Did Clemson pull a “Clemsoning” against Florida State?

The college football game of the week last was the primetime, top 5 matchup between Clemson and Florida State in Death Valley. Gameday was back in town for the second time this year, the ACC had two legit national title contenders, it was going to be a battle of epic proportions….

Then the game started.

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Blown call and shirtless “O” guy….Clemson wins 26-14

Give me an "O"
Give me an “O”

Clemson defeated NC State 26-1 4 last night in Carter-Finley.  The big news from the game was the clearly obvious blown call by the referees on an apparent 83 yard touchdown by Bryan Underwood in the third quarter.

Underwood was called out of bounds by the line judge. Even the ESPN commentators and the replays showed the call was wrong, he came close but never stepped out. The touchdown would have given NC State the lead 14-13, instead 3 plays later Pete Thomas fumbles, Clemson recovers and then scores to go up 20-7.  Ballgame.

NCSTATESHEEEEEEEEEEEET!  Cue the sad, shirtless “O” guy.

The Wolfpack did have a 23-play touchdown drive in the fourth quarter in which they converted 3 fourth downs, only problem was it ate up about 8 minutes of the clock.

Tigers go to 3-0, no Clemsoning last night.

From BackingThePack.com:


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 Goes 0-3 vs Big East, UNC almost pulls off comeback, Chris Thompson one year later, Top Ten meeting next weekend, (4) FSU vs (10) Clemson

The ACC went 4-4 in out of conference games this past weekend. Three of the four losses were to Big East teams. Louisville, UConn and Pittsburgh all won over their ACC opponents.  In conference, Florida State crushed Wake Forest, and Georgia Tech broke out the whoopin stick on Virginia.

Pittsburgh 35, Virginia Tech 17.  In the upset of the day Pittsburgh capitalized on four turnovers and  ended the nation’s longest road winning streak. The Hokies were down 21-3 at the half, and couldn’t mount a comeback in the second half against their future Coastal Division rival. VT was held to 59 yards rushing and Logan Thomas threw 3 INTs. Virginia Tech has two more ooc games before travelling to Chapel Hill.

Louisville 39, North Carolina 34. UNC almost pulled off a very impressive comeback on the road. The Tar Heels were down 36-7 at half and 25 in the fourth quarter but came storming back and had a chance for the winning score.  A controversial call/no call on 4th and goal pretty much sealed the deal. Bryn Renner threw 5 touchdown passes, but the Heels could not get anything going in the first half of the game when Louisville stormed out to their big lead. Next up for UNC, ECU comes to town.

NC State 31,  South Alabama 7. NC State had an easy time in their home opener. Mike Glennon threw three touchdown passes and the defense held South Alabama scoreless until late in the fourth quarter. Halfback Mustafa Greene was suspended for the game, no reason yet as to why from TOB, but it didnt really matter in this game. Next up, NC State plays the Citadel.

Florida State 52, Wake Forest 0. Talk about a comeback. Last year running back Chris Thompson broke his back in the game against Wake Forest. One year later he runs for 197 yards and two TDs in the first half. He sat out the second half as FSU rolled and set up a big meeting in Death Valley on Saturday.

Rest of the ACC…

Clemson 41, Furman 7. Georgia Tech 56, Virginia 20. UConn 24, Maryland 21. Duke 54, NCCU 17. Northwestern 22, Boston College 13. Miami 38, Bethune-Cookman 10.




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.

Gameday! NCSU vs Tennessee Open Thread, Labor Day and other stuff

You might see a lot of women dressed like this in Atlanta this weekend

South Carolina and Vanderbilt kicked off the college football season last night.  Gamecocks won an ugly game 17-13

BYU crushed Mike Leach and Washington State 30-6.

Now on to the ACC. NC State vs Tennessee on Friday, and Clemson vs Auburn on Saturday at the Georgia Dome. The ACC hasnt beaten the SEC in a season opener since 2005.  What will the ACC’s record be after this weekend? I’m thinking 1-1

Plenty to do in Atlanta this weekend. College Football, Braves vs Phillies, NASCAR and Dragon-Con.

Here We Go Again, now it’s Clemson to Big 12 rumors.

Last week some officials and coaches at Florida State got the rumormills/blogoshpere/twitterworld going with talks about wanting to leave the ACC and head to the BIG 12. Mainly for more money. The rumors were squashed by FSU’s President.

But this weekend, a FSU move to the BIG 12 was called “inevitable”, as in possibly this summer. This story was from the website chuckoliver.net. Chuck Oliver is a  sports talk radio host in Atlanta, and his main level of expertise is college football, mainly ACC and SEC college football. So you have that.

This week, it is the Clemson Tigers turn. According to jugofsnyder.com there is an “agreement in principle” for Clemson to join the BIG 12. Now I have no idea who or what jug of snyder is. The rumor was also reported here.

This is all rumors now, but still, it doesn’t look good for the ACC especially in the football world. Last year it was the BIG 12 that was on life support and about to be disbanded, the ACC reacted and snatched up two Big East schools. Two Big East basketball schools. Then you have the new bowl partnership between the SEC and the BIG12. It looks more and more like college football is finally moving to some sort of playoff. Will the ACC be left out in the cold?

#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

The ACC Has Issues

So the ACC is supposedly the most storied basketball conference in the history of ever, right?  Well, ACC fans, and really anyone associated with the ACC from coaches to players to media members, need to realize that history is just that.  History.  Not only did the ACC get absolutely embarrassed in the Orange Bowl last night, but Duke lost to Temple.  Granted, the Duke loss is not the end of the world, but the Orange Bowl…

This is your open thread for today, but hopefully time will allow me to post about some other things that need addressing.