Syracuse - 10 | NC State - 16
Man, remember when these teams were supposed to be good? Well that idea is pretty much down the drain now, as both teams have had pretty disappointing seasons thus far. This game featured as little a running game as you could imagine with a combined 71 carries for 145 yards (which I presume includes sacks; ESPN doesn’t specify in their box score). That’s just over two yards a carry. Tommy DeVito actually had a pretty solid day at quarterback, passing for 300 yards and a touchdown, but it was really the defenses that showed up today. DeVito was sacked a whopping EIGHT times in this game, and with neither team having a good running game, it was just a slow, sloppy fight.
Syracuse plays again Friday night against Pittsburgh. NC State plays again Saturday at Boston College.
Virginia - 9 | Miami - 17
N’Kosi Perry returned as the starting quarterback for the Hurricanes, and it seemed to have been a smart move, passing for 182 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for another 18 yards and a touchdown. Like the other weeknight game, it was the defense that really played well in this game. As Virginia’s offense runs almost entirely through Bryce Perkins, the Miami defense did a good job of putting pressure on him all day, sacking him five times.
Virginia plays again Saturday against Duke. Miami plays again Saturday against Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech - 23 | Duke - 41
Georgia Tech plays again Saturday at Miami. Duke plays again Saturday at Virginia.
Florida State - 14 | Clemson - 45
Trevor Lawrence threw three touchdowns. Travis Etienne ran for 127 yards and caught a touchdown. Nothing much to see here. Clemson’s defense shut down FSU’s offense in every facet of the game, holding them to just 63 total yards of offense in the first half.
Florida State plays again Saturday at Wake Forest. Clemson plays again Saturday at Louisville.
Rhode Island - 17 | Virginia Tech - 34
This game got a little too close for comfort for the Hokies for a little bit, with the game being as close as 17-14 before Virginia Tech broke away and won this game. Hendon Hooker returned as the starting quarterback and threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns. Deshawn McClease had his best game of the season at running back, going for 124 yards and a touchdown.
Virginia Tech plays again Saturday against North Carolina.
Louisville - 62 | Wake Forest - 59
Well this ended up being a much more interesting game than people originally thought. Louisville started this game with their heads on fire, leading by as much as three touchdowns at one point. It seemed like they were in control throughout the first part of the game. An impressive second-half comeback led by back-up quarterback Sam Hartman nearly resulted in a Demon Deacons victory, but Louisville was able to recover two onside kicks and hold onto the victory. These teams combined for 121 points and nearly 1,200 yards. Just like it was drawn up!
Louisville plays again Saturday against Clemson. Wake Forest plays again Saturday against Florida State.
#goacc Moment of the Week
Duke and Pitt both got on the board last week with their colossal mess of a game, so now six teams are in the rankings.
- Georgia Tech - 2
- Florida State - 2
- Boston College - 1
- Duke - 1
- Pitt - 1
- North Carolina - 1
This week, I didn’t see anything super egregious (outside of the just the whole state of the ACC), so I’m going to leave this one up to you guys this week. What #goacc moments did you see this week? Leave your thoughts in the comments. I’ll figure out a winner by next week, but in the mean time, either leave your nominee or rec the comment that you think should win!