ACC Week 5 Wrap Up
Ending a 12-game VT ACC-winning streak, #13 Clemson (5-0, 2-0) defeated host #11 Virginia Tech (4-1, 0-1), 23-3, in Blacksburg. The Tigers became the first ACC school to beat ranked opponents three weeks in a row and they did it with defense and efficiency on offense. The 3 points for the Hokies were the second fewest in a home game since Head Coach Frank Beamer took over in 1987. The Tigers allowed just 258 yards of total offense, got four sacks and two takeaways. Tech QB Logan Thomas has failed to throw a TD in 3 of the last 4 games. Clemson is ranked in the Top 10 for the first time since the 2008 preseason poll.
Host UVA (3-2, 0-1) overcame an error-plagued performance to escape Idaho in OT, 21-20, in Charlottesville. The Wahoos had a blocked punt for a TD, and INT, two fumbles and multiple mental lapses but got a big break when the Vandals opted to go for the win instead of forcing a second overtime. The pass fell incomplete giving the Cavs a much-needed victory over an assumed underdog. Freshman back-up QB David Watford saw significant action, leading the Cavaliers in OT and receiver Kris Burd had a career-high 123 yards on eight catches.
Snapping a two-game losing streak, host Maryland (2-2, 1-0) pulled away from Towson, 28-3. The Terrapin D forced four second-half turnovers to finally slam the door. QB Danny O’Brien completed 14 of 21 passes for 123 yards while RB Davin Meggett added 102. The Tigers held the ball for 21:30 of the game’s first 30 minutes, keeping the Terp offense off the field but after intermission the wheels fell off for Towson and the Terps capitalized. The game was the first ever between the two in-state schools.
Rallying from a 10-point deficit early in the fourth period, visiting Duke (3-2, 1-0) eked-out a win over Florida International, 31-27. Blue Devil passer Sean Renfree was terrific, finishing 28 of 43 for 336 yards and 2 TD’s. The Devils trailed 27-24 with 11:56 remaining when Juwan Thompson scrambled in from the 9-yard line to ink the deal. The Panthers drove to the Duke 12 but a 4th-down pass fell incomplete.
A late second-half rally was thwarted by visiting Wake Forest (3-1, 2-0) as the Deacs bested Boston College (1-4, 0-2), 27-19. The Demon Deacons held off the Eagles and star RB Montel Harris who carried 22 times for 108 yards, setting the school’s all-time rushing record. Wake QB Tanner Price had another solid day finishing 19 of 28 for 252 yards. BC hurler Chase Rettig played hard completing 23 of 47 for 188 yards. Unfortunately he was stopped short on 4th and 4 at the Deac 44 with just under two minutes left.
For 22 minutes it looked like host Miami (2-2, 0-1) might get embarrassed by Bethune-Cookman, but eventually the Hurricanes found their stride, running away with the win, 45-14. All five of the Canes’ touchdown drives took under 2 minutes – two being clocked at 10 seconds or less. RB Lamar Miller galloped for 102 with two scores and QB Jacory Harris went 12 of 17 for 175 yards.
The #21 Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech (5-0, 2-0) are off to their best start since 1990, beating host NC State (2-3, 0-2),45-35, in a scoring bonanza. Leading 21-0, the Jackets briefly allowed the Wolfpack to make a game of it in the third period, only to pull away with 3 TD’s in a two-minute 22-second span in the fourth. Tech QB Tevin Washington completed just 4 passes but two were for scores. NC State’s Mike Glennon tried his best, finishing 20 of 29 for 163 yards with 2 TD’s and one pick as State was respectable with 387 total yards to Tech’s 413.
Everything clicked for the visiting Tar Heels of UNC (4-1, 1-1) besting in-state rival East Carolina, 35-20, in Greenville. QB Bryn Renner threw four touchdown passes while Giovani Bernard ran for 146 and a score, recording his third-straight 100-yard game. North Carolina scored the first 21 points, dominating the opening half and accounting for 326 yards before the break. Converting two early miscues into TD’s silenced the record crowd of 50,610.