ACC Week 4 Wrap Up


Visiting NC State (2-2, 0-1) fell to Cincinnati, 44-14. The injury-depleted Wolfpack defense couldn’t contain the Bearcats. The offensive line did little to create space for a non-existent ground game (-26 yards rushing) or give QB Mike Glennon time. Glennon was sacked five times and threw 2 picks finishing 25 of 36 for 334 yards – good stats but few points to show for it. 

Falling behind 31-0 before halftime, host Maryland (1-2, 1-0) fell to Temple, 38-7. Everything broke down for the Terrapins as special teams allowed a blocked punt for the first time since 1999, then scuttled a comeback opportunity with a costly roughing the kicker penalty. QB Danny O’Brien couldn’t rally the troops finishing 17 of 33 for 153 yards, one INT and he fell to his first three sacks of the season. The D allowed scores on all five of Temple’s first half possessions. 

Getting their first win this season, host Boston College (1-3, 0-1) routed UMass, 45-17. Eagles’ linebackers returned two fumbles for scores and QB Chase Rettig looked good, connecting on 14 of 22 for 196 yards with three TD’s. They also returned a kickoff for a score. RB Montel Harris returned from preseason knee surgery, gaining 27 yards on nine carries. BC played well in all areas of the game.

#25 Georgia Tech (4-0, 1-0) couldn’t be stopped even though UNC (3-1, 1-1) tried mightily, falling to the Yellow Jackets, 35-28. The Tech offensive machine was sharp amassing 496 yards with 312 coming on the ground. The balance of Tech continues to impress as QB Tevin Washington passed for 184 yards and ran for two scores. The Tar Heels made it interesting tying the game with 7:22 left on a 55-yard TD run by Giovani Bernard who finished with 155 yards and two TD’s on 17 carries.  Jackets WR Stephen Hill had a huge game finishing with six catches for 151 yards and one touchdown. It was his third 100-yard receiving game this season. Tech is 4-0 for the first time since 1990.

With 49 seconds left, host Miami (1-2, 0-1) couldn’t punch it over on 4th and goal, falling to Kansas State, 28-24. The Hurricanes committed costly mistakes. The defense allowed 398 total yards with K-State converting 9 of 15 third down opportunities. Canes QB Jacory Harris completed 21 of 31 for 272 yards, 2 TD’s with one INT. 

It was a QB demo in Clemson as the host #21 Clemson Tigers (4-0, 1-0) held off conference rival #11 Florida State (2-2, 0-1), 35-30. The entertaining contest pitted a dynamic offense against a tough Seminole D. Clemson QB sensation, Tajh Boyd accounted for four TD’s and completed 23 of 37 passes for 344 yards. It was the most passing yards ever against the Noles. Freshman phenom WR Sammy Watkins continues to amaze grabbing eight passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Back-up FSU QB, Clint Trickett, was a gamer in his first start, on the road in front of 82,000 fans, he threw for 336 yards, three scores and one INT which is nothing to be ashamed of. The Tigers have beaten FSU five straight times in Death Valley.    

Improving to 4-0 for the first time since 2006, #13 Virginia Tech (4-0, 0-0) defeated host Marshall, 30-10. It wasn’t pretty for the Hokies as they missed a FG then fumbled and threw an INT late, which kept them from running away with this one. RB David Wilson played well posting another 100-yard game (132) but also had a late bobble. QB Logan Thomas was solid, going 22 of 33 for 229 yards.

Host UVA (2-2. 0-1) fell to Southern Mississippi, 30-24. The Hoos played from behind throughout but made it close in the waning minutes. The Golden Eagles got their second consecutive win over Virginia as the defense made play after play against the home squad. QB Mike Rocco threw three picks before being replaced by David Watford.

Surging in the first half, host Duke (2-2, 1-0) ran over Tulane, 48-27. The Blue Devils surpassed their previous scoring average of 18.3 points per game with 21 in the first quarter. QB Sean Renfree had fun, completing 21 of 30 for 278 and 1 score. The Devils outgained the Green Wave 336 to 127 in the first half and the D made it five consecutive quarters without a score in the past two weeks.