What happened and what mattered in the Week 3 of the ACC college football season?
5. The “other” games
It took a quarter for Clemson to wake up, and then it was all fine in the 38-7 win over Georgia Southern. Kelly Bryant hit 7-of-10 passes for 68 yards with a pick, but he got banged up. Trevor Lawrence came in, and after a rough first quarter, Clemson perked up with a 57-yard touchdown pass to Justyn Ross, 162 rushing yards and two scores from Travis Etienne, and a breather the rest of the way. The defense did its part to stop the Eagle option attack, allowing just 80 rushing yards and 140 yards of total offense.
Louisville managed to survive WKU with a 20-17 win, even though the Hilltoppers were without starting QB Drew Eckels and were able to move the ball was too well. It took 14 fourth quarter points to survive – Tae Williams ran for two touchdowns – but the passing game was a disaster. Malik Cunningham ran for 129 yards, but he only completed 10-of-18 passes for 88 yards – Jawon Pass missed on all three of his throws with a pick. It was ugly, it was rough, and was a horrible performance, but the Cardinals won.
Ohio is a decent MAC team, and Virginia ripped through it for a 45-31 win. The Cavaliers got out to a hot start with 21 first quarter points, and rolled from there. Bryce Perkins finished 25-of-30 for 379 yards and three scores, and Jordan Ellis ran for 171 yards and there touchdowns. There were three lost fumbles, and Ohio kept the pressure on a bit, but after last week’s loss to Indiana – and with the ACC opener against Louisville up next – the Cavs got back on track.
The Blue Devils are really, really good. Duke might not have had injured QB Daniel Jones, and Quentin Harris struggled with his accuracy, but the big plays came early in the 40-27 win over Baylor. Harris only hit 12-of-30 passes, but he threw three touchdown passes, and he ran for 83. The D might have struggle a bit in the second half, but it was too late. With NC Central up next, it’ll be a 4-0 start before a showdown with Virginia Tech.