ACC Week 13 Wrap Up
They lost the game on Friday afternoon but secured their coach as host Miami (6-6, 3-5) fell to Boston College (4-8, 3-5), 24-17, but inked a 4-year extension for head coach Al Golden. As usual for the Eagles, LB Luke Kuechley was magnificent running an INT back for a score and becoming BC’s all-time leading tackler. He also topped the single-season ACC record for tackles, passing the mark of 183 he set last year. For the Canes, QB Jacory Harris had an abysmal outing tossing four picks in his final college game. Neither team is bowling in the post-season.
#13 Georgia extended their domination pulling away from host Georgia Tech (8-4, 5-3), 31-17, Saturday afternoon in Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. The Yellowjackets rushed for 243 yards out of the triple option against the nation’s 2nd ranked run D but just 79 came after the intermission. QB Tevin Washington was picked off twice and eventually was benched. The Tech defense did little to contain dynamic Bulldog QB Aaron Murray (19 of 29, 252 yards, 4 TD’s and I pick).
Trailing 41-14 in the 3rd, host NC State (7-5, 4-4) rallied to beat Maryland (2-10, 1-7), 56-41, in Carter-Finley Stadium Saturday afternoon. The win marked the second-biggest comeback in league history as Pack QB Mike Glennon threw for a career-high five TD’s and ran for another. He finished 36 of 55 for 306 yards with one INT. The Wolfpack scored 35 points in the 4th quarter. Glennon joins former Park QB Phillip Rivers as only the 2nd hurler in school history to account for six TD’s in a game. The win made NCSU bowl-eligible.
Saturday afternoon in Kenan Stadium host UNC (7-5, 3-5) bested in-state arch rival Duke (3-9, 1-7), 37-21 with WR Dwight Jones snatching 3 TD’s and freshman Giovani Bernard running for a season-high 165. Jones finished with 10 catches for 101 yards to set a single-season record for receptions as the Tarheels beat the Blue Devils for the 8th straight year. Devil QB Sean Renfree threw a pair of touchdown passes before being replaced just before half due to injury. It got interesting, 23-21, late in the 3rd period then Heels’ QB Bryn Renner directed a scoring drive to ice the game. Duke closed the year with seven straight losses after a 3-2 start and the Tarheels have a chance to finish 8-5 (with a bowl win) to match that mark each of the previous three seasons.
Host Wake Forest (6-6, 5-3) had no fist in their glove getting routed by Vanderbilt, 41-7, Saturday afternoon in Groves Stadium. It was the lowest-scoring performance by the Deacs this season as they couldn’t stop the Commodores all day allowing 297 yards on the ground and 184 through the air. Wake QB Tanner Price had a nice outing (16 of 34 for 157 and 1 score) but the defense never slowed Vandy who got 3 unanswered scores in the 2nd quarter to take an insurmountable 27-7 halftime lead.
Earning the Coastal Division crown and a trip to Charlotte to face Clemson, visiting #6 Virginia Tech (11-1, 7-1) clobbered #24 UVA (8-4, 5-3), 38-0, Saturday afternoon in Scott Stadium. The Wahoos who seemed to be on a roll and very optimistic proved not to be the best in the commonwealth that day. Tech QB Logan Thomas threw 2 TD passes and ran for another while RB David Wilson grinded out 153 yards on 24 carries with 2 scores. The Hokies finished with 410 total yards to the Cavaliers 241. The Cavs were hurt by no running game with a scant 30 yards rushing at the end. UVA QB Mike Rocco was forced to do too much and got picked off twice and sacked four times.
With only 95 yards of offense, visiting Florida State (8-4, 5-3) improbably beat in-state rival Florida, 21-7, Saturday night in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. It was all about scoring on Gator miscues as the Seminoles knocked out (literally) Fla’s QB in the 2nd quarter. Noles’ QB E.J. Manuel wasn’t good finishing with just 65 yards on 6 of 13 and was sacked four times. If not for the defense forcing turnovers, the outcome was likely to be different. 7 first downs, 2 of 15 3rd down conversions and nine penalties were ugly, to say the least, for the unproductive visitors.
#18 Clemson (9-3, 6-2) got spanked by in-state arch rival #14 South Carolina, Saturday night in Columbia, 34-13. The Gamecock defense kept Tiger QB Tajh Boyd off-balance, on the run and out of rhythm all night for a season-low 83 yards. The Tigers finished with 153 total yards to SC’s 420. Clemson gets another chance at a 10-win season in the ACC title game, December 3 in Charlotte but faces a formidable Virginia Tech squad so they better get their offense back on track in a hurry.