Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
BOSTON COLLEGE: The Eagles went toe-to-toe with third-ranked Clemson in Death
Valley this past weekend, but a late fumble return for a touchdown by the
Tigers iced the game for Clemson and left Boston College on the wrong end of a
heart-breaking 24-14 loss. Coming off a career-high 263 yards against Army
last time out, tailback Andre Williams (the nation's leading rusher), was held
to a modest 70 yards by Clemson. Boston College as a team managed just 286
total yards, with quarterback Chase Rettig completing 13-of-21 passes, for 192
yards, with one touchdown and one interception. He was also under constant
pressure, getting sacked five times. All-ACC wideout Alex Amidon was
responsible for most of the production through the air, finishing the game
with six catches, for 121 yards and one TD. The Eagles are idle this week and
won't be back on the field until an Oct. 26 matchup with North Carolina in
CLEMSON: The explosive Tigers were anything but over the first three quarters
of play against Boston College this past weekend in Death Valley. The Clemson
defense instead, bailed out the offense, holding the Eagles to just 286 total
yards, limiting the nation's leading rusher to just 70 yards, recording five
sacks and capped it all off with Vic Beasley's fumble return for a touchdown
to give the home team a 24-14 victory. The Tigers did manage just under 500
yards of total offense (496), as quarterback Tajh Boyd was 30-of-44 passing,
for 334 yards and one TD, while rushing for a score as well. Sammy Watkins had
a strong game on the outside, finishing with seven receptions, for 101 yards
and one TD. With the win, Clemson moved to 6-0 (4-0 ACC) on the season and has
now won 11 straight ACC games. The Atlantic Division could be decided this
weekend, as a top 10 battle with Florida State is on tap in Death Valley.
FLORIDA STATE: Jimbo Fisher's Seminoles (5-0, 3-0 ACC) had this past weekend
off and as a result, should be well rested for an Atlantic Division showdown
with third-ranked Clemson this weekend in Death Valley.
MARYLAND: In perhaps the final matchup between border rivals, the Maryland
Terrapins needed a fourth-quarter 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback
Caleb Rose to tight end Dave Stinebaugh to give the Terps a 27-26 win over
Virginia. Rowe started in place of the injured C.J. Brown and completed 18-
of-34 passing, for a career-high 332 yards and one TD. Tailback Brandon Ross
led the team on the ground with 88 yards and two touchdowns in the win, while
wideout Stefon Diggs finished with six catches, for 96 yards. Linebacker L.A.
Goree finished with a career and team-high 15 tackles (nine solo), and a
tackle for loss. With the victory, Maryland moved to 5-1 on the season overall
and 1-1 in ACC play. The Terrapins will hit the road this weekend when they
take on Wake Forest in ACC action in Winston-Salem.
NC STATE: Losing streaks are certainly not something that Dave Doeren is used
to, but his Wolfpack have now lost back-to-back games, falling 24-10 this past
weekend at home to Syracuse. With the loss to the Orange, NC State is now an
even 3-3 on the season, including a 0-3 start to ACC play. NC State managed
just 355 yards of total offense, while allowing the Orange to amass 436 yards,
including an alarming 362 yards on the ground. Quarterback Pete Thomas was
inconsistent under center, completing 17-of-35 passes, for just 151 yards,
with one TD and one interception. Bryan Underwood accounted for more than half
that yardage, hauling in six balls, for 89 yards. Freshman cornerback Jack
Tochu had a nice day on defense though, intercepting two balls in the loss.
The Wolfpack are idle the week and will attempt to end their current skein on
Oct. 26 at Florida State.
SYRACUSE: Jerome Smith rushed for 140 yards and Prince-Tyson Gulley added 132,
as Syracuse ran away from NC State in Raleigh this past weekend, 24-10. The
victory marked the first-ever ACC win for Syracuse, which moved to 3-3 on the
season and 1-1 in-conference. In all, Syracuse finished the game with 362
yards rushing. It was actually the second straight game that the Orange
eclipsed 300 yards rushing. Quarterback Terrel Hunt didn't have to do much,
completing 10-of-20 passes, for 92 yards and a touchdown in the win.
Defensively, Cameron Lynch posted a career-high 14 tackles, including two
tackles for a loss. Durell Eskridge made a career-high 13 stops and recorded
an interception. Syracuse will attempt to move over .500 for the first time
this season when the Orange heads to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech.
WAKE FOREST: At 3-3 overall and 1-2 in ACC play, the Demon Deacons enjoyed a
bye this past weekend. Wake Forest gets back to work this weekend, as the team
plays host to Maryland in Winston-Salem.
DUKE: Junior quarterback Anthony Boone was efficient, completing 31-of-38
passes, for a career-high 295 yards and three touchdowns, leading Duke to a
rather easy 35-7 rout of Navy this past weekend in Durham. Junior wideout
Jamison Crowder continued his torrid pace, finishing with 10 catches, for 88
yards in the win. Duke finished with 435 yards of offense, while holding the
Midshipmen to just 319 total yards. The productive Blue Devils have now scored
at least 28 points in 11 of their past 13 home games. Winners of two straight,
the 4-2 Blue Devils seek their first conference win of the season, when they
make a trip to Charlottesville to take on Virginia this weekend.
GEORGIA TECH: The Yellow Jackets amassed 400 yards of offense, but couldn't
stop the BYU attack, falling to the Cougars in Provo this past weekend, 38-20.
The loss dropped Georgia Tech to 3-3 on the season. Tech managed 242 yards
rushing in the loss, but received little from quarterback Vad Lee through the
air. Lee was just 7-of-20 passing, for 133 yards and one interception. BYU's
345 yards of total offense in the first half was the 12th-most by a Tech
opponent over the last 50 seasons and were the most in a first half since
Florida State amassed 403 yards in 2009. After opening the season with three
straight victories, Georgia Tech has now lost three straight games. The team
will attempt to end its current losing streak this weekend at home against
MIAMI-FLORIDA: After opening the 2013 campaign with five straight victories,
the undefeated Hurricanes enjoyed a well-earned bye this past weekend. Al
Golden's squad get back to business on Thursday night, when Miami travels to
Chapel Hill for an ACC showdown with North Carolina.
NORTH CAROLINA: With just one win on the season, Larry Fedora's Tar Heels
entered last week's bye with a plenty to work on. At just 1-4 overall and
saddled with three straight losses, UNC gets back to work on Thursday evening,
when the Heels play host to nationally-ranked Miami-Florida.
PITTSBURGH: For the second straight game, Pittsburgh was unable to protect
quarterback Tom Savage, and as a result, the Panthers fell 19-9 to Virginia
Tech in Blacksburg. Savage completed 13-of-28 passes, for 187 yards and rushed
for a touchdown late in the game, but Pittsburgh was held to a mere 201 yards
of total offense and Savage was sacked a whopping eight times in the loss.
Veteran wideout Devin Street caught just five balls in the loss, but they did
go for 104 yards. In the process, Street took over sole possession of second
place on the school's all-time receptions list (177). He is just one catch shy
of tying Latef Grimm's school record (178) from 1998-2001. The loss snapped a
three-game win streak for Pittsburgh, which fell to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in
league play. The Panthers step out of ACC and FBS play this weekend when they
play host to Old Dominion.
VIRGINIA: In their final ACC clash between border rivals, the Virginia
Cavaliers failed to capitalize and dropped a heart-breaking 27-26 decision at
Maryland this past weekend. An Alex Vozenilek 42-yard field goal attempt was
wide right in the waning moments of the game, dropping Virginia to 2-4 on the
season and keeping the Cavs winless in league play (0-2). Vozenilek did hit
four field goals in the game, but Virginia struggled in the red zone, with
those four field goals part of six trips inside the 20-yard line. The
Cavaliers lost despite amassing 505 yards of total offense. Tailback Kevin
Parks rushed for 112 yards and one TD on 28 carries. Quarterback David Watford
was 27-of-44 passing, for 263 yards and one TD, with a good portion of that
production going to tight end Jake McGee (eight catches, 114 yards, one TD).
Virginia will attempt to end a three-game skein this weekend when the team
opens up a three-game homestand starting with Duke.
VIRGINIA TECH: Frank Beamer's Hokies continued their strong run as they won
their sixth straight game with a 19-9 victory over Pittsburgh this past
weekend at Lane Stadium. Virginia Tech's defense was suffocating in the win
over the Panthers, holding the visitors to just 210 yards of total offense,
while sacking Pittsburgh's quarterback eight times. Offensively, quarterback
Logan Thomas completed 19-of-34 passes, for 239 yards and one touchdown. The
team's lone loss this season and in the last 10 games, came in the season-
opener against two-time defending champion Alabama (35-10). The Hokies are now
3-0 in conference play, sitting atop the Coastal Division standings. Virginia
Tech is idle this week and will return to work on Oct. 26 at home against
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