ACC Roundup 2019 – Week 3

We are already a quarter of the way through college football season, if you can believe it. Week 3 had some great battles across the ACC so let’s recap last week.

North Carolina 18, Wake Forest 24

Is Wake Forest actually… good? Sitting at 3-0, they have the makings of a team that will give everybody a fight. QB Jamie Newman threw his first interception of the season Friday night, but went 14/26 for 214 yards and a touchdown, and added 78 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. He’s going to give the Florida State defense problems in a few weeks.

Kenneth Walker III didn’t get a ton of carries, but made the most out of them rushing for 94 yards. Receiving wise it was all Sage Surrat, finishing with 169 yards and a touchdown on 9 catches. No one else on the team had more than 2 catches and 31 yards. Newman was only sacked once, and the offense produced 436 yards of total offense.

Meanwhile, the Tarheels just couldn’t climb out of the hole they dug themselves into. They started out with a 21-0 deficit, but unfortunately, they weren’t playing Florida State’s defense and could only manage to score 18 in the second half in a losing effort. Sam Howell was sacked a ridiculous 6 times, and finished 17/28 for 182 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Michael Carter led the way on the ground with 96 yards on 13 carries, and added 2 receptions for 22 yards and a touchdown. Dyami Brown had the most receiving yards with 84 and had a 55-yard touchdown, while Dazz Newsome had the most receptions with 7.

By the way, this was technically a non-conference game for both teams.

Kansas 48, Boston College 24

Steve Addazio’s seat has to be feeling a little warm right now, but this was somehow not the most surprising result of the week.

Boston College gave up 567 yards of offense to Kansas, 329 of those coming on the ground. They were able to sack Kansas’ QB a whopping 0 times, and only had 6 TFLs.

Anthony Brown was not good for Boston College, finishing 18/36 for 195 yards and a touchdown, while also catching a TD (thrown by WR CJ Lewis). AJ Dillon was the only bright spot for this team, rushing 27 times for 151 yards and a touchdown. The other receiving touchdown was caught by Korab Idrizi. Boston College will have to bounce back in a big way next game if they want to correct their course.

Pittsburgh 10, Penn State 17

Apparently Pittsburgh decided that Penn State could be beat through the air. Definitely didn’t backfire whatsoever.

As a team, Pitt rushed 25 times for 24 yards. Their one touchdown did come on the ground, via Vincent Davis, one of only two ballcarriers to finish with more yards than carries for the Panthers. Quarterback Kenny Pickett had a BUSY day, finishing 35/51 for 372 yards, no TDs or INTs. Taysir Mack was his favorite target; 12 catches for 125 yards. Both teams finished with 3 sacks, and no fumbles or INTs were forced by either team.

NC State 27, West Virginia 44

This one caught me by surprise. I expected at least a competitive game, but West Virginia took off in the final frame, even letting former FSU WR George Campbell catch a touchdown.

Matthew McKay finished 23/48 for 207 yards and a touchdown, and added 9 yards on the ground for NC State. He was sacked 3 times by a Big 12 defense which is kind of bad. Wide receiver Thayer Thomas caught and threw a touchdown, the ultimate dual-threat, and Jordan Houston added a touchdown on the ground. Zonovan Knight carried the ball 12 times for 72 yards.

The defense picked off West Virginia once, but also only had one sack and gave up 445 yards of offense.

Furman 17, Virginia Tech 24

Florida State may be in dogfights with everyone this season, but at least they’re all division one teams. Furman had the lead at halftime, and was only down 3 entering the 4th quarter. Justin Fuente also must be feeling a warm seat currently.

Ryan Willis didn’t throw much for the Hokies, but was mostly effective when called upon: 17/21 for 123 yards, 1 touchdown and interception apiece. VT really made their money on the ground, combining for 227 yards as a team, with Keshawn King leading the way on 119 yards. Tre Turner and James Mitchell had their rushing TDs, while Turner had the team’s lone receiving touchdown.

The defense was able to force 4 sacks, and picked off Furman’s QB once, but you would still expect to see more domination over an FCS opponent.

The Citadel 27, Georgia Tech 24

And speaking of struggling with FCS opponents… come on Georgia Tech.

Really cool to see a military academy school pull an upset like this, even if GT isn’t that good (and what does this say about how bad USF is). It might be even sadder that GT had a chance to win in OT and failed. The Citadel is a triple threat team, you’d think the Georgia Tech defense would know how to stop that of all things.

The passing game continues to be non-existent for the Yellow Jackets, with two throwers combining to go 7/13 for 118 yards and a touchdown. The rushing game was alive and well, going for 183 yards and 2 touchdowns (both scored by Jordan Mason). The defense just could not stop The Citadel. 320 yards given up on the ground is inexcusable against anybody, nonetheless against an FCS school that runs the same system GT ran for years. The GT defense only had 4 TFLs, even though The Citadel ran the ball seventy-one times. Gracious.

Louisville 38, Western Kentucky 21

Can anybody explain to me why two Kentucky teams played a neutral site game in Nashville, Tennessee and not in the state of Kentucky?

Anyways, another ACC team gets to beat up on a much lesser opponent right before they play FSU, which is just FANTASTIC. The game wasn’t even near as close as the score indicates; Louisville held a 24 point lead at halftime and was able to coast the rest of the game.

The Cardinals led an unbelievably balanced attack, with 210 passing yards and 205 rushing yards. Malik Cunningham threw for 2 TDs, and Evan Conley added another one. All 3 touchdowns were caught by Tutu Atwell, who ended up with 141 yards receiving and a lost fumble. Javian Hawkins led the rushing attack with 93 yards on the ground.

The defense held up against the Hilltoppers rushing attack, giving up just 42 yards on the ground. The only weakness the defense showed was through the air, allowing WKU’s QB to go 25/47 for 245 yards a 3 TDs and was only sacked once.

Bethune-Cookman 0, Miami 63

You got your first win of the year against Bethune-Cookman. Congrats, Miami. At least you did it convincingly.

The offense combined for 590 total yards of offense: 333 passing, 257 rushing. A lot of players put up a lot of numbers for the Hurricanes, but it was all the usual suspects. Deejay Dallas had 3 TDs on the ground to pair with 109 yards rushing and Jarren Williams threw for 3 TDs on 254 yards. 10 players caught a pass, 4 of them gaining 49 or more yards.

The defense was able to break out the turnover chain once with a fumble recovery, and sacked Bethune-Cookman’s QB just twice.

Duke 41, Middle Tennessee 18

Duke finally put together a complete performance, but it was mostly from QB Quentin Harris. Harris finished 24/27 for 237 yards and 4 touchdowns, while adding 107 yards on the ground. Deon Jackson added a rushing touchdown and 71 yards. On the receiving end, Aaron Young dominated with 106 yards and 2 TDs, the other TDs coming from Jalon Calhoun and Eli Pancol.

The defense floundered the Raiders all game, as they only finished with 339 yards of offense, and were able to sack the QB six times.

Florida State 24, Virginia 31

This was a winnable game. The team showed a ton of improvement. Overall, I’m really not that disappointed with the loss, but it would’ve been fun to see FSU win on the road against a ranked squad. I’m more disappointed with the lack of discipline in the 4th quarter by the defense. Too many stupid penalties that really could’ve been avoided.

Clemson 41, Syracuse 6

Hey Cuse… you okay? A week after getting blown out against Maryland (who lost to Temple this weekend), they get punched in the mouth by Clemson.

Trevor Lawrence continues to perform at a just average level, this time with more yardage. He went 22/39 for 395 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions, and added 42 yards and another touchdown on the ground, but wasn’t sacked. Travis Etienne also had an underwhelming day, with just 76 yards on 14 carries. Chez Mellusi had 57 yards on one carry for a touchdown.

Two receivers finished with over 100 yards for Clemson: Tee Higgins (7 catches, 150 yards) and Amari Rodgers (4 catches, 121 yards, 2 TDs). Frank Ladson Jr added the other receiving touchdown.

Syracuse did absolutely nothing, finishing with 15 yards rushing. On 42 carries. That is all you need to know about how this game went.

ACC Standings

RIP Boston College’s reign at the top of the standings, it was a good run.

ACC Atlantic

Clemson 3-0 (2-0)

Boston College 2-1 (1-0)

Wake Forest 3-0 (0-0)

Louisville 2-1 (0-0)

NC State 2-1 (0-0)

Florida State 1-2 (0-1)

Syracuse 1-2 (0-1)

ACC Coastal

Virginia 3-0 (2-0)

North Carolina 2-1 (1-0)

Duke 2-1 (0-0)

Virginia Tech 2-1 (0-1)

Georgia Tech 1-2 (0-1)

Miami 1-2 (0-1)

Pittsburgh 1-2 (0-1)

Next Week’s Games

All times listed are EST

Boston College @ Rutgers, Saturday, September 21, 12 pm, BigTen Network

Western Michigan @ Syracuse, Saturday, September 21, 12 pm, ACC Network

Elon @ Wake Forest, Saturday, September 21, 12 pm, ACCNX

15 UCF @ Pittsburgh, Saturday, September 21, 3:30 pm, ABC/ESPN2

Appalachian State @ North Carolina, Saturday, September 21, 3:30 pm, ACCNX

Louisville @ Florida State, Saturday, September 21, 3:30 pm, ESPN

Central Michigan @ Miami, Saturday, September 21, 4 pm, ACC Network

Old Dominion @ 21 Virginia, Saturday, September 21, 7 pm, ESPN2

Ball State @ NC State, Saturday, September 21, 7 pm, ESPNU

Charlotte @ Clemson, Saturday, September 21, 7:30 pm, ACC Network

Duke, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech all have bye weeks.

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