Wake Forest (Oct. 10 in Winston-Salem) and North Carolina State faced-off in Winston-Salem with the home Demon Deacons prevailing, 30-24. Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner put the Demon Deacons on his back, completed 31 of 45 for 361 yards, and threw three touchdowns en route to becoming the school's all-time leader in that department. Wake Forest receivers Chris Givens and Marshall Williams combined to catch 14 balls for 185 yards and three touchdowns. On the other side, NC State quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns, but he completed just 20 of 43 and tallied two interceptions, snapping his NCAA-record for consecutive pass attempts without an interception at 379. Wake Forest improves to 3-2 (1-1 ACC) and NC States falls to 3-2 (0-1 ACC).
Virginia (Oct. 17 in College Park) went to Chapel Hill and got its first win of the season at the hands of North Carolina. Virginia kicker Robert Randolph notched three field goals and UNC kicker Casey Barth made one of his own as the game was 9-3 after three quarters. Cavalier halfback Mikell Simpson sealed the deal with 20 carries for 100 yards, and a touchdown with 5:49 left in the game. Virginia held UNC to 174 total yards and forced three Tar Heel turnovers. Virginia is now 1-3 (1-0 ACC) and UNC sits at 3-2 (0-2 ACC).
Duke (Oct. 24 in Durham) gave nationally-ranked Virginia Tech (Nov. 14 in College Park) a scare, but the Hokies came through with a 34-26 win. VT quarterback Tyrod Taylor managed the offense, completing 17 of 22 for 327 yards and two touchdowns while halfback Josh Oglesby added two touchdowns of his own on the ground. Duke was also very effective in the passing game (359 yards), but could not get away with a lacking rushing attack that amassed just 38 yards. The Blue Devils were also forced to settle for four field goals. Virginia Tech improves to 4-1 (2-0 ACC) and Duke falls to 2-3 (0-1 ACC).
North Carolina State (Nov. 7 in Raleigh): See Wake Forest.
Virginia Tech (Nov. 14 in College Park): See Duke.
Florida State (Nov. 21 in Tallahassee) went to Boston College and ran into a tough Eagles team that sent the Seminoles home with a 28-21 loss. Two Dave Shinskie touchdowns passes and one Montel Harris touchdown run put BC ahead 21-6 at halftime. Florida State battled back to tie it up, scoring twice via the run in the second half. But with four minutes left in the game, Harris registered his second touchdown on the day and the Eagles never looked back. FSU falls to 2-3 (0-2 ACC) and BC improves to 4-1 (2-1 ACC).
Boston College (Nov. 28 in College Park): See Florida State.
article edited by Nina Napolitano