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Atlantic Coast Conference News and Notes

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ATLANTIC DIVISION

BOSTON COLLEGE: The Eagles let one get away from them this past weekend, as Army scored on a 29-yard touchdown run with 45 seconds remaining to earn a 34-31 victory over Boston College in West Point. The Eagles are now just 1-4 on the season and remain winless against FBS competition. Tailback Andre Williams did what he could in the loss, rushing for 191 yards and two touchdowns. Wideout Alex Amidon also scored twice, once on the ground and once through the air. The Eagles managed 420 yards of total offense, but were no match for Army's option attack, which amassed a whopping 516 yards on 79 rushes (6.5 ypc). BC quarterback Chase Rettig was 16-of-29 passing, for 234 yards and a TD, but was sacked five times in the game. Things won't get any easier for the Eagles this week as they head to Tallahassee to take on ACC favorite Florida State.

CLEMSON: It was once again quarterback Tahj Boyd who proved to be the difference for Clemson, as he threw for a career-high 397 yards and two touchdowns in a 47-31 victory over Georgia Tech this past weekend. The Tigers (5-1, 2-1 ACC) have now won two straight since suffering their only loss of the season at Florida State. Boyd completed 26-of-41 passes and added 63 yards and another touchdown on the ground in the win. With his second-quarter TD pass, Boyd became the school's all-time leader in TD passes with 50. He added his 51st TD-strike in the fourth quarter. Wideout DeAndre Hopkins continued his dominant play in 2012, racking up 173 yards and two TDs on seven receptions. In all, Clemson finished with 601 yards of total offense, ranking eighth most in school-history. The Tigers are now an impressive 61-0-1 when they eclipse the 500-yard mark in a game. The Tigers are idle this week and will have two weeks to prepare for an Oct. 20 showdown with Virginia Tech in Death Valley.

FLORIDA STATE: Carter-Finley Stadium has been Florida State's Achilles' heel for some time now and this season was no different, as the Seminoles suffered a second-half collapse that turned a 16-0 halftime lead into an inexplicable 17-16 loss to NC State. The FSU offense has been a bit of a juggernaut this season, but was held in check by the Wolfpack, earning just 343 total yards in the loss. Tailback Chris Thompson's 141 yards rushing was a bright spot on an otherwise bland stats page for the Seminoles. Quarterback E.J. Manuel completed 17-of-29 passes, for just 218 yards and one TD in the setback. The Seminoles continued their steady play on defense, limiting NC State to just 325 total yards, but the offense couldn't help the cause. After amassing 221 yards in the first half, FSU could muster a mere 122 after intermission. An area of strength for much of the season became a weakness in the game, as Florida State was a miserable 3-of-15 on third-down attempts. The Seminoles will seek a quick turnaround this weekend, as they play host to Boston College.

MARYLAND: The Terrapins got a tremendous defensive effort at home this past weekend, limiting Wake Forest to a meager 241 total yards and topping the Demon Deacons in College Park, 19-14. Maryland has now won three consecutive games against Wake Forest at home and 10 of the last 14 meetings in the series. It marks the fifth straight season that Maryland (3-2, 1-0 ACC) has won its conference-opener. There wasn't a whole lot of offense to speak of for either team. Maryland quarterback Perry Hills was just 14-of-25 passing, for 191 yards with one touchdown and one interception. A lot of that production went the way of fellow freshman Stefon Diggs, who caught five balls for 105 yards. It was Diggs' second straight game of 100+ yards receiving. Maryland will hit the road this week, as the team invades Charlottesville to take on the struggling Virginia Cavaliers.

NC STATE: The Wolfpack went down early, falling behind 16-0 at the half against ACC favorite Florida State, but thanks to a Mike Glennon 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to Bryan Underwood with 16 seconds left in the game, NC State came all the way back to earn an improbable 17-16 victory at Carter-Finley Stadium this past weekend. Glennon was 30-of-55 passing, for 259 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Much of the credit has to go to an offensive line that kept Florida State's pass rush at bay, as Glennon was sacked just once. Knocking off the third-ranked Seminoles represented the highest ranked opponent to fall to the Wolfpack since 1998 (No. 2 Florida State). While FSU came into the game averaging over 400 yards of total offense, NC State limited the 'Noles to a season-low 343 yards. Underwood's TD-reception at the end of the game set a school-record as he has now caught a TD pass in six consecutive games. He will have to wait a week to go for number seven, as NC State is idle this weekend and won't get back to work until Oct. 20 at Maryland.

WAKE FOREST: The Demon Deacons managed a mere 241 yards of total offense and continued their recent struggles, falling at Maryland this past weekend, 19-14. Wake Forest (3-3, 1-3 ACC) collected just 11 first downs in the loss and was ineffective both on the ground and through the air. Quarterback Tanner Price completed a mere 13-of-38 passes, for 170 yards, with two TDs, but was sacked three times. Terence Davis had the biggest game statistically speaking for Wake, catching seven balls, for 130 yards and one touchdown, with most of that coming on an early 73-yard TD pass from Price. The team played without star wideout Michael Campanaro, who broke his hand in last week's loss to Duke. The offense certainly suffered as a result. The Demon Deacons will be idle this weekend before traveling to Charlottesville to take on Virginia on Oct. 20.

COASTAL DIVISION

DUKE: Sophomore Anthony Boone got his first career start in place of the injured Sean Renfree and made the most of it, completing 18-of-31 passes, for 212 yards and four touchdowns, leading Duke to a 42-17 romp over Virginia this past weekend. With the win, Duke improved to 5-1 on the season and 2-0 in ACC play. Both starts are the best for the program since 1994. It is also the team's first four-game win streak under David Cutcliffe. It was a special game for wide receiver Connor Vernon as well, as the veteran wideout finished with seven catches, for 93 yards and two touchdowns and in the process became the ACC's all-time leading receiver in terms of receptions, currently standing at 239. He is just 88 yards shy of the school-record for receiving yards and 287 yards from the all-time ACC mark, held by Florida State's Peter Warrick. Vernon will attempt to move closer to both records this week, as Duke travels to Blacksburg to take on Virginia Tech.

GEORGIA TECH: The Yellow Jackets went toe-to-toe with the high octane Clemson Tigers for three quarters, but could not keep pace late in a 47-31 loss in Death Valley this past weekend. Georgia Tech managed to gain 483 yards against the Tigers, but relinquished 601 yards to fall to 2-4 overall and a mere 1-3 in ACC play. The team's spread offense generated 339 rushing yards, as both tailback Orwin Smith (117 yards, one TD) and quarterback Tevin Washington (104 yards, two TDs) eclipsed the century mark in the loss. However, the one- dimensional Yellow Jackets once again failed to move the ball effectively through the air. Washington was efficient however, completing just 9-of-14 passes, for 144 yards and a score. Each team had just one punt in the game, as the offenses were both clicking on all cylinders. The Yellow Jackets are idle this week and won't get back to work until an Oct. 20 matchup with Boston College in Atlanta.

MIAMI-FLORIDA: The Hurricanes had their opportunities, but failed to make plays when it counted most and ended up falling hard to Notre Dame, 41-3 at Soldier Field in Chicago this past weekend. Miami had amassed 1,260 yards and 86 points in its two previous games, but the Irish stifled the Hurricanes, who finished with a mere 285 total yards, and fell to 4-2 on the year. Quarterback Stephen Morris was held in check, finishing 18-of-35 passing, for 201 yards. Wide Receiver Phillip Dorsett could have helped Morris' numbers, but dropped a pair of what looked to be easy TD grabs to stifle Miami drives. Meanwhile, Miami was torched for 587 yards by Notre Dame, which grinded out 376 yards rushing on a whopping 7.4 yards per carry. With the loss, Miami fell to 7-17-1 all-time against Notre Dame. The Hurricanes get back to ACC work this weekend, when the team plays host to North Carolina.

NORTH CAROLINA: It was only a matter of time before All-American tailback Giovani Bernard returned to form and it finally happened, as the sophomore rushed for a career-high 262 yards and a touchdown, leading the Tar Heels to a 48-34 win over Virginia Tech in Chapel Hill this past weekend. UNC as a team racked up 533 yards of total offense, earning its first home win against the Hokies since 1938. A.J. Blue and Sean Tapley added two touchdowns each in the win, while quarterback Bryn Renner completed 17-of-30 passes, for 194 yards and one TD. North Carolina amassed 339 rushing yards, the first time it has gone over 300 yards since 2004. The team's 48 points gives North Carolina back-to-back games with 45 or more points for the first time since 1993. The Tar Heels are 4-2 overall and have evened up their ACC record at 1-1. They will put a three-game win streak on the line this weekend on the road at Miami.

VIRGINIA: The Cavaliers led 17-14 at the half against Duke this past weekend in Charlottesville, but could not sustain the momentum and fell flat in the second half, dropping a 42-17 decision to the Blue Devils and falling to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in-conference. After rumbling for an impressive 321 yards in the first half, Virginia could only amass 5 first downs after the break. Phillip Sims made his first career start under center in this one, but completed just 50 percent of his passes (21-of-42), for 268 yards and two interceptions. Perry Jones had a solid game in the backfield, finishing with an even 100 yards on 19 carries, with one touchdown for the Cavs, who have now lost four straight games after opening 2012 with consecutive wins. Virginia will attempt to end the skein this weekend on the road when the Cavaliers take on the Maryland Terrapins at home.

VIRGINIA TECH: Logan Thomas finally had a game worthy of his hype entering the season, completing 26-of-49 passes, for a career-high 354 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough, as Virginia Tech fell 48-34 to North Carolina in Chapel Hill, marking the team's first loss at North Carolina since 1938. The setback also dropped Virginia Tech to just 3-3 on the season and 1-1 in ACC play. Corey Fuller certainly benefited from Thomas' strong outing, catching a career-high five passes for a career-high 143 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. A defense that has struggled at times this season, was torched for 533 total yards by North Carolina, including 339 yards on the ground. The Hokies have lost two straight games and hope to end the skid this weekend when they play host to the surprising Duke Blue Devils.

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