Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
BOSTON COLLEGE: The Eagles put on an impressive display on both sides of the
football in their ACC opener this past weekend against Wake Forest, getting a
balanced effort offensively (191 yards rushing and 223 yards passing), while
limiting the Demon Deacons to just 246 yards of offense and recording three
turnovers. Tailback Andre Williams was a workhorse in the win, carrying the
ball 35 times for a career-high 204 yards and one touchdown. Wideout Alex
Amidon continued his torrid pace to the 2013 campaign, posting five catches,
for 93 yards and one score. Quarterback Chase Rettig didn't need to do much,
completing just 7-of-14 passes, for 123 yards and two TDs. Cornerback Bryce
Jones had a big day as well, recording both an interception and a fumble
recovery. Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis had 11 tackles to lead the team,
while Steele Divitto and Steven Daniels had 10 stops apiece. The 2-0 Eagles
will take aim at a third straight victory this weekend, as they hit the road
for the first time in 2013, heading across the country to take on USC.
CLEMSON: Tajh Boyd's early exit paved the way for junior QB Cole Stoudt to
have a record-setting performance, as the Tigers made light work of FCS foe
South Carolina State this past weekend, 52-13. Stoudt was a ridiculous 19-
of-20 passing, for 143 yards and three touchdowns. His .950 completion
percentage set a single-game school record. Boyd left in the second quarter
when Clemson was up 24-7, as he had the wind knocked out of him. Clemson
dominated SCSU in just about every facet of the game, churning out 512 yards
of offense, while allowing just 241. On a day when most of Clemson's offensive
stars were used sparingly, it was Germone Hopper, who led the team in both
receptions (6), receiving yards (66) and TD catches (2). The Tigers also
returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the lopsided win. Clemson is now
27-0 all-time against FCS opponents. The Tigers will be idle this week, with
their ACC-opener next on the docket on the road at NC State on Sept. 19.
FLORIDA STATE: After routing Pittsburgh in the season-opener and ACC-opener on
Labor Day (41-13), the Seminoles were idle this past weekend. The hype machine
has started in Tallahassee around freshman signal caller Jameis Winston and
his run at the Heisman. It is hard to argue against his candidacy following
his ultra-productive debut against the Panthers. He will get a chance to build
on that this weekend, when FSU gets back to work in its home opener on
Saturday against Nevada.
MARYLAND: Quarterback C.J. Brown continued his fast start to the 2013
campaign, as the dual-threat playmaker threw for two touchdowns and ran for
another two scores, leading the Terrapins to a 47-10 rout of Old Dominion.
Maryland jumped out to a big lead, taking a 31-3 lead into halftime, while
churning out 392 yards and 20 first downs in the first 30 minutes of action.
Sophomore wideout Stefon Diggs hauled in six passes, for 179 yards and a
touchdown in the lopsided win. ODU is in its last year in the FCS and will
make the jump to the FBS next season, playing in the Conference USA. The
Terps, who are coming off a disappointing 2012, are now off to a 2-0 start for
the third time in the last four years. The Terps have also eclipsed the 40-
point mark in each of their first two games, the first time in school history
that that has happened. Maryland will attempt to ride its current wave of
momentum this weekend, when the team hits the road for the first time in 2013,
taking on Connecticut in East Hartford.
NC STATE: It wasn't pretty, but in the end, Dave Doeren's Wolfpack remained
unbeaten on the young season, moving to 2-0, with a 23-21 victory over FCS foe
Richmond. The Wolfpack overcame an 11-point deficit thanks in large part to
the play of quarterback Pete Thomas late and freshman fullback Bryant
Shirreffs. Thomas got the start in place of injured QB Brandon Mitchell, and
completed 24-of-31 passes, for 237 yards, although he did throw a pair of
interceptions. Shirreffs rushed for a touchdown and threw a TD pass in the
win. However, it was PK Niklas Sade's 48-yard field goal with 33 seconds left
that gave NC State the victory. NC State gets this week off, as it prepares
for its ACC opener on Sept. 19 against Clemson in Raleigh.
SYRACUSE: For the second week in a row, Syracuse went up against a very good
Big Ten squad and for the second week in a row, the Orange came up short. With
a 48-27 loss to nationally-ranked Northwestern this past weekend, new head
coach Scott Shafer is still in search of his first win with the school. The
Orange trailed at the half 34-7, but were much more competitive in the second
half. Syracuse was able to amass 434 yards of total offense, but relinquished
a whopping 581 yards to the Wildcats. Quarterback Drew Allen was 27-of-41
passing, for 279 yards, but threw an unforgiving four interceptions in the
loss. Strong safety Durell Eskridge set a career-high with 10 tackles in the
game. The Orange will take aim at their first win of the season this weekend
in their home-opener at the Carrier Dome, when they play host to Wagner.
WAKE FOREST: A couple of early turnovers put the Demon Deacons in a hole
against Boston College in the ACC opener for both teams last weekend. Wake was
unable to recover and fell to BC in Chestnut Hill, 24-10. Wake (1-1) was led
in defeat by quarterback Tanner Price, who was 18-of-30 passing, for 191 yards
and one TD. Wideout Michael Campanaro led the team with five catches, for 86
yards and a score. There weren't many offensive highlights in the game, as
Wake managed just 246 yards total. Wake Forest will step out of ACC action
this weekend as the team plays host to ULM at BB&T Field.
DUKE: For the first time since 1998, the Duke Blue Devils have started a
season 2-0, thanks to a 28-14 victory over the Memphis Tigers this past
weekend. Brandon Connette, in for injured starter Anthony Boone, completed 14-
of-21 passes after coming in the second quarter, for 198 yards and two
touchdowns. Duke got another solid performance from its backfield, which
accounted for 173 yards rushing in the win. Tailback Juwan Thompson led the
way with 14 carries, for 67 yards and one score. Standout receiver Jamison
Crowder had a huge game in the win, catching 11 balls, for 140 yards. Boone
suffered a collarbone injury and did not return to the game. He is listed as
out indefinitely. Duke opens up its ACC schedule this weekend at home against
a dangerous Georgia Tech squad.
GEORGIA TECH: After posting an impressive 70-0 shutout of Elon in the season
opener on Aug. 31, the Yellow Jackets enjoyed a well-earned bye this past
weekend. Paul Johnson's squad will get back to work this weekend and open ACC
play in Durham against the undefeated Duke Blue Devils.
MIAMI-FLORIDA: The Hurricanes pulled off a huge upset this past weekend at
home, topping then 12th-ranked Florida, 21-16 to remain undefeated on the
season. Quarterback Stephen Morris threw a pair of first-quarter touchdown
passes, but the UM offense managed a mere 212 yards of total offense, while
allowing the Gators to amass 413 yards. However, four turnovers in the red
zone by Florida proved to be the difference. Talented sophomore tailback Duke
Johnson, coming off a career-high in the season opener, was held to just 59
yards on a meager 2.8 yards per carry. However, Johnson was able to score a
late rushing TD to provide the team with a lead they would not give up. With
the victory, Miami has moved into the Top-25 for the first time since 2010,
now sitting at No.15. The Hurricanes have now won four straight games
(including last season) for the first time since 2008. The 'Canes are idle
this weekend, but will seek their fifth straight win on Sept. 21 at home
against Savannah State.
NORTH CAROLINA: The Tar Heels were able to even up their 2013 record this past
weekend, topping Middle Tennessee 40-20, following a tough loss against South
Carolina in the season opener. UNC amassed a whopping 511 yards in the win,
thanks in large part to quarterback Bryn Renner, who completed 23-of-34
passes, for 339 yards and one touchdown. However, his career-best streak of
pass attempts without an interception came to an end in the second quarter at
140. Romar Morris led all UNC rushers with only 46 yards, but he did score two
TDs in the win. The 500+ yards of offense is the fifth time under Larry Fedora
(14 games coached) that the team has reached that mark and the 40 points
scored is the seventh time under Fedora that the team has eclipsed 40 points.
North Carolina will enjoy a bye this weekend before getting back to action on
Sept. 21 on the road against Georgia Tech in UNC's ACC opener.
PITTSBURGH: The Panthers found out the hard way just how difficult competing
for an ACC championship will be, as they were routed at home in the season
opener by the defending ACC champion Florida State Seminoles on Labor Day,
41-13. Paul Chryst's squad was idle this past weekend as a result and will get
back to work this weekend at home against New Mexico.
VIRGINIA: It was a near capacity crowd at Scott Stadium this past weekend, but
unfortunately, the Cavaliers were simply unable to keep pace with the second-
ranked Oregon Ducks, falling hard, 59-10. Virginia suffered four turnovers in
the game and the unforgiving Ducks made them pay the price, as the Cavs gave
up 557 yards of total offense, including a whopping 350 yards rushing.
Quarterback David Watford struggled, completing 29-of-41 passes, for just 161
yards, with three interceptions. The 1-1 Cavaliers will head into this week's
bye with some things to work on. The hope is that they can solve some of those
issues prior to the Sept. 21 matchup at home against VMI.
VIRGINIA TECH: After showing very little in a loss to defending national
champion Alabama in the season opener, the Hokies found an offensive rhythm
this past weekend against Western Carolina, as Virginia Tech cruised to a 45-3
victory. Tech churned out 462 yards of offense. Quarterback Logan Thomas was
17-of-31 passing, for 200 yards and one TD, while throwing two interceptions.
Chris Mangus (84 yards, one TD) and Trey Edmunds (68 yards, two TDs) led the
way on the ground. Meanwhile, the Hokies put on another strong display on
defense, limiting the Catamounts to just 162 yards of total offense, while
recording three turnovers, including two interceptions by Detrick Bonner, one
he returned for a touchdown. Tech will hit the road this weekend for a non-
conference clash with East Carolina in Greenville.
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