ACC Recap: Miami Rolls While Florida St. Escapes Boston College

By John Langley @Langley486

There were eight games this week for the ACC, and most of the games came and went with very little surprises.

The action started Thursday night when Georgia Tech hosted Virginia Tech. The game was low-scoring, with a final score being 17-10 in favor of the Hokies. Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas, who has been criticized for his inefficiency, stepped up, completing 19 of his 25 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown.

With little surprise, it came down to the two defenses. Each team is known for stellar defense, and they were put on display for the entire nation to see. Virginia Tech cornerback boosted his draft stock with another solid performance, as he is considered the Hokies top cornerback.

Miami handled their business against South Florida, to the surprise of very few. The Hurricanes got up 35-7 in the first half, and rolled from there to a 49-21 victory. Stephen Morris looked very poised, and nearly flawless in the game, going 11 for 16 in the time he played, for 222 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Morris was injured in the game, and never returned. He later said that South Florida was intentionally trying to hurt him, twisting his ankles in the pile. Morris would leave with an apparent ankle injury.

In a game that may have surprised some, East Carolina walked all over North Carolina, winning the ballgame 55-31. North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner completed 28 of his 46 passes for 366 yards, with three touchdowns. The problem for North Carolina resided on the other side of the ball, where the defense couldn’t stop the Pirates of East Carolina.  East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden went 32 of 47 passing for 376 yards and three touchdowns.

Pittsburgh and Virginia played a low-scoring, defensive matchup with a final score of 14-3 in favor of the Panthers. Pittsburgh got off to a quick start, scoring 14 points in the first quarter, but were blanked the rest of the way by the Virginia defense. Each quarterback struggled in the game, with each failing to reach 200 yards passing. Tom Savage was 13-31 with his lone touchdown being caught by Devin Street. Combined, the teams went 8 for 36 on third down conversions.

NC State breezed to victory over Central Michigan by a score of 48-14, with Central Michigan posing no real threat. Duke won its battle against Troy, edging the Trojans 38-31.

The top dogs in the ACC are Florida State and Clemson, and it was a tale of two completely different games. Clemson won its game 56-7 over ACC foe Wake Forest, while Florida St edged Boston College 48-34. While the Seminoles won by 14, the game was much closer than many had expected, most of being due to the slow start. The Eagles jumped out to a 17-3 lead in the first quarter, but failed to hold onto the lead. The Seminoles responded with a strong second quarter, outscoring the Eagles 21-3. Jameis Winston finished the game 17-27, passing for 333 yards and four touchdowns. The most impressive part of the performance for Winston was his poise. While getting down early, Winston showed little panic and led his team to a comeback victory.

Clemson on the other hand dominated  their game from the beginning. Overall, the Tigers showed why they are considered the class of the ACC. Tahj Boyd was given some time off in the game after getting off to a dominating start.

ACC surprise Maryland was off this week and is preparing for their showdown with Florida St next week. After a West Virginia victory this week, it is nearly a certainty that they will be ranked heading into that showdown. Game time was announced for noon on ESPN.