Rutgers (Sept. 26 in College Park) improved to 2-1 overall with a 23-15 win over Florida International. The Scarlet Knights were led by junior halfback Joe Martinek, who rushed for 121 yards on 23 carries. Their defense did well, holding the Golden Panthers to only 42 yards rushing. Rutgers led 23-0 until the middle of the fourth quarter when FIU registered two late TDs.
Clemson (Oct. 3 in College Park) and Boston College (Nov. 28 in College Park) faced off in South Carolina with the Tigers prevailing 25-7. Clemson halfback C.J. Spiller got things started with a 77-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter. Place kicker Richard Jackson was also a great contributor going 6-for-6 on field goals. The lone bright spot for the Eagles was a fourth-quarter touchdown pass from Justin Tuggle to Justin Jarvis. Tuggle completed just 4 of 20 for 23 yards with the one touchdown and three interceptions. Clemson held B.C. to just 54 total yards. Clemson improves to 2-1 (1-1 ACC). B.C. falls to 2-1 (0-1 ACC).
Wake Forest (Oct. 10 in Winston-Salem) had no problem doing away with visiting Elon, winning 35-7. Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner led the way completing 14 of 20 passes for 289 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. The Demon Deacons are now 2-1 (0-0 ACC).
Virginia (Oct. 17 in College Park) continued to struggle as it lost its third straight game to start the season. This time the score was 37-34 at Southern Mississippi. Virginia quarterback Jameel Sewell threw two touchdowns and ran for another as he led the Cavaliers to a 27-10 halftime lead. Sewell ran for another in the second half, but the Golden Eagles answered with four of their own touchdowns to prevail. Virginia is now 0-3 (0-0 ACC).
Duke (Oct. 24 in Durham) traveled to Lawrence to square off with 22nd-ranked Kansas where the Blue Devils lost big time 44-16. Duke got on the board first via a 21-yard scamper by quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, but the Blue Devils could not stop Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing (28/41, 338 yards, 3 touchdowns) or halfback Toben Opurum (17 carries, 70 yards, two touchdowns). Duke stands at 1-2 (0-0 ACC).
North Carolina State (Nov. 7 in Raleigh) won convincingly over Gardner-Webb, 45-14, and the game belonged to Wolfpack quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson was 26 of 36 for 345 yards, threw four touchdowns for the second straight week, and set an NCAA record by not throwing an interception over his last 329 pass attempts. N.C. State is now 2-1 (0-0 ACC).
Virginia Tech (Nov. 14 in College Park) hosted 19th-ranked Nebraska and squeaked out a 16-15 win. Hokies running back Ryan Williams had 107 yards on 21 carries and started things off with a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Then, five field goals by Nebraska's Alex Henery and one by Tech's Matt Waldron, left the Cornhuskers with a 15-10 lead late in the fourth quarter. However, VT's Tyrod Taylor was able to find Dyrell Roberts for an 11-yard touchdown with 21 seconds left. Virginia Tech improved to 2-1 overall and hosts Miami (FL) next week for its ACC opener.
Florida State (Nov. 21 in Tallahassee) came away with one of the most impressive wins of the weekend as the Seminoles went to Provo and spanked Brigham Young 54-28. FSU quarterback Christian Ponder threw two touchdowns and ran for another while halfbacks Ty Jones and Lonnie Pryor combined for 158 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. The Noles are now 2-1 (0-1 ACC).
Boston College (Nov. 28 in College Park): See Clemson.