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ACC Football: Week Three Rewind

Week Three was a bit odd for the college football world. Hurricane Florence hit the East coast, causing multiple teams to cancel their games. UCF/UNC, ECU/VT, and WVU/NC State were all canceled, and it seems unlikely that they will be made up. Clemson and Miami were the two ranked teams that played for the ACC, winning by a combined 56 points.  


Final Scores

Boston College 41, Wake Forest 34

Georgia Southern 7, Clemson 38

Miami 49, Toledo 24

Florida State 7, Syracuse 30

Georgia Tech 19, Pittsburgh 24

Duke 40, Baylor 27

Ohio 31, Virginia 45

Western Kentucky 17, Louisville 20


Breakout Stars

Anthony Brown

Brown looked unstoppable for Boston College last week. He needed only 25 pass attempts to total 304 yards and five touchdowns. He posted a 93.3 QBR, while finding four different receivers for touchdowns. Each of Brown’s five touchdowns came from over 25 yards out, including a 71 yard touchdown to Jeff Smith. This was an overall great game for the majority of the BC offense, but Brown is the player that stands out above the rest.

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Photo by; CBS Boston

Travis Etienne

This game was a bit of a blowout, but Etienne still looked extremely impressive. He led Clemson with 16 carries, turning those into 162 yards and two touchdowns. Surprisingly, Etienne played nearly the entire game, scoring once in the second and one in the fourth. His touchdown in the fourth was 40 yards, displaying his speed against an inferior defense. Etienne was a Heisman hopeful at the beginning of the season, but that now looks unlikely after his limited workload in the first two weeks.

Taquon Marshall

Marshall struggled as a passer last week, which is far from surprising. He completed only 40% of his passes for 66 yards and one interception. He isn’t known for being an elite passer, although this line is fairly concerning for any quarterback, regardless of the style of offense.

Marshall’s rushing prowess was on full display, which more than made up for his passing struggles. He led Georgia Tech with 28 rushing attempts, which is extremely high for a quarterback. He turned those carries into 103 yards and two touchdowns. While the line is not overly impressive, there were only a select numbers of games for the ACC this week. Marshall displayed the ability to take over GT’s offense, and his rushing attempts were a bit of a surprising part of this game.

Bryce Perkins/Olamide Zaccheaus

There were three overly impressive players for Virginia this week, so I opted to use a QB/WR pairing here. Perkins was nearly unstoppable, completing 25 of 30 pass attempts for 379 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 12.6 yards per attempt, while recording an 87 QBR last week.

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Photo byl Streaking The Lawn

His main target was Zaccheaus, who led the team in receptions, yards and touchdowns. He caught nine passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns, scoring one touchdown in the first quarter and one in the fourth quarter. He averaged 27.4 yards per reception, while nearly matching his receptions and touchdowns in the first two weeks. Zaccheaus also more than doubled his receiving yards on the year.

Jordan Ellis

Ellis was the other standout star for Virginia last week. He led the team with 19 carries, totaling 171 yards and three touchdowns. He scored from 18, 75, and 6 yards out, displaying tremendous speed against Ohio. This was his second elite game of the season, with the first coming against Richmond in the first week.

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