2012 ACC Week 1
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Player of the Week
Clemson RB Andre Ellington ran 26 times for 231 yards in the win over Auburn.
Three Best Games of the Week
1. at Virginia Tech 20 … Georgia Tech 17 OT
2. Clemson 26, Auburn 19
3. at Wake Forest 20, Liberty 17
Miami 41, at Boston College 32 ...
BOSTON COLLEGE ... At least the passing game worked. After years of sputtering and struggling, the Eagles came up with a big day through the air with Chase Rettig throwing for 441 yards and two scores. Tahj Kimble and Alex Amidon were magnificent, combining for 18 catches for 279 yards and a score. … Next. Kevin Pierre-Louis might not be the talent that Luke Kuechly was, but he started off well making 14 tackles with a broken up pass. He did everything to stop the Miami running game. … Three turnovers turned into a problem and breakdowns on defense were an issue in the second half. Mostly, the offense started to sputter just when it needed to kick it in.
Clemson 26, Auburn 19 ... Clemson dominated the game but struggled way too much to put the game away. Clemson cranked out 528 yards and ran wild with Andre Ellington and Tajh Boyd gouging the Auburn front seven, but it still took a fourth quarter comeback because too many drives ended with field goals. … The defense gave up one big bomb, but that was about it. It clamped down on the running game, kept Kiehl Frazier from doing anything in the open field, and stopping drive after drive. But it was still a fight. … It was a disciplined day from the defense. The pressure into the backfield was good and, even though there were some nice big runs from the Auburn backs, there weren’t a slew of missed tackles. After the West Virginia debacle, this was the day the D needed.
at Florida State 69, Murray State 3 ... After not getting enough from the running game last season, even though it was against Murray State it was vital to get things going on the ground right away. With 285 yards and seven touchdowns, even if much of the production came trying to run out the clock, the offense worked. … E.J. Manuel threw a pick but was nearly perfect completing 16-of-22 passes for 188 yards and a score, and he ran for 38 yards. … Greg Reid who? Rashad Greene might be the next great Seminole punt returner after breaking the game open in the first few minutes with his return for a score. … Star defensive end Brandon Jenkins went out hurt, but he likely would’ve fought through his leg injury in a game against a real opponent.
at Maryland 7, William & Mary 6 ... Maryland looked like a team that needs a lot more time. Perry Hills didn’t exactly play like a freshman even with three picks, but he didn’t bomb away throwing for just 145 yards and keeping everything short. On the plus side, he led the way for the game-winning drive. … It took a sloppy effort to keep William & Mary alive. The Terps turned it over four times, got flagged for four big penalties including Dexter McDougle getting nailed for three pass interference calls, and struggling to keep the chains moving. … The defensive stars did their part. Demetrius Hartsfield made 13 tackles with a fumble recovery, and Joe Vellano held up on the line with 11 tackles, two tackles for loss and a pick.
Tennessee, 35, NC State 21 ... The
NC State secondary that was supposed to be such a major strength, especially with David Amerson at one corner, got lit up and didn’t have any answers for the Tennessee receiving corps. … Amerson made his share of big plays despite being torched for two scores. … Mike Glennon took some huge shots but kept on getting up and bombing away. However, he threw four interceptions and wasn’t able to move the attack in the fourth quarter after pulling the Pack to within 11 with his lone scoring pass. … The lines were beaten up. Tennessee couldn’t run on anyone last year, but when its O line wanted to get physical, the State defensive front got shoved.
at Wake Forest 20, Liberty 17 ... It might not have been pretty, but the Demon Deacons managed to overcome a rough day from the offense to get the win. … The offensive line didn’t generate any sort of a consistent push with Deandre Martin only coming up with 74 yards on 21 carries and the team finishing with 98 yards. … On a day when the weather wasn’t ideal, the line needed to control the game and it didn’t. It’s going to take a while to break in the four new starters. … The pressure was put on Tanner Price and the passing game, but it didn’t work outside of a few key big plays. The O took advantage of almost every break. … The star was punter Alexander Kinal who kept Liberty pinned deep all day long with five of his eight kicks put inside the 20.
at Duke 46 … Florida International 26 ... That’s how the offense is supposed to work. FIU was expected to apply the steady pressure, but it didn’t come up with any sacks and Sean Renfree was terrific completing 21-of-30 passes for 290 yards and two scores with a pick. .. Connor Vernon was unstoppable with ten catches for 180 yards and a score. … Brandon Connette is a fun weapon. He threw an eight-yard touchdown pass and ran for a score. … There weren’t enough third down conversion, coming up with just three of 13 chances, and the nine penalties were too many, but the offense moved well and the team found a way to come up with big plays. The blocked field goal for a score at the end of the first half and the 98-yard two-point conversion pick were the type of plays the team has never seemed able to come up with in the past.
at Virginia Tech 20 … Georgia Tech 17 OT ... GEORGIA TECH …Tevin Washington had such a smart, savvy game completing 10-of-15 passes for 96 yards and a late score, while running 19 yards for a tough 63 yards – with a pick. This will go down as the Washington interception game, hanging up a prayer in the end zone in overtime, but that shouldn’t erase his terrific overall performance against a nasty defense. … Virginia Tech had an entire offseason to prepare for the Yellow Jacket offense. The 192 rushing yards might not seem like much, but it was effective. … The Georgia Tech defense did its job of clamping down until the final drive in regulation, and then it backed off and allowed Logan Thomas be Tim Tebow. He had open receivers to throw to because the Yellow Jackets changed up their defense at the most critical time.
Miami 41, at Boston College 32 ...
MIAMI ... It might not have been a thing of beauty defensively, but the offense was nearly perfectly balanced with 207 yards through the air and 208 on the ground. When the O needed to take control of the game in the second half, it did. … Stephen Morris wasn’t bad, but he didn’t do anything to stretch the field. He threw for 207 yards but the longest pass play was just 21 yards. … Duke Johnson became the playmaker the Canes needed running seven times for 135 yards and two scores. He answered with touchdowns when BC was kicking field goals. … The defense didn’t do enough, but Denzel Perryman made seven tackles with a 41-yard interception return for a score.
North Carolina 62, Elon 0 ... The Larry Fedora era couldn’t have gotten off to a better start with everything working well. There were two turnovers, but the offense cranked out 524 yards of offense with big plays coming from all the stars. Bryn Renner threw well connecting on three touchdown passes, but the game was about Giovani Bernard who ran for 93 yards and a score, caught a scoring pass, and returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown. … The Tar Heels were brilliant on punt returns averaging 28.9 yards per try with Bernard, Erik Highsmith and Roy Smith all ripping off big plays. … The defense stuffed Elon allowing just 42 rushing yards and forcing four turnovers. The defensive front didn’t allow the game to be interesting.
at Virginia 43, Richmond 19 ... This was when Michael Rocco took total control of the offense. The running game was fine and effective, but it was the passing of Rocco – 25-of-37 for 311 yards and a touchdown – that made the offense move. … He was terrific on third downs and was great at spreading the ball around. The Cavs held on to the ball for well over 37 minutes and never let Richmond get comfortable. … The only knock was the inability to finish off drives. The Cavs should have been up by 30 in the first half, settling for two field goals, but that’s nitpicking. The offense was clicking. … There wasn’t much of a pass rush and not enough of a push from the D line, but it was a dominant performance allowing just 28 rushing yards.
at Virginia Tech 20, Georgia Tech 17 OT ... VIRGINIA TECH … Logan Thomas struggled until he had to come through. He wasn’t sharp, couldn’t seem to connect with his closely-guarded targets, and failed to move the ball well outside of a 42-yard touchdown pass to Demitri Knowles midway through the fourth. But Georgia Tech went into the prevent late and Thomas went to work. He was cool, calm and collected leading the way to the game-tying field goal. … The Hokie offensive line struggled to get a big push all game long. When it was time to punch it in from the one in overtime, the ground game that finished with just 96 yards couldn’t do it. … The defense wore down against the speed of the Georgia Tech attack, but for about 55 minutes it did as good a job as anyone will do against this offense. Even so, allowing just 288 yards of total offense is impressive.