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ACC Football: Week One Rewind

Week One of college football is officially in the books! The ACC had a few teams find success, while others failed to capitalize in tough matchups. Overall, it was a good week for the Conference as a whole, though. ACC teams combined for a 9-3 record against non-conference opponents, losing to only Alabama, LSU, and California. The final results of the week are posted below:Image result for wake forest logo


Wake Forest 23, Tulane 17

Wake Forest was a bit of an unknown team entering this game, as freshman Sam Hartman took over the team. He flashed tremendous skills, leading the team with 378 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and 64 rushing yards. As expected, Greg Dortch was a major part of the offense, recording 12 receptions for 149 yards. Freshman Safe Surratt had a breakout game, totaling 150 yards on 11 receptions. Alex Bachman was the red zone option, though, catching five passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns. Surprisingly, Cade Carney out-touched Matt Colburn, although neither had an overly impressive game.

The Wake Forest defense somewhat shut down Tulane’s star quarterback, Jonathan Banks, who finished the game with a 48.7% completion percentage and 2.5 yards per rush. Terren Encalade was the only player to find true success against WF, posting an 8/189/2 receiving line. Darnell Mooney also found some success, totaling 74 yards on eight receptions. Overall, it was a strong showing from a relatively young, unknown Wake Forest team.


Syracuse 55, Western Michigan 42

Image result for syracuse logoAs expected, Syracuse’s offense came out firing this season. Eric Dungey was inefficient as a passer, but threw for 184 yards and two touchdowns. The majority of that production went to Jamal Custis, who totaled 168 yards and two touchdowns on six receptions. Dungey also lead Syracuse in rushing with 200 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries. Moe Neal led the team with 28 carries, rushing for 82 yards and two touchdowns. Dontae Strickland also ran for two touchdowns on 11 carries.

The Orange struggled defensively in this game, as well. They allowed opposing quarterback, Jon Wassink, to throw for 379 yards and three touchdowns. D’Wayne Eskridge was the leading receiver for Western Michigan, recording eight receptions for 240 yards and two touchdowns. Jayden Reed was the other damaging receiver, adding seven receptions for 121 yards and one touchdown to this game. LeVante Bellamy (11), Jamauri Bogan (6), and Chase Brown (4) split carries, but totaled 228 yards and two touchdowns with Bellamy doing most of the damage. This should come as no surprise, though, as Syracuse plays at a fast pace and features one of the best offenses in the NCAA.


Army 14, Duke 34

Image result for duke logoDuke’s defense flashed in this game, helping them take a relatively early lead, while also forcing Army to somewhat abandon their triple option gameplan. Kelvin Hopkins Jr. is a more dual-threat quarterback than strictly runner, but he attempted nearly a third of the amount of passes Army attempted all last season. Duke also stuffed Army’s triple option game, holding them to 168 rush yards. While that seems like a lot, Army averaged 349.8 rushing yards per game last season, which was second in the NCAA.

Daniel Jones played an efficient game, posting a 76.5% completion percentage, while averaging 11.6 passing yards per attempt. He also added 43 yards and one touchdown on the ground. Brittain Brown broke out before getting injured, totaling 75 rush yards and one touchdown on only 11 carries. Deon Jackson was the other running back to find the end zone, rushing for 25 yards and one touchdown on seven carries. Aaron Young was the most impressive receiver for Duke, catching four passes for 114 yards and one touchdown. T.J. Rahming, who is expected to lead Duke this season, totaled 4 yards on five receptions.


North Carolina 17, California 24

Image result for north carolina logoNorth Carolina’s offense predictably struggled with multiple players suspended. Nathan Elliott struggled quite a bit, posting a 42.9% completion percentage. He only totaled 137 passing yards and one touchdown, while also throwing four interceptions. Elliott also led the team with 58 rush yards. Antonio Williams was the main beneficiary at running back from UNC’s suspension, leading the team with 17 carries. He turned them into only 47 yards and one touchdown, though. Anthony Ratliff-Williams is one of UNC’s top prospects, and he posted a 3/62/1 line, scoring his touchdown with less than two minutes left in the game.

UNC’s defense played relatively well, holding Cal to only 119 passing yards and 160 rushing yards. They shut down two of the better receivers in the country, holding Kanawai Noa and Vic Wharton III to six receptions for 33 yards. The only player to hurt North Carolina was Patrick Laird, who totaled 109 yards and two touchdowns on 33 touches. Essentially, North Carolina lost by a interception returned for a touchdown.


Louisville 14, Alabama 51

Image result for louisville logoLouisville totaled only 16 rushing yards on 26 carries. There is reason for optimism, though, as Jawon Pass flashed upside in the passing game. He threw for a total of 252 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions, although it was on 39 pass attempts. Kemari Averett was the player to catch both touchdowns. Seth Dawkins led the team with three receptions for 68 yards, while Dez Fitzpatrick recorded 40 yards on three receptions. Keep in mind, this was against arguably the best defense in the NCAA.

The Cardinals defense had no answers for Alabama’s offense, which was a major concern on Saturday. Tua Tagovailoa needed only 16 attempts to throw for 227 yards and two touchdowns. Jerry Jeudy had somewhat of a breakout game, catching both of Alabama’s touchdowns. He also added 64 yards on four receptions. DeVonta Smith led the team with four receptions for 99 yards, while freshman Jaylen Waddle added 66 yards on three receptions in this game. Alabama totaled 222 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, but they didn’t have anyone total more than eight rush attempts on Saturday.


Furman 7, Clemson 48

Image result for clemson logoThis was an easy win for Clemson, as expected. Kelly Bryant threw for 127 yards and one touchdown, while adding 44 yards and a touchdown on the ground in limited snaps. Trevor Lawrence relieved Bryant, and put the pressure on him with 137 yards and three touchdowns on 15 pass attempts. Amari Rodgers led their receivers with three receptions for 44 yards and one touchdown, although no receiver stood out as a top option. Travis Etienne continued to flash, rushing for 63 yards and one touchdown. Lyn-J Dixon lead the team with 89 rush yards, but that is only because this game was a relatively quick blowout.


James Madison 13, NC State 24

Image result for nc state logoJames Madison was surprisingly efficient against NC State on Saturday, but fairly to consistently score. Ben DiNucci completed 23 of 27 pass attempts for 197 yards and one touchdown. Riley Stapleton was his top target, recording 88 yards and one touchdown on nine receptions. DiNucci also added 79 yards on the ground, while Marcus Marshall added 65 yards throughout the game. Overall, those two combined for 5.5 yards per attempt.

Ryan Finley showed why he was a top NFL prospect entering this game, throwing for 309 yards and two touchdowns on 43 attempts. Jakobi Meyers was his top receiver, totaling 161 yards on 14 receptions. C.J. Riley and Thayer Thomas were the two players to catch the touchdowns, though. Reggie Gallaspy II led the team in rushing with 68 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries.


Alcorn State 0, Georgia Tech 41

Image result for georgia tech logoAs the score suggests, Alcorn State found very little offensive success in this game. That wasn’t the case for Georgia Tech, though. Taquon Marshall threw for 104 yards with one touchdown and one interceptions on only 18 attempts. He also added 77 yards and one touchdown on the ground. Jordan Mason led the team with 85 rushing yards and one touchdown, while KirVonte Benson added 75 yards and two touchdowns to the win. Tobias Oliver was the other player to make an impact, rushing for 72 yards on 12 attempts. Brad Stewart was the focal point of the Georgia Tech receiving, totaling four receptions for 49 yards and one touchdown in limited opportunities.


UMass 21, Boston College 55

Image result for boston college logoBoston College’s secondary stifled UMass’ original passing game, but struggled against backup quarterback Ross Comis. Comis threw for 145 yards and one touchdown on only 13 attempts. Andy Isabella predictively did most of the damage in the passing game, recording 95 yards on four receptions. UMass ran for only 66 yards on 33 attempts, although they did find the end zone twice on the ground.

AJ Dillon was a clear focal point of the offense, totaling 125 yards and one touchdown on 22 total touches. Anthony Brown was the star of the show, though, throwing for 279 yards and four touchdowns on only 21 attempts. Kobay White and Ray Marten recorded the majority of the receiving stats, combining for a 6/155/2 line.


Image result for pittsburgh college logoAlbany 7, Pittsburgh 33

Similarly to the other small schools, Albany struggled offensively in this game. Dev Holmes was the only player to find real success, posting a 9/148/1 receiving line. Kenny Pickett posted a relatively efficient line, completing 16 of 22 passes for 154 yards, two touchdowns, and one interceptions. Rafael Araujo-Lopes was the only receiver to stand out, catching three balls for 50 yards and two touchdowns. Qadree Ollison led the team with 73 rushing yards on only seven carries. A.J. Davis saw 13 carries, but turned them into only 46 yards. On top of his passing, Pickett also added 42 yards and one touchdown on the ground.


Richmond 13, Virginia 42Image result for virginia logo

Richmond found very little offensive success against Virginia’s defense, scoring their only touchdown on an interception. Bryce Perkins showed off his versatility for Virginia, throwing for 185 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 108 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Olamide Zaccheaus was his top receiving options, catching six passes for 101 yards and one touchdown. Jordan Ellis was the other standout player for Virginia, leading the team with 146 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.


Miami 17, LSU 33

Image result for miami college logoMiami’s offense struggled to gain any traction in this game. Malik Rosier needed 35 pass attempts to throw for 259 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. He added seven yards and one touchdown on the ground, although he also led the team with 16 rush attempts. The only player in Miami’s offense to truly flash was Jeff Thomas, who recorded 132 yards on five receptions.

The LSU passing attack struggled for the most part against Miami, as Joe Borrow threw for only 140 yards. Justin Jefferson was the only receiver that made a major impact, as he caught five of Burrow’s passes for 81 yards. Nick Brossette looked unstoppable, totaling 125 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. He was the clear focal points of LSU’s offense, and Miami simply had no answer for him.


Virginia Tech 24, Florida State 3

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Virginia Tech played a relatively efficient game through Josh Jackson. Jackson completed 16 out of 26 passing attempts for 207 yards and two touchdowns. His leading receiver, Eric Kumah, totaled 86 yards and one touchdown on four receptions. He also scored on a blocked punt. Deshawn McClease and Steven Peoples split carries, each totaling 13 attempts. McClease led the team with 77 yards, while Peoples ran for 44.

Florida State’s offense had no answer for Virginia Tech’s defense throughout this game. Deondre Francois threw for 233 yards with three interceptions on 35 attempts Nyqwan Murray was the biggest target in the passing game, recording five receptions for 52 yards. Cam Akers ran for 82 yards on 14 rush attempts, but did most of his damage in garbage time. Florida State’s biggest issue was their offensive line, and if they don’t get that fixed in a hurry, it’s going to be a long season for the Seminoles.

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