ACC Week 8 Wrap Up
Visiting Boston College (1-6, 0-4) couldn’t generate any offensive pop losing to host Virginia Tech (7-1, 3-1), 30-14. Up 7-6 at halftime, the run defense couldn’t handle Hokie RB David Wilson who broke-off a 42-yard TD run in the first possession of the 3rd quarter. Wilson had only 21 on six carries in the first half but finished with 113 on 11 touches in the second half. Gobbler QB Logan Thomas added 268 yards through the air, completing 22 of 36. Eagles QB Chase Rettig was 13 of 30 for 181, 1 TD and 1 INT getting sacked 4 times.
It may have been close for a half but host #7 Clemson (8-0, 5-0) came roaring back on UNC (5-3, 1-3), 59-38, in Death Valley. QB Tajh Boyd had a school-record 5 TD passes but the bigger star was the Tiger defense with six takeaways from a team that doesn’t hand the ball over. In addition, Tar Heel thoroughbred RB Giovani Bernard was held to 44 yards. DE Kourtnei Brown had a dream day for Clemson with a 20-yard pick six and a 26-yard fumble return. The UNC defense held them in the game for a half as LB Zach Brown had two drive-killing sacks of Boyd but the Heels’ never figured things out on offense.
With no running game to worry about, host Florida State (4-3, 2-2) beat Maryland (2-5, 1-3) in Tallahassee, 41-16. Noles QB E.J. Manuel did it all with 264 yards and one touchdown with a red-hot start hitting 8 of his first 9 passes. The Terps were ineffective on offense being held to 59 yards rushing and didn’t score until the 3rd quarter. They also only converted 8 of 18 3rd downs. Maryland starting QB C.J. Brown left the game early in the second half after a vicious helmet-to-helmet collision. FSU finished with 484 total yards to MD’s 331.
NC State (4-3, 1-2) visited Charlottesville and defeated UVA (4-3, 1-2), 28-1, on the arm of Sr. QB Mike Glennon and the sticky fingers of CB David Amerson who had 2 INT’s in the win. Glennon finished with 231 yards and three scores for a season total of 19 TD’s. The Cavalier offensive scheme of rotating two quarterbacks was ineffective as Rocco went just 7 of 19 for 36 and Watford was 4 of 16 for 89. On D, the Wolfpack impressed with LB Terrell Manning making nine tackles and Amerson had six stops and two picks including one for a TD. Four Wahoo turnovers were killers.
The defense came up with its best performance of the season as host Miami (4-2, 2-2) smothered #22 Georgia Tech (6-2, 3-2), 24-7, Saturday afternoon. The Hurricanes held the Yellow Jackets to 211 total yards, more than 300 yards below their season average. Miami out-hustled GT taking away all of Tech’s “options” dominating at the line. It was Miami’s third straight win over the Jackets and although QB Jacory Harris was shaky going only 8 of 23 for 140 yards and one INT, LB Sean Spence cleaned-up with a team-leading 8 tackles and S JoJo Nicholas got a fumble recovery for a TD and one INT.
Wake Forest (5-2, 4-1) beat host Duke (3-4, 1-2) for the 12th straight time, 24-23, in a squeaker. The Blue Devils scored 23 unanswered points before the Deacons” dynamic duo of QB Tanner Price and WR Chris Givens connected on a 66-yard TD toss with 6:52 left. The Devils tried to pull it out driving to the Wake 40-yard line with under two minutes left but on fourth and five QB Sean Renfree threw incomplete. It still wasn’t over as Duke got the ball back with less than a minute to play but having to go for broke, Renfree let go a Hail Mary and WF’s Kenny Okoro got the pick.