I called it in the ACC Week four preview Rush Nation. Clemson struggling and The Wolfpack hunting down the wounded Tiger. We might as well get right into it as our ACC Week 4 review starts in Carter-Finley Stadium.
NC State will be receiving a fine from the NCAA just like Charlotte did for fans storming the field. They will laugh it off and gladly pay it after one of the biggest wins in recent history for The Pack. Heading into the game NC State were -10.5 point underdogs but played like alphas for teh whole 90 minutes. In a low scoring affair that ended 14-14 after regulation time NC State rallied to score two overtime touchdowns with the winning second on in the second OT. NC State’s Wide Receiver Emeka Emezie turned in a huge performance with 14 catches for 116 yards.
This loss surely condemns The Tigers from the playoffs and things got worse as blue chip players, Linebacker James Skalski, Defensive Tackle Bryan Bresee and Running Back Will Shipley all picked up injuries in the loss. DJ looked shell shocked and couldn’t find a rhythm as NC State controlled the game.
Controlled pack aggression
They had twice as many drives as Clemson did and converted third down after third down to squeeze the life out of Clemson. It wasn’t all roses for The Wolfpack as they missed three field goals and racked up over 100 yards of penalties. This flatters Clemson more if anything to show how out of this they were.
Clemson cant score points and again this was on display as they only scored 14 points in regulation play. They have averaged just 17 in the two previous games to this loss and Dabo has some work to do or staff to change. The Tigers aren’t purring and its as obvious to me in the arm chair as it is to the College Football Teams. Things don’t get any easier for Clemson as they face Boston College who are rolling after an OT comeback. The Wolfpack get a home matchup against Louisiana Tech.
In another field storming, fan charging, Overtime win, BC got their first ever win over Missouri. It wasn’t an easy win as The Eagles overcame two fourth quarter lead swaps to win it in OT. Even with 25 seconds to go The Eagles couldn’t get the stop. They had just scored yet Connor Bazelak pushed The Tigers up into field goal range. Then from 56 yards Harrison Mevis struck gold, just. Running Back Pat Garwo ran for 175 yards and two touchdowns and was the star player for BC. Standing in for big Phil, Denis Grosel was effective passing for 175 yards and two scores with a pick. The 41-34 win will help BC big time before the face the whimpering Clemson next.
Does this need more than one line? Pitt got a cupcake matchup and smashed the doors off the bakery. They put a beatdown on The Wildcats as they pilled up a new school record of 707 yards. Kenny Pickett threw for 403 yards and five touchdowns and ran for another whilst Freshman Running Back Rodney Hammond ran for 100 yards and scored three times. If you started either in Fantasy, congrats to you. Pitt face Georgia Tech in The Mercedes Benz Dome next up and GT will be rocking after their shock win in week four.
Georgia Tech rallied after a scoreless first quarter to beat The Tar Heels in spectacular fashion. Jeff Sims exploded off the bench and went wild in his first action since week one helping GT to a 45-22 win. Sims replaced Yates just before the half yet still managed to rush for 128 yards on 10 carries and completed 10 of 13 passes for 112 yards. He also threw for one score and ran three in as The Yellow Jackets routed NC. Georgia Tech’s Defense was superb, sacking Sam Howell a massive eight times and causing three fumbles. North Carolina just couldn’t cope with the pressure applied by GT. As mentioned, GT welcomes Pitt in a game they will feel they can win. NC will face another stiff test as they face a Duke team who keep winning.
In a game that might have been a banana skin for my Hokies, it almost was. The Offence massively struggled with the exception of Tre Turner who amassed a third of VT’s total Offence. In the 21-10 win, Turner caught six passes for 102 yards for the Hokies, who amassed just 318 yards. Whilst the Offense struggled, the Defence was stout and kept the Spiders at arms length for the whole game. VT now get a week off to recharge and work on the Offense.
The Hurricanes got back to winning ways with a blistering 69-0 win over The Central Connecticut State. D’Eriq King wasn’t even suited up as his understudies put on a display. Tyler Van Dyke passed for 270 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start whilst becoming the first Miami QB since Brock Berlin in 2003 to throw a touchdown pass on the first possession of his first start. However, Van Dyke also shared time under centre with Jake Garcia. Garcia completed 11 of 14 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns in his collegiate debut. A rollicking debut for both lads. Miami finally tuned up and racked up a school-record 739 yards of Offense. They next face a much tougher opponent as a reeling Virginia travel to Hard Rock.
Malik Cunningham is turning out to be the catalyst for The Cardinals after they lost last years weapons. This is the second big win for Louisville as the held on to beat a surging Seminoles team 31-23. Cunningham had four first-half touchdowns – two passing and two rushing and that would be it as The Cards didn’t score after halftime. They ultimately didn’t need to as they made some big Defensive plays and held off Florida State. Its was the same story as last weeks win over UCF as a DB makes a late interception to seal the game.
The damage Cunningham is doing with his legs is remarkable and he will again need to be at his best as Louisville face a 4-0 Wake Forest next. FSU face more trouble as they tale on a Syracuse team that at the start of the season would have been considered an easy game. Not now with The Orange on the rise and FSU struggling.
The Demon Deacons raced out to a 20-3 lead at half time as Sam Hartman threw three touchdown passes and Wake Forest scored on its first seven possessions. The Cavs couldn’t keep up at all in the first half and when they managed to score, Wake scored again. Wake’s Defence started strong stopping Virginia on the goal line on their first possession forcing a field goal. Brennan Armstrong wasn’t himself early on and by the time he found the spark it was too late.
One good thing for The Cavs is that Armstrong is still balling out going over 400 yards for the third game in a row. It was the perfect situation for Wake as their fast style of play was met with a sluggish start from Virginia which lead to the final score of 37-17 in Wakes favour. Wake now face Louisville in what should be a blockbuster. Virginia as mentioned will play Miami, but the short weeks turnaround may hurt a team needing a reset.
The Orange ran the ball over Liberty and Liberty passed all over The Orange. In a game The Flames were meant to torch Syracuse, Malik Willis was once more amazing. Willis ran the ball 17 times for 81 yards. He also completed 14 of his 19 pass attempts for 205 yards and three touchdowns. Ultimately though it was his fumble in the final quarter that led to the game winning field goal for The Orange. The 24-21 loss means Liberty stay out of the AP top 25 for sure. The 3-1 Orange now take on a limp Florida State team down in Florida.
In a huge surprise Kansas led 24-21 at halftime. Duke got their act together and finally won 52-33. Gunnar Holmberg tied a school record with four rushing touchdowns and even threw for another as he became only the 8th player in school history to run for four scores. Duke will have to be better next week as they face fierce ACC rival North Carolina. they wont be able to be as clumsy or as sluggish against Sam Howell who will be out for blood after the embarrassing loss to Georgia Tech.
Written by Stocks @5yardCollege