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.

#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

It Could Happen…but probably wont

After that wild college football weekend, the BCS Top 5.

  1. LSU
  2. Alabama
  3. Arkansas
  4. Oklahoma State
  5. Virginia Tech

Earlier this season I thought Clemson would be the ACC’s hope for a shot at the BCS Championship game. Two road losses later, including a complete beatdown from NC State, all of that is out the window. There will not be an at-large BCS bowl bid for the ACC once again.  So with only once BCS team in the mix, what will happen?

The only national title hope for the ACC now is Virginia Tech, and it would take another BCS meltdown weekend for that to happen…

LSU, would have to lose to Arkansas on Friday. Then the Razorbacks (who have a weaker strength of schedule than Boise State) would have to lose to Georgia in the SEC Championship.

Alabama, who might not even win their own division, would have to lose at Auburn. It could happen. Iron Bowl. War Eagle.

Oklahoma State would have to lose to Oklahoma in the Bedlam game in two weeks. Again, it could happen.

Also in the way, the Virginia Cavaliers. The Cavaliers beat FSU in Tallahassee to set up a showdown for the ACC Coastal division. So we could be stuck with have a Clemson vs Virginia ACC Championship Game.  Plenty of scenarios and what ifs, how do you think it will finally turn out?

Also, Miami has decided to turn down a bowl bid.



The ACC is the New SEC?

I guess ACC fans can no longer call out SEC teams as being “renegade” or “rogue”.  Not with the recent transgressions at GA Tech (you know, the investigation that lead to a vacated ACC title, and yet made zero headlines).  The well documented UNC-CH football debacle does not even need to be run down.  Not to be outdone, enter “The U”.  That is right, the good, old University of Miami has come back to show us all how it is really done.

Charles Robinson at Yahoo! Sports has been on the case for almost a year now, and he has a great read on what has been taking place in South Beach the past decade.  While I admittedly have not had time to scour the details in full, from where I am sitting “The U” just made everyone else look like chumps in this whole extra benefits game.  Even USC can not match what “The U” can do.  So please read the article at Yahoo! and provide your thoughts below.

Also, it needs to be said that Charles Robinson and Yahoo! Sports are big time.  What he has done to expose corruption in college sports is unparallelled by anyone, and this investigation really drives that point home.  Yahoo! conducted 15 prison interviews with Nevin Shapiro, the booster who is blowing the lid off of everything that he himself was doing.  No one can say that Robinson does not do his due diligence, and he is showing us that investigative reporting can still be done correctly, ethically and in depth.

Is Miami the Premier Job for 2011?

Randy Shannon

In case you missed it, the University of Miami decided to part ways with head football coach Randy Shannon on Saturday after the Hurricanes lost to South Florida earlier in the day.

Of course, this is the same Randy Shannon that the U gave a four year extension to prior to the 2010 season.  Dude will get a $1.5Million buyout check, so at least he does not have to worry about putting food on the table.

So the question is who the ‘Canes will be competing with for whomever the hot coach of the minute will be.  Or maybe one of the U’s former coaches will return to bring them back to glory again.  Yep, it is time for some speculation.

I was speaking of Jimmy Johnson, of course.  Bob Stoops’ name has been uttered a few times already, for what it is worth.

“The U” Review

I have really enjoyed ESPN’s “30 for 30″ series of documentaries. I have found them all pretty interesting umiamilogo_0
and well done. Seven of the thirty films have aired, with stories ranging from Wayne Gretzky’s trade from Edmonton to the Baltimore Colts marching band. My favorites have been the Without Bias: the Len Bias story, and the story about Jimmy the Greek and the USFL.

The final story to premiere in 2009 was The U, the story of the University of Miami football team in the 1980’s. It is amazing to look back and see just how cocky, brash and over the top this team was, and they didnt care what anybody else thought, not the media, not the NCAA, not even the school president. There is no way they could have got away with some of the stuff they did back then (not doing the pregame handshake against OU) now.

They backed up all this bravado by winning. Miami won 4 National Championships in 9 years and could have won 2 or 3 more. Howard Schellenberger got the ball rolling with the 1984 Orange Bowl win over Nebraska. He left to go to the USFL and was replaced by Jimmy Johnson, and after Johnson, Dennis Erikson won two titles. The film also shows the controversies like wearing the fatigues for the Fiesta Bowl, Luther Campbell’s “pay for play”, and the NCAA’s “Miami rule” for unsportsmanlike conduct.

I thought the film was well done, with interviews from former players like Michael Irvin, Bernie Kosar, Mevin Bratton, Randall Hill and coaches Schellenberger, Johnson and Erikson and even Luther Campbell. Like them or not, I doubt we will see a team have a run like they had in 80’s and early 90’s. The U is a great watch for college football and sports fans. Im looking forward to the other 30 for 30 fims.

ESPN Documentary: The U

ESPN will be running a documentary on Saturday night at 9 PM chronicling the Miami football program back when “the swagger” was in full effect and the Hurricanes were routine national title contenders.  All this while simultaneously shredding the NCAA rule book every which way they could. Talk about multitasking!

This video is a little preview focusing on players receiving payments from 2Live Crew’s Luther Campbell for plays they made on the field. Clearly this sort of thing is not okay with the NCAA but at least Campbell wasn’t giving it away. Nothing says responsible rules violator like making the players earn their money.

It should be interesting, especially given Randy Shannon’s name comes up when discussing some of the illicit activities. And who knows Butch Davis might make an appearance too which would cause Pack Pride to meltdown in an hysterical fit of black helicopter sightings and rants against the N&O. Also, this is a prime example of ESPN talking about of both sides of their mouth. On one hand they are deploring the corrupt nature of the Miami football program at its peak but at the same time we get nothing but “The U” and “the swagger is back” references if the Hurricanes win so much as three games in a row. Yes, it is hypocrisy of  a sort but then again this is ESPN we are talking about here.