ACC Week 10 Wrap Up
Becoming bowl-eligible for the 30th consecutive year, visiting Florida State (6-3, 4-2) easily managed Boston College (2-7, 1-5), 38-7, Thursday night at Alumni Stadium. Noles’ QB E.J. Manuel didn’t make any big mistakes, playing smartly and with efficiency. He completed 12 of 16 for 180 yards and three scores, which put the game away in the first half. The Seminoles defense continued to be phenomenal holding BC to 94 yards rushing and creating four turnovers – 2 lost fumbles and 2 INT’s. The Eagles are now guaranteed their first losing season since 1998 and were eliminated from bowl contention.
UVA (6-3, 3-2) traveled to College Park and beat host Maryland (2-7, 1-5), 31-13, Saturday afternoon. The Cavaliers have won four of their last five and become bowl-eligible for the first time since 2007. RB Perry Jones ran for 139 yards (100 in the first half) and two scores while QB Mike Rocco threw for 2 TD’s tallying 307 yards on 23 of 36 passes. The Cavs finished with 527 total yards to 353 for the Terps, who lost their fifth in a row under new head coach Randy Edsall. MD committed five turnovers – 2 fumbles lost and three picks.
Host NC State (5-4, 2-3) made it five in a row, shutting out archrival UNC (6-4, 2-4), 13-0, Saturday afternoon in Raleigh. The Pack defense was outstanding, harassing the Tar Heel QB’s (4 sacks) and holding their runners to 3 net yards. Starting Heels’ hurler, Bryn Renner, was knocked out of the game (literally) in the third quarter and was relieved by Braden Hanson who faired a bit better but produced no points. State only mustered 290 total yards, with RB James Washington carrying the load finishing with 110. It was the Wolfpack D who stole the show, completely neutralizing the Tar Heel offense to secure the first in-state shut out since 1960.
The Miami Hurricanes (5-4, 3-3) hosted Duke (3-6, 1-4) Saturday afternoon in Sun Life Stadium and rolled past the Blue Devils, 49-14. The Canes scored on their first five possessions. RB Lamar Miller ran for two touchdowns with147 yards, putting him over the 1,000-yard mark – the first Hurricane runner to reach that mark since Willis McGahee in 2002. QB Jacory Harris played well, going 14 of 20 for 202 and three TD’s, For Duke, QB Sean Renfree completed 19 of 25 for 181 yards and a touchdown but the Devil’s D had no answer for Miller & Co.
Getting shutout in the second half, host Wake Forest (5-4, 4-2) fell to the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame Saturday night, 24-17. Twice in the second half the Deacs had the ball at or inside the ND 10 and came away with no points. Wake QB Tanner Price went 17 of 24 for 187 and one TD, but a costly fumble during a scoring drive and the tenacious Irish offense in the 3rd period were more than WF could overcome. This was the first meeting ever between the schools and the smallest venue (36,307) to host Notre Dame since 1945.