After a couple weeks featuring some of the nation's top match ups, the Atlantic Coast Conference took a step back with no top 25 opponents last Saturday. Here is a look at the week that was.
Back to Reality
Boston College was not picked to encounter an excess of success this season but started their season off to a fast 2-0 start. But on Saturday, they ran into the perfect storm traveling to Los Angeles to face Southern Cal. They fell hard, by a score of 35-7. The Trojans, fresh off of an upset at the hands of Washington State, bounced back behind the arm of Cody Kessler who was 15 of 17 for 237 yards and 2 touchdown passes. The Southern Cal defense held Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig to just 83 yards passing with no touchdowns.
You never forget your first
Both Syracuse and Pittsburgh got their first win as a member of the ACC on Saturday. Syracuse blanked Wagner by a score of 54-0 while Pittsburgh outscored New Mexico, 49-27. Terrel Hunt passed for 265 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Orange held Wagner to just 87 total yards in the game. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh rode the backs of running backs James Conner and Isaac Bennett. Conner finished with 119 yards rushing and two touchdowns while Bennett ran for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns. Both Syracuse and Pitt move to 1-2 on the season.
Hokie Defense steps Up
Virginia Tech out lasted East Carolina 15-10 on Saturday. The Pirates had to deal with a stingy Hokie defense who only game up 204 yards and forced 3 turnovers on the road in Greenville. The connection of Logan Thomas at quarterback and Demitri Knowles at receiver paid dividends in the game. Thomas passed for 258 yards and 2 touchdowns with Knowles grabbing 8 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. Virginia Tech moves to 2-1 on the season.
A "Browning" Out in Winston-Salem
Louisiana-Monroe came into Winston-Salem to face Wake Forest and were not shy tossing the pigskin. Kolton Browning passed 68 times, completing 43 passes for 3 touchdowns and 2 picks, and the Warhawks came away with a 21-19 win over the Demon Deacons. Wake was held to just 15 rushing yards in the game. With the loss, the Deacs fell to 1-2.
Florida State rolled up 617 yards of total offense and thumped Nevada 62-7. Karlos Williams and Devonta Freeman both rushed over 100 yards and 6 different Seminoles rushed for touchdowns in the game. Meanwhile, the Florida State defense was equally impressive holding the Wolfpack to just 86 yards in the air. FSU goes to 2-0 on the season.
Yellow Jackets make Duke Blue in Durham
Georgia Tech rushed for 344 yards led by quarterback Vad Lee who rushed for a touchdown and passed for one in the 38-14 Yellow Jacket win. 11 different Jackets rushed the football in the game, the first conference game for both teams. Duke held an early 7-3 lead before Georgia Tech blew open the game. The Ramblin' Wreck remains undefeated at 2-0, 1-0 in the conference. Duke takes their first loss of the season falling to 2-1, 0-1 in the ACC.
What has Brown done for you lately?
C.J. Brown passed for 277 yards and a touchdown and ran for 122 yards and a touchdown to lead Maryland to a 32-21 victory over Connecticut. The Terps came back from a 7-0 deficit and opened up a 10-10 contest to earn the win. Randy Edsell got his first victory over the team he left to become Maryland coach. Maryland has jumped out to a 3-0 start with a conference win under their belt.