ACC Roundup 2019 – Week 2

Another week of college football is in the books, for better or for worse. Let’s look over this past weekend’s games from around the ACC.

William & Mary 17, Virginia 52

This game was the first of two ACC teams that played Friday night. So not only is Virginia coming off a dominant win, but they also get an extra day of rest for Florida State. Awesome.

The backups got a lot of work in this game so the stats look pedestrian for starting QB Bryce Perkins; 16/26 for 192 yards, 2 TDs, and 2 INTs. He also added 68 yards and another TD on the ground. Rushing wise they were led by Mike Hollins who had 78 yards and 2 TDs.

The defense held the Tribe to 193 total yards and forced 3 total turnovers, so they’ll be coming into next week’s tilt against FSU with a ton of confidence.

Wake Forest 41, Rice 21

Don’t look now, but Wake Forest is 2-0. Granted they’re wins against Utah State and Rice, but those are two quality wins.

Jamie Newman again had a great day throwing the football, 21/27 for 312 yards and 3 TDs, and no INTs. Newman added an additional 29 yards rushing. This time for Wake, it was Kenneth Walker III leading the way on the ground. Boasting a monstrous 13.9 yards per carry, Walker ran for 125 yards and a TD on just 9 carries. Scotty Washington had the biggest impact on the receiving end, finishing with 158 yards and 2 TDs on 7 catches. Sage Surrat added the other receiving TD.

Ohio 10, Pittsburgh 20

The Panthers finished with 481 yards of offense and didn’t turn the ball over, but still only produced 20 points. Kenny Pickett bounced back from a rough Week 1 by going 26/37 for 321 yards and a TD and a 25-yard punt. His favorite target on the day was Maurice Ffrench (yes with two F’s) and connected ten times for 138 yards and a touchdown. Carries were split with A.J. Davis and Vincent Davis with them going for 89 and 50 yards respectively.

The defense was stifling, holding the Bobcats to 212 yards of offense and just 35 yards on the ground. Neither team forced a turnover, which is surprising to see in such a low scoring game.

Syracuse 20, Maryland 63

Syracuse was ranked 22nd coming into this game. I imagine they no longer will be. The orange got the absolute juice crushed out of them giving up a staggering 650 yards of offense. Six Hundred and Fifty. They could get nothing going on the ground, finishing with just 70 yards at 2.4 yards per carry, and while Tommy Devito finished with 330 yards and 3 TDs, he also tossed an INT and threw 41 passes. On the bright side, at least the defense forced an INT as well. This was a major shock of a score. We maybe should have seen this coming given they only managed to score 24 on Liberty last week, but yikes.

Old Dominion 17, Virginia Tech 31

Virginia Tech exacted revenge on their loss to Old Dominion last season, but it didn’t come easy. Old Dominion thrashed VT on the ground for 202 rushing yards. The defense didn’t force any turnovers but sacked Old Dominion 5 times. QB Ryan Willis was solid, but not spectacular going for 16/28 for 272 yards and 2 TDs, adding 34 yards and another TD on the ground. No WR was his favorite; 5 different WRs posted more than 30 yards and less than 65. The team rushed for 131 yards between 3 different main carriers, none had more than 64 yards.

Western Carolina 0, NC State 41

NC State did exactly what they were supposed to do against a weaker opponent, give them no chances.

The Catamounts were held to 106 yards of total offense but turned the ball over only once. NC State wanted to run the ball and did, carrying the ball 53 times for 309 yards between 8 different ball carriers. Zonovan Knight again had a big day rushing for 119 yards and 2 TDs. QB Matthew McKay had another solid day, passing for 200 yards and 1 TD while going 18/28. Former FSU QB Bailey Hockman even got in on the action by going 4/5 for 31 yards.

South Florida 10, Georgia Tech 14

South Florida must really be that bad. Georgia Tech got demolished by Clemson last weekend, then comes back home and somehow pulls out a win against the fighting Charlie Strong’s. The passing game for Yellow Jackets was a rambling wreck, going 14/21 for 76 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT across three different passers. Jordan Mason was decent on the ground, rushing for 99 yards on 20 carries and 1 TD. Tobias Oliver scored the other TD for Tech.

The defense forced 4 fumbles and recovered two of them, and sacked the Bulls 4 times. USF was held to only 262 yards of total offense.

Texas A&M 10, Clemson 24

This game was never as close as the score might indicate. Clemson had complete control over this game and would’ve won by three scores if Jimbo Fisher didn’t have a strong desire to at least cover the spread.

QB Trevor Lawrence had some spectacular plays, but his stats looked average: 24/35 for 268 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. Travis Etienne was limited to just 53 yards on 16 carries a major step down from his 205 last week. Justyn Ross led the way catching the ball finishing with 94 yards and a TD with seven catches.

The defense is what really shined brightest, holding the Aggies to just 53 yards on the ground, and Kellen Mond for 236 yards at 5.6 yards per attempt.

Richmond 13, Boston College 45

Boston College ran the ball and continued to run the ball all game. As a committee, the Golden Eagles combined for 346 yards and 3 TDs, with three ball carriers having more than 85 yards. Normal workhorse AJ Dillon finished with the third-most rushing yards despite the most carries but did have 2 TDs. QB Anthony Brown didn’t throw much but was effective when he did finishing 8/14 for 163 yards and 3 TDs, giving him a crazy TD% of 21.4%.

The defense gave up a ton of yardage, a total of 364 yards and didn’t sack the Richmond QB (only one QB hurry), but forced 2 INTs. What they lacked in sacks, they made up for in TFLs, finishing with 12 as a team.

UL Monroe 44, Florida State 45

*Heavy sigh*

Well, at least the ‘Noles won? That’s progress, right?

Cam Akers at least looked amazing finishing with 193 yards and 2 TDs on 36 carries.

North Carolina A&T 13, Duke 45

Another 45-13 score this week from an ACC game… weird. Duke dominated on offense. QB Quentin Harris had an incredible game: 30/42 for 345 yards and 4 TDs, adding 83 yards and another TD on the ground. Rushing wise, the team combined for 210 yards. The only other rusher to hit paydirt was Mataeo Durant. Jalon Calhoun had a great game catching the ball: 8 receptions for 105 yards and 2 TDs.

NC A&T was held to 249 yards of offense, turned the ball over twice, and gave up two sacks.

Eastern Kentucky 0, Louisville 42.

This confirms what I said last week about Louisville looking competent, even if it is Eastern Kentucky. The running game was electric, as the Cardinals combined for 322 yards on 38 carries and 2 TDs. Javian Hawkins led the way with 123 yards on just 11 carries, but didn’t have any of the rushing TDs; those were scored by Malik Cunningham and Hassan Hall. QB Jawon Pass looked better this week but didn’t throw much: 12/19 for 196 yards, 4 TDs, and 1 INT.

The defense didn’t force any turnovers but did produce 5 sacks and 10 TFLs.

Miami 25, North Carolina 28

The final game of the weekend was the most entertaining one. UNC jumped out to an early 17-3 lead, but Miami clawed their way back to take the lead with 4:38 left in the game before Sam Howell led the Tarheels down the field to win.

Freshman QB Jarren Williams again looked good for Miami finishing 30/39 for 309 yards, 2 TDs, and no INTs. He was sacked four times (3 by UNC LB Tomon Fox) and fumbled twice, but didn’t lose either fumble. Deejay Dallas improved upon his first game, rushing for 107 yards on 14 carries, and Brevin Jordan was again a matchup nightmare with 6 catches for 73 yards. Mike Harley and K.J. Osborn also had nice games receiving, adding 79 and 76 yards respectively.

Sam Howell also has had an impressive start to his season, this time going 16/24 for 274 yards and 2 TDs. He was also sacked four times and fumbled but didn’t lose the fumble. UNC’s rushing game was the lackluster part of their performance; 97 yards and 1 TD on 36 carries. Dyami Brown was the main WR with 4 catches for 80 yards and 1 TD.

Current Standings

Two weeks into the season, here is how the ACC is shaking out.

ACC Atlantic

Boston College 2-0 (1-0)

Clemson 2-0 (1-0)

NC State 2-0 (0-0)

Wake Forest 2-0 (0-0)

Florida State 1-1 (0-0)

Syracuse 1-1 (0-0)

Louisville 1-1 (0-0)

ACC Coastal

North Carolina 2-0 (1-0)

Virginia 2-0 (1-0)

Duke 1-1 (0-0)

Georgia Tech 1-1 (0-1)

Pittsburgh 1-1 (0-1)

Virginia Tech 1-1 (0-1)

Miami 0-2 (0-1)

Next Week’s Games

All times are EST

North Carolina @ Wake Forest, Friday September 13, 6 pm, ESPN

Kansas @ Boston College, Friday September 13, 7:30 pm, ACC Network

Pittsburgh @ 13 Penn State, Saturday September 14, 12 pm, ABC

NC State @ West Virginia, Saturday September 14, 12 pm, FS1

Furman @ Virginia Tech, Saturday September 14, 12 pm, ACC Network

The Citadel @ Georgia Tech, Saturday September 14, 12:30 pm, ACCNX

Louisville vs Western Kentucky (Nashville, TN), Saturday September 14, 4 pm

Bethune-Cookman @ Miami, Saturday September 14, 4 pm, ACC Network

Duke @ Middle Tennessee State, Saturday September 14, 7 pm

Florida State @ Virginia, Saturday September 14, 7:30 pm, ACC Network

1 Clemson @ Syracuse, Saturday September 14, 7:30 pm, ABC

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