Here’s your look at scores and commentary for the second week of ACC football action...
Saturday, Sept. 19th, 2020
Boston College Eagles 26 at Duke Blue Devils 6
The Eagles defense looked good in their opener and so did transfer quarterback Phil Jurkovec. I’ll admit I was a bit surprised that Duke was able to shut down the BC rushing attack as well as they did (1.0 yard per attempt, or 3.6 if you remove the quarterback), but the BC defense gave an encore performance of last year’s season opener by taking the ball away five times (three fumbles recovered plus two interceptions).
Next up for BC: Texas State
Next up for Duke: Virginia
Syracuse Orange 10 at Pittsburgh Panthers 21
If you like quarterback sacks, this was the game for you! The Orange defense sacked Pitt QB Kenny Pickett four times, and not to be outdone the Panthers sacked Syracuse QBs seven times. After one of those sacks, Rex Culpepper came in to replace Tommy Devito for the Orange and led them to their one touchdown on a 69-yard pass. That said, it never really felt like Pitt was in any danger of losing this game as Pickett and the Pitt offense were quietly efficient.
Next up for Syracuse: Georgia Tech
Next up for Pitt: Louisville
South Florida Bulls 0 at Notre Dame Fighting Irish 52
This looked like a mismatch on paper, and it was as the Irish rolled to an easy win.
Next up for Notre Dame: at Wake Forest
Central Florida Knights 49 at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 21
Both teams scored touchdowns on their opening drives. The difference is UCF kept on scoring. The Georgia Tech offense is improving, but still has a way to go to keep up with teams like this.
Next up for Georgia Tech: at Syracuse
The Citadel Bulldogs 0 at Clemson Tigers 49
The Tigers built a 49-point lead in the first half, then emptied the bench in the second.
Next up for Clemson: bye
Miami Hurricanes 47 at Louisville Cardinals 34
D’Eriq King threw for 325 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions and the Miami defense took the ball away three times as the Canes picked up a ranked win and moved to 2-0 on the season. The offensive playmakers for Louisville looked good but the Cardinals defense continues to be a little suspect.
Next up for Miami: Florida State
Next up for Louisville: at Pitt
Wake Forest Demon Deacons 42 at N C State Wolfpack 45
The Wolfpack nearly doubled up the Deacs in terms of net rushing yardage as NC State edged out Wake Forest in ACC play.
Next up for Wake Forest: Notre Dame
Next up for NC State: at Virginia Tech