Despite a quiet week of ACC play (five of the league’s 14 teams had byes), week seven was an exciting one in the conference, with three games coming down to the final minutes.
Looking at the ACC standings reveals a close race atop the ACC Coastal. Virginia Tech remains unblemished in conference play, while Virginia, Miami, and Pitt are all at one loss. The Hokies’ three wins, however, all came against teams with losing records. In the Atlantic, Clemson and NC State are both undefeated and will square off in Death Valley next weekend.
|No. 3 Clemson||3||0||6||0|
|No. 16 NC State||2||0||5||0|
Last week’s games:
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Lost in the excitement of Virginia’s big win was woeful UNC somehow finding a way to lose a game they had firmly in hand against the Hokies. UNC led 19-14 and had first and goal on VT’s 1 yard line with 6 minutes to play. A costly fumble handed the ball back to the Hokies, whose previously-stagnant offense launched an 18 play, 98 yard drive culminating in the go-ahead touchdown with 19 seconds to play.
A similar (and even more shocking) near-miss occurred in Pittsburgh’s game in South Bend. The Panthers held Notre Dame down all game, taking advantage of two big interceptions and shutting down the Irish running game, but Notre Dame scored with 5:30 remaining to take the lead and stopped Pitt twice more to seal the game. Coming off two decisive wins over ranked teams, Notre Dame escaped a classic trap game at home.
This game was tied 7-7 at halftime, but Duke broke the game open during a two-minute stretch during the third quarter during which they scored 3 TDs. The Blue Devils got the ball after a Georgia Tech fumble and scored 4 plays later on a 48-yard Daniel Jones touchdown pass to T.J. Rahming. Georgia Tech fumbled again on their first play after regaining possession, and Duke needed just 5 plays to score. Georgia Tech fumbled again, this time on the kickoff, and Duke scored on their first play. Game.
Louisville’s nightmare season continued against BC, who finished with 251 yards on the ground to Louisville’s 47. The Eagles took a 21-20 lead right before halftime on a blocked punt that they recovered for a touchdown and shut down Louisville’s offense in the second half.