ACC Wrap Up Week 2


A lack of offensive punch is challenging Boston College (0-2, 0-0), who fell to host University of Central Florida, 30-3. Without injured starting RB Montel Harris, the Eagles lack a scoring threat and the offensive line has played un-BC like allowing six sacks to date. QB Chase Rettig finished 10-23 for 70 yards and two picks. He also was sacked three times as the offense was 1 of 12 on third down.


Host Clemson (2-0, 0-0) got away with a win against FCS Wofford, 35-27. The offense was excellent both on the ground and in the air but the defense allowed the Wofford triple-option attack to gain 272 yards. The game went back and forth until the Tigers took the lead for good, 28-24, in the third period. QB Tajh Boyd played well finishing 18-29 for 261 yards and three TD’s while RB Andre Ellington dashed for 165 and a TD.


In a contest that allowed the backups to get plenty of reps, host #5 Florida State (2-0, 0-0) beat Charleston Southern, 62-10 on Saturday. The defense took no prisoners holding CS to 84 yards and three first downs. But the offense was not to be outdone, amassing 29 first downs and 647 total yards. QB E.J. Manuel shined, throwing for career-best 329 yards and 4 TD’s. Backup hurler, Clint Trickett, was impressive coming on in the third quarter completing 6 of 7 for 148 yards and two scores.


In the conference opener for both teams, host Wake Forest (1-1, 1-0) tossed their way past NC State (1-1, 0-1), 34-27. Demon Deacon QB Tanner Price was terrific, hitting a variety of receivers in securing Wake’s fifth straight home win over the Wolfpack. Price went 22 of 35 with one INT, carrying WF to a 20-6 halftime lead. Pack QB Mike Glennon looked good throwing for 315 yards and three TD’s in his failed attempt to rally for the W.


Host Duke (0-2, 0-0) fell to #6 Stanford, 44-14, in Durham. Head Coach David Cutcliffe tried everything in an attempt to deliver the Blue Devils’ first win over a Top 10 opponent since 1989. A faked punt and a pick-six pulled Duke to 10-7 but that was short-lived. The Devils even tried different QB’s with backup Anthony Boone proving to be more productive in two games (2 TD’s) to starter Sean Renfree (0).


Controlling the game offensively, visiting Georgia Tech (2-0, 0-0) handled Middle Tennessee State, 49-21. QB Tevin Washington has been unstoppable, throwing for two long scores and running for two more. The Jackets finished with 596 total yards, 382 rushing. Washington left in the third quarter going 5 of 8 for 202 yards. Tech rolled up 242 yards of offense in the first quarter and had 350 by the break.   


With five turnovers and nine penalties, host UNC (2-0, 0-0) kept Rutgers in the game, finally sealing the deal, 24-22. The Tar Heels defensive line impressed, holding the run-preference Scarlet Knights to one net rushing yard for the game and held strong on a goal line stand in the first quarter. QB Bryn Renner played well, getting 273 yards on 20 of 26 but threw 3 INT’s. Carolina receiver, Dwight Jones, stood out with six catches for 135 yards and a score.


Visiting Virginia (2-0, 0-0) held on at Indiana, besting the Hoosiers, 34-31, on end-of-game heroics. Defensive end Cam Johnson literally ripped the ball out of the hands of the IU back with 1:13 left, setting up a 23-yard FG for the win. It looked bad for the Cavaliers as Indiana converted three late turnovers into three TD’s and a 31-23 lead with 6:34 to play. UVa answered and tied the game late with a 2-pt conversion after a score.


#13 Virginia Tech (2-0, 0-0) had to rely on their phenomenal defense to insure Coach Frank Beamer’s 200th win Saturday in Greenville, beating a pesky ECU squad, 17-10. The Hokies were sloppy on offense with two key turnovers and 12 penalties. New QB starter Logan Thomas struggled, finishing 8 of 20 for 91 yards and an INT, but RB David Wilson saved the day pounding the ground for 128 punishing yards.  The D held the high-powered Pirates’ offense to just 112 total yards and that included minus –15 yards rushing.