Atlantic Coast Conference News and Notes
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BOSTON COLLEGE: Senior tailback Andre Williams continued to produce, but the rest of the Eagles failed to back him up in a 34-10 loss at North Carolina. BC's workhorse back, Williams rushed for 172 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries, but overall, the Eagles managed a mere 261 yards of offense, as quarterback Chase Rettig struggled to the tune of 10-of-20 passing, for just 57 yards. He didn't throw an interception in the loss, but was sacked four times. In all, Boston College managed just 12 first downs in the loss. Williams recorded his fifth 100+ yard performance of the season and the 10th of his career. He also surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career, becoming the first BC running back to do so since 2010 (Montel Harris - 1,243). Meanwhile, the BC defense allowed just under 400 yards of offense to the Tar Heels, including 282 through the air. With two straight losses, Boston College is 3-4 overall and a mere 1-3 in league play. ACC action continues this weekend for the Eagles with a home date against Virginia Tech.
CLEMSON: Following their humbling loss to Florida State last week, the Tigers got back in the win column with their 40-27 road win at Maryland this past weekend. Clemson used a lethal ground game to pound out the victory, as tailback Roderick McDowell carried the ball 30 times, for 161 yards and his first two rushing scores of the season. In all, Clemson rolled up 551 total yards of offense, with 247 coming via the rush and another 304 via the pass. All-American Tajh Boyd shook off his bad game against the Seminoles, by completing 28-of-41 passes, for 304 yards and a touchdown. Fellow All-American Sammy Watkins had a big day as well, hauling in 14 passes, for 163 yards in the win. Clemson got back to what it does best, putting up big offensive numbers. The Tigers ran 97 offensive plays against the Terrapins, while amassing 30 first downs. At 7-1 overall and 4-1 in ACC action, Clemson closes out a two-game road swing this weekend at Virginia.
FLORIDA STATE: The Seminoles kept rolling this past weekend, making light work of the NC State Wolfpack, with a 49-17 romp in Tallahassee, as legendary former coach Bobby Bowden was in attendance for the first time since his retirement (2009). The Seminoles rolled up 566 yards of total offense in the lopsided win, with 224 on the ground and another 342 through the air. Heisman hopeful Jameis Winston was 16-of-26 passing in the win, for 292 yards and three touchdowns. Rashad Greene was once again the top target downfield, grabbing eight balls, for 137 yards and one score. Tailbacks Devonta Freeman (92 yards, two TDs) and Karlos Williams (86 yards, one TD) led the ground game. With the victory, Jimbo Fisher improved to 38-10 at FSU (.791) and now holds the ACC record for career wins in the first four years coaching in the league. The team is now 7-0 for the first time since 1999. FSU (5-0 ACC) has now won 11 straight ACC games and looks to improve on that this weekend with a showdown with top-10 foe instate rival Miami at Doak Campbell Stadium.
MARYLAND: The Terrapins had no answer for the Clemson offense, which racked up well over 500 yards, en route to handing Maryland a 40-27 loss at home in College Park this past weekend. Meanwhile, Maryland struggled to keep pace, managing a modest 364 yards. The team had a particular problem generating production on the ground with just 82 yards on 3.3 yards per carry. Quarterback Caleb Rowe got the nod under center, but was just 19-of-42 passing, for 282 yards. He did throw three touchdowns passes, despite having a depleted receiving corps at this disposal. Wideouts Stefon Diggs and Deon Long are both gone for the season following leg injuries suffered last week. Also not playing against Clemson were tailback Brandon Ross and tight end Dave Stinebaugh. Levern Jacobs stood up and filled the void in his first career start, finishing with eight catches, for 159 yards and a TD. The 5-3 Terps have had problems in-conference at just 1-3. They will be off this weekend but will look to right the ship on Nov. 9 at home against Syracuse.
NC STATE: The Wolfpack shocked the ACC last season with a huge upset of Florida State in Raleigh. This season, the Seminoles made sure it didn't happen again, as NC State was never in a game they eventually lost in Tallahassee, 49-17. The Wolfpack were down 35-0 after the first quarter and were never able to get back into the contest. Tailback Shadrach Thornton did his best though, racking up 173 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in the loss. However, the passing game found little room to operate, as FSU held NC State to just 128 yards passing. Brandon Mitchell got the nod under center, but completed just 17-of-33 passes for 128 yards, with two interceptions. It was certainly a tale of two halves for the Wolfpack, who managed just 85 offensive yards in the opening two quarters, but closed out with 231 yards in the second half. NC State, which is 3-4 overall, is still in search of its first ACC victory of the season (0-4). The Wolfpack will try to end a three- game skein this weekend in Raleigh in a Homecoming contest against rival North Carolina.
SYRACUSE:At 3-4 overall and 1-2 in their first season in the ACC, the Orange had a much-needed bye this past weekend, coming off an ugly 56-0 whipping at Georgia Tech on Oct. 19. Syracuse gets back to work this weekend, when the teams welcomes Wake Forest to the Carrier Dome.
WAKE FOREST: The Demon Deacons gave the No. 7 Miami Hurricanes all they could handle this past weekend down in Miami Gardens, but the 'Canes scored a touchdown with under a minute to play to escape with a 24-21 victory. Wake took the lead with just over four minutes left in the game on a 44-yard TD reception by Dominique Gibson, but Miami went on a 10-play 73-yard drive to earn the win. Wake was stifled on the ground, managing just 59 yards rushing, but quarterback Tanner Price was solid with his arm, passing for 302 yards and two TDs, one of which went to star wideout Michael Campanaro, who finished with 10 catches, for 88 yards. Wake Forest is now 4-4 overall (2-3 ACC). The Demon Deacons will remain on the road this week, as they match up with the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome.
DUKE: The shocker of the week took place in Blacksburg, as the Duke Blue Devils came into Lane Stadium and left with a stunning 13-10 victory. The numbers certainly didn't resemble a win. Duke produced just 198 yards of offense compared to Virginia Tech's 387. The Blue Devils were also 0-for-11 on third down and the Hokies held a nearly 19 minute advantage in time of possession. However, the Blue Devils overcame four turnovers and beat a ranked opponent for the first time since 1994 and their first ranked foe on the road since 1971 (Stanford). In the process, Duke became bowl eligible for the second straight season, moving to 6-2 on the year (2-2 ACC). Place kicker Ross Martin was the real hero of the game, hitting a pair of 50+ yard field goals in the win. Quarterback Anthony Boone finished the scoring for Duke with a nine-yard TD run in the third quarter. The win was also the first over Virginia Tech for Duke since 1981 and its first win in Blacksburg in program history. David Cutcliffe's squad will take the momentum of a four-game win streak into a bye this week. The team will get back to action on Nov. 9 against NC State in Durham.
GEORGIA TECH: The Yellow Jackets moved one step closer to bowl eligibility with a 35-25 win at Virginia this past weekend. Zach Laskey and David Sims each tallied two touchdowns rushing, as Tech churned out a whopping 394 yards on the ground. Three players actually eclipsed the century mark in the win for Georgia Tech, led by Laskey's 133 yards. Robert Godhigh added 111 yards and one TD, while Sims finished with 107 yards. At 5-3 overall and 4-2 in conference play, the Yellow Jackets have now secured their 19 straight season with at least a .500 record in ACC action. The victory was also the school's 699th overall (699-471-43) in 121 seasons of football. Georgia Tech will attempt to reach the 700-win plateau this weekend in Atlanta, taking on Pittsburgh in a Homecoming affair.
MIAMI-FLORIDA: Affectionately labeled the "Cardiac Canes," Miami did it once again, coming from behind to preserve its flawless 2013 season, with a 24-21 victory over Wake Forest this past weekend in Miami Gardens. Al Golden's squad scored a go-ahead touchdown with just under a minute to play in regulation to move to 7-0 on the season and 3-0 in the ACC. Back in the lineup, star tailback Duke Johnson rushed for 168 yards and two TDs, on a career-high 30 carries, including the decisive score, a one-yard plunge late in the fourth quarter. Miami churned out 200 yards on the ground overall, making up for a rather pedestrian passing game that managed to generate just 191 yards. Quarterback Stephen Morris was 17-of-28 passing, for 191 yards and one TD, that going to Herb Waters, who led the team with four catches, for 47 yards. With a long NCAA investigation now in the rearview mirror, the Hurricanes can concentrate on winning the ACC and perhaps much more. They will face their toughest challenge to date with this weekend's showdown in Tallahassee against third-ranked Florida State.
NORTH CAROLINA: The Tar Heels ended a four-game losing streak with a solid 34-10 victory over Boston College this past weekend in Chapel Hill. Quarterback Bryn Renner led the charge, completing 18-of-21 passes, for 227 yards and two TDs in the win, while backup QB Marquise Lee threw a touchdown pass and scored one on the ground. All-American candidate Eric Ebron continued his strong play from the tight end position, catching four balls, for a team- high 67 yards in the victory. UNC's defense struggled with BC's star tailback Andre Williams (172 yards, 1 TD), but did a masterful job in stopping the Eagles' passing attack, limiting Boston College to just 59 yards through the air. The Eagles jumped out to a 7-6 lead, before North Carolina rolled up 28 unanswered points to take control of the game. At 2-5 overall and just 1-3 in league play, Larry Fedora's squad will attempt to close out the second half of the season strong, starting with Saturday's instate showdown with rival NC State in Raleigh.
PITTSBURGH: The Panthers were done in by a 30-yard Navy field goal as time expired, in a 24-21 setback at Annapolis this past weekend. Quarterback Tom Savage completed an efficient 20-of-27 passes, for 203 yards and two touchdowns, while wideout Devin Street caught nine balls, for 96 yards and a score. In the process, Street became the school's all-time leading receiver with 186 career receptions, passing Latef Grim (178). With 2,692 career yards receiving, Street is now third in school history. The Panthers actually out- gained Navy (338-325) and held a more than eight minute advantage in time of possession. Pittsburgh is now 4-3 overall and 2-2 in league play. The Panthers will get back to conference work this weekend at Georgia Tech.
VIRGINIA: The Cavaliers got huge performances from wideouts Darius Jennings and Tim Smith, but even their combined 23 receptions, for 270 yards and two touchdowns weren't enough in a 35-25 loss to Georgia Tech. While Virginia was having success through the air, Tech was running rough-shod over the Virginia defense, amassing 394 rushing yards, with three different tailbacks finishing with over 100 yards, just the second time in UVa history that an opponent has done that. Quarterback David Watford had a big game, completing 43-of-61 passes, for a career-high 376 yards and two TDs, thanks in large part to Jennings (13 catches, 119 yards, two TDs) and Smith (10 catches, 151 yards). Tailback Kevin Parks added a score on the ground for Virginia, but the team overall managed just 68 yards rushing. The 2-6 Cavaliers are still in search of their first ACC win of the season. They will attempt to end a five-game losing streak this weekend at home, but are fighting an uphill battle playing host to ACC powerhouse Clemson.
VIRGINIA TECH: Despite holding a huge advantage in offensive yards (387-198) and holding the visiting Blue Devils to an 0-of-11 effort on third down, the then 16th-ranked Hokies fell to Duke 13-10 in Blacksburg. It was the first- ever loss to the Blue Devils at home for Virginia Tech, which had its six-game overall win streak come to a close. Culprits in the loss included quarterback Logan Thomas, who rushed for 101 yards and one TD, but was just 21-of-38 passing, for 214 yards with four interceptions. Place kicker Cody Journell also missed two field goal attempts in the loss. Now at 6-2 overall and 3-1 in ACC action, the now unranked Hokies move forward with this weekend's matchup at Boston College.
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