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BOSTON COLLEGE: The Eagles got a strong passing game from quarterback Chase Rettig, but it wasn't enough as the team dropped a 28-14 decision to Wake Forest in Winston-Salem this past weekend. With the loss, Boston College dropped to 2-7 overall and 1-5 in ACC play. Rettig threw for 357 yards, but was guilty of three interceptions in the loss. A silver lining in the loss was the continued strong play by wideout Alex Amidon, who hauled in 10 passes, for 130 yards and one TD. The Eagles are out of bowl contention for the second straight season and have sealed their fate in the ACC's basement with the loss to the Demon Deacons. Boston College still has the ability to play spoiler to several teams, including a home date against third-ranked Notre Dame this weekend in Chestnut Hill.
CLEMSON: The Tigers once again had a record-setting performance this past weekend, as they rolled up 720 yards of total offense in a 56-20 rout of Duke in Durham. The yardage total was the second most in school history. Quarterback Tajh Boyd had a big hand in that, throwing for 344 yards and five TDs, while adding a sixth score on the ground. All-American candidate DeAndre Hopkins had another eye-popping performance, hauling in four balls, for 128 yards and three first-quarter touchdowns. Hopkins became Clemson's career leader and single season leader in touchdown receptions He now has 22 TD catches for his career Meanwhile, Sammy Watkins led the team with six receptions, going for 97 yards and one TD against Duke. Clemson is now 8-1 overall and 5-1 on the season, tied with Florida State for the top spot in the Atlantic Division standings. The Tigers will attempt to keep the pressure on this weekend as they begin a three-game homestand to close out the season with a matchup against Maryland.
FLORIDA STATE: The Seminoles enjoyed a well-earned bye this past weekend, following a 48-7 rout of Duke the week prior. Florida State, which is 8-1 overall and 5-1 in ACC play, sits tied with Clemson atop the Atlantic Division standings, but has the tie-breaker in hand by virtue of the win over the Tigers earlier in the season. FSU gets back to work this Thursday night when the team travels to Blacksburg to take on Virginia Tech.
MARYLAND: The Terrapins were forced to use converted linebacker Shawn Petty under center because of a rash of injuries, and unfortunately, as a result, Maryland found itself in a 20-0 halftime deficit, before falling 33-13 to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets this past weekend. Petty completed just 9-of-18 passes, for 115 yards, fumbling twice and throwing one interception. Still, he did make some plays, throwing a pair of TD passes to freshman wideout Stefon Diggs. Maryland struggled moving the football in the loss, gaining just 259 total yards, compared to 401 for Georgia Tech. The Terrapins are now 4-5 overall and just 2-3 in ACC play. Things won't get any easier for Randy Edsall's squad, as the Terrapins travel to Death Valley this weekend to take on an offensive juggernaut in Clemson.
NC STATE: As Mike Glennon goes so go the Wolfpack. Their all-conference quarterback completed just 50 percent of his passes (23-of-46), as the Wolfpack were no match for the Virginia Cavaliers this past weekend, 33-6. NC State managed a mere 216 yards of total offense in the loss, while allowing Virginia to churn out 446 yards. In addition, NC State committed five turnovers, including three interceptions by Glennon. The Wolfpack struggled through the air and on the ground, managing a mere 19 yards rushing on 24 carries. With the loss, NC State fell to 5-4 overall and 2-3 in league play. The Wolfpack have now lost two straight games and will attempt to become bowl eligible for the third straight week when they play host to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in Raleigh.
WAKE FOREST: Getting their top offensive weapon back on the field did wonders for the Demon Deacons this past weekend, as wideout Mike Campanaro tied an ACC single-game record with 16 receptions, turning them into 123 yards and three TDs, leading Wake Forest to a 28-14 victory over Boston College. Quarterback Tanner Price threw the ball early and often, completing 39-of-57 passes, for 283 yards, three TDs and one INT. The Demon Deacons amassed 409 yards of total offense in the game. With his performance, Price eclipsed 6,000 career passing yards. He is currently fifth in school history with 6,218 career passing yards. Wake moved within one game of becoming bowl eligible and will seek that victory this weekend when the Demon Deacons travel to Raleigh to take on NC State.
DUKE: Wideout Jamison Crowder caught seven balls, for a career-high 167 yards and one touchdown, but it wasn't enough, as the Blue Devils were routed by the Clemson Tigers this past weekend, 56-20. Crowder eclipsed the 100-yard mark in a game for the fourth time this year. Quarterback Sean Renfree completed 23- of-39 passes, for 240 yards and the one TD. Defensively, Jordon Byas recorded a career-high 15 tackles, but the Blue Devils allowed a generous 718 yards to the Tigers. Defensive leader, safety Walt Canty had a strong outing as well, forcing two turnovers during the second quarter, including his first interception of the season and third of his career. Already bowl eligible, Duke is idle this weekend and won't get back to work until Nov. 17 against Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
GEORGIA TECH: The Yellow Jackets were up against the nation's fourth-best rush defense last weekend and ripped through the Maryland defenders en route to a 370-yard effort on the ground, resulting in a 33-13 victory in College Park. Georgia Tech (4-5, 3-3 ACC) finished the game with 401 yards of offense, scoring five rushing touchdowns, including two from quarterback Vad Lee and one from QB Tevin Washington. The Yellow Jackets certainly took advantage of Maryland's quarterback issues, holding the Terrapins, who were starting a converted linebacker under center, to a mere 259 yards of total offense, including must 61 yards in the first half, as Tech took a 20-0 lead into intermission. The Yellow Jackets have left themselves some work to do to become bowl eligible, needing to win two of their last three games. The team will attempt to take a step in that direction this weekend when they take on the North Carolina Tar Heels in Chapel Hill.
MIAMI-FLORIDA: The Hurricanes opened up play last week with a solid 30-12 win over the Virginia Tech Hokies. With the victory, Miami has taken over first place in the ACC's Coastal Division standings. The Hurricanes snapped a three- game series losing streak to Virginia Tech with the win, moving to 5-4 overall and 4-2 in conference play. The Hurricanes were outgained by Virginia Tech 421 yards to 347 and went just 1-of-12 on third down, but still managed to win the game. Tailback Duke Johnson rushed for an even 100 yards and one TD, while quarterback Stephen Morris completed 13-of-28 passes, for 170 yards and two touchdowns. Miami can secure bowl eligibility with one more victory. The Hurricanes will get their first crack at that win this weekend with a road trip to Charlottesville against Virginia.
NORTH CAROLINA: The Tar Heels were idle this past weekend and as a result, now trail the Miami Hurricanes (4-2 ACC) by a half game in the Coastal Division standings at 3-2. North Carolina will get back to work this weekend as the team welcomes the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to Chapel Hill.
VIRGINIA: The Cavaliers ended a nearly two month drought in the win column with last weekend's surprising, yet emphatic 33-6 rout of a good NC State squad. The win moved Virginia to 3-6 overall and gave the team its first league win of the year (1-6) and marked the first win for Virginia at Carter- Finley Stadium since 1999. The Cavs were able to amass 446 yards of total offense, while limiting NC State to a mere 216. It was the third straight dominant defensive performance for Virginia, which has held each of its last three foes under 235 total yards. Entering the game with a mere seven sacks on the season, Virginia was able to record six sacks against the Wolfpack. In addition, the team had just four forced turnovers this season, but forced five in the win. Tailback Kevin Parks led a strong ground attack (248 yards) for Virginia with 115 yards and one TD. The Cavs will attempt at a second straight win when they play host to Miami-Florida this weekend.
VIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies dropped a 30-12 decision to the Miami Hurricanes last week, despite outgaining the 'Canes 421-347 and holding the ball for 34:21 in the game. Costly red zone turnovers and special teams mistakes cost the team in the game, dropping Virginia Tech to 4-5 overall and 2-3 in league play. Quarterback Logan Thomas provided the majority of the offense, rushing for 124 yards and one TD, while passing for 199 yards. However, Thomas also threw two interceptions and fumbled once in the game. The Hokies will take part in their second straight Thursday night affair when they welcome the eighth-ranked Florida State Seminoles to Blacksburg on Nov. 8.