ACC Roundup 2019 – Week 1

With Week 1 of college football behind us, let’s take a look into how every ACC team did this past week. Brief stats will be given for only the ACC teams unless they gave up some ginormous stat or made a random QB look like the second coming of Tom Brady.

Miami 20, Florida 24

Technically a “Week 0” game, but neither team played this past week so here we are. Both teams looked really sloppy on both sides of the ball. Tackling was poor, Feleipe Franks was shushing his own fans… it was a weird game.

Jarren Williams played well for Miami as a freshman quarterback, despite what his coach may have said about him. He finished 19/30 for 214 yards and 1 TD. His problem was he was sacked 10 times. Some of that can be contributed to him holding onto the ball, but his offensive line was bad. Deejay Dallas looked really good, gaining 94 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, while also adding 37 yards receiving. Brevin Jordan is a matchup nightmare at tight end and brought in 5 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. I’d expect Miami to try getting him the ball more next game.

Defensively, they picked Franks off twice and forced two fumbles. They were only able to sack Franks once, but hurried him 3 times.

Georgia Tech 14, Clemson 52

This one was never close from the start. Travis Etienne ran for 205 yards and 3 TDs… on 12 carries. Trevor Lawrence looked average going 13/23 1 TD, 2 INTs and added three rushes for 24 yards and a touchdown. The rushing offense as a whole gained 405 yards, which could cause FSU problems in that October matchup. 13 different Tigers caught a pass, and 8 players ran for more than 10 yards.

Clemson’s kicker B.T. Potter had a busy day, going 8/8 on all kicks, 7 PATs, 1 FG from 51 yards.

Georgia Tech is breaking in a new coach and system, while still having a lot of players from the triple-option system. The passing game still looks horrific, going a combined 7/18 for 137 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs from all three players that attempted a pass. The highest QBR from any of them was 48.5. The rushing game was… okay…? Jordan Mason carried the ball 13 times for 72 yards and a touchdown. No other carrier averaged more than 3.8 yards per carry. As a team, GT fumbled three times.

Utah State 35, Wake Forest 38

Utah State always finds a way to snatch defeat from the hands of victory. Despite having a quarterback, Jordan Love, that a lot of people think could be a great NFL player, Utah State let Wake Forest score with just over a minute remaining in the game. Wake Forest let Love throw for 416 yards and 3 TDs, but also picked him off three times. Love was only sacked once, and Wake only combined for 3 TFLs.

Offensively, Jamie Newman looked solid, throwing for 401 yards and 3 TDs. He fumbled twice, losing one of them, but didn’t throw any INTs and added another TD on the ground. On the receiving end, Kendall Hinton had the most receptions with 9, and Sage Surrat had the most yards with 158. Surrat, Hinton, and Scotty Washington all scored receiving TDs. Rushing wise Cade Carney led the way with 105 yards, but Newman and Christian Beal-Smith broke into the endzone on the ground.

Kicker Nick Sciba was a perfect 6/6 on all kicks, 5 PATs and 1 FG from 21 yards.

Boise State 36, Florida State 31

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Good puppy.

Duke 3, Alabama 42

For half a second, this looked somewhat close. It was 0-0 after the 1st quarter and 14-3 at halftime. Then Alabama became Alabama again.

Duke really didn’t do anything of note. Brittain Brown forced a fumble, but they didn’t force any INTs and only sacked the QB once. Quentin Harris went a whopping 12/22, 97 yards, and 2 INTs. Four carriers combined for 107 yards. Everybody saw this coming, right?

Syracuse 24, Liberty 0

Credit Syracuse for shutting a team out on the road… even if it was Liberty.

Cuse sacked Liberty’s QB eight times, and all of their TDs were on the ground; one each from Moe Neal, Abdul Adams, and Jarveon Howard. As a team, they combined for 192 yards on the ground, which is more than they threw for. Tommy DeVito went 17/35, 176 yards, 2 INTs.

East Carolina 6, NC State 34

The Wolfpack absolutely dominated their in-state foe. More than 500 total yards of offense, with Matthew McKay leading the way through the air; 25/37, 308 yards, 1 TD. The rushing game was a team effort; 6 different runners had more than 20 yards, but none finished with more than 42. Together they all combined for 191 yards and 3 TDs; 2 from McKay, 1 from Zonovan Knight. They sacked ECU’s QB 3 times and forced one INT plus a fumble.

South Carolina 20, North Carolina 24

Return of the Mack! South Carolina had this game won, then Mack Brown summoned one more miracle and things like this happened.

South Carolina was up 20-9 heading into the 4th, then gave up 15 points unanswered to former Former Florida State commit Sam Howell. UNC had a very balanced attack. Howell went 15/24, 245 yards, and 2 TDs and lost a fumble (and most importantly 0 INTs, impressive for a true freshman starting in his first game). On the ground, they combined for 238 yards, led by Javonte Williams with 102 yards, but no one scored rushing the ball.

The defense got to South Carolina’s QB three times and picked him off twice, while also holding SCar’s rushing attack to just 128 yards on 31 carries.

Virginia Tech 28, Boston College 35

BC led this game 28-14 at halftime, and VT never quite seemed to be close enough. VT scored a touchdown with 2:13 left to make it a one-score game, but it was too little too late.

VT QB Ryan Willis went 29/47 for 344, 4 TDs and 3 INTs. Willis was sacked only twice, while the running game was non-existent, combining for 98 yards on an insane 42 carries (2.33 yards per carry, ew). Willis and Hezekiah Grimsley each lost a fumble. Grimsley, Tayvion Robinson, and Kaleb Smith each had over 50 yards receiving and a touchdown, and one more added from James Mitchell.

Anthony Brown went 15/26 for 275 yards and 2 TDs, while adding 15 yards and another TD on the ground. AJ Dillon looked mortal, rushing for 81 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown. David Bailey also scored on the ground. Zay Flowers and Kaleb White had BC’s receiving TDs, and having 91 and 73 yards, respectively. White also threw an INT.

Virginia 30, Pittsburgh 14

Another game that was close at half, as Pitt had the lead 14-13 going to the break. Then UVA would score 17 unanswered in the second half.

Despite scoring 30 points, Virginia didn’t produce many yards. QB Bryce Perkins threw for 181 yards and 2 TDs, while the ground game provided 129 yards and 1 TD on 33 carries. No WR had more than 45 yards, although Joe Reed did catch 7 passes. Perkins was sacked 3 times, and didn’t throw an INT or fumble the ball. Kicker Brian Delaney was 6/6 on all kicks, 3 PATs, and 3 FGs, from 39, 36, and 45 yards.

Pittsburgh was about the same through the air, just with interceptions. Kenny Pickett went 21/41 for 185 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs. AJ Davis led the Panthers in both rushing and receiving yards, with 25 and 65 respectively, and scored a touchdown on the ground.

Notre Dame 35, Louisville 17

Louisville looked like a competent team again, which doesn’t bode well for FSU. This game was a ground attack from both teams. Notre Dame had 230 yards and 4 TDs, led by Tony Jones Jr’s 110 yards on 15 carries. Louisville could only move on the ground, with 249 yards and 2 TDs, led by Javian Hawkins’ 19 carries and 122 yards.

Notre Dame QB Ian Book passed for 193 yards, 1 TD, and 1 pegged dancer while adding 81 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground. His favorite target was Chase Claypool, who hauled in 5 passes for 94 yards. Book was sacked three times and fumbled twice.

Despite a great name for a QB, Louisville’s Jawon Pass wasn’t a great passer. 12/27 and 134 yards isn’t exactly enlightening, but he did add 67 yards and 2 TDs rushing. He was sacked 4 times and lost 3 fumbles.

Current Standings

Here’s how the conference is shaking out after 1 week

ACC Atlantic

Boston College 1-0 (1-0)

Clemson 1-0 (1-0)

NC State 1-0 (0-0)

Wake Forest 1-0 (0-0)

Syracuse 1-0 (0-0)

Florida State 0-1 (0-0)

Louisville 0-1 (0-0)

ACC Coastal

Virginia 1-0 (1-0)

North Carolina 1-0 (0-0)

Duke 0-1 (0-0)

Miami 0-1 (0-0)

Georgia Tech 0-1 (0-1)

Pittsburgh 0-1 (0-1)

Virginia Tech 0-1 (0-1)

Next Week’s Games

Here’s a look into every ACC game next week (all times listed are EST)

William & Mary @ Virginia, Friday, September 6, 8 pm, ACC Network

Wake Forest @ Rice, Friday, September 6, 8 pm, CBSSports Network

Ohio @ Pittsburgh, Saturday, September 7, 11 am, ACC Network

Syracuse @ Maryland, Saturday, September 7, 12 pm, ESPN

Old Dominion @ Virginia Tech, Saturday, September 7, 12 pm, ESPNU

West Carolina @ NC State, Saturday, September 7, 12:30 pm. ACCNX

USF @ Georgia Tech, Saturday, September 7, 2 pm, ACC Network

Texas A&M @ Clemson, Saturday, September 7, 3:30 pm, ABC

Richmond @ Boston College, Saturday, September 7, 3:30 pm, ACCNX

Louisiana-Monroe @ Florida State, Saturday, September 7, 5 pm, ACC Network

North Carolina A&T @ Duke, Saturday, September 7, 6 pm, ACCNX

Eastern Kentucky @ Louisville, Saturday, September 7, 7 pm, ACCNX

Miami @ North Carolina, Saturday, September 7, 8 pm, ACC Network

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