ACC Week 6 Wrap Up
It looked like a runaway but visiting Maryland (2-3, 1-1) made it a game late, falling to #13 Georgia Tech (6-0, 3-0), 21-16. The usually explosive Tech offense was held in check by the Terps, so the ground game had to save the day hogging the ball for 35 minutes. QB Tevin Washington added 120 yards and 2 TD’s despite going just 6 of 19. For Maryland, their offense was dicey as starting QB Danny O’Brien was benched after going 1 of 6 for 17 yards and a pick. His replacement, C.J. Brown, was 4 of 17 for 36 yards and an INT but he ran for 124 with a 77-yard score.
Host UNC (5-1, 1-1) got a load of Big East defense as Louisville pushed the Tar Heels but fell short, 14-7. It was a conservative performance by Carolina doing just enough to get the W. QB Bryn Renner was sacked four times as the Cardinal defense held the Heels to just 62 yards of offense in the first half. TB Giovani Bernard gained 109 on 25 touches to become the first Tar Heel to rush for at least 100 in four straight games since Ethan Horton did it five straight in 1984.
In a shocker, host Wake Forest (4-1, 3-0) bested #23 Florida State (2-3, 0-2), 35-30. The Deamon Deacons, a 10-point underdog, trailed for only about five minutes and rolled-up 391 yards of offense. QB Tanner Price was poised finishing 21 of 35 for 233 and three TD’s leading Wake to their best start to ACC play in school history. The Noles had five turnovers and 13 penalties. Small consolation was QB E.J. Manuel who played for the first time in three weeks replacing Clint Trickett late in the first half. He finished 19 of 35 for 286 yards with two scores and two picks. A total of 4 INT’s and no ground game killed any chance of a FSU comeback.
#8 Clemson (6-0, 3-0) continues to dazzle as they defeated visiting Boston College (1-5, 0-3), 36-14. Starting QB Tajh Boyd went down with a hip injury on the first drive of the third quarter after having thrown for 283 yards, rushed for 37 and was responsible for two touchdowns. He was replaced by freshman, Cole Stoudt, who went 6 of 10 for 37 yards. The Tiger defense did its job limiting the Eagles to 258 total yards and fourteen first downs. But it’s all about the offense as Clemson put it away early scoring on their first three possessions to go up 17-0.
In a nail biter, host #21 Virginia Tech (5-1, 1-1) held off conference rival, Miami (2-3, 0-2), 38-35, in what might be Tech QB Logan Thomas’ breakthrough moment. He finished a phenomenal 23 of 25 for 310 yards and three scores while running for two TD’s, most critical with 56 seconds to play on fourth down. The Hurricanes finally came alive offensively seizing the momentum in the fourth quarter after falling behind 21-7. QB Jacory Harris amassed 267 yards and three scores and RB Lamar Miller went wild running for 166 yards, I TD and he caught a touchdown pass. Unfortunately, the Canes’ defense couldn’t come up with key stops, especially in the secondary.
Getting their first win this season against a FBS opponent, host NC State (3-3, 0-2) put away the Chippewas of Central Michigan, 38-24. The Wolfpack’s injury-plagued defense played well, forcing five turnovers and stopped the Chips from scoring on eight consecutive possessions at one point. QB Mike Glennon continues to get comfortable finishing with 244 yards and 4 TD’s and RB James Washington rushed for 109 and a score.