Cameron Ford for the Demon Deacons (4-2, 3-1). They were denied the first consecutive wins over Top 25 teams.
MIAMI 30, NORTH CAROLINA 24
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Jacory Harris passed for 267 yards and three touchdowns to help Miami beat North Carolina.
The Hurricanes (3-3, 1-2 ACC) nearly lost a 24-point lead, surviving a sluggish second half for their first road win under Al Golden.
Miami, which gained 263 of its 311 total yards in the first half, avoided the first 0-3 start in league play in program history. The Hurricanes also picked up their first win in five tries at North Carolina.
Bryn Renner passed for 288 yards and two touchdowns for the Tar Heels (5-2, 1-2), who trailed 27-3 late in the second quarter.
Giovani Bernard rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown, becoming the first North Carolina player to rush for at least 100 yards in five consecutive games since Ethan Horton in 1984.
FLORIDA STATE 41, DUKE 16
In Durham, N.C., EJ Manuel threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns to help Florida State beat Duke, giving the Seminoles their first win in a month.
Manuel had three completions of at least 50 yards in the first quarter, including a perfectly thrown 50-yard scoring toss deep over the middle to Rodney Smith. Manuel followed with a 51-yard throw out of his own end zone to Kenny Shaw on the next drive, which ended with Devonta Freeman’s 10-yard touchdown run that helped the Seminoles (3-3, 1-2 ACC) jump ahead 24-3, barely a minute into the second quarter.
Florida State had no trouble holding that lead, snapping a three-game losing streak with its first victory since a 62-10 romp over Charleston Southern on Sept. 10. The Seminoles also improved to 17-0 all-time against the Blue Devils (3-3, 1-1).