There were not a lot of surprises in week one of ACC play, but there were some games that were closer than anticipated. The injury bug also hit some teams rather hard. Here’s a look around the conference.
North Carolina 13 South Carolina 17
Brief Summary: A late interception in the end zone helped the Gamecocks preserve a win over the Tar Heels. It was the third of the game for UNC, all three of which came deep in South Carolina territory.
Elon 3 Wake Forest 41
Brief Summary: A dominant offensive performance by the Demon Deacons paved the way for a blowout victory. They racked up over 590 total yard as quarterback John Wolford turned in a magnificent performance.
Alcorn State 6 Georgia Tech 69
Brief Summary: The tripe options paces a 476-yard ground outing as the Yellow Jackets dominate an inferior Alcorn State squad. Georgia Tech only attempts five passes all game, and Marcus Marshall racks up 184-yards on only eight carries.
Duke 37 Tulane 7
Brief Summary: New Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk amasses over 350 yards of total offense while leading the Blue Devils to a convincing road win.
Rhode Island 0 Syracuse 47
Brief Summary: Syracuse rolls behind a dominant performance on both sides of the ball, but lose starting quarterback Terrel Hunt for the season with a torn ACL. True freshman Eric Dungey fills in well, and other freshmen have strong outings in their debut.
Philips Leaves Games with Lower Body Injury
Hunt Tears ACL, Out for Season
Dungey Credits Teammates
Fredericks Remains Humble
Strickland Makes Solid First Impression
The Dungey Era Begins
Fredericks Shines in Debut
Orange Defense Rams Rhode Island
Syracuse Has Nation’s Top Ranked Defense
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Wofford 10 Clemson 49
Maine 3 Boston College 24
Brief Summary: The Eagles let FCS Maine hang around, but a pair of Tyler Rouse touchdown runs in the fourth quarter helped Boston College pull away late.
Youngstown State 37 Pittsburgh 45
Brief Summary: Pitt lost James Conner for the season in this one, but backup Qadree Ollison looked ready in week one. He rushed for over 200 yards and a touchdown. The Panthers could never pull away from YSU, but were able to hold them off in the fourth.
Virginia 16 UCLA 34
Brief Summary: True freshman Josh Rosen throws for three touchdowns as UCLA dominates the second half to defeat the Cavs at home.
Louisville 24 Auburn 31
Brief Summary: Despite a 31-10 lead with only 10 minutes left to play, Auburn had to hold on late against Louisville. They were partially aided by some poor clock management by head coach Bobby Petrino.
Bethune-Cookman 0 Miami 45
Brief Summary: Brad Kaaya throws for two touchdowns and the ‘Canes defense dominates as Miami wins the season opener.
Troy 21 NC State 49
Brief Summary: A strong ground attack, which yielded five touchdowns, paces the Wolfpack’s season opening win over Troy. NC State’s defense held Troy to just 1-0 on third down conversions while Jacoby Brissett completed 21 of 23 attempts.
Texas State 16 Florida State 59
Brief Summary: Everett Golson throws for four touchdowns in an impressive Florida State debut, leading the defending conference champs to a route of overmatched Texas State.
Ohio State 42 Virginia Tech 24