Sunday, October 2, 2016

Bilo's College Football PASS/FAIL Reports Week 5: ACC

It was a solid week in non con play this week in the ACC, as Boston College and Pitt picked up wins, but Syracuse fell to Notre Dame. Clemson/Louisville lived up to the billing, and North Carolina/Florida State was a last minute thriller. The Lowest point total any game winner put on the board this week was NC State's 33 in their win over Wake Forest. Here are the final week 5 grades for the ACC:

PASS: Clemson, North Carolina, Miami, Virginia, Boston College, NC State, Pittsburgh
Clemson raced out to a 28-10 lead at the half, and then held on at the end to extend their home game winning streak to 19 games. It was not a perfect win for Clemson over Louisville, but it was the biggest game in the nation this week, and Clemson pulled it out.
Mitch Trubisky has still not tossed an INT for North Carolina, as he tossed 2 more TDs and ran for another, as North Carolina, despite blowing a 21-0 lead, beat Florida State with a FG as time expired.
Freshman Shaquille Quarterman scored on a Georgia Tech fumble, and Miami scored twice on the day on defensive scores, which was the difference in a 35-21 win over Georgia Tech. RB Mark Walton has now scored 18 times in his last 17 games for the Hurricanes.
Virginia used a late fumble recovery and INT, and Kurt Benkert passed for 3 TDs as Virginia handled Duke 34-20 in ACC play. It was the first road win for UVA since 2012.
Boston College held Buffalo to 67 yards on the day, 17 minutes of time of possession, and just 5 1st downs in a 35-3 non con win at home, driving the Eagles to 3-2 on the season. Boston College also rolled up 400 yards in the win.
NC State rolled to a 17-0 1st quarter lead, and rolled to a 33-16 win over Wake Forest in ACC play. Ryan Finley passed for 3 TDs, and the Pack has now taken 4 of the last 5 in the series.
Pitt moved out to a 27-0 lead over Marshall at the half, and then cruised the rest of the way on the way to a non con 43-27 win over the Thundering Herd. Jester Weah caught 7 passes for 176 yards and a score in the win for the Panthers. James Connor extended his TD streak to 13 straight games.

FAIL: Louisville, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Duke, Wake Forest
Lamar Jackson scored 3 total TDs, but was sacked 5 times, and a terribly executed play by his receiver lost the game at Clemson, and the Cardinals will now fall out of our PRS top ranking for the first time in 3 weeks. Jackson now has 28 TDs in 5 games this season.
Despite a massive comeback, Florida State lost at the buzzer on a game winning FG for UNC, and Jimbo Fisher lost his 1st ACC opener of his career. FSU was penalized 13 times in the loss, which is a hugely unacceptable mark.
Georgia Tech gave up 2 TDs on turnovers, and lost by exactly 14 points to Miami at home. Tech allowed Miami to basically dominate despite only holding the football for 20 minutes on defense.
Duke has now dropped to 0-2 in ACC play after a home loss to Virginia. Duke turned the football over 6 times in the loss, including twice in the final quarter.

Wake Forest was held to just 69 yards rushing on the day, and were buried on the scoreboard before the 1st quarter ended in a loss to NC State, their first loss of the season. The Deacons gave up over 500 yards of offense in the loss. 

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