Clemson (Oct. 3 in College Park) found itself in a hard-nosed battle at home against Texas Christian, but the Tigers fell 14-10. Clemson halfback CJ Spiller had 112 yards on 26 carries and a one-yard touchdown run that gave Clemson a 10-7 halftime lead. But Horned Frogs quarterback Andy Dalton (17 for 26, 226 yards, 2 TDs) found receiver Antoine Hicks for the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter to seal the deal. Clemson sits at 2-2 (1-1 ACC).
Wake Forest (Oct. 10 in Winston-Salem) and Boston College (Nov. 28 in College Park) needed extra time to settle things in Chestnut Hill. When it was all said and done, BC had itself a 27-24 win. Eagles quarterback Dave Shinskie was 18 of 29 for 228 yards and had three touchdowns as he led BC to a 24-10 fourth-quarter lead. But Wake quarterback Riley Skinner answered with two touchdown passes of his own in the final quarter to knot things up at 24. The Demon Deacons' comeback was thwarted, however, in overtime as BC kicker Steve Aponavicius pounded a 23-yard field goal for the win. Wake Forest drops to 2-2 (0-1 ACC) and BC improves to 3-1 (1-1 ACC).
Virginia (Oct. 17 in College Park) was idle. The Cavaliers remain 0-3 (0-0 ACC).
Duke (Oct. 24 in Durham) pounded North Carolina Central 49-14. The Blue Devils had a balanced attack as they rushed 41 times for 233 yards and three touchdowns, and quarterbacks Thaddeus Lewis and Sean Renfree combined to complete 25 of 37 for 254 yards, 3 touchdowns, and one interception. Duke improves to 2-2 (0-0 ACC).
North Carolina State (Nov. 7 in Raleigh) hosted Pittsburgh and fought back for a 38-31 victory. The Panthers secured a 31-17 third-quarter lead behind the efforts of quarterback Bill Stull (12/23, 206 yards, 2 TDs) and halfback Dion Lewis (95 yards, 2 TDs), but the Wolfpack battled back with the last three touchdowns of the game. Quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 322 yards and four touchdowns, all the while extending his NCAA-record for consecutive pass attempts without an interception to 364. NC State improves to 3-1 (0-0 ACC).
Virginia Tech (Nov. 14 in College Park) gets the star for most-impressive victory as the Hokies manhandled Miami 31-7. On what was a disgusting night full of rain in Blacksburg, Virginia Tech turned to halfback Ryan Williams who gained 150 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. The Hokies defense was able to hold Hurricane quarterback Jacory Harris to 150 yards passing, and the special teams returned a blocked punt for a touchdown. Virginia Tech is now 3-1 (1-0 ACC).
Florida State (Nov. 21 in Tallahassee) were bullied by South Florida and fell 17-7. Bulls quarterback B.J. Daniels stepped in for the injured Matt Grothe and did serviceably throwing for 215 yards and a pair of touchdowns, along with two picks. But it was the Seminoles who shot themselves in the foot by losing four fumbles. Florida State is now 2-2 (0-1 ACC).
Boston College (Nov. 28 in College Park): See Wake Forest.