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ACC Roundup | BC Handles Georgia Tech; Clemson Finishes Syracuse

October 27, 2020
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Boston College 48, Georgia Tech 27: A pair of first-quarter touchdown passes from BC quarterback Phil Jurkovec to CJ Lewis let the Eagles (4-2, 3-2) jump out to an early 14-0 lead, which they stretched to 24-0 following a field goal from Aaron Bourmerhi and a fumble return for a touchdown in the second quarter.

Georgia Tech (2-4, 2-3) finally got on the board with a 32-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Sims to Ahmarean Brown and a 31-yard pass from Sims to PeJe’ Harris, but a Zay Flowers touchdown run and another Bourmerhi field goal let BC take a 34-14 lead into intermission.

A pair of third-quarter touchdown runs by Eagle running back David Bailey essentially put this one out of reach.

Sims finished 12 for 18 for 171 yards and two touchdowns with one pick. He also rushed for 47 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. BC did shut down the Yellow Jackets’ other runners, including standout freshman Jahmyr Gibbs who was held to 9 yards on 8 carries.

Brown caught four passes for 75 yards and the score and also had a short touchdown run.

Jurkovec completed 13 of his 21 passes for 145 yards and the two scores while picking up another 94 rushing yards on 7 carries. Bailey finished with 83 yards on 13 carries.

Notre Dame hosts the Yellow Jackets this Saturday.
The Irish travel to BC on Nov. 14th.

Clemson 47, Syracuse 21: After an 83-yard touchdown pass from Syracuse’s Rex Culpepper to Nykeim Johnson that made the score 27-21 in the third quarter, Twitter began providing live updates on the score, time left and who had the ball.

Then, in what seemed like a matter of minutes in real time, and was a matter of minutes in game time, the Tigers scored on a strip-sack and two Travis Etienne runs to put the game away.

Clemson (6-0, 5-0) didn’t come close to covering the 46.5 point spread and didn’t look especially sharp, but once again showed the gap between them and their opponents so far this season.

Trevor Lawrence was 27-for-43 for 289 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. Etienne finished with 86 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries. Amari Rodgers led the receivers with eight catches for 91 yards.

Culpepper completed just 10 of his 26 pass attempts for 175 yards and the long touchdown, but he was picked off three times and had the costly fumble. Running back Sean Tucker managed 63 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, but the Orange (1-5, 1-4) finished with just 325 total yards.

The Irish host Clemson on Nov. 7th.
Notre Dame hosts Syracuse on Dec. 5th.

rwillett@newsobserver.com

North Carolina 48, NC State 21: The Tar Heels (4-1, 4-1) scored three unanswered touchdowns in the third quarter to take a 38-7 lead and blow this one wide open.

It was another strong outing for North Carolina’s dynamic duo at running back with Javonte Williams and Michael Carter combining for 266 yards and four touchdowns on 36 carries. Sam Howell completed 18 of 29 pass attempts for 252 yards and a touchdown with Dyami Brown leading the wideouts with seven receptions for 105 yards.

After losing quarterback Devin Leary for what could be a season-ending injury, the Wolf Pack (4-2, 4-2) are still looking for the answer under center. After Bailey Hockman was ineffective in the first quarter, he was replaced by true freshman Ben Finley in the second. Finley provided a spark and showed some potential, finishing 13 for 20 for 143 yards and a score, but he was picked off twice and with the game already decided, Dave Doeren reinserted Hockman, who finished 14-for-24 for 215 yards with a touchdown and a pick.

Emeka Emezie and Anthony Smith combined for eight catches for 147 yards and two scores for NC State.

The Irish play at North Carolina on Nov. 27th.
Notre Dame does not play NC State this season.

Wake Forest 23, Virginia Tech 16: Freshman walk-on linebacker Nick Andersen had 11 tackles and three interceptions, including one on Virginia Tech’s final drive of the game to help lead the Demon Deacons (3-2, 2-2) to victory.

After Wake Forest jumped out to a 10-0 first-quarter lead, the Hokies (3-2, 3-2) came back and tied it with 10 straight points in the second quarter. After a Kenneth Walker touchdown run gave Wake Forest a 17-10 halftime lead, the teams traded field goals in both the third and fourth quarter.

The Hokies’ final chance in the final seconds of the game was squelched when quarterback Hendon Hooker threw his third interception of the day – all to Andersen. Hooker finished 17-for-33 for 223 yards and a touchdown while also running for 98 yards on 17 carries. Tight end James Mitchell caught three passes for 51 yards and a touchdown.

Christian Beal-Smith led Wake Forest’s offense with 129 yards on 13 carries while Jaquarii Roberson caught six passes for 46 yards. Quarterback Sam Hartman was just 12-for-17 for 110 yards.

The Irish play at Wake Forest on Dec. 12th.
Notre Dame does not play Virginia Tech this season.

Louisville 48, Florida State 16: Prior to playing the Cardinals earlier this month, Brian Kelly talked about the explosive potential of their offense. Fortunately for Kelly, his defense shut down that offense.

The Seminoles weren’t so lucky.

Prior to playing Florida State, Kelly said he had no doubt the Seminoles would be playing elite football again soon, he just hoped it wouldn’t be against him. It wasn’t. And it wasn’t against Louisville either.

After quarterback Jordan Travis put Florida State (2-4, 1-4) on top with an early touchdown run, but the Cardinals (2-4, 1-4) ran off 28 straight points to take control of the game. Javian Hawkins scored twice during the spurt, including a 70-yard run, and Tutu Atwell caught a 58-yard touchdown pass. Both would score again before the game was over as the rout was on.

Hawkins finished with 174 yards and the three scores on 16 carries while Atwell caught three passes for 129 yards and scored on a short run. Quarterback Malik Cunningham completed 16 of his 24 pass attempts for 278 yards and two touchdowns.

Travis completed 14 of his 32 pass attempts for 141 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He rushed for 47 yards on 12 carries. Running backs Lawrence Tioafili and La’Damian Webb combined for 150 yards on 15 carries.

Notre Dame beat Florida State 42-26 on Oct. 10th.
The Irish beat Louisville 12-7 on Oct. 17th.

Miami 19, Virginia 14: The Hurricanes (5-1, 4-1) immediately jumped on the Cavaliers with D’Eriq King hitting Mike Harley for a 43-yard touchdown bomb just 30 seconds into the game.

But Virginia (1-4, 1-4) did a good job limiting game-changing plays after that and even responded to that early touchdown with one of their own, a two-yard pass from Brennan Armstrong to tight end Tony Poljan.

Miami kicker Jose Borregales’ two field goals in the second and third quarters provided the only other scoring until Miami’s Donand Chaney scored on a one-yard run. The two-point conversion attempt failed and Armstrong’s 35-yard pass to Ra’Shaun Henry provided the final score of the game.

Harley finished with 10 catches for 170 yards and the score while King connected on 21 of his 30 pass attempts for 322 yards.

Armstrong was 16-for-130 with 181 yards and the two scores while also adding 91 more yards on 15 carries.

The Irish will not play either Miami or Virginia this season.

 
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