Week 8 ACC Football Scores, Picks Recap, Quick Analysis

    Week 8 ACC Conference football scores, picks recaps, and quick game analysis.

    October 24, 2015


    Games In Order From Best To Worst

    Florida State at Georgia Tech

    Final Score: Georgia Tech 22, Florida State 16
    Pick: Florida State 35, Georgia Tech 28
    Line: Florida State -6, o/u: 57.5

    Florida State PK Roberto Aguayo attempted a game-winning 56-yard field goal as time ran out, but it was blocked, picked up by Lance Austin, and taken 78 yards for an improbable game-winning touchdown. The Yellow Jackets held FSU to three Aguayo field goals and a two-yard Dalvin Cook touchdown run in the first half, but got the offense moving with a 60-yard Justin Thomas touchdown run to keep it close. The Noles didn’t score in the second half, with Everett Golson getting picked off for the first time all year on a deflected pass in the end zone. The Seminoles were held to 280 yards of total offense.

    Player of the Game: Georgia Tech DB Lance Austin made two tackles and returned a blocked kick 78 yards for the game-winning touchdown.

    Duke at Virginia Tech

    Final Score: Duke 45, Virginia Tech 43 4OT
    Pick: Duke 23, Virginia Tech 20
    Line: Virginia Tech -2.5, o/u: 43

    In the fourth overtime – the first four overtime game in ACC history – Virginia Tech scored on a one-yard Travon McMillian run, but the pass for the two-point conversion was incomplete. Duke needed just one play to score on a 25-yard Erich Schneider catch, and Thomas Sirk came through with the game-winning two-point conversion. Sirk threw four touchdown passes with two in the first quarter to Max McCaffrey, but Virginia Tech came back, eventually tying it in the final minutes of regulation on Bucky Hodges’ second touchdown catch of the game, scoring from 23 yards out, followed up by a Travon McMillian two-point conversion run to tie it. The two teams traded field goals in the first and third overtimes, and got in the end zone in the second with Hodges catching an 11-yard touchdown pass and Duke answering with a four-yard Anthony Nash catch. Michael Brewer threw for 270 yards and three scores for the Hokies.

    Player of the Game: Duke QB Thomas Sirk completed 19-of-39 passes for 270 yards and four scores, and ran 18 times for a team-high 109 yards and a game-winning two-point conversion.

    Pitt at Syracuse

    Final Score: Pitt 23, Syracuse 20
    Pick: Pittsburgh -6.5, o/u: 51.5
    Line: Pitt 27, Syracuse 21

    Chris Blewitt nailed a 25-yard field goal as time ran out to help Pitt slip past Syracuse. In the seesaw game, Blewitt also connected on field goals from 33 and 30 yards out, but neither team ever got up by more than a score. Eric Dungey threw two touchdown passes for the Orange, finding Ervin Phillips from 20 yards out in the first quarter and Steve Ishmael in the second, but Qadree Ollison ran for two touchdown runs for the Panthers to keep pace. The Panthers went 89 yards in 19 plays in 9:20 for the final score.

    Player of the Game: Pitt RB Qadree Ollison ran 22 times for 103 yards and two scores

    Boston College at Louisville

    Final Score: Louisville 17, Boston College 14
    Pick: Louisville -8, o/u: 37.5
    Line: Louisville 23, Boston College 13

    Louisville overcame four turnovers to get by a plucky BC. The Eagles went absolutely nowhere, gaining just 79 yards, but scored on a blocked punt for a touchdown in the second and capitalized on a turnover with a short touchdown run from Jeff Smith, but the Cardinals never trailed. Lamar Jackson ran for a four-yard score, the defense got a scoop and score in the second, and a John Wallace 34-yard field goal turned out to be enough. In all, BC was held to -14 rushing yards.

    Player of the Game: Louisville LB Keith Kelsey made ten tackles with a sack and 4.5 tackles for loss.

    Virginia at North Carolina

    Final Score: North Carolina 26, Virginia 13
    Pick: North Carolina 38, Virginia 20
    Line: North Carolina -17.5, o/u: 63.5

    The North Carolina defense came up with five takeaways – picking off Matt Johns four times with Malik Simmons coming up with two of them – but it was still a battle in the fourth quarter. With the score tied at 13, UNC scored 13 unanswered points including Elijah Hood’s second touchdown run of the game and two Nick Weiler field goals. The Cavaliers came up with two Ian Frye field goals in the first half and a one-yard Charlie Hopkins catch, but the turnovers would be too costly. The two teams combined for 23 penalties.

    Player of the Game: North Carolina QB Marquise Williams completed 21-of-26 passes for 226 yards and a pick, and ran 12 times for 71 yards.

    Clemson at Miami

    Final Score: Clemson 58, Miami 0
    Pick: Clemson 34, Miami 24
    Line: Clemson -6.5, o/u: 54.5

    If this wasn’t the end of the Al Golden era, it certainly looked like it as Clemson dominated in every phase of the game. Deshaun Watson found Jordan Leggett for a 34-yard scoring pass to start things off, and he ran for a six-yard touchdown on the way to a 42-0 halftime lead, closed out by a 36-yard pick sick in the final few seconds by Cordrea Tankersley. The Tigers outgained Miami 567 yards to 146 and gained 33 first downs to Miami’s six. Miami QB Brady Kaaya went down with an apparent knee injury – Malik Rosier came in and completed 7-of-22 passes for 42 yards and a pick.

    Player of the Game: Clemson QB Deshaun Watson completed 15-of-19 passes for 143 yards and a score, and ran 22 times for 118 yards and a score.

    NC State at Wake Forest

    Final Score: NC State 35, Wake Forest 17
    Pick: NC State -10.5, o/u: 48
    Line: NC State 27, Wake Forest 17

    NC State took control right away scoring 28 first quarter points on a 59-yard Maurice Trowell touchdown catch in the opening minute, a 58-yard Nyheim Hines scoring play, and Matthew Dayes touchdown runs from 85 and 7 yards out. Wake Forest got a big play of its own on a 69-yard Kendall Hinton touchdown run, and he ran for a one-yard score, but NC State kept well ahead on a 52-yard Bra’Lon Cherry punt return for a score.

    Player of the Game: NC State RB Matthew Dayes ran 16 times for 205 yards and two scores and caught a pass for 16 yards.

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