ACC Recap: Another loss to the Big East, Miami QB has record day, Paul Johnson on hot seat

ACC went 2-2 in out of conference games over the weekend. There was a split against the Big East and an embarrassing home loss to Middle Tennessee State out of the Sun Belt Conference. Looking at the conference standings, Florida State and Miami are on top of the Atlantic and Coastal divisions.

Miami 44, NC State 37 What a wild game this turned out to be. It had everything, except for defense, and a crowd in the stands. On the field, NC State had six turnovers, there was a safety, Miami scored on a pass that bounced off a Wolfpack player’s head, and Miami quarterback Stephen Morris set an ACC record with 566 passing yards (and also 5 touchdowns passes).  The last touchdown came with 19 seconds left, a 62 yard pass to Phillip Dorsett, who got behind 3 Wolfpack defenders for the game winner. NC State had 664 total yards of offense and rallied from a 23-7 halftime deficit. But  Mike Glennon’s second interception with under a minute left, set Miami up for the game winner. NC State hosts Florida State next while Miami heads to Chicago to play Notre Dame.

Middle Tennessee State 49, Georgia Tech 28 Middle Tennessee came into Atlanta as a 28 point underdog to Georgia Tech. They left with a 21 point win and probably gave Paul Johnson his worst loss as Georgia Tech’s head coach. Benny Cunningham rushed for 217 yards and scored 5 touchdowns. The loss was Tech’s first loss to a non-Bowl Championship Series school since 1996. The Yellow Jackets have also lost consecutive home games for the first time since 1988. A trip to Death Valley is next.

Cincinnati 27, Virginia Tech 24 Cincinnati pretty much dominated this game offensively. They had more total yards and more first downs, but it still took a last second touchdown for the Bearcats to get the win. The game was played at FedEx Field in Washington D.C.  Cincy quarterback Munchie Legaux hit Damon Julian for a 39-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds to play as the Hokies fell to 3-2. Both losses are to Big East teams. Next up is North Carolina.

Rest of the ACC..

North Carolina 66, Idaho 0 Heels have allowed 6 total points in 3 home games.

Duke 34, Wake Forest 27 Blue Devils snap 12 game losing streak to Wake Forest. Duke is 4-1.

Florida State 30, South Florida 17 FSU avenges 2009 loss to USF.

Clemson 45, Boston College 31 DeAndre Hopkins sets Clemson record with 197 receiving yards.

Louisiana Tech 44, Virginia 38  La Tech scores 31 straight points, holds on for win at UVa.

Also, East Carolina 28, UTEP 18.

Cant go without mentioning West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith’s performance. He threw 8 touchdown passes and had 656 yards passing in a 70-63 Big 12 win over Baylor.  Smith was 45 for 51. He had more touchdown passes than incompletions.

 

 

ACC Recap, and Penn State kicker’s foot gets twitter account

Every team in the ACC has at least one win already. No winless teams.

Wake Forest 28, UNC 27. Start was delayed due to bad weather. Tanner Price threw for a career high 327 yards. Wake is on top of the Atlantic Division.

NC State 10 UConn 7 Wolfpack forces 4 turnovers, but Glennon was sacked six times.

Florida State had a running clock in the Savannah State game. It was called in the 3rd quarter because of lightning and the Seminoles were up 55-0.

Virginia Tech beat Austin Peay 42-7, face future conference foe Pittsburgh next.

Georgia Tech and Clemson also won very easily

Virginia won on a last-second missed field goal by Penn State, 17-16. Penn State fans were so irate  at kicker Sam Finken’s misses (he missed an extra point and was 1-5 on field goal attempts) that a twitter account was created, @SamFickensFoot: “Just a misguided foot on a full ride.”

Miami got taken out behind the woodshed by Kansas State 52-13. Boston College Beat Maine, and Maryland almost blew a 23 point lead, beat Temple  36-27.

Duke vs Stanford, oh yeah, just wait until basketball season you west coast hipsters. 50-13 Stanford.

and…South Carolina beat ECU 48-10

After Labor Day fodder: ACC Roundup, NFL starts tomorrow

Hope everyone enjoyed the Labor Day holiday. I didn’t make it to Dragon-Con but I did see some Wolfpack fans at Saturday’s Braves game and plenty of Tennessee fans. ..

Chick-Fil-A Kick Off Classic Games

Tennessee 35, NC State 21.  Game fell apart for NC State in about two minutes in the first quarter: Tennessee 72-yard TD pass, Glennon fumble in end zone for safety, Tennessee 67-yard TD run. The Vols had over 500 yards of total offense. Glennon was picked off three times.

Clemson 26, Auburn 19. The ACC got the Chick-Fil-A split with the Clemson win. Andre Ellington rushed for 231 yards, DeAndre Hopkins had 118 receiving yards and the go ahead touchdown.

20 year old Tennessee fan fell to his death during the Tennessee/NC State game, cheering after a touchdown.

Other ACC games…

UNC 62, Elon 0. Yes it was Elon. But impressive debut for Larry Fedora. UNC’s first shutout since 1999, and the Heels had their biggest scoring day in 17 years.

Virginia Tech 20, Georgia Tech 17 (OT). The Hokies got a 41 yard field goal as the clock ran out in regulation. Then their defense gets a turnover, and they get a game winning field goal in overtime. Interesting factoid: In the seven years the ACC has held a championship game, only the Hokies (five times) and Yellow Jackets have ever represented the Coastal Division. The victory, because of tiebreakers, essentially gives Virginia Tech a two-game lead over the Yellow Jackets.

Florida State wins 69-3, loses Senior defensive end Brandon Jenkins for the rest of the season. Duke 46, FIU 26. Miami 41, Boston College 32. Virginia 43, Richmond 19. Wake Forest 20, Liberty 17. In a shootout, Maryland 7, William & Mary 6.

Future ACC member Pittsburgh lost 31-17 to Youngstown State. It was Youngstown State’s first win over a BCS school in school history.

NFL Kicks off tomorrow night. Defending champion New York Giants vs Dallas.

#ACC Releases 2012 Football Schedule

Dateline: Waaaaaay later than it should be, thanks WVU!

The ACC has released the 2012 Football Schedule.  Feast your eyes upon it in all it’s glory and commence mocking of your rivals 2012 slate!

Update: Helmet Schedule in image format so you don’t have to download that lame .pdf

What BC Really Brings to the ACC… Savings?!

Ever since Boston College was invited to join the ACC in 2005 to round out the recently expanded conference and allow for the possibility of that lucrative Football Championship game, most of the old guard ACC fan base wondered what they brought to the table. Well, now we have the long lost answer…. EPIC SAVINGS in the form of a Groupon for home football games. Feast your eyes below:

The part of this story that’s even more hilarious than the fact that BC is offering tickets as a Groupon special is the description of the offer on Groupon’s site:

Like cliff diving or ferret ownership, football is an endeavor best watched from the sidelines. Witness acts of bodily bravery with today’s GrouponLive deal to a Boston College Eagles home football game atAlumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill. Choose from the following options:

For the game against Northwestern on Saturday, September 3, at 12 p.m., choose from the following ticket options:

For $10, you get one end-zone ticket (up to a $25 value).
For $36, you get four end-zone tickets (up to a $100 value).

For the game against Duke on September 17, at 12:30 p.m., choose from the following ticket options:

For $10, you get one end-zone ticket (up to a $25 value).
For $36, you get four end-zone tickets (up to a $100 value).

The team that birthed the golden arms of Doug Flutie and Matt Ryan returns to the gridiron for another season of making legends and chasing the BCS bowl. Populated with brawny engineering majors, the nation’s best run defense plans to erect the same frontline ramparts that made the unit such a success in its 2010 campaign. Quarterback Chase Rettig refuses to let them do all the heavy lifting as the second-year sharpshooter sinks his talons into the ball and scans the field with eagle-eyed acumen. Rettig will have plenty of help on his side of the field, as senior running backMontel Harris returns to break the Atlantic Coast Conference records for all-time rushing yards and whimpers elicited from opposing safeties.

The 44,500-seat Alumni Stadium allows Boston College to reap the benefits of its illustrious history, as the ghosts of former squads invisibly join end-zone crowds to cheer on their torchbearers. Fans clad in maroon and gold can take in scenic views of the Boston skyline between downs or revel at the immediate beauty of the stadium’s brick-and-glass façade.

I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want watching my favorite college football team being analogous to “ferret ownership”.

Carry on…..

My team went to a bowl game and all I got was this lousy shirt

Sports Business Journal has published its annual list of gifts provided by the various bowls to game participants.  Among the more interesting bowl swag:

  • Flo TV (a mobile TV thingie – I had to look it up) and a year’s service from both the Poinsettia and Holiday Bowls
  • Dr. Dre Monster Beats headphones from the Alamo Bowl
  • A Lane recliner from the Sugar Bowl (it will be hard to get that one on the plane back home, won’t it?)
  • A party at Best Buy with a $420 limit from the Capital One Bowl (sort of hard to make it rain at Best Buy with only 420 bucks)
  • Recognizing the climate challenges of Boise, the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl will give its participants a parka, Nike pullover, gloves, hand warmers, and skull cap
  • The Pitt Panthers and UNC Tar Heels will receive one of the more unique gifts, a lap at the Charlotte Motor Speedway as part of the Richard Petty Driving Experience from the Meineke Bowl

The NCAA limit for gifts is supposed to be $500, but some of the bowls will not be anywhere near the maximum.  The Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl must consider a bright Hawai’ian Christmas Day as reward enough, as their only reported gift is a Kahala Aloha shirt.  And a close second on the bowl Scrooge list is the Emerald Bowl, listing only a Fossil watch as its only gift.  Boston College players must be thrilled.

(H/T to Ken Medlin at WRAL.com)

An East Caliber Pirate

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ECU landed an ACC/BCS caliber quarterback; Dominique Davis from Fort Scott junior College in Kansas. Who? What? Where? Didn’t he play for…..? Why in Chris Clark’s blue hell would an ACC/BCS caliber quarterback want to play for ECU in C-USA? Doesn’t UNC need a quarterback? How bout NC State? Isn’t RJOW Russell Wilson leaving to play MLB? Riley Skinner is a senior right? What about Boston College……..

Yep, you guessed it. Davis played for Boston College where he was suspended for academic reasons. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder started the final three games of the 2008 season after taking over for injured Chris Crane. Davis completed 63 of 138 passes for 741 yards and six touchdowns for the year. After his suspension Davis transferred to Fort Scott junior college. There he led the Greyhounds to a 10-0 record and they are now two wins from claiming the national championship. Next stop, G-Vegas.

Somewhere Chuck Amato is cringing but for the Pirates it looks like there is going to be some starting quarterback competition next year. Josh Jordan who is now the backup was going to be the man. Now, or unless the NCAA grants Patrick Pinkney to be the all-time quarterback at ECU Jordan will have Davis to deal with. This is good news for Pirate nation b/c nothing improves one’s caliber like job competition.

ACC Football Week 11 Preview: Star Wars Edition

The season draws night and hopes for a trip to Tampa to play in front of throngs of seats are fleeting at best.  Here are you Week 11 matchups in the ACC complete with Star Wars quotes:

#7 Georgia Tech at Duke, Noon, ESPN2

Star Wars Quote: “Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you’re our only hope!”

Such is the plea emanating from Coral Gables and Blacksburg to David Cutcliffe that the Quarterback Whisperer might find some method of undoing the Yellow Jacket’s triple option attack.  For Georgia Tech it is a simple proposition, win and you’re in. Should Duke find a way to hit that thermal exhaust port two meters wide, then it would create a four way tie in the loss column which would be reduced to three since Miami and Duke play each other down the road. If that happens then all sorts of tiebreaker hijinks kick in and who knows at that point.  Duke showed an inability to stop UNC from running Ryan Houston last week. The chances the Devils do any better with the triple option are probably not much better except Cutcliffe is just genius enough to possibly devise some way of stopping it.  Plus, if Duke’s defense is disciplined, there might be hope yet.  On the flip side, the Jackets did allow FSU and Christian Ponder to pass the football at will so it is possible this turns into a shootout.

Clemson at NC State, Noon, Raycom Sports

Star Wars Quote: “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”
Alternate Quote: “It’s a trap!”

This has all the makings of a trap game for Clemson.  This is a classic setup.  It is November.  Clemson just took care of business on national television and seems to have the division race in hand.  It is a road game.  NCSU has their backs completely against the wall.  Oh yeah, one of these teams lost to Maryland and it was not the Wolfpack. Like I said, it would not be shocking to see Clemson lose here and cede control of the division back to Boston College. The only saving grace for Clemson is this: Does anyone in their right mind believe this Wolfpack defense will be able to stop CJ Spiller? Didn’t think so.  Still this is a dangerous game for the Tigers all the same.  All the pressure is on them and for NCSU there is nothing to lose.

FSU at Wake Forest, Noon, ESPNU

Star Wars Quote: “When 900 years old you reach, look as good you will not.”

FSU lost starting QB Christian Ponder to a shoulder separation leaving the once reliable Seminole offense less so.  Couple that with the porous FSU defense(Amato!) and Jim Grobe’s recent ownage of all things Florida St., I think this ends up being a good day for the Demons Deacons. The Seminoles are a program on the edge.  One more loss before the Florida game almost certainly dooms them to missing a bowl which would break one of those super long streaks that almost never survives a coaching transition(see UNC’s NCAAT streak in basketball.) Wake Forest, on the other hand,  can still sneak into a bowl should they win this week and then beat Duke to finish 6-6. Given the number of close games Wake has lost that would be a miracle in itself.  For FSU, missing a bowl game might be the proverbial straw that sets the wheels out regime change in full motion.

#21 Virginia Tech at Maryland, 1:00 PM, ESPN360

Star Wars Quote: “Artoo says the chances of survival are seven hundred seventy-five…to one”

Any Jabba the Hut quotes would have been too easy. This is going to be quick. Maryland is the worst team in the ACC, the win over Clemson notwithstanding. If you can only put up 17 offensive points versus the Wolfpack’s flag football defense, I am not sure you deserve to have your season continue in any meaningful way. Expect heavy doses of Ryan Williams and a heaping serving of Tyrod Taylor doing all sorts of risky things with the football but still scoring.

#14 Miami at UNC, 3:30 PM, ABC

Star Wars Quote: “When I left you, I was but the learner; now I am the master.”

The media will get plenty of mileage out of the Butch Davis-Randy Shannon connection plus the fact Davis is 2-0 against his former team and assistant. Miami comes to Chapel Hill needing to keep their meager Coastal Division hopes alive, something that will be known by the time this game kicks off.  Beyond that, the Hurricanes still harbor dreams of sneaking into a BCS bowl game as an at large should Georgia Tech win the ACC. UNC will be adjusting to the loss of Shaun Draughn and there is no way Ryan Houston runs 37 times against the Hurricane defensive line meaning John Shoop is going to have to get even more created with the running attack.  After all, passing the football simply is not an option. Miami’s Jacory Harris will be tested by the UNC defense which is coming off its best two game stretch of the season and seems to have gelled into the unit we all thought they would be.

Boston College at Virginia, 3:30 PM, ESPN360

Star Wars Quote: “Apology accepted, Captain Needa.”

Yes, Al Groh is Captain Needa.  It is only a matter of time before Craig Littlepage extends his hand and chokes the life out of Groh’s tenure in Charlottesville. UVa is still in the hunt for a bowl but not really because the chances that the Cavaliers knock off BC, Clemson and Virginia Tech in succession are between slim and none. Boston College is hoping for a Clemson stumble in Raleigh while trying to win out themselves to earn a third straight strip to the ACCCG which would probably result in John Swofford being place under psychiatric care. Honestly this one could go either way.  Usually when you count Al Groh out, his teams look like George Welsh is still coaching. BC has been fairly consistent so a loss here would be a tad surprising.