Oct 25, 2014; Charlottesville, VA, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterbackMarquise Williams
(12) celebrates while leaving the field after the Tar Heels
ACC Football Week 9: Here Comes Carolina
I had previously said I was impressed with Virginia, who were making strides and coming back from a down year.
That is, until yesterday, when they choked the game away against North Carolina at home. Despite outgaining the Heels and controlling the clock for over 37 minutes, the Wahoo defense could not stop UNC late in the fourth quarter. After the go-ahead touchdown, Carolina recovered the onside kick and Virginia never touched the football again.
While a heartbreaking loss for the Cavaliers, after all the horrendous defense North Carolina had been playing, the Tar Heels are right back in the middle of the Coastal race. Crazy stuff.
ACC Football Week 9: Fumbles R’ Us
Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech combined for 1,138 yards of offense in their game, but Pittsburgh also happened to lose six fumbles in their embarrassing defeat to Georgia Tech.
How embarrassing is embarrassing? Try the home team being down 28-0 just over five minutes into the game. Notably, they also lost five fumbles in the first quarter, an FBS record. Now if that’s not being “rocketshipped,” I don’t know what is.
The Panthers made it a more respectable 28-14 contest at the half, but 465 Jackets rushing yards and a minus-five turnover margin later, and Pitt missed an opportunity to get a leg up in the Coastal. Meanwhile, Georgia Tech got out of their rut in a big way.
ACC Football Week 9: Pointless
Well, almost pointless, anyway.
Only one touchdown was scored in the contest after Cole Stoudt found Stanton Seckinger early in the fourth quarter to put Clemson ahead by ten. Otherwise, five field goals were split amongst the teams — two for Syracuse and three for Clemson.
The Orange actually led this game at the half, with Cole Murphy making a 50-yarder as time expired to go ahead, 6-3, but Clemson would reassert despite turning the ball over four times.
The Tigers continue to persevere without Deshaun Watson, holding on until his return by riding their defense. As for Syracuse, this was probably a better final score than most would have expected, but they are sinking to the bottom of the ACC.