What happened and what mattered in the Week 5 of the ACC college football season?
5. The “Other” Games
Florida State got its gut-check win. Down big late, the Noles got a touchdown pass to make it interesting, and then got the big late interception to stay alive. One Deondre Francois 58-yard touchdown to Nyquan Murray later, and the Seminole season might have just found something. For all the problems, and all of the issues, this team doesn’t quit.
For Louisville, the three turnovers and the late collapse ruined a huge day from Jawon Pass. He threw two picks, but he also came up with 306 yards and two touchdowns, and the offense moved the ball. But FSU stayed alive, had its chance to come through in the final moments, and now there’s hope going into the Miami game.
That’s the layup win Georgia Tech needed. No drama, lots of early scores, and even a little bit of a passing game with TaQuon Marshall throwing for 160 yards. The Yellow Jackets rolled through Bowling Green 63-17 with 372 rushing yards and eight scores – three different players ran for two touchdowns. The defense was a wee bit leaky against the Falcon passing game – allowing 330 yards – but it came up with three turnovers.
Pitt showed just how far it still has to go, but it also walked right into an angry UCF team. McKenzie Milton threw four touchdown passes in the 45-14 Knight win – Pitt wasn’t in the game after the first quarter. Kenny Pickett and the passing game weren’t able to keep up, the running game was stopped up, and the pass protection was non-existent. 11 penalties, no defense, and a blowout loss – and no come dates with Syracuse and Notre Dame.
And that’s what you do to a team like Rice. Wake Forest never let it be a game with a 42-3 score at halftime. Sam Hartman completed 15-of-17 passes for 241 yards and four scores, Cade Carney ran for two touchdowns, and despite the two turnovers, the game was never close. The run defense had a few issues, but that’s what the Owls do – they pound away. Whatever. It was what the Demon Deacons needed after the Notre Dame loss.
Boston College couldn’t top Temple’s Ryquell Armstead, but Temple couldn’t stop the BC running game in a 45-35 Eagle win. Armstead ran for 171 yards and four scores, but the Eagles owned things on the aground with 275 yards – AJ Dillon ran for 161 yard and two scores – to go along with Anthony Brown’s two touchdown passes. There were too many penalties (10), two turnovers, and a bit of a defensive letdown late, but it’s a win over a Temple team that was on. Now comes the big test at NC State.