ACC Week 3 Wrap Up

Boston College (0-3, 0-1)  struggled offensively against Duke (1-2, 1-0), falling in the conference opener for both, 20-19. BC had a chance to win with 43 seconds left but Nate Freese’s 23-yard FG hit the upright and bounced no good. The Eagles are off to their worst start since 1991 while the Devils won for just the 2nd time in their last eleven conference openers. 

It was all about speed and youth as host and newly ranked #21Clemson (3-0, 0-0) came alive in the 2nd half besting SEC rival Auburn, 38-24. Tiger QB Tajh Boyd was superb going 30 of 42 for 386 yards and 4 scores. Freshman receiver Sammy Watkins was all-world catching ten passes for 155 yards and two TD’s while running for 44 yards on seven carries. The offense was simply unstoppable converting 14 of 18 3rd down chances and finished with 624 total yards.

Host NC State (2-1, 0-1) got a nearly perfect game from QB Mike Glennon as the Wolfpack bested South Alabama, 35-13. Glennon finished 17 of 20 for 274 yards and four TD’s working with receiver T.J. Graham  five times for 128 yards and a score. The defense did their part with four sacks.

Wake Forest (2-1, 1-0) has come alive offensively crushing Gardner-Webb, 48-5. The passing game was fantastic with QB Tanner Price on fire completing 21 of 32 for 281 yards and two scores. He also ran for a TD. The defense did their job holding GW to 22 yards rushing and allowing 3 of 17 on third down. 

Talk about a near miss! Host Maryland (1-1, 1-0) almost pulled it off but fell to #16 West Virginia, 37-31. Terp QB Danny O’Brien was gutsy in the second half after a slow performance at the outset. He led his squad back from a 24-point deficit but ran out of steam at the end. The running attack played very well but in the end, the secondary yielded far too many big plays. 

#13 Virginia Tech (3-0, 0-0) clipped the Red Wolves of Arkansas State, 26-7. The Hokies fell behind 7-0 early before waking up, scoring on three of their next four possessions to lead 23-7 at the break. The offense struggled at times but managed 427 total yards, 292 through the air and going 7 of 15 on third down conversions. 

It was a game of records for #25 Georgia Tech (3-0, 0-0) as the home team demolished Kansas, 66-24. The triple-action worked to perfection piling up 768 yards – a school record. The Yellowjackets also set a school mark with 604 yards rushing, averaging an incredible 12.1 each time they dashed. The Jackets were perfect – six possessions, six TD’s - and are averaging 59 points per game. 

Host Miami (1-1, 0-1) got a big win, knocking-off then #17 Ohio State, 24-6. The Hurricanes’ defense came to play, dominating the passing attack of the Buckeyes. The Canes outgained OSU 363-209 and held the visitors to  4 of 18 for 35 yards passing. RB Lamar Miller trotted for 184 yards – 54 on the first play from scrimmage. 

Improving to 3-0, host UNC (3-0, 1-0) handled a pesky UVA (2-1, 0-1) squad 28-17. The Heels won their first ACC opener since 2000 on the legs of RB Gio Bernard and a balanced offensive scheme. Soph QB Bryn Renner continues to play with poise getting 2 scores on 143 yards passing and no picks. The run D that had previously been formidable allowed too much yardage by the Cavs ceding 222 on the ground and 401 overall. 

#11 Florida State (2-1, 0-0) fell to #1 Oklahoma., 23-13, losing not only the game but starting QB E.J. Manuel to a shoulder injury, as well. In front of a record crowd of 84,392, the Sooners D stymied the Seminoles on drive after drive allowing just 27 net yards rushing, caused 3 turnovers and rushed the passer relentlessly sacking the QB’s six times. FSU was tied with the Sooners at 9:32 in the final quarter, but couldn't pull the upset.