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ACC Week Three Review

Trevor Lawrence
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I’d like to welcome all esteemed guests to the Week 3 ACC review. Lighter schedule this week so let’s dive right into them.

Syracuse Orange 10 @ (21) Pittsburgh Panthers 21

Kenny Pickett

Bad day for the offense, as the line was giving up pressure all day in pass protection. DeVito even left the game for a bit because of the constant hits. Mikel Jones had his second interception in as many weeks. This time it wasn’t off of a tip, rather he read the QB’s eyes and jumped a crossing pattern. Cisco stuffed the stat sheet with tackles. We know he can play coverage in the back half well, so it’s nice to see him get some nice tackle production.

Pitt had a trio of defensive players pop in this game. Rashad Weaver is a 6’5, 270 lb, redshirt senior defensive end. He was injured in training camp before the 2019 season and made his return to game action on Saturday. He made his presence known in a big way by leading the team in tackles and recording 2 sacks. Calijah Kancey, a redshirt freshman DT made an impact tallying 1.5 sacks. And we all know of the S Paris Ford, who was flying around the field affecting plays all day. 

Boston College Eagles 26 @ Duke Blue Devils 6

Hunter Long

The Eagles had a good debut this weekend. A solid win led by two big receiving days. Redshirt junior TE Hunter Long finished the day with a line of 7/93/1. He showed off his contested catch ability fighting through a PI penalty to bring down a 1 handed catch. Sophomore WR Zay Flowers had a great game as well, finishing with 5/162/1. He flashed with good YAC ability and was dynamic in space. Marcus Valdez was a terror to QB Chase Brice, bringing him down for a sack, logging 2 other hurries and another hit on QB. The 6’0, 258 lb. redshirt junior DE had a great start to his campaign.

Chase Brice however, has not had a great start to his campaign. Duke dropped to 0-2 Saturday and he had a rough go of things. Completing 53% of his passes for 224 yards, no touchdowns and 2 interceptions. TE Noah Gray led the team in receiving with 61 yards on 5 catches. DE Victor Dimukeje ended the day with 3.5 sacks, one of those with him blowing past LT Zion Johnson with a speed rush and forcing a fumble. The story with this team’s start will be QB Chase Brice, as the transfer QB has 0 passing TDs through 2 games. They need him to right the ship or it will be a long season for the Blue Devils.

South Florida Bulls 0 @ (7) Notre Dame Fighting Irish 52

Ian Book

This one is a jobber game so I won’t spend much time on it. ND had control from start to finish. Ian Book ended with 143 yards and 3 rushing TDs. Last week it was Kyren Williams, this week it was C’Bo Flemister. 13 carries for 127 yards and 1 TD. Next week ND plays their second conference game against Wake Forest, looking forward to how this team progresses.

 (13) UCF Knights 49 @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 21

Jeff Sims

I’m not going to lie, these GT reviews are basically going to be the Jeff Sims chronicles. He might not be a future NFLer, but he is fun. However he is still a true freshman, and he turned in a freshman performance against his first ever ranked opponent. 18/36 for 244 yards 1 TD, 2 INTs and a bad fumble lost in the red zone. Junior Charlie Thomas was making his presence felt on the defensive side of the ball, tallying 2 sacks and 3 tackles for loss. This secondary was getting gashed all day long, they need to shore up that back end if they want to be competitive with the QB talent in the ACC.

The Citadel Bulldogs 0 @ (1) Clemson Tigers 49

Amari Rodgers
(Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

This is another jobber game so I’m gonna keep this one short and sweet. Clemson is good, The Citadel is not. The game went as scheduled and should not have any impact on how you view Clemson or their players.

(12) Miami Hurricanes 47 @ (24) Louisville 34

D'Eriq King

Two high flying offenses and the best QB duel of the young season in the ACC. D’Eriq King had a good day at the office going 18/30 for 325 and 3 TDs. The connection with Brevin Jordan was the tale of the night, as the star TE had 7 catches for 120 and a TD. 

Malik Cunningham went 26/36 for 307 yards for 3 TDs and 1 pick. My man Tutu Atwell finished the game with 8/114/2. Javian Hawkins has 27 carries for 164 yards and a TD. Both offenses delivered in a fun matchup between two of the top teams in the conference. 

Wake Forest Demon Deacons 42 @ NC State Wolfpack 45

Ricky Person Jr.

The story in this game was both teams rushing attacks. NC State had a trio of backs contribute to 257 yards rushing between the three. They had 3 backs with double digit rushing attempts, and they averaged 6.95 yards per carry from them. The Wolfpack’s OL is on the film list for this week to see how they opened lanes all day for these backs.

WF had 2 backs combine for 183 yards, but they leaned on one guy more than NC St. did. Sophomore Kenneth Walker III had 27 carries for 131 yards and 3 TD. 87 of those yards came after contact and it shows. He does not shy away from contact, and he was barrelling down on NC State’s defense all night.