ACC Week 11 Wrap Up

#10 Virginia Tech (9-1, 5-1) traveled to Bobby Dodd Stadium and stung host Georgia Tech (7-3, 4-3), 37-26, Thursday night. The game turned on a personal foul penalty in the third quarter when it appeared the Jackets stopped the Hokies deep but DE Jeremiah Attaochu got whistled for throwing a punch, which awarded the visitors and automatic first down. The Hokes went on to score and took the lead 27-26 after a failed two-point conversion. GT couldn’t stop VT’s quarterback, Logan Thomas (6’6”, 254 lbs.) ever as he accounted for 5 TD’s. RB David Wilson rushed for a career-high 175 yards. An early 4th quarter gamble by the Bees on their own 31 was costly as VT halted the drive then moved in for the kill. 

In a sloppy game for both teams, host Florida State (7-3, 5-2) defeated in-state rival Miami (5-5, 3-4), 23-19, Saturday afternoon at Doak Campbell Field. QB E.J. Manuel had an efficient game even though he didn’t convert many 3rd downs (4-11). He finished 17 of 23 for 196 yards and a score. The Noles, on a five-game winning streak, were awesome on defense, again, getting eight tackles for loss with three sacks. The special teams carried the day accounting for 16 of FSU’s points. Three Canes’ turnovers really hurt the visitors and a combined 19 penalties didn’t impress. Miami QB Jacory Harris tried to claw back into the game with two 4th quarter scores. He finished with 225 yards, a TD and a pick.  

#9 Clemson (9-1, 6-1) escaped with the Atlantic Division championship Saturday afternoon, besting Wake Forest (5-5, 4-3), 31-28, Saturday afternoon on a last-second FG. The young Tigers are headed to the ACC Championship despite a shaky performance on both sides of the ball. QB Tajh Boyd threw two picks, which allowed Wake to stay in the game. But he got on a roll, even with outstanding frosh WR Sammy Watkins knocked out with an apparent shoulder injury, finishing 27 of 43 for 343 yards and two TDs. Two missed FG’s will haunt the Demon Deacons in their gutsy performance leading by 21 points in the third quarter. It seemed as though the defense ran out of gas in the fourth.

UVA (7-3, 4-2) hosted Duke (3-7, 1-5) Saturday afternoon at Scott Stadium and came away with a huge and much-needed victory, 31-21, keeping their ACC Coastal Division title hopes alive and ending a three-game losing streak to the visitors.  The run defense was terrific and the line did its job. Duke came up with a good drive in the second half to tie the game at 21 then the Wahoo defense took over. Blue Devil QB Sean Renfree put up good numbers, 303 yards with 1 TD, but there was no rushing threat. Cavalier QB Mike Rocco was spotty but picked up his play late in the second quarter finishing with 191 yards and two touchdowns.  

Never underestimate the power of senior day for the home team as host Boston College (3-7, 2-5) beat NC State (5-5, 2-4), 14-10, Saturday afternoon in Chestnut Hill. The Eagles’ defense was dominant as BC secured their second win in three games. The Wolfpack offense came out strong early but stalled until late in the contest. QB Mike Glennon was pushing, perhaps too hard, with 40 attempts for 220 yards with an INT. The Pack must win their final two games to be bowl-eligible. If the defense can continue to play inspired, CB David Amerson got his 10th pick of the year, maybe that can happen.

Maryland (2-8, 1-5) faced non-conference foe, Notre Dame Saturday night at FedEx Field in Landover and fell, 45-21. QB Danny O’Brien threw a pick six that made the blowout truly ugly midway through the third quarter ensuring the Terps sixth straight loss. Later O’Brien suffered a broken bone in his left arm and is out for the remainder. MD finished with 364 total yards to 508 for the Irish, who had little trouble moving the ball and taking control early.