Our ACC and SEC correspondents weigh in again this week, as the competition gets tighter and we perfect our tailgates!
Listen in and see what they have to say about all things football from the games this weekend!
ACC Updates – Week 5
1. The Blue Devils finally got a marquee road win against an ACC opponent, and Duke’s 4-1 start is its best since 1994 (the last time they went to a bowl game). Duke snapped a 12-game losing streak to Wake Forest on Saturday in Winston-Salem and got one step closer to bowl eligibility. The Blue Devils have scored 185 points through the first 5 games, the highest five-game total to open a season in school history, and currently have the same record as Clemson and Miami.
2. Florida State’s win over South Florida wasn’t as high-flying as the Clemson victory, but they remain unbeated with a 30-17 win in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium. EJ Manuel completed 19 of 26 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown, while the Florida State defense had two takeaways that keyed the win.
3. Miami held on to a win at home against NC State in a very exciting game. Miami quarterback, Stephen Morris, threw for an ACC and school record 566 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Canes to a 44-37 win over NC State. His 62-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Dorsett with 19 seconds left won the game and gave Miami its first three-game winning streak since 2009.
4. Clemson QB Tajh Boyd stepped up to finish the win against Boston College in what was a closer than the Tigers would have liked. BC’s offense had a great performance, but not good enough to overcome that of their defense and the Eagles lost a wild, back-and-forth game 45-31.
5. The Hokies have now gone 0-for-2 against the Big East with losses to Pitt and on Saturday, 27-24 to Cincinnati. That doesn’t look promising for a conference that will expand by two next year thanks to the addition of two Big East teams– Pitt and Syracuse. Virginia Tech is supposed to be one of the best teams the ACC has to offer, but the Hokies’ offense continued to struggle and Logan Thomas ended the game with an interception.
SEC Updates – Week 5
1. Texas A&M scored their first SEC road win, playing Arkansas in Fayetteville, AK. Aggie quarterback Johnny Manziel threw for 453 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another, crushing the abysmal Razorback defense. Arkansas managed to score on a Tyler Wilson touchdown in the first quarter, but he threw two interceptions and Arkansas was shut out after the first quarter with the Aggies winning 58-10. It is the most points scored against Arkansas in school history, and the Razorbacks are now 1-4 (0-2 in the SEC).
2. It was a shootout in Athens on Saturday afternoon as the Georgia Bulldogs edged past the Tennessee Volunteers. The score was close for much of the game, with Tennessee capitalizing on three Georgia turnovers in the first half, and the score was tied 30-30 at halftime. After Georgia scored on freshman running back Keith Marshall’s 72-yard touchdown late in the third quarter, Tennessee answered with running back Rajon Neal’s touchdown early in the fourth, setting up a 51-44 score in favor of the Dawgs. Neither team would score again, as both defenses held, and Georgia intercepted Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray to win the game.
3. South Carolina rallied Saturday evening after a trailing Kentucky 17-7 at halftime to win 38-17. South Carolina’s running back Marcus Lattimore was held for just 26 yards in the first half and Kentucky was able to take the lead despite starting quarterback Maxwell Smith leaving the game early with an ankle injury. The momentum shifted in the second half as the Gamecocks scored 31 unanswered points against the Wildcats, 14 of those on Lattimore runs, to win the game.
4. LSU avoided an upset with a win over Towson, a FCS opponent, at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, LA. It was a sloppy game by LSU, and quarterback Zach Mettenberger was sacked four times and fumbled once. That fumble led to a touchdown run by Towson’s Terrence West, and Towson was up 9-7 in the middle of the second quarter. LSU also committed three more fumbles, but was able to hold off Towson to win the game 38-22. The Tigers dropped one spot in the polls for the second consecutive week, from #3 to #5.
5. The #1 team in the country, Alabama eased past Ole Miss winning 33-14 in their second SEC win of the season. The Tide actually trailed by one point for 15 seconds early in the second quarter, but Alabama’s Christian Jones ran back the kick-off for the touchdown and held the lead for the remainder of the game. The Rebels put up a good fight, scoring 14 points on to the #1 defense in the nation that has held opponents to an average of seven points a game.
What was your favorite football moment from the weekend?