What mattered and what’s important from Week 2 of the ACC college football season?
Well there we go, Kenny Pickett. After a rough first week in the loss to Virginia, the Pitt quarterback threw for 321 yards and a score. Maurice Ffrench was the main man with ten catches for 138 yards and a score. It helped that Pickett had time this week.
That’s a dangerous Ohio team that’s good enough to potentially win the MAC. It got shut down to just 212 yards, with QB Nathan Rourke bottled up with big stop after big stop.
The ten penalties weren’t okay, and it would’ve been nice to close out more drives with scores – the O only came up with three points in the second half, but after the ugly performance against Virginia, and with Penn State coming up, take the win and move on.
The Cavaliers made it easy right away. Bryce Perkins there two picks, but he ran for 68 yards and a score and threw for almost 200 yards with two touchdowns. There was little to no drama after a 35-3 halftime lead, but …
The four turnovers weren’t okay. There were only three penalties, and the offense was able to push the ball a bit because the defense was cleaning everything up, but going forward, there can’t be these giveaways.
Whatever … over 500 yards of offense. five sacks, the run defense has been a rock, Perkins has been good, a 2-0 record, and two easy wins. The Cavaliers have started the season as well as they could’ve asked for. This is the second-best team in the ACC – now the rankings have to reflect it.
At least Tommy DeVito was better. After a rocky first week against Liberty, he threw for 330 yards and three scores with a pick, but he also had to keep on bombing because the defense didn’t have any answers. He was under pressure early on, but he still ended up moving the O a bit. But …
The SU D got buried under the avalanche. The Terp offense ripped apart the defensive front at will, rolled for well over 600 yards, and there weren’t any answers. The pass rush was negated right away by the quick-hitting attack, and there were way, way too many open holes for the Terps to rip through. The Orange couldn’t handle the tempo, but …
This doesn’t matter. This was embarrassing, ugly, and and potentially a step back, but this can all change in a hurry with Clemson coming to town next week … uh oh. It’s all about the lines – they have to hold up a whole lot better than they did this week.