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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Sports Network) -
BOSTON COLLEGE: Chase Rettig threw a 14-yard TD pass to Johnathan Coleman with under a minute to play and Boston College finally posted a win against an FBS foe, topping Maryland, 20-17. The win ended a five-game losing streak for BC and moved the team to 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the ACC. Rettig completed 21- of-39 passes, for 287 yards and two touchdowns in the win, and every yard was needed, as the team was shut down on the ground, managing just eight yards on 27 carries. Standout receiver Alex Amidon continued to roll up the stats, finishing the game with nine catches, for 137 yards. It was Amidon's fifth 100-yard receiving game of the season. The Eagles seek a second straight win when they travel to Winston-Salem this week for a showdown with Wake Forest.
CLEMSON: Quarterback Tahj Boyd had a huge day, completing 27-of-38 passes, for a school-record 428 yards and five first half touchdowns, as Clemson made light work of Wake Forest last Thursday in Winston-Salem, 42-13. With the win, the Tigers moved to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in ACC play, as the team has strung together four straight victories to remain just a half game behind Florida State in the Atlantic Division standings. Boyd wasn't the only Tiger with big numbers, as wideout Sammy Watkins hauled in eight passes, for a school-record 202 yards and one TD. Fellow wideout DeAndre Hopkins finished with six catches, for 64 yards and one score. Clemson's 28 second-quarter points were the most in a quarter in an ACC road game since Clemson had 28 at Duke in 2000. Speaking of the Blue Devils, the Tigers will head to Durham this weekend for a conference showdown with a surprising Duke squad.
FLORIDA STATE: The upstart Duke Blue Devils were in Tallahassee this past weekend and brought with them a whole lot of momentum. That momentum however, was abruptly halted as Florida State routed Duke at Doak Campbell Stadium, 48-7 to remain unbeaten against the Blue Devils all-time (18-0). The Seminoles, who control their own destiny in the Atlantic Division at 5-1 in league play. FSU erupted for 560 yards of total offense in the win, including 261 yards on the ground. The backfield was missing tailback Chris Thompson (done for the year), but RBs Devonta Freeman (104 yards, two TDs) and James Wilder Jr. (70 yards, one TD) picked up the slack. Meanwhile, quarterback EJ Manuel completed just eight passes, but they went for 282 yards and two scores. The stingy FSU defense did the rest, holding Duke to a mere 232 yards of total offense and just 13 first downs. The Seminoles are off this week and won't get back to work until a Nov. 8 showdown with Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
MARYLAND: The Terrapins have had their issues at the quarterback position. Once a fourth-string QB at the beginning of the season, Caleb Rowe has been forced into the starter's role. The freshman, making his first career start this past weekend at Boston college, completed 23-of-42 passes, for 240 yards and two TDs, but it wasn't enough, as BC came from behind to score a TD with less than a minute remaining to top Maryland, 20-17. The Terps got a huge game from another freshman, wideout Stefon Diggs, who hauled in a career-high 11 balls, for a career-high 152 yards and one TD, while tailback Wes Brown accounted for 73 yards on the ground. Maryland held Boston College to eight net yards rushing on 27 carries, while piling up 10 TFLs and five sacks in the game. Maryland will try to end an two-game skein this weekend when the team welcomes Georgia Tech to College Park.
NC STATE: The Wolfpack were done in by a late punt return for a touchdown, as they dropped a shootout with rival North Carolina in Chapel Hill, 43-35. The loss, which dropped NC State to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in league play, spoiled a huge performance by quarterback Mike Glennon, who threw for a career-high 467 yards and five touchdowns. Bryan Underwood and Tobias Palmer both went over the 100-yard mark, with Underwood posting six catches, for 118 yards and two TDs, while Palmer took his five catches, for 119 yards and one score. Underwood extended his own school-record with a touchdown catch in eight straight games. UNC�s game-winning punt return was the first given up by the Pack since 2005. NC State will try to pick up the pieces this weekend, when the team host Virginia for Homecoming.
WAKE FOREST: The Demon Deacons were simply no match for Tahj Boyd and his Clemson Tigers, as Wake was routed last Thursday in Winston-Salem, 42-13. The loss dropped Wake Forest to an even 4-4 on the season, but a mere 2-4 in- conference. There was some good news for the Demon Deacons as they welcomed back their most explosive offensive weapon, Michael Campanaro, who missed significant time with a broken hand suffered a month ago. Campanaro finished the game with six receptions and 52 yards, playing second-fiddle to fullback Tommy Bohanon, who scored two TDs on his three catches. It was the second time this season that Bohanon has scored multiple TDs. Quarterback Tanner Price was 27-of-44 passing, for 232 yards and two TDs, but was sacked four times in the loss. Wake Forest, which has lost three of its last four games, will try to put one in the win column this weekend when the team takes on Boston College in Winston-Salem.
DUKE: In a matchup of the two divisions' top teams, the surprising Duke Blue Devils found out just how far they are from being a conference title contender, getting routed at Florida State, 48-7. To make matters worse, Duke played without quarterback Sean Renfree and tailback Juwan Thompson, who were injured on personal foul penalties and did not return to the game. Duke was able to force four turnovers in the game, but allowed FSU to churn out 560 yards of total offense, while managing just 232 yards. Anthony Boone replaced Renfree, but neither were effective in the loss, combining for just 129 yards passing. With the loss, Duke is now 6-3 on the season and 3-2 in the ACC, tied with North Carolina and Miami-Florida for first place in the Coastal Division standings. Renfree suffered a concussion and is questionable for this week's matchup with Clemson.
GEORGIA TECH: The Yellow Jackets' downward spiral continued this past weekend, as they have now dropped three of their last five games, including a humbling 41-17 home loss to BYU last time out. The loss dropped Georgia Tech to just 3-5 on the season, The main culprit in the loss to the Cougars was Tech's peculiar inability to run the football. Known as one of the nation's most productive ground games, Georgia Tech could manage a meager 117 yards on 35 carries. It was over 220 yards shy of the squad's season-average coming into the game, as they were ranked third nationally in rushing. When the rushing attack isn't working, the Yellow Jackets are at a serious disadvantage as neither Tevin Washington or Vad Lee are much of a passer. BYU beat Tech at its own game, controlling the line of scrimmage and owning an 18-minute advantage in time of possession. In fact, Georgia Tech's 47 offensive plays were the fewest under Paul Johnson. The Yellow Jackets will attempt to fix things this week in College Park, when they take on the Maryland Terrapins.
MIAMI: Sometimes a week off is good for more than just rest. The Miami Hurricanes were idle this past weekend and as a result, actually moved into a tie for first place with Duke and North Carolina in the Coastal Division standings, thanks to Duke's loss to Florida State. The Hurricanes will get back to work on Thursday with a home date against Virginia Tech.
NORTH CAROLINA: Giovani Bernard is certainly in the conversation for ACC Player of the Year, especially after his performance last weekend in a come- from-behind 43-35 shootout win over rival NC State. The sophomore tailback rushed for 135 yards and two TDs, led all UNC receivers with eight catches for 95 yards and returned a punt 74 yards for the game-winning score with just 13 seconds remaining. The Tar Heels finished the day with 570 yards of total offense, as balance came from quarterback Bryn Renner, who completed 30-of-47 passes, for 358 yards and one TD. With the win, UNC moved to 6-3 on the season and tied with Duke and Miami-Florida for the top spot in the Coastal Division standings (3-2). It also marked the first win over the Wolfpack since 2006. Bernard now has 15 touchdowns in seven games this season and 29 scores in 20 career games. He has rushed for at least 135 yards in each of the last four games and has an ACC-best 930 yards this year. The Tar Heels are off this week and won't be back in action until Nov. 10 against Georgia Tech.
VIRGINIA: The Cavaliers were idle this past weekend and could certainly use the time off, as they begin the home stretch mired in a six-game losing streak. Virginia gets back on the gridiron this weekend when the team travels to Raleigh to take on NC State.
VIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies had last weekend off in preparation for a showdown in Blacksburg this Thursday night against the Miami Hurricanes. Virginia Tech is just a half game out of first place in the ACC's Coastal Division standings at 2-2, behind North Carolina, Duke and Miami, which are all 3-2 thus far.