2014 ACC Roundup – Week 8

    Oct. 18 at Florida State 31, Notre Dame 27 And You Care Because … In a classic, Florida State hung on for dear life as Notre Dame’s last gasp throw into

    October 20, 2014

    Oct. 18 at Florida State 31, Notre Dame 27 
    And You Care Because … In a classic, Florida State hung on for dear life as Notre Dame’s last gasp throw into the end zone was intercepted, but not before Everett Golson converted a 4th-and-18 on the final drive and later appeared to have won the game on a short touchdown pass that got called back on a controversial penalty. The Irish led until late, getting two Golson touchdown passes to Corey Robinson, but Florida State always had an answer and never got more than one score down. Jameis Winston threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Travis Rudolph in the first quarter, but he didn’t heat up until the second half, finding Rashad Green on a ten-yard scoring pass in the third, and marching the Seminoles 75 yards in ten plays, finishing up with Karlos Williams’ second short scoring run for what would turn out to be the game-winner. Notre Dame had two final chances, stalling on the first one and pinning FSU deep, and just missing on the second as an apparent Golson touchdown pass to Robinson was called back for pass interference as two Irish receivers picked off their men so Robinson could get open. With one final chance on 4th-and-goal with 13 seconds left, Golson was intercepted by Jacob Pugh in the end zone. 
    What Else? Florida State QB Jameis Winston completed 23-of-31 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns with an interception 
    – Notre Dame QB Everett Golson completed 31-of-52 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns and two interceptions, and ran 11 times for 33 yards
    – Notre Dame WR Corey Robinson caught eight passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns 
    – Total yards: Notre Dame 470 – Florida State 323 
    Game Rating: A

    Oct. 18 at North Carolina 48, Georgia Tech 43 
    And You Care Because … T.J. Logan ran for a two-yard touchdown with 11 seconds to play to overcome a late Georgia Tech charge to pull off the wild win. Marquise Williams threw four touchdown passes and ran for a 13-yard touchdown, but Georgia Tech’s offense cranked it up in the fourth quarter with DeAndre Smelter taking a pass 46 yards for a touchdown and running 75 yards for a score to go along with a 14-yard Zach Laskey touchdown run for a 43-42 lead, but the defense couldn’t hold on as Williams drove the Tar Heels 75 yards in 12 plays for the win. 
    What Else? Total yards: Georgia Tech 611 – North Carolina 579 
    – North Carolina QB Marquise Williams completed 38-of-47 passes for 390 yards and four touchdowns with an interception, and ran 16 times for 73 yards and a touchdown 
    – Georgia Tech QB Justin Thomas completed 8-of-18 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns, and ran 15 times for 36 yards 
    – North Carolina WR Ryan Switzer caught nine passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns 
    Game Rating: 

    Oct. 18 at Duke 20, Virginia 13 
    And You Care Because … Thomas Sirk came up with a jump pass to David Reeves for a three-yard score to break the tie and give Duke the lead, and then the D did the rest holding on as Virginia’s final drive stalled. Ross Martin hit field goals from 19 and 25 yards out for the Blue Devils, while long Virginia drives were stopped and the O had to settle for two Ian Frye field goals after getting its lone touchdown midway through the second quarter on a five-yard Khalek Shepherd catch. 
    What Else? Duke QB Anthony Boone completed 22-of-37 passes for 176 yards and a score, and ran six times for 34 yards 
    – Virginia QB Matt Johns completed 21-of-44 passes for 304 yards and a touchdown 
    – Virginia WR Mile Gooch caught six passes for 129 yards 
    – Duke WR Jamison Crowder caught eight passes for 99 yards 
    Game Rating: B+ 

    Oct. 16 at Pitt 21, Virginia Tech 16 
    And You Care Because … Tyler Boyd took a pass 53 yards for a score and James Conner ran for scores from 15 and 13 yards out as Pitt never trailed in a key win in the ACC Coastal race. The Panther defense stiffened time and again in the first three quarters only allowing three Joey Slye field goals from 42, 24 and 21 yards out. Connor’s second scoring run came early in the fourth for a 21-9 lead, but the Hokies fought back with a 14-yard Cam Phillips touchdown catch. They had one last shot, but the Pitt defense held. 
    What Else? Pitt QB Chad Voytik completed 10-of-17 passes for 92 yards and a score with a pick, and ran for a team-leading 118 yards on 19 carries. James Conner ran 16 times for 85 yards and a touchdown 
    – Virginia Tech QB Michael Brewer completed 26-of-45 passes for 265 yards and a score 
    – Third down conversions: Pitt 6-of-16 – Virginia Tech 2-of-14 (0-for-2 on fourth downs) 
    – Rushing yards: Pitt 210 – Virginia Tech 26 
    Game Rating: B

    Oct. 18 Clemson 17, at Boston College 13 
    And You Care Because … Cole Stoudt gutted out a shoulder injury to help lead Clemson to a tough win, but it was C.J. Davidson who came up with the big play running for a 32-yard score in the fourth quarter. The Tigers scored first on a 17-yard Wayne Gallman run, but Boston College got two Tyler Murphy touchdown passes with a 26-yarder to Sherman Alston and a six-yarder to Josh Bordner, but the defense couldn’t hang on and the offense couldn’t make anything out of its final drives. 
    What Else? Total yards: Clemson 398 – Boston College 263 
    – Clemson QB Cole Stoudt completed 29-of-45 passes for 285 yards 
    – Boston College QB Tyler Murphy completed 8-of-19 passes for 108 yards and two scores, and led the team with 55 yards on 13 carries 
    – Third down conversions: Clemson 10-of-21 – Boston College 2-of-14 
    Game Rating: 

    Oct. 18 at Louisville 30, NC State 18 
    And You Care Because … It was Michael Dyer’s day, thundering past the Wolfpack and putting the game away with a 46-yard dash in the final minute. The Cardinals got two Will Gardner touchdown passes in the first half, but the offense kept stalling leading to three John Wallace field goals. NC State hunt around with Jacoby Brissett hitting David Grinnage twice for touchdowns, including a 21-yarder in the final minutes to pull within five, and Niklas Sade made two field goals, but Dyer proved to be too much. 
    What Else? Louisville RB Michael Dyer ran 24 times for 173 yards and a score 
    – NC State QB Jacoby Brissett completed 18-of-32 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, and ran 11 times for 40 yards 
    – Louisville QB Will Gardner completed 21-of-36 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns 
    – Third down conversions: Louisville 9-of-16 – NC State 6-of-14 
    Game Rating: B-

    Oct. 18 Syracuse 30, at Wake Forest 7 
    And You Care Because … Wake Forest scored first on a ten-yard Cam Serigne touchdown catch, and then it was all Syracuse with the defense getting a 42-yard interception return for a touchdown from Robert Welsh and a 51-yard fumble return for a score form Micah Robinson. Cole Murphy hit three field goals for the Orange and A.J. Long ran for a four-yard touchdown for the Orange, while the defense dominated after Wake Forest QB John Wolford got knocked out of the game with an apparent concussion. 
    What Else? Total yards: Syracuse 370 – Wake Forest 170 
    – Syracuse QB A.J. Long completed 22-of-32 passes for 171 yards, and he ran for nine yards and a touchdown 
    – Syracuse RB Devante McFarlane ran ten times for 114 yards 
    – Average yards per carry: Syracuse 5.2 – Wake Forest 2.0 
    Game Rating: D

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