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.