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Atlantic Coast Conference News and Notes

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ATLANTIC DIVISION

BOSTON COLLEGE: The Eagles weren't intimidated by Clemson's potent offensive arsenal, going toe-to-toe with the Tigers in Chestnut Hill this past weekend, but came up short in a 45-31 loss. Boston College (1-3) is still winless in league play (0-2), despite showing its own offensive firepower. Quarterback Chase Rettig entered the contest as the ACC's leading passer and certainly maintained his strong showing thus far, completing 25-of-43 passes, for 341 yards and three TDs in the setback. Top target Alex Amidon was also up to the task, catching eight balls, for 193 yards and two TDs in the game. The 193 yards for Amidon ranks third in school history. The Eagles will attempt to get things right this weekend when the go out of conference and travel to West Point to take on Army.

CLEMSON: Quarterback Tahj Boyd threw three touchdown passes and added a fourth score on the ground, leading Clemson to its first conference win of the season, as 45-31 victory at Boston College this past weekend. Boyd completed 28-of-38 passes, for 367 yards and tied the school record for most touchdown passes in a career (49), as the Tigers (4-1, 1-1 ACC) rebounded from a tough loss to rival Florida State last weekend. Boyd wasn't the only record-setter on the day, as wideout DeAndre Hopkins continued his hugely productive season, setting a school-record with 197 yards and one TD on 11 catches. In all, the explosive Tigers churned out 576 yards of offense. Tailback Andre Ellington gave the team offensive balance with 132 yards and one TD on 25 carries. Clemson returns to Death Valley for two straight games, starting with this weekend's clash with Georgia Tech.

FLORIDA STATE: It took a little longer than FSU would have liked, but after surrendering 144 yards to South Florida in the first quarter, the Seminoles clamped down, limiting the Bulls to just 124 yards the rest of the way to earn a 30-17 win in Tampa this past weekend. With the victory, Florida State moves to 5-0 on the season. Florida State amassed 425 yards of offense in the game, as quarterback E.J. Manuel was an efficient 19-of-26 passing, for 242 yards and one TD. Tailback Chris Thompson rushed for a team-high 74 yards, as the team picked up 183 yards on the ground. Senior place-kicker Dustin Hopkins hit three field goals and three extra points, giving him 377 career points, moving past Xavier Beitia (375) and into second-place in FSU and ACC history. Florida State travels to Raleigh this weekend for a conference showdown with NC State.

MARYLAND: The Terrapins were idle this past weekend after a tough loss at West Virginia on Sept. 22 (31-21). Maryland gets back to work this weekend when the team welcomes the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to College Park.

NC STATE: Despite racking up a school-record 664 yards of total offense, including 440 passing, the Wolfpack dropped a heart-breaking 44-37 decision to Miami this past weekend. The loss spoiled a tremendous performance by NC State QB Mike Glennon, who completed 24-of-42 passes, for a career-high 440 yards and four TDs. Glennon's passing yards were the most for NC State since Philip Rivers had 475 in his final game against Kansas in 2003 (Tangerine Bowl). The ground game was effective for NC State as well (224 yards) thanks in large part to tailback Anthony Creecy's career-high 120 yards and one TD. However, six turnovers did in the Wolfpack. Things won't get any easier for the Wolfpack this week, as they welcome third-ranked Florida State to Raleigh for conference action.

WAKE FOREST: The Demon Deacons' 12-game win streak over the Duke Blue Devils came to an end this past weekend, falling to Duke at home, 34-27. Adding insult to injury, or in this case, vice-versa, Wake Forest lost its most potent offensive weapon in the game, when wideout Michael Campanaro was lost to a broken hand. Wake managed 397 yards of total offense in the loss, as quarterback Tanner Price completed 19-of-38 passes, for 230 yards, two TDs and two INTs. Terence Davis had a strong outing as Price's new top target, grabbing six balls, for a career-high 100 yards in the game. Fullback Tommy Bohanon caught two TD passes, marking his first multi-TD game of his career. The Demon Deacons will look to turn things around this weekend as they travel to College Park to take on Maryland.

COASTAL DIVISION

DUKE: The Blue Devils won their fourth game of the season as they topped Wake Forest in Winston-Salem this past weekend, 34-27. The win moved Duke to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in ACC play while ending a 12-game losing streak to Wake Forest. The 4-1 start is the team's best since 1994. Quarterback Sean Renfree completed 22-of-28 passes, for 204 yards in the win. Wideout Desmond Scott set career-highs with 11 receptions and 134 yards. Fellow wide receiver Connor Vernon finished with five receptions, for 62 yards and in the process tied the ACC record for career receptions with 232. Defensive end Kenny Anunike continued his streak of consecutive games with a sack, having recorded a QB takedown in each game this season. He now has 7.5 sacks to lead the team. The Blue Devils will seek a rare four-game win streak this weekend when Duke welcomes the struggling Virginia Cavaliers to Durham.

GEORGIA TECH: Quarterback Tevin Washington completed 14-of-22 for only 146 yards and scored four touchdowns on the ground, but it wasn't enough, as Georgia Tech (2-3), dropped a 49-28 decision to Middle Tennessee at home in Bobby Dodd Stadium. Tailback Orwin Smith caught five passes for 61 yards and carried the ball seven times for 85 yards, but the Yellow Jackets allowed the Blue Raiders to amass 510 yards of offense. The usually potent ground game of Georgia Tech (238 yards) was outdone by Middle Tennessee, which churned out 264 yards, including career-highs of 217 yards and five TDs by MT's Benny Cunningham. The Yellow Jackets will attempt to right the ship and bring an end to a two-game skein when the team travels to Death Valley to take on the Clemson Tigers.

MIAMI-FLORIDA: The Hurricanes are starting to heat up offensively thanks to the play of quarterback Stephen Morris. The junior threw for a school-record 566 yards and five TDs, including a 62-yard TD strike with 19 seconds remaining in the game to give Miami a 44-37 victory over NC State. The Hurricanes (4-1) moved to 3-0 in league play with the win. Phillip Dorsett and Rayshawn Scott had the biggest days on the outside, as Dorsett finished with seven catches, for 191 yards and two TDs, while Scott had 180 yards and two TDs on six receptions. In all, Miami amassed 651 yards of total offense in the win. The team now has its first three-game win streak under Al Golden and will put that streak on the line this weekend when Miami travels to Chicago to take on nationally-ranked Notre Dame.

NORTH CAROLINA: Quarterback Bryn Renner played just the first half, but it was long enough, completing 14-of-19 passes, for 231 yards and three TDs, as North Carolina cruised to a 66-0 shutout of Idaho this past weekend. The 66 points were the most in school history, with the previous mark being 65 set in 1928 against Virginia Medical. After recording a 62-0 shutout of Elon in the season-opener, UNC has posted 60+ points twice in a season for the first time in school history. In all, six different Tar Heels found their way to the end zone. The team racked up 287 yards on the ground, with Romar Morris (74 yards), Giovani Bernard (70 yards, two TDs), Marquise Williams (61 yards, two TDs) and A.J. Blue (54 yards, one TD) splitting the workload. UNC will attempt to build on the momentum gained when the Tar Heels play host to Virginia Tech this weekend.

VIRGINIA: The Cavalier offense finally got going, posting a whopping 625 yards, including a school-record 480 yards passing, but it wasn't enough, as Virginia dropped a 44-38 shootout against Louisiana Tech in Charlottesville this past weekend. Starting QB Michael Rocco was erratic, completing 14-of-23 passes, for 278 yards and two TDs, with three interceptions. Mike London replaced Rocco with Phillip Sims, who was 10-of-17 passing, for 166 yards and two TDs. Tailback Perry Jones pulled double-duty, rushing for a team-high 82 yards, while catching a team-high seven balls, for 100 yards. Darius Jennings caught six balls, for 136 yards in the loss. The Cavaliers were guilty of 16 penalties in the loss, one shy of a school record. Virginia heads to Durham to take on Duke with a three-game losing streak in tow.

VIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies lost another clash with a Big East foe, allowing Cincinnati to score on a long TD pass with 13 seconds left, dropping a heart- wrenching 27-24 decision to the Bearcats at FedEx Field. The team finished with 402 yards of total offense, but quarterback Logan Thomas struggled once again, as he completed just 17-of-30 passes, for 242 yards with one TD and two interceptions. Wideout Marcus Davis caught five passes for 101 yards, while fellow WR Corey Fuller hauled in four balls for 80 yards and a touchdown for Virginia Tech. This marks the second time in the last three seasons that the Hokies have lost two non-conference games in the month of September. The Hokies gets back to conference business this weekend as they travel to Chapel Hill to take on North Carolina.

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