Atlantic Coast Conference News and Notes
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BOSTON COLLEGE: Senior tailback Andre Williams continued his All-American campaign, as he rushed for a career-high 263 yards and five touchdowns in Boston College's 48-27 win over Army this past weekend. Williams tied the single-game school record for touchdowns, but he finished just one yard shy of the single-game rushing record. Quarterback Chase Rettig didn't have to do much on the day, completing 11-of-13 passes, for 203 yards and one touchdown. Wideout Alex Amidon continued to be Rettig's top target, finishing with five catches, for 122 yards. BC's 48 points is the most the team has scored in a single game since Oct. 17, 2009 (52-20 against NC State). With the win, Boston College moved to 3-2 on the season. The team will attempt to make it two wins in a row, but it won't come easy with this week's road trip to Death Valley to battle No. 3 Clemson.
CLEMSON: With so many prolific passing performances in the first month of the season, Clemson's Heisman hopeful Tahj Boyd opened October in impressive fashion, throwing for a team-record 455 yards and five touchdowns in the Tigers' 49-14 rout of Syracuse in upstate New York. The Tigers amassed a whopping 624 yards of total offense on the afternoon. Wideouts Sammy Watkins and Aaron Humphries had big outings, with Watkins finishing with four catches, for 126 yards and one TD, while Humphries tallied three receptions, 118 yards and two scores. Watkins' 91-yard TD reception was the second longest play from scrimmage in Clemson history. With the win, Clemson moved to 5-0 for the second time under Dabo Swinney. The Tigers have now 10 straight ACC games and have won 13 consecutive games by double digits against unranked foes. The Tigers return home for a two-game homestand, starting with this weekend's ACC showdown with Boston College.
FLORIDA STATE: The Seminoles tied the NCAA record for the most lopsided win over a ranked opponent, as they completely destroyed the Maryland Terrapins this past weekend in Tallahassee, 63-0. It was also the team's first shutout of a Top 25 team in 16 years. Freshman phenom Jameis Winston continued his torrid pace and unexpected Heisman run, completing 23-of-32 passes, for a career-high 393 yards and five touchdowns. Wideout Rashad Greene caught four balls, for a team-high 108 yards, but it was fellow WRs Kenny Shaw (5-96, 1 TD) and Kelvin Benjamin (5-60, 2 TDs) and TE Nick O'Leary (4-55, 2 TDs) that found the end zone. Overall, Florida State amassed 614 total yards and picked up 33 first downs, averaging 7.5 yards per play with no turnovers. Meanwhile, the FSU defense completely shut down a top 20 offense, limiting the Terps to just 234 yards. The Seminoles (5-0, 3-0 ACC) will enjoy a well-earned bye this week before a marquee matchup with third-ranked Clemson on Oct. 19 in Death Valley.
MARYLAND: The Terrapins lost quarterback C.J. Brown to injury in the second quarter of their contest against Florida State this past weekend, but the game was lost before that. In the end, Maryland suffered the most lopsided loss in NCAA history as a ranked opponent, falling 63-0 in ACC action in Tallahassee. Maryland's 18th-ranked offense was completely nullified by FSU's swarming defense, managing just 234 yards. Caleb Rowe replaced Brown in the second quarter, but struggled to produce, completing just 9-of-17 passes, for 119 yards. Maryland's defense was overwhelmed as well, allowing FSU to churn out 614 yards and 33 first downs. Defensive back Sean Davis led the team with a career-high 12 tackles. Anthony Nixon also totaled a career high with 10 tackles. The loss was the first of the season for Maryland (4-1), which will attempt to get back in the win column this weekend at home against Virginia.
NC STATE: It was another setback for Dave Doeren's Wolfpack, as NC State fell at Wake Forest this past weekend, 28-13. Quarterback Pete Thomas completed 27- of-43 passes, for a season-high 257 yards and one touchdown, but the Wolfpack fell to 3-2 on the season and 0-2 in conference play. Wideout Bryan Underwood had a strong game in defeat, hauling in 11 balls, for 64 yards in the loss, while Quintin Payton finished with six catches, for 98 yards and one TD. NC State was a little short-handed as freshman RB Matt Dayes and freshman WR Marquez Valdes-Scatling did not suit up in the game. The Wolfpack have dropped two of their last three games and will look to get back in the win column this weekend in Raleigh, as they play host to new ACC member Syracuse.
SYRACUSE: Syracuse's six-game home win streak came to an abrupt end, as the Orange received a harsh welcome to the ACC, in a 49-14 drubbing at the hands of No. 3 Clemson this past weekend. Quarterback Terrel Hunt didn't have much success through the air, completing just 8-of-24 passes, for 52 yards in the loss. However, the Orange did have success on the ground, rumbling for a season-high 323 yards, led by Jerome Smith's 125 yards. Devante McFarlane was a close second, with 95 yards rushing. Despite getting torched by Clemson's Tahj Boyd, the Syracuse defense did record eight TFL in the game, including four sacks, two of which came from DT Jay Bromley, who leads the team in TFL (8.0) and sacks (5.0). Syracuse (2-3) will get another shot at its first ACC victory this weekend, hitting the road to take on NC State in Raleigh.
WAKE FOREST: The Demon Deacons continued their mastery of NC State in Winston- Salem, posting their sixth straight home win over the Wolfpack this past weekend with a 28-13 victory at BB&T Field. With the victory, Wake Forest moved to 3-3 overall, while earning its first ACC win of the season (1-2). Quarterback Tanner Price was responsible for all four touchdowns, throwing three TD passes, while rushing for a score as well. In all, Price was 24-of-39 passing, for 268 yards in the win. He also added a career-high 82 yards rushing on 18 carries. Michael Campanaro continued his strong season with 12 receptions, for 153 yards and two touchdowns. With his performance, Campanaro became just the second Demon Deacon to reach 200+ receptions. He currently sits at 206 catches and is 10 behind Desmond Clark for the school record. Wake is idle this week and won't get back on the field until a home date with Maryland on Oct. 19.
DUKE: The Blue Devils (3-2, 0-2 ACC) were idle this past weekend. Duke gets back to work this week as the team welcomes Navy to Durham for non-conference action.
GEORGIA TECH: The Yellow Jackets took advantage of the Miami Hurricanes early on, but could not sustain the momentum, as a 17-7 lead after the first quarter, turned into a 45-30 loss in ACC action in Miami Gardens. Tech's ground game was once again the team's top mode of travel on offense, churning out 335 yards, but the Yellow Jackets managed just 66 yards passing in the setback. Tailback David Sims led the team with 77 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Meanwhile, QB Vad Lee was a mere 5-of-13 passing, for 63 yards and one interception. Tech struggled on defense as well, allowing 551 yards to the Hurricanes, who have now beaten Georgia Tech in five straight meetings. The Yellow Jackets are now 3-2 overall and 2-2 in ACC play. The team has dropped back-to-back games and will attempt to get back in the win column this weekend with a non-conference road trip to BYU.
MIAMI-FLORIDA: The Hurricanes got off to a slow start, down by 10 points after one quarter, but blew past Georgia Tech over the final three quarters and moved to 5-0 on the season and 1-0 in the ACC with a 45-30 victory at home. Tailback Duke Johnson rushed for 184 yards in the win and accounted for 325 all-purpose yards. Quarterback Stephen Morris provided balance, going 17-of-22 passing, for 324 yards and three touchdowns. It marked his fifth career 300+ yard passing effort. In all, Miami rolled up 551 yards of total offense against Georgia Tech. The win was the fifth straight for Miami in the series. The Hurricanes are off this weekend in preparation of a Thursday night showdown with North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Oct. 17.
NORTH CAROLINA: The Tar Heels dropped their third straight game, falling this past weekend to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, 27-17. The loss leaves UNC at a dismal 1-4 on the season, including an 0-2 mark in ACC play. Larry Fedora was forced to start Marquise Williams under center for the injured Bryn Renner, and the dual threat signal caller performed well in his first career start, completing 22-of-35 passes, for 277 yards and two TDs, while rushing for 56 yards on 18 carries. Wideout Quinshad Davis caught six passes for 94 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Davis leads the team in touchdown receptions with four on the season. The Tar Heels are off this weekend and will attempt to end their current skein on Oct. 17 in a Thursday night battle with nationally- ranked and undefeated Miami-Florida.
PITTSBURGH: The Panthers enjoyed a well-earned bye this past weekend. Pittsburgh, which lost its season opener to Florida State, has won three straight games and puts that streak on the line this weekend with a showdown with Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
VIRGINIA: It was a 24-24 tie in the third quarter, but Virginia fell apart at home in the final stanza and dropped a 48-27 decision to the visiting Ball State Cardinals. The Cavs got a balanced effort on offense, amassing 236 yards rushing and 223 yards passing in the loss. Quarterback David Watford was 21- of-36 passing, for a career-high 209 yards and one INT, but did rush for a score. Kevin Parks led the ground game for Virginia with 104 yards on 16 carries (his fifth 100-yard effort of his career). The Cavaliers did themselves in with a season-high 13 penalties for 93 yards. Virginia (2-3), will attempt to end a two-game skid this weekend in College Park against Maryland.
VIRGINIA TECH: It was Homecoming in Blacksburg and the Hokies delivered for the fans in Lane Stadium, posting a 27-17 victory over North Carolina. On a day when the rushing attack managed just 48 yards, quarterback Logan Thomas had a big game, completing 19-of-28 passes, for 292 yards and three touchdowns. Willie Byrn made the most of his four catches, taking them for a game-high 123 yards, including an 83-yard reception. Tech has prided itself on shutting teams down in the fourth quarter. The Hokies have allowed just 30 second-half points all year, and North Carolina became the first team to score anything in the fourth quarter, getting a touchdown with 1:09 left in the game, when the decision was already in hand. Virginia Tech puts its current five-game win streak on the line this weekend at home against Pittsburgh.
10/07 11:29:42 ET