ACCting Up Week 13 ACC Football Recap

Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina makes some noise ahead of a showdown with Duke.

- North Carolina 80, Old Dominion 20 - In laying a good ol' fashioned whoopin' on Old Dominion, the Tar Heels won their fifth straight game to achieve bowl eligibility before a looming rivalry showdown with Duke on Saturday. If they win that game, Carolina could be going to a half-decent bowl game after starting the season 1-5. And the way UNC operated offensively on Saturday, it's certainly possibly it could derail Duke's run to the ACC title game. Marquise Williams threw for 409 yards and five touchdowns while T.J. Logan went off for 147 yards and three scores on just 14 carries, just barely missing a 10 yards per car average. The Blue Devils better come ready to play.

- Duke 28, Wake Forest 21 - The Demon Deacons are a little better than advertised, which should mitigate any panic that Duke fans felt trailing them in the fourth quarter. Still, the way North Carolina played this week shows that if the Blue Devils play down to the Heels, there won't be an ACC title game for the crew from Durham. This is a rivalry game, though, and with everything on the line, Duke shouldn't have any lack of incentive to get up for it. The Blue Devils will be looking to improve upon a 3.5 yards per carry average against Wake and keep Anthony Boone, who threw for three touchdowns and 256 yards on 24-of-29 passing, rolling.

- Miami 45, Virginia 26 - The good news for Pitt, which gets Miami this week: The Hoos, yes THOSE Hoos, outgained the Hurricanes, 483-304. The bad news? Miami forced four Virginia turnovers that were the difference. Nobody on the 'canes offense was particularly interesting, with quarterback Stephen Morris completing half his passes for 214 yards, two scores and a pick. Their leading rusher, Dallas Crawford, picked up 55 yards on the ground in Duke Johnson's absence. Aaron Donald and Co. won't have to do anything spectacular to keep Miami in check, but the offense is going to have to be more responsible than Virginia.

Boston College 29, Maryland 26 - The Eagles turned it over three times and still outgained Team Edsall, 374-278. Most of those yards came from Andre Williams, who went over 2,000 rushing yards for the season with 263 yards and two touchdowns on 32 attempts. He's gained 897 yards in the past three games. Those are Larry Johnson Jr.-type numbers, pardon the Nitter reference.

Irrelevant games:

No. 2 Florida State 80, Idaho 14.

Georgia Tech 66, Alabama A&M 6

East Carolina 42, N.C. State 28

No. 7 Clemson 52, Citadel 6

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