ACC Week 9 Wrap Up
Back in the hunt for a bowl game, visiting Virginia (5-3, 2-2) held on to beat Miami (4-4, 2-3), 28-21, Thursday night in Florida. Cavaliers’ QB Mike Rocco kept the offense balanced while RB Perry Jones did all that was asked, running for 67 yards, throwing a 37-yard scoring pass and putting the game away with a 78-yard TD. It was a strange game for the Canes. QB Jacory Harris had no miscues and threw for 311 yards and three scores but RB Lamar Miller and the running attack were stuffed. The hosts got behind early and didn’t have the plays or the momentum to carry the day.
Host Florida State (5-3, 3-2) shut out NC State (4-4, 1-3), 34-0, Saturday afternoon in Doak Stadium. The defense was great, not allowing a thing on the ground and holding the Wolfpack to 36 rushing yards. The offense, behind a spectacular performance by QB E.J. Manuel, pushed the visitors all over the field. Manuel finished 25 of 34 for 321 and two TD’s while the Noles’ defense got three turnovers and held the Pack to 166 yards of offense in the shutout. The win was FSU’s third straight blow out and quite a dandy bounce-back from a 0-3-season start.
Visiting #12 Virginia Tech (8-1, 4-1) had trouble putting points on the board but did just enough to win, besting Duke (3-5, 1-3), 14-10, Saturday afternoon. The win secured the Hokies’ ACC-record 11th straight road victory but it wasn’t a runaway as the Blue Devils hung around throughout. Tech QB Logan Thomas was 17 of 28 for 190 yards with two picks and the Devils shut out the Gobblers in the second half. Duke plays hard but doesn’t have much to show for it. The Devils had chance after chance but couldn’t come up with big plays – a consistent pattern this season. The rushing of VT’s David Wilson (148) was the difference in this contest. He stands as the ACC’s leading rusher and has six straight 100-yard games.
Clock management and ball control were especially significant as host Georgia Tech (7-2, 4-2) outplayed and upset #6 Clemson (8-1, 5-1), 31-17, Saturday night in Bobby Dodd Stadium. Tech QB Tevin Washington ran the triple option superbly as he rushed for 176 yards with a score. He was his best on third down, picking up several key first downs on QB draws. But the Jackets’ defense won the game even though they allowed 443 yards. Pressure was put on Clemson QB Tajh Boyd all night resulting in 2 QB sacks, two INT’s and many forced incompletions. The Bees snapped an ugly two-game losing streak.
In a snow storm, visiting Boston College (2-6, 1-4) got its first ACC win of the season, beating Maryland (2-6, 1-4), 28-17, in College Park Saturday afternoon. The Eagles finally got a running game going on the legs of sophomore Rolandan Finch who cranked out 243 yards and two scores. BC controlled the clock on offense while the defense came up with four turnovers. For the Terps, QB C.J. Brown (2 of 6 for 14 yards) got the start but couldn’t move the ball so Danny O”Brien was brought in. He didn’t fare much better finishing 14 of 35 for 165 yards and one TD. The loss marks Maryland’s 4th in a row.
Host UNC (6-3, 2-3) took advantage of miscues and blew out Wake Forest (5-3, 4-2), 49-24, Saturday afternoon to end a 2-game losing streak. RB Giovani Bernard set the tone with 154 yards and two scores for his 6th 100-yard performance. The bowl-eligible Tarheels capitalized on five Deacon turnovers (3 INT’s by QB Tanner Price) and converted four of those into touchdowns. UNC’s offense was great top to bottom tallying a season-high 562 total yards as QB Bryn Renner was outstanding completing 21 of 28 for a career-high 338 yards and three scores. Deac’s Price threw for 146 before being pulled early in the fourth quarter.