Week 12 ACC Review
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there, I hope you’re all being responsible to keep your loved ones safe during this abnormal holiday season. The only thing constant is that we have football to talk about, so let’s get into the Week 12 review.
Syracuse (1-8) 0 – Louisville (3-6) 30
Syracuse decided to start true freshman JaCobian Morgan against Louisville. A rough start for the kid from Canton, Mississippi. He finished with only 5 completions for 40 yards and an interception on the day before leaving in the 3rd quarter after a big hit by an unblocked rusher. The defense made some big plays for the Orange, snagging 2 interceptions and forcing a strip sack for 3 total turnovers in the game.
Louisville entered this season with high expectations on offense. The ‘triplets’ of Malik Cunningham, Tutu Atwell, and Javian Hawkins were supposed to lead this team to glory in 2020. Well Cunningham’s play has regressed significantly, Tutu only played 10 snaps after being out last week against Virginia, and Hawkins has opted out the remainder of the season to prepare for the NFL Draft. The offense still managed to put up 30 points in what was another pedestrian performance by Cunningham. The defense blanked Syracuse, behind good play at all three levels of the defense, in particular the secondary covering these receivers.
Abilene Christian (1-5) 15 – Virginia (4-4) 55
The big news out of this game is that Charles Snowden, standout edge defender who led the ACC in sacks coming into this game got hurt for the year with a broken ankle and his career at Virginia is over after a heartfelt message he posted on social media on Sunday. I’m sad to see his career end like this because he was just starting to get into his groove and raise his draft stock. He was a mid round guy anyway who may end up being a late day 3 dart throw based on his injury. All the luck to Snowden as he enters the next phase of his career.
You know the rules here, we don’t go in depth for jobber games, we just want to see good performances. Brennan Armstrong dominated as he was supposed to do, throwing for 383 and 4 TD’s.
Virginia Tech (4-5) 14 – Pittsburgh (5-4) 47
While they both entered this game at 4-4, these two teams are in completely different spots. Pitt outclassed Va Tech in essentially every phase of the game. The only place they didn’t is the run game, as Herbert and Hooker had another big day between the two of them. Herbert has 72 rushing, and 129 yards total on 12 touches. He remains one of my favorite players in the conference to cover this season. I’ll be excited to put a full report out for him during draft season.
Kenny Pickett had his best statistical day of the season, posting 404 passing yards and 3 total touchdowns. He still threw a very bad pick early on in the game, and wasn’t as precise as he’d been in the past, but he still had a great day at the office. Pitt was without star freshman Jordan Addison, but DJ Turner stepped up huge with a line of 15/184/1, though he had multiple drops and a fumble. A great sendoff for the senior.
Liberty (8-1) 14 – N.C. State (6-3) 15
In what has been a tumultuous season for N.C. State quarterbacks, current starter Bailey Hockman had a terrible day passing the football. The team dominated on the ground however, as Zonovan Knight and Ricky Person Jr. combined for 179 yards on 14 rushes each. The defense stifled the run game for the Flames as well. That effort was spearheaded by DT Alim McNeill along with LBs Isaiah Moore and Payton Wilson. Isaiah Moore’s safety was a key part of them winning this game. N.C. State getting that ranked win to cap off a shortened week of ACC Football.