Sunday, November 20, 2011

ACC (Crazy) Saturday Football

PARKS (Steve Canon/AP Photo)
VIRGINIA 14, #23 FLORIDA STATE 13 -- The Seminoles failed to take advantage of many opportunities allowing the Cavs to hang around and score a late game-breaking touchdown.

Then it got weird.

Kevin Parks ran 10 yards for a touchdown with 1:16 left Saturday to give Virginia the lead.

Florida State (7-4, 5-3 ACC) got two big breaks on their final drive to set up a potential 42-yard game-winning field go by the typically reliable Dustin Hopkins. 

A facemask penalty on Virginia (8-3, 5-2 ACC) allowed the Seminoles to convert a fourth down and a pass initially ruled complete in bounds that would have killed the clock was overturned by replay and ruled incomplete.  Both calls looked right in the end.

Another Virginia penalty moved Hopkins' kick 5 yards closer, but...

Wide left.

Game over.  

WAHOOS CELEBRATE (Steve Canon/AP Photos)
The Wahoos now have a shot at the division title if they can vanquish rival Virginia Tech in next week’s Commonwealth Cup game in Charlottesville.

GEORGIA TECH 38, DUKE 31 -- Georgia Tech outscored Duke. Coach David Cutcliff remains 888 victories away from iconic Coach K.  Jackets’ David Sims rushed for two touchdowns, quarterback Tevin Washington added 136 yards.

WAKE FOREST 31, MARYLAND 10 --  Tanner Price threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns, and Wake Forest (6-5, 5-3 ACC) snapped a three-game losing streak to become bowl eligible with a victory over Maryland. 

The Terps’ debut season for Randy Edsall continues to spiral downward.
Maryland is now 2-9, and 1-6 in the ACC, and if memory serves us, wasn’t Fridge’s Terps 9-2 last year just before the Coach of The Year was fired?

Just sayin’.

N.C. STATE 37, CLEMSON 13 -- We predicted trouble for the Tigers in our preview of this game, but the magnitude of the loss was still a bit surprising...

Mike Glennon threw three touchdown passes and for a time the Wolfpack (6-5, 3-4 ACC) scored at will.  Clemson (9-2, 6-2) was without star Sammy Watkins, who, for the record, doesn’t play defense.
The Tigers had four turnovers and N.C. State scored 27 points in the second quarter.

CANES CELEBRATE (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney had said he wanted his players focused on "trying to go from good to great" as they pursued the program's first 10-win season since 1990. Instead, the Tigers turned in a full-blown clunker heading into a rivalry game at No. 14 South Carolina next weekend.

MIAMI 6, University of South Florida 3 -- Jake Wieclaw's second field goal of the game, a 36-yarder as time expired gave the Canes (6-5) a victory over South Florida (5-5) and made the Hurricanes bowl eligible.  It was a defensive struggle (read that: boring). 

#24 Notre Dame 16, BOSTON COLLEGE 14 - The Golden Domers had to recover an onside kick with about 2 minutes left and then stifle a last-gasp flurry of laterals to hold off the Eagles. The victory, rough as it may have been, was the fourth in a row for the Irish (8-3), who have matched last year's victory total and won eight of nine after beginning the year 0-2. B.C is 3-8, 2-5 in the ACC, but they hung tough against the Irish.

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