Sunday, October 4, 2015

Week 5 PASS/Fail Reports: ACC


PASS: Clemson, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Louisville, North Carolina

Clemson held off a late Notre Dame rally to pass a major prime time test, and LB BJ Goodson came up with two turnovers in the win. That celebration by the fan base at the end was a bit overplayed, however.

In a loss, Wake Forest should actually be proud this week. The Deacons actually outgained Florida State on offense, and pushed the Seminoles until the very end in an 8 point loss.

Pat Narduzzi’s Pitt D was a huge winner this week, holding Virginia Tech to just 100 yards in the 17-13 win. Qadree Ollison did the job for the Panthers, rushing for 122 yards and a score.

Louisville jumped out to a 17-7 lead over NC State on the road, and the Cardinals held on for a 20-13 win, just their first win this season against an FBS team.

North Carolina rallied from a 21-0 deficit to beat Georgia Tech 38-31 on the road, and Marquise Williams rushed for 2 TDs and caught another to help seal their first road win against Georgia Tech in 8 tries.

FAIL: Miami, Florida State, Virginia Tech, NC State, Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech

Miami had no answer for Cincinnati freshman QB Hayden Moore, and allowed the Bearcats to hold the ball for the final 5:11 of the game in the loss, the first by Miami to UC since 1947.

Florida State beat Wake Forest, but largely failed because they have been incredibly uninspired in ACC wins over Boston College, and now against Wake Forest in a much narrower than expected 24-16 win. FSU has to get some fire in their bellies, as they have none right now.

Virginia Tech has no offense right now, and are living off their defense after a 17-13 loss that drops the Hokies to 2-3 overall. The Hokies rushed for just nine yards and turned the ball over three times.

NC State allowed 4 sacks on the day, and 1st their first game of the season to Louisville at home. NC State lost 2 fumbles, and converted on just 5/15 3rd down tries.

Duke jumped out to a 9-0 lead on Boston College, but both teams largely ended up getting a FAIL this week, as neither team has an offense worth writing home about. Ross Martin hit 3 FGs to account for all of Duke’s scoring, while both teams combined to convert on just 9/33 3rd down attempts.

Georgia Tech has now lost 3 straight after blowing a late 28-24 lead over North Carolina in a 38-31 loss. Tech led 21-0 at one point early, and was outscored 38-10 the rest of the way. The season is quickly falling apart in Atlanta.

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