2015 Around the ACC Week Seven Wrap-Up

Louisville_B Florida_St

#11 Florida State (6-0, 4-0 ACC) 41

Louisville (2-4, 1-2 ACC) 21

To say that the Florida State offense was sputtering in the first half of this game is perhaps the understatement of the century. It was clear from the start of the game that the Seminoles were falling victim to the noon kickoff, fresh off of a victory hangover from the emotional win last Saturday against Miami. Additionally, Dalvin Cook’s hamstring that he has been nursing for the last couple of weeks was tight, and he did not look like himself to say the very least. Louisville, meanwhile, was offensively challenged to begin with, as freshman quarterback Lamar Jackson is still trying to acclimate himself to throwing the football consistently on the college level. Neither offense was able to muster much of anything on the offensive side of the ball in the first half, which was dominated by solid defense on both sides for the first 30 minutes leading to a 7-6 halftime lead for the Cardinals.

 

 

In the second half though, it was all Seminoles, as the better team was finally able to manifest itself. Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, who looked slow and injured en route to 28 first half rushing yards, looked like the Heisman-contending back that we were all hoping to see in the final 30 minutes. Cook ran for 135 yards in the second half and two touchdowns, highlighted by a 50-yard scamper that broke the game open. He also caught four passes for 60 yards from Everett Golson, who played his best game of the season, passing for 372 yards and three scores. The Seminoles outscored the Cardinals 35-14 in the second half, slowing Louisville’s Lamar Jackson en route to a blowout victory.

Up next for Louisville: Boston College

Up next for Florida State: @Georgia Tech

 

 

Pittsburgh Georgia_Tech

Pittsburgh (5-1, 3-0 ACC) 31

Georgia Tech (2-5, 0-4 ACC) 28

It’s absolutely incredible that the Yellow Jackets already have five losses on the season, and are 0-4 in conference play after Saturday’s home loss to Pittsburgh. It’s been a little bit of everything plaguing Georgia Tech this season, from an inept defense to a surprisingly ineffective offensive attack overall, the Jackets continue to disappoint, looking like a far cry from the pre-season Coastal Division favorites.

Meanwhile, how about the Pittsburgh Panthers? A strong team defensive mentality led by first-year head coach Pat Narduzzi has Pitt in the thick of things in the Coastal. While the defense has been great, the offense has been touch and go to date, with the good Pitt offense showing up on Saturday afternoon. Quarterback Nate Peterman threw for 162 yards and three touchdowns, and helped lead the offense down the field in the final minutes to set up Chris Blewitt’s game-winning field goal to give the Panthers their best regular season start since entering the ACC in 2013.

Up next for Pittsburgh: @Syracuse

Up next for Georgia Tech: Florida State

 

Virginia_Tech Miami_FL

Miami (FL) (4-2, 1-1 ACC) 30

Virginia Tech (3-4, 1-2 ACC) 20 

It is not a very happy bunch in Blacksburg, as the inconsistent, turnover-plagued Hokies, have now lost three out of their last four games following a 30-20 road defeat to Miami on Saturday afternoon at Sun Life Stadium. Tech quarterback Brendan Motley fumbled deep in the Hokies’ own territory on the first offensive possession, and threw two interceptions in three-plus quarters of action, which led to quarterback Michael Brewer’s first appearance since breaking his collarbone against Ohio State. He promptly tossed a 33-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Ford upon entering the game, cutting the Miami lead to three in the fourth quarter, but a late Miami score decided the final outcome, as the Hurricanes offense proved to be just a bit too much for the Hokies on Saturday.

Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya continues to go toe-to-toe with Clemson’s Deshaun Watson for bragging rights as the conference’s top quarterback, as he threw for 296 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. He has thrown for over 700 yards and five touchdowns in his last two games, as he will head into the game against Watson’s Tigers as one of the hottest quarterbacks in the country.

Up next for Virginia Tech: Duke

Up next for Miami: Clemson

 

Syracuse_E Virginia_OLD5

Virginia (2-4, 1-1 ACC) 44

Syracuse (3-3, 1-1 ACC) 38

Final–3OT

 

 

This was supposed to be a game reminiscent of the ugly Wake Forest-Boston College debacle a week ago, with two bad football teams facing off in Charlottesville. What ended up ensuing in the afternoon contest, however, was perhaps the most exciting game of the weekend in the ACC, highlighted by a ton of offense in a triple overtime affair. Virginia quarterback Matt Johns went 24 of 37 for 234 yards and two touchdowns, while Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey preferred to do most of his damage on the ground, rushing for 85 yards and a score of his own. Dungey also threw for 150 yards and two touchdowns on the afternoon. After the game went back in forth in the extra sessions, Virginia running back Jordan Ellis took it in from three yards out in the third overtime to finally give the ‘Hoos a much needed win.

Up next for Syracuse:

Up next for Virginia: @North Carolina

 

Boston_College_OLD3 Clemson

#5 Clemson (6-0, 3-0 ACC) 34

Boston College (3-4, 0-4 ACC) 17

Boston College, a team hungry for offense, actually hung with the Tigers for a good portion of this one. However, after grabbing an early lead, the Eagles’ normally air-tight defense was unable to sustain the positive momentum that they have built on that side of the ball for a good portion of the season, as they faced the best offense on their schedule to date. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson played perhaps his best game all season, going 27 of 41 for 420 yards and three touchdown passes. His go-to guy all day was Artavis Scott, who caught 10 passes for 162 yards, which included a 51-yard touchdown catch to highlight the afternoon. Their 532 yards of total offense was the most that Boston College has allowed all season.

Up next for Boston College: @Louisville

Up next for Clemson: @Miami

 

Wake_Forest North_Carolina_F

North Carolina (5-1, 2-0 ACC) 50

Wake Forest (3-4, 1-3 ACC) 14

Congratulations to Wake Forest on the moral victory of the week, as they led North Carolina 7-0 after the first quarter. Unfortunately for Wake Forest, the football game is four quarters, and North Carolina outscored the Demon Deacons 50-7 across the final 45 minutes in a game that wasn’t close. Tar Heels quarterback Marquise Williams had his way, going 14-20 for 282 yards and three touchdown passes, while also adding a score on the ground as well. Williams’ rushing touchdown was one of four rushing touchdowns for Carolina on the afternoon, as the attack led by Elijah Hood’s 101 yard effort was able to muster 282 total yards on the ground in the rout.

Up next for Wake Forest: NC State

Up next for North Carolina: Virginia

 

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