Maryland vs. Florida State
Final Score: 63-0 ‘Noles
Newly-ranked Maryland taking on the ACC Atlantic favorite, Florida State, was perhaps the most anticipated game in the ACC in Week 6 of the college football season.
It didn’t just fall short of expectations. It flat-lined.
Florida State amassed a staggering 614 yards of total offense, 417 of which came from their rising star, Jameis Winston. The freshman quarterback torched the 21st ranked Terps’ defense, throwing for five touchdowns in a dominating 63-0 rout.
Ball State vs. Virginia
Final Score: 48-27, Cardinals
The hapless Cavaliers fell to 2-3 after an embarrassing performance against the MAC-leading Ball State Cardinals. There was no shortage of offense in this matchup, as the two teams combined for 965 yards of total offense.
After going into the first half break knotted at 17 a piece, the Cardinals pulled away from the Cavaliers in blowout fashion, outscoring UVA 31-10 in the second half.
Their second half success was fueled by key contributions from RB Jahwan Edwards, who ran for 155 yards withthree touchdowns, and senior QB Keith Wenning who threw for 346 yards with two touchdowns.
Clemson vs. Syracuse
Final Score: 49-14, Tigers
No surprises here. The third-ranked Clemson Tigers jumped on Syracuse early, taking a first quarter 21-0 lead sparked by two touchdown passes by Tajh Boyd.
The Tiger defense was relentless, intercepting Orange QB Terrel Hunt three times and holding the Syracuse passing offense to just 52 yards.
The NFL-bound Boyd finished with 455 yards and five touchdown passes.
The score was closer than the experts thought, at least for the first quarter. Georgia Tech jumped out to an early 17-7 lead before being outscored 38-13 in the final three quarters.
That being said, the Hurricanes had no answer for the Yellow Jackets’ triple option attack all game long. Twelve ball-carriers combined for 335 yards and four touchdowns.
However, when they did momentarily stop the run and force the Yellow Jackets to pass, the advantage was theirs. Tech quarterback Vad Lee continues to struggle, this time completing just 38 percent of his passes for 63 yards and an interception.
The Georgia Tech defense wanted no part of senior Canes’ QB Stephen Morris, who accounted for 324 yards and three touchdowns through the air.
North Carolina State vs. Wake Forest
Final Score: 28-13, Deacons
Wake Forest came up with their first ACC victory in a solid performance against cross-state rivals NC State.
The game was evenly matched, but timely stops by the Demon Deacon defense stymied any momentum that the Wolfpack was able to establish. NC State failed 10 times on third down and turned the ball over twice, two of the major factors which led to the loss.
Wake receiver Michael Campanaro owned the day, hauling in 12 balls for 153 yards and a season high two touchdown receptions.
Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina
Final Score: 27-17, Tech
Coming off of an impressive Thursday night road victory against Georgia Tech, the Hokies didn’t miss a step as they barreled over ACC coastal rival, UNC.
Senior Hokie quarterback Logan Thomas’ efficiency continues to improve, this week throwing for 293 yards and three touchdownsâ€”both season highs.
Wide receiver Willie Byrn hauled in four passes for a season-high 123 yards, including an 83-yard completion from the Tech two-yard line that led to a short touchdown connection from Thomas to receiver D.J. Coles.
It’s fair to note that UNC was missing starting quarterback, Bryn Renner.
Boston College vs. Army
Final Score: 48-27, Eagles
An easy win for BC. Senior RB Andre Williams played out of his mind, rushing for 263 yards and five touchdowns, both career highs. He’s already surpassed his number of carries from last year, and looks to be a bright light in an offensive attack that figures to be competitive as it enters the thicket of ACC play.
Player of the week
Williams’ numbers were off the charts, easy pick.
Unit of the Week
Florida State Offense
Jameis Winston might as well have been playing flag football.
Surprise of the Week
Virginia Tech Hokies
In a league where most critics have already crowned Miami ACC coastal champs; don’t look now, but the Hokies are in first place.