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ACC Football 2020, Week 5 (10/3/20)

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Scores and comments on ACC football action

NCAA Football: Virginia Tech at Duke
Hokies and Heels both win, setting up another top 25 matchup next weekend.
Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s your overview of scores with commentary for this week’s ACC football action...

Saturday, Oct. 3rd, 2020

Early Game

NC State Wolfpack 30 at #24 Pittsburgh Panthers 29

Pitt had 503 offensive yards but also 125 penalty yards. The Pitt defense only recorded two sacks and two tackles for loss, and NC State scored four touchdowns while the Panthers settled for three field goals.

Next up for NC State: at Virginia

Next up for Pitt: at Boston College

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Mid-Afternoon Games

#12 North Carolina Tar Heels 26 at Boston College Eagles 22

Phil Jurkovec passed for 313 yards in a losing cause as the Tar Heels built an eight-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, and when BC scored a late TD to pull within two, UNC got an interception on the on the potential game-tying two-point conversion attempt and returned it all the way to give UNC the final margin of victory.

Next up for UNC: Virginia Tech

Next up for BC: Pitt

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Virginia Tech Hokies 38 at Duke Blue Devils 31

The Hokies went into this game without their first and second string corners on defense, yet still managed to contain Duke quarterback Chase Brice to just 271 yards. Meanwhile, Khalil Herbert and the Virginia Tech offense ran wild for the second week in a row, amassing 324 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

Next up for Virginia Tech: at UNC

Next up for Duke: at Syracuse

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Jacksonville State Gamecocks 24 at Florida State Seminoles 21

The Seminoles spotted the Gamecocks a 14-point lead not once, but twice in the first half before the FSU offense finally came alive to tie the game before intermission, then pulled away in the second half - just the opposite of what was happening last year when the Noles would build, then lose, early leads.

Next up for FSU: at Notre Dame

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Prime Time Game

Virginia Cavaliers 23 at #1 Clemson Tigers 41

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence passed for 329 yards and three touchdowns as the Tigers built a 21-point lead in the second quarter, then rolled to an 18-point victory over the Cavaliers.

Next up for Virginia: NC State

Next up for Clemson: Miami

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Friday, Oct. 2nd, 2020

Campbell Camels 14 at Wake Forest Demon Deacons 66

Friday night action saw Wake score early and often at home, although the visitors did manage a nifty trick play you can catch on the ACC Digital Network here.

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For coverage of which teams helped the ACC football cause by losing, check out my post “Biggest Losers Week 5, 2020” on ACC Football Rx. It won’t make your favorite team any better, but it will make you feel better about your team, or no money back.