Atlantic Coast Conference News and Notes

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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 Chapel Hill.

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 Syracuse.

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 Duke.

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