It ended up being a pretty lopsided week for the ACC with the conference going 9-3 (sans Pitt-FSU). Here's a recap of the games.
In the Coastal
-Virginia 19, BYU 16 - We talked last week about the Cavaliers' potential to frustrate Cougars' QB Taysom Hill, and boy did they. The sophomore completed just 13 of 40 passes for 175 yards. Virginia's David Watford wasn't a whole lot better, finishing with just 114 yards on 18 of 32 passing. But if the Hoos' defense can fluster opposing signal callers like that moving forward, he won't have to do a whole lot for that team to be competitive.
-No. 1 Alabama 35, Virginia Tech 10 - The Hokies gave up the return hat trick, handing the Tide 21 points on a punt return, kick return and interception return for touchdowns. The passing game was, um...limited. Logan Thomas complete a whopping five passes for 59 yards. They had nothing going on third down, either, converting just three of 17 attempts.
Trey Edmunds was encouraging, though, piling up 132 yards on 20 carries (6.6 yards per carry average) despite the complete lack of a passing game to open up space. And the non-special teams defense was actually pretty good, containing AJ McCarron to 10 of 23 passing and holding 'bama to 206 yards of offense.
-No. 8 South Carolina 27, North Carolina 10 - The Heels fell behind 17-0 in the first quarter and that was about that. Bryn Renner was underwhelming once forced to pass a bunch while playing from behind, finishing just 26 of 43 for 194 yards. The running game was bottled up, too, even as Gamecocks defensive line monster Jadeveon Clowney had a pretty quiet night personally.
Other Scores: Duke 45, NC Central 0. Georgia Tech 70, Elon 0. Miami 34, Florida Atlantic 6.
In The Atlantic
-No. 8 Clemson 38, No. 5 Georgia 35 - In beating the Bulldogs, the Tigers did that thing where they get everyone all worked up. Tajh Boyd was efficient in racking up 270 yards and three touchdowns on 18-30 passing, and Roderick McDowell balanced him out nicely with 132 yards on the ground. Meanwhile, the defense allowed Georgia to convert 4-14 third downs. That's the good news. The bad news is Clemson was outgained 545-467, out-possessed 32:18-27:42 and really only kept the Dawgs from hanging 50 by performing well situationally on third down. So as important and encouraging as the win was for Dabo Swinney and Co., there's still plenty of work to be done.
-Penn State 23, Syracuse 17 - It's one thing to get lit up by the Nittany Lions' Allen Robinson for seven receptions and 133 yards -- in one half. It's another to average 1.9 yards per carry as a team against a Penn State defense that was playing safties at linebacker. Drew Allen had his moments in the passing game, even if his 16 of 37 for 189 yards and two pick line doesn't show it. The running game's struggles just let Penn State hang back and play the pass, which didn't work out well for the Orange, obviously.
Other scores: Boston College 24, Villanova 14. Maryland 43, Florida International 10. NC State 40, La. Tech 14. Wake Forest 31, Presbyterian 7.
Oh yeah, and Pitt-Florida State ... we've been over that.