What happened and what mattered in the Week 6 of the ACC college football season?
5. The “other” games
Apparently, Trevor Lawrence is okay – and so is the Clemson defense. The Tigers whacked around Wake Forest 63-3, with Lawrence hitting 20-of-25 passes for 175 yards and two scores, and the defense keeping the Demon Deacons to just 249 yards of total offense with a field goal.
The running game had something to do with it, too, with 471 yards and six touchdowns. Three different Tigers ran for 128 yards or more – the lines dominated this game throughout.
For Wake Forest, the quarterbacks completed 7-of-27 passes. Kendall Hinton got in, and he led the way with 92 rushing yards, but he missed all five of his throws.
Pitt forced overtime against Syracuse with a 45-yard field goal in the final seconds of regulation, and scored on a Darrin Hall touchdown run in the extra frame. Therran Coleman came up with a pick of SU QB Eric Dungey, and the Panthers closed out a clutch 44-37 win. The passing game struggled, but Qadree Ollison ran for 192 yards and a score, and Darrin Hall ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
Syracuse couldn’t get Dungey and the passing game going. He only hit 18-of-38 passes for 195 yards, and he led a struggling ground attack with 70 yards and a touchdown, but the mediocre day from the offense did enough to pull it off – the defense couldn’t come up with the big stop in regulation. Now that the Orange are on a two-game losing streak, the North Carolina game next week might be the season’s make-or-break moment.