We’re knee-deep in another exciting week of college football! Our fabulous ACC and SEC correspondents share a few tidbits below, with all you’ll need to know to stay in the conversation this week!
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ACC Updates – Week 4
1. FSU rallied in the 2nd half to beat Clemson in a much-anticipated division match up and appears to be the team that received so much hype going into the season. Seminole QB, EJ Manuel, threw for more than 300 yards and ran for more than 100 yards, putting himself in the Heisman race and his team in contention for a national title. In order for Clemson to even have a chance at the ACC title, they need for FSU to lose at least 2 games between now and the end of the regular season.
2. NC State crushes Citadel with a stand out performance from true freshman, Shadrach Thornton, who started in place of several injured veteran players. Thornton not only played in his first collegiate game, but he made the most of it, running for 145 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. The Wolfpack travel to Miami this week for their first ACC game and the Hurricanes are not a team to overlook.
3. Miami running back, Mike James, scored a career-high 4 touchdowns in the Hurricanes’ 42-36 overtime victory over Georgia Tech. James had a game-winning 25-yard run in overtime for his 3rd rushing touchdown of the afternoon. It was a very disappointing loss for the Yellow Jackets and on their home field, no less.
4. The Deacs got into a shootout with Army, but they also got their ground game going in the 49-37 win. The next task will be to hold off a hungry Duke team trying to snap a 12-game losing streak against Wake Forest. The Deacs will need to find some defense this week and the Blue Devils are still projected to be bowl bound for the first time since 1994.
5. Virginia suffered a 27-7 loss to an unrelenting TCU team led by their defense. After losing back-to-back road games, each by at least 20 points, the Cavaliers are not even close to where they hoped to be four games into the 2012 season. They return home to face Louisiana Tech this Saturday that will not be a gimme game for Virginia, but could go a long way for building momentum for the team going into the remainder of the season.
SEC Blog – Week 4
1. The Florida Gators and the Kentucky Wildcats kicked off in Gainesville, FL for the first SEC game of the weekend. It was a dominating performance by the Gators, who shutout the Wildcats winning 38-0. The Gators managed to put the game away early, scoring three touchdowns in the second quarter alone. The win extended the Gator’s winning streak over Kentucky, who has not won a game against the Gators since 1986.
2. SEC newcomer Missouri traveled to Columbia, SC in their first SEC road game to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks. Running back Marcus Lattimore started things off by scoring two back to back touchdowns for the Gamecocks early in the second quarter. South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw, who has been out in previous games with a shoulder injury, also completed 20 straight passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns, beating Mizzou 31-10. The Gamecock’s defense held Mizzou quarterback James Franklin to 92 yards passing and sacked him three times.
3. It was a Tiger vs. Tiger rivalry Saturday night as the LSU Tigers played the Auburn Tigers in Auburn, AL. Historically, the game between the two Tiger teams has been closely scored, and Saturday evening was no different. It was a dominating defensive performance by both teams, as the LSU defense delivered a first quarter safety. Auburn eventually scored a touchdown and a field goal, leading 10-9 at halftime. Late in the third quarter, Auburn fumbled a punt return, setting up a LSU 30 yard field goal by Drew Alleman, giving LSU a 12-10 lead. Both teams would not score again, and LSU came away victorious winning 12-10. LSU dropped one spot in the AP poll after the close win, from #2 to #3.
4. Vanderbilt came to Athens, GA looking for revenge against Georgia from last years’ loss and post game drama. The Georgia Bulldogs bit early, scoring 4 touchdowns in the first and second quarter, leading 27-3 at halftime. Bulldog quarterback Aaron Murray completed his first 12 passes in the game, eventually passing for 250 yards. Georgia continued their domination in the second half, scoring three more touchdowns and shutting down Vanderbilt, winning the game 48-3. Georgia’s freshmen running back duo Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall both had a great day, Gurley rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns, and Marshall scored on a 52 yard touchdown.
5. Arkansas’ downfall continued on Saturday as the Rutgers Scarlet Knights beat the Razorbacks 35-26 in Arkansas’ third consecutive loss of the season. Razorback quarterback Tyler Wilson was back for the game after his concussion, but the Arkansas defense failed to hold off the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova was 25 for 35 in passing for 397 yards and five touchdowns. The Razorbacks almost came back in the fourth quarter, scoring two touchdowns and coming within two points of the Scarlet Knights, however Rutgers scored with seven minutes left in the game to set up the final score.