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Atlantic Coast Conference News and Notes
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
BOSTON COLLEGE: Steve Addazio suffered his first loss at the helm of Boston College, as the Eagles' trip across the country to take on USC resulted in a 35-7 whipping at the hands of the Trojans. BC struggled on both sides of the football, netting just 184 total yards of offense, while allowing USC to roll up 521 yards. Quarterback Chase Rettig was a miserable 11-of-24 passing, for a mere 83 yards. The Trojans did an exceptional job nullifying the big play ability of wideout Alex Amidon, who caught just two balls, for 23 yards. Tailback Andre Williams, who amassed 318 yards in BC's first two games, finished with 38 yards on 17 carries. The Eagles will have some extra time to solve their recent offensive woes, as they are idle this week prior to an ACC showdown with the defending ACC champion Florida State Seminoles on Sept. 28 in Chestnut Hill.
CLEMSON: The Tigers were idle this past weekend after opening the season with wins over Georgia and South Carolina State. The team did suffer a loss during its bye week, as second-leading receiver Charone Peake suffered a torn ACL in practice and will be lost for the season. Tahj Boyd and company will get back to work on Thursday night, as they open ACC play on the road at NC State.
FLORIDA STATE: It wasn't quite the performance he had in the season-opener, but Jameis Winston still completed 15-of-18 passes, for 214 yards and two touchdowns, adding a third score on the ground, as FSU routed Nevada in Tallahassee, 62-7. The Seminoles rolled up 617 yards of total offense, led by a devastating ground game that accounted for 377 yards. Two 'Noles eclipsed the century mark in rushing, led by junior Karlos Williams' 114 yards and one touchdown on just eight carries. Junior DeVonta Freeman added 109 yards and one TD on just nine touches. Kenny Shaw led all receivers with six catches, for 94 yards and a score. FSU will remain at home this weekend, when the team takes on Bethune Cookman.
MARYLAND: It's become a common theme in the early going, as C.J. Brown got the job done with both his arm and legs, leading the Terrapins to a 3-0 start to the season, after besting UConn this past weekend in East Hartford, 32-21. Brown, who missed last season after suffering a torn ACL prior to the campaign, has made up for lost time, including last weekend's performance, as he rushed for 122 yards and passes for 277. For the third straight time, sophomore wideout Stefon Diggs went over 100 yards receiving. He finished with five receptions for 110 yards against UConn, his fifth career 100-yard receiving game. Overall, the Terrapins finished with 501 yards of offense, the third straight game they have eclipsed the 500-yard plateau. With the victory, Maryland is off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2001. It is a rivalry matchup this week, as the Terps take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium.
NC STATE: The Wolfpack are off to a fast start under first year head coach Dave Doeren. NC State went into an early-season bye last weekend at 2-0 with victories over Louisiana Tech (40-14) and Richmond (23-21). The Wolfpack will open up ACC play on Thursday night as they play host to ACC favorite Clemson in Raleigh.
SYRACUSE: The Orange finally handed new head coach Scott Shafer his first victory, as Syracuse opened its home slate last weekend with a 54-0 shutout of Wagner. Terrel Hunt came off the bench to complete an efficient 15-of-18 passes, for 265 yards and three TDs, while starter Drew Allen was 8-of-11, for 62 yards and a TD. Wideout Jarrod West hauled in five balls, for a career-high 147 yards and one score. The Orange defense was smothering, limiting the Seahawks to a meager 87 total yards and just five first downs. Syracuse has now won 30 straight games against FCS opponents, with the last loss coming in 1958. The win over Wagner was the 699th in Syracuse history. The team will attempt to become the 15th team in the FBS to reach 700 wins when the Orange play host to Tulane this weekend.
WAKE FOREST: Mike Campanaro tied a career and ACC record by catching 16 passes, going for a career-high 177 yards, but Wake Forest was unable to ride its star receiver to a victory, instead falling to ULM in Winston-Salem this past weekend, 21-19. Quarterback Tanner Price finished the game 28-of-47 passing, for 310 yards and two touchdowns, both to Orville Reynolds, who finished with 101 yards on three catches. Price is now second all-time in Wake history with 678 completions. Still, it was the Warhawks that outgained the hometown Demon Deacons, 424-325. The Demon Deacons, who are 1-2 on the season, will attempt to even their record with a road trip to Army this weekend.
DUKE: The Blue Devils allowed 28 unanswered points against Georgia Tech in the ACC-opener for both squads and fell for the first time this season, dropping a 38-14 decision to the visiting Yellow Jackets. Duke struggled on both sides of the football, managing just 254 yards of total offense, while allowing Tech to churn out 469 yards, including 344 yards rushing the football. Brandon Connette was ineffective under center for the Blue Devils, finishing just 15- of-28 passing, for 122 yards. Tailback Jela Duncan rushed for a career-high 89 yards and one TD on 16 carries. Linebacker Kelby Brown was all over the field in the loss, posting a career-high 17 tackles. Duke will attempt to move to 3-1 on the year when it welcomes Pittsburgh to Durham for ACC action this weekend.
GEORGIA TECH: The Yellow Jackets rushed for 344 yards against Duke, but the big story was quarterback Vad Lee, who threw a career-high four touchdown passes, and rushed for a fifth score in a 38-14 win over the Blue Devils, in the ACC-opener for both squads. Overall, Tech outgained Duke 469-254 and held the Blue Devils to a mere 122 yards passing. Robert Godhigh led the team with 79 yards on the ground, while Lee was just three yards behind (76). The win was the 10th straight against Duke and 18th in the last 19 meetings with the Blue Devils. Following a 70-0 shutout in the season-opener, Georgia Tech's point differential after two games is now +94, its largest after two games since 1936. The Yellow Jackets will try to increase that differential this weekend, when the team plays host to North Carolina.
MIAMI-FLORIDA: Off to a 2-0 start and firmly entrenched in the Top 25, the Hurricanes enjoyed a well-earned bye this past weekend. Al Golden's squad gets back to work this weekend when the team plays host to FCS foe Savannah State.
NORTH CAROLINA: After opening the season with a tough 27-10 loss at SEC power South Carolina, Larry Fedora's Tar Heels bounced back with a 40-20 victory over Middle Tennessee a week later. The team enjoyed a bye this past weekend but will get back to work on the road, opening ACC play against Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
PITTSBURGH: The Panthers got their offense in gear against New Mexico in week 2, as they scored touchdowns on six of their first eight possessions, cruising to a 49-27 victory at Heinz Field this past weekend. Pittsburgh amassed 527 yards of total offense with great balance, getting 283 yards on the ground and 244 through the air. Running backs James Conner and Isaac Bennett finished with 119 and 101 yards rushing, respectively, with each scoring two TDs. Quarterback Tom Savage was 13-of-17 passing, for 236 yards, with two TDs and two interceptions. Tyler Boyd led all receivers with six catches, for 134 yards and one TD. The 1-1 Panthers will jump back into ACC play this weekend with a road trip to Duke.
VIRGINIA: After getting routed by second-ranked Oregon (59-10), Mike London's squad got a much-needed bye this past weekend. The 1-1 Cavaliers will get back on the field this weekend when the team closes out a three-game homestand with a matchup against FCS foe VMI.
VIRGINIA TECH: Nothing came easy in Virginia Tech's matchup with East Carolina, but a late safety by defensive end James Gayle gave the Hokies some breathing room, allowing them to escape Greenville with a 15-10 victory. Quarterback Logan Thomas was 25-of-43 passing, for 258 yards and two TDs in the victory. Demetri Knowles led all receivers with eight catches, for 99 yards and a score. The Hokies managed a modest 311 total yards of offense, but the defense stiffened all day long, limiting the hometown Pirates to just 204 total yards. With the win, Tech moved to 2-1 on the season. Frank Beamer's squad seeks its third straight win since a season-opening loss to defending national champion Alabama, as it plays host to a dangerous Marshall squad at Lane Stadium this weekend.
09/16 10:45:29 ET