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ACC Football 2020, Week of 9/18/20

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Scores and comments on ACC football action

Syracuse v Pittsburgh
ACC quarterbacks shined in week three
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Here’s your look at scores and commentary for the second week of ACC football action...

Saturday, Sept. 19th, 2020

Early Games

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

Mid-Afternoon Games

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

Evening Games

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