Overall, this was a much better week for the ACC. UNC blew out Rutgers on the
road on Thursday night, while Maryland upset #23 Cal in College Park. From a
conference standpoint, the only negative of the weekend was UVA’s dismantling at
the hands of UConn.
Boston College (1-1, 0-1)
Boston College was off this week.
Up Next: UCF, Saturday, September 20, 1pm, ESPNU
Clemson (2-1, 1-0)
Clemson got off to a slow start, but pulled away from overmatched NC State by
scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter in a 27-9 win in Death Valley on
Saturday. NC State returned the first pass from scrimmage for a touchdown, but
after that it was all Clemson.
The Tigers put up 428 yards of total offense, 262 coming on the arm of Cullen
Harper. Aaron Kelly had seven catches for 94 yards, while Jacoby Ford added six
catches for 106 yards and a touchdown. Clemson’s highly-touted running game
averaged 5.7 yards per carry against a rebuilding NC State defense.
The Clemson defense held the struggling NC State offense in check all
afternoon. Harrison Beck and Russell Wilson combined to throw two interceptions,
and they totaled just 152 yards through the air.
Offensive MVP: Cullen Harper. 20-of-28, 262 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1
Defensive MVP: Chris Chancellor. 3 tackles, 1 interception returned 71 yards
Duke (2-1, 0-0)
Duke picked up their second win of the season, knocking off Navy 41-31 in
Durham. The last time the Blue Devils won two games in a season was 2004. The
last time they won more than two games was 2003, when they finished 4-8.
Quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, probably the most underrated signal caller in the
ACC, was 25-of-35 for 317 yards, with three touchdowns. He also led Duke on the
ground with 41 yards rushing. His favorite target was Eron Riley, who had eight
catches for 137 yards and three touchdown. Riley has scored a total of seven
touchdowns in the last two meetings with Navy.
The Duke defense did their part as well, forcing two Navy turnovers. That may
have been the difference in the game.
Offensive MVP: Thaddeus Lewis. 25-of-35, 317 yards, 3 touchdowns. 12 carries
for 41 yards
Defensive MVP: Vincent Rey. 12 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery
Up Next: Bye, then UVA, Saturday, September 27
Florida State (2-0, 0-0)
Florida State routed their second straight Southern Conference team on
Saturday. This time they beat up on Chattanooga 46-7 and were never threatened.
Perhaps the most interesting development this year in Tallahassee is the
demotion of senior quarterback Drew Weatherford. Weatherford, who only threw
three interceptions last year, and who is very close to setting several FSU
passing records, hasn’t played a down. Christian Ponder has been starting, with
D’Vontrey Richardson getting reps as well.
We’ll find out a lot more about FSU this week when they take on Wake Forest.
Offensive MVP: Christian Ponder. 13-of-22, 180 yards, 3 touchdowns
Defensive MVP: Everette Brown. 2 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 sacks
Up Next: Wake Forest, Saturday September 20, 7pm, ESPN2
Georgia Tech (2-1, 1-1)
Georgia Tech went on the road for the second straight week, this time falling
to Virginia Tech 20-17 in Blacksburg. The Yellow Jackets outgained the Hokies
387-247, but turned the ball over three times and had more penalty yardage.
Georgia Tech was led by quarterback Josh Nesbitt, who ran for 151 yards and a
touchdown. Nesbitt also threw a 41 yard touchdown pass to Roddy Jones. However,
he also threw a critical interception and put the ball on the ground twice. One
of the fumbles came right before halftime with Georgia Tech up 9-7. The Hokies
converted the fumble into a touchdown.
The Yellow Jacket defense held the Hokies to just 247 yards, but they
struggled to stop Virginia Tech’s running game. The power running of r-freshman
tailback Darren Evans, and the legs of quarterback Tyrod Taylor, kept the chains
Offensive MVP: Josh Nesbitt. 28 carries for 151 yards, 1 touchdown. 5-of-8
for 109 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception.
Defensive MVP: Morgan Burnett. 13 tackles, 0.5 TFL
Up Next: Mississippi State, Saturday, September 20, Noon, Raycom
Maryland (2-1, 0-0)
Maryland pulled a huge upset on Saturday, knocking off #23 Cal 35-27 in
College Park. The victory kept up the recent Terp trend of beating ranked teams,
despite other losses to bad teams.
Maryland quarterback Chris Turner was very efficient, going 15-of-19 for 156
yards and two touchdowns. The Terp running game was strong behind Da’Rel Scott,
who had 87 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. Davin Meggett added 82 yards
and a touchdown on 13 carries. Maryland’s offensive line looks like the best in
the ACC right now.
The Terps were outgained 461 to 297 by Cal, but many of Cal’s yards came late
in the game when they were attempting to rally from a 28-6 deficit.
Offensive MVP: Chris Turner. 15-of-19 for 156 yards, 2 touchdowns
Defensive MFP: Moise Fokou. 6 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 sacks
Up Next: Eastern Michigan, Saturday, September 20, 1pm, ESPN360
Miami (1-1, 0-0)
Miami was off this week.
Up Next: Texas A&M, Saturday, September 20, 3:30pm, ABC Regional
North Carolina (2-0, 0-0)
UNC made big improvements from game one to game two. After edging 1-AA
McNeese State in the opening, the Tar Heels routed Rutgers 44-12 on the road on
Thursday night. That victory sets up a huge Coastal Division showdown with
Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Wide receiver Brandon Tate had another huge game. He came up with four
catches for 138 yards and a touchdown through the air, and he also had two
carries for 19 yards and a touchdown. If you throw in his kickoff returns and
punt returns, Tate now has over 600 all-purpose yards on the season.
UNC was outgained 383 to 378 in the game, but the defense came up with three
big interceptions. As Rutgers found out, it’s tough to win games with a negative
Offensive MVP: T.J. Yates. 14-of-22 for 221 yards, 3 touchdowns
Defensive MVP: Quan Sturdivant. 7 tackles, 1 interception
Up Next: Virginia Tech, Saturday, September 20, 3:30pm, ABC Regional
NC State (1-2, 0-1)
NC State continued their miserable season on Saturday, this time losing at
Clemson 27-9. However, the Wolfpack hung tough for most of the game, which
really makes you wonder exactly how good Clemson is.
Andre Brown was NC State’s only source of offense. The senior tailback had 64
yards rushing and 51 yards receiving. Other than Brown, NC State could not find
ways to move the football.
NC State must now face ECU, who has already knocked off Virginia Tech and
Offensive MVP: Andre Brown. 14 carries for 64 yards. 4 catches for 51 yards.
Defensive MVP: Nate Irving. 5 tackles, 1 INT returned for a TD
Up Next: ECU, Saturday, September 20, Noon, ESPN
Virginia (1-2, 0-0)
Virginia was thoroughly embarrassed at UConn on Saturday, losing 45-10. The
score was 28-0 at halftime, and the Huskies took it easy on the Hoos in the
second half, only throwing the ball four times. The rout was as bad as 45-3
before the Huskies took their foot off the accelerator in the fourth quarter.
Virginia was outgained 506 to 219. UConn quarterback Tyler Lorenzen completed
13 of this 15 pass attempts, while tailback Andre Brown ran for 206 yards. The
Huskies ran for 382 yards on the Hoos, and averaged 7.8 yards per carry.
UVA’s two best offensive players are tailbacks Cedric Peerman and Mikell
Simpson, and they combined to carry the ball just eight times.
Offensive MVP: Kevin Ogletree. 7 catches, 58 yards
Defensive MVP: Antonio Appleby. 6 tackles, 2 TFL
Up Next: Bye, then at Duke, Saturday, September 27
Virginia Tech (2-1, 1-0)
Classic Beamerball was on display on Saturday in Lane Stadium. The Hokies
racked up 199 yards on the ground, were +3 in turnover margin and blocked an
extra point in the 20-17 win over Georgia Tech. Virginia Tech has started 2008
where they finished in 2007 … atop the Coastal Division standings.
The offensive line had a much better performance this time around. They led
the way for Darren Evans, who ran for 94 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.
Tyrod Taylor added 74 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. The passing game
struggled, but the Hokies were able to keep the chains moving enough to pick up
The Tech defense gave up 387 yards of offense, but were opportunistic. They
picked off two passes and recovered two fumbles. The only negative part of the
day was the tackling of Kam Chancellor and Davon Morgan.
Offensive MVP: Darren Evans. 19 carries, 94 yards, 1 touchdown
Defensive MVP: Brett Warren. 15 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 1 forced fumble
Up Next: at UNC, Saturday, September 20, 3:30pm, ABC Regional
Wake Forest (2-0, 0-0)
Wake Forest was off this week.
Up Next: at Florida State, Saturday, September 20, 7pm, ESPN2