Sep 13, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston College Eagles fans rush the field after the Boston College Eagles defeated the Southern California Trojans 37-31 at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
In ACC football Week 3, it was your Boston College Eagles who salvaged the conference’s pride.
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The Eagles were the only team in the ACC who lost in Week 2, but they made up for it in a big way with their most momentous non-conference win in a very long time.
As for some other programs who recently experienced college football prosperity, not so much.
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Boston College 37, #9 USC 31. Boston College earned their biggest victory in years in potentially program-changing fashion by taking down the Trojans on Saturday night. Soaring to Glory has said tons about it, and freely admit being wrong on the pick (though, during our season finale radio show in May, associate editor Kyle Egan picked Boston College to beat USC).
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East Carolina 28, #17 Virginia Tech 21. Saw this as a trap game all the way, but did not think Virginia Tech would go so far as to actually lose. The Pirates had over 100 yards in penalties and only had the ball for about 23 minutes and still hit Bud Foster’s defense for over 500 yards. This was a clear case of a team finding a way to lose, being the Hokies.
Virginia 23, #21 Louisville 21. Both ranked ACC teams that played lost this weekend. Virginia’s defense smothered a Louisville offense that had done well in its first few weeks, collecting four turnovers in victory. Neither team was particularly effective on offense (at all), but while it’s bad news for the ACC in the rankings, this was a solid win for a Virginia program that desperately needed a break.