ACC Week 6 Review
Welcome back all to the weekly ACC review. We have a nice seven game slate this week to dig into so let’s take a look around the action that took place.
Louisville 27 @ Georgia Tech 46
If you’ve been keeping up with this series, you already know where this is going. Jeff Sims had a turnover free day and accounted for 2 passing TDs with a rushing score as well. The Yellow Jackets came out swinging from the start. A forced fumble on Louisville’s opening drive, led to a pake punt to keep their early drive alive which resulted in a touchdown. GT punched Louisville in the mouth with the running game, averaging 5.9 yards per rush on the day. Malachi Carter had 3 catches for 89 yards, showing good YAC ability throughout and capping the game with a huge touchdown late.
Javian Hawkins was the highlight of this game for the Cardinals. He tallied 142 on 25 carries, but he did lose a fumble. In fact, the Cardinals lost three fumbles on the day, which was their biggest reason they lost this game. They gave up 19 points off of turnovers, and they lost by…oh, interesting. This is not the start the Cardinals envisioned coming into the season having one of the most explosive offenses in the ACC last season.
#19 Virginia Tech 45 @ #8 North Carolina 56
Speaking of explosive offense, this game UNC finally saw Sam Howell hit on some deep balls. This is what the Tar Heels wanted to see out of their quarterback, and oh was he dealing. 17 of 22 for 228 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. The important stat here is that he was 2/2 on passes of over 20 air yards past the line of scrimmage for 80 yards and 2 touchdowns. By the way his first 2 completions of over 20 yard from the line of scrimmage this season. Howell was one of the nation’s most prolific deep passers in the nation last season, so it’s nice to see him start hitting on those. Dyami Brown was on the receiving end on both of those deep touchdowns, his first two of the year as well. This 56 point performance was everything the Tar Heels hoped out of their offense this season, lets see if they continue this effectiveness.
For the Hokies it remains the Khalil Herbert show. 18 carries for 138 yards and 2 touchdowns. 95 yards after contact, running with good vision, balance, and ball security. This man is playing some good ball. This WR room needs to step up and give them some more production to compliment him. The entire WR room combined for 6 catches, 96 yards and a touchdown. I understand the offense runs through Herbert and they still put of 45 points is in spite of their WRs.
North Carolina State 38 @ Virginia 21
NC State fresh off of their upset win against Pitt last week handled business against Virginia this week. There weren’t really many standout performances, but Zonovan ‘Bam’ Knight had an effective day, totalling 101 yards on 18 carries. Alim McNeill had a fun pick six on a pass he batted at the line. That’s 6’2 320 lb nose tackle Alim McNeill. Good athletic play from the big guy.
Virginia’s offense looks bad. Their quarterbacking is the worst in the conference and It shows in their record so far. Not that I want to watch this game again, but 71 dropbacks provides me with a lot of OL pass protection film to watch.
Duke 38 @ Syracuse 24
Duke finally picks up their first win of the season in this one. The big plays were common for Duke in this one. Their offense came alive in a big way, totalling over 600 yards of total offense. Their 1-2 punch at running back with Deon Jackson and Mataeo Durant took the pressure off of struggling quarterback Chase Brice by running for 165 and 163 yards respectfully. Both Chris Rumph II and Victor Dimukeje both tallied up pressures and got home on sacks this week. This is the blueprint for Duke to win football games. Run effectively and get after the opposing quarterback.
Syracuse did not make it easy on them. They forced 4 fumbles and Mikel Jones came up with another interception. The lack of quality tackling on chunk plays all game for Syracuse is what killed them on the defensive end. The disparity in the run game was indicative of how one dimensional the game became for the Orange, as they had over 300 less rushing yards than the Blue Devils. Taj Harris continues to shine on the offensive end, using his game breaking speed to score another long touchdown. The biggest news of the week for Syracuse unfortunately was the loss of safety Andre Cisco to a torn ACL. Wish all the best for him as he has formally announced his intentions to enter the 2021 NFL Draft.
Pitt 30 @ Boston College 31
Pitt has cooled significantly from their hot start and that is mostly due to their lackluster attempts on offense. In what was Jordan Addison’s worst game of the season, the skill positions struggled to help Kenny Pickett in any fashion. This defensive line continues to play excellent ball, as I think Calijah Kancey is a star in the making. This offense needs to help out the defense.
Phil Jurkovec had his best game of the season, going 19 for 35 with 358 yards, throwing 3 TDs and 0 interceptions. Doing all this despite getting sacked 6 times and his backs only getting 72 yards on 29 carries is impressive. Zay Flowers had a GAME. 6 catches for 162 yards and all 3 touchdowns including the game winner. BC having a great start to the season.
Florida State 26 @ #5 Notre Dame 42
Kyren Williams and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah make ND so much fun to watch. JOK’s versatility and smooth athleticism makes #6 a defensive weapon. Williams had another huge day with 19 carries for 185 yards and 2 touchdowns. This kid is special and is easily my favorite part of the ND ACC experience so far.
Man what a disappointment FSU has been so far this season. Their defense should be among the best in the conference and here they are, sitting with a 0-3 conference record. Prince Tamor had 9 catches for 146 and the lone receiving touchdown in the game for Florida St., nut Jordan Travis and Terry can’t do it all alone. The rest of that team needs to shape up in a hurry to save their season.
#7 Miami 17 @ #1 Clemson 42
This game went about as bad as it could have for Miami. D’Eriq King struggled, the run game outside of King was horrible, the receivers played poorly, the defense got overwhelmed. Even if you were a Hurricanes truther, you never expected them to roll Clemson. If you thought Clemson was the better team you didn’t expect Miami to roll over either.
For Clemson, their secondary is so good. As I have said previously I’d like to avoid gushing over Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne all season because we know what they’re going to do. This secondary was stifling all game long and making quality plays on the ball. I didn’t expect to treat this game like a jobber game, but here we are.