ACC 3 Quick Thoughts On Each Game, What Mattered: Week 2

ACC 3 Quick Thoughts On Each Game, What Mattered: Week 2


ACC 3 Quick Thoughts On Each Game, What Mattered: Week 2


Florida State 45, ULM 44 OT

It’s a win. For now, take it move on, and live to fight another day. The Noles survived in overtime as ULM whiffed on an extra point attempt that would’ve forced a second OT. There’s a LOT to dog FSU about – like three turnovers and 11 penalties that let the Warhawks get back into the game, but there were plenty of positives, like …

The teams been amazing in the first half so far. The offense came out rolling, Cam Akers had a huge day – 193 yards and two scores on 36 carries – and James Blackman spread the ball around well. The O line wasn’t that bad, but …

For the second straight game, the Noles were awful coming out of the locker room in the second half. Was dehydration still an issue? The D that struggled overall again allowed 31 points after the team was cruising at halftime, with way too many struggles on third downs. It’s been a way-too-tough run for the defense after two games, and now it gets Bryce Perkins and Virginia to open up the ACC season. Win that, and everything that happened in for first two weeks is all but forgotten.

Louisville 42, Eastern Kentucky 0

Take the easy win when you can get one. In a short week, the Cardinals came out hot and best the Colonels without a problem thanks to Jawon Pass. He threw a pick, but he also went off for close to 200 yards with four touchdowns.

Showing off a little defensive pressure was nice. The Cardinals showed off the big plays from the line with five sacks and a constant presence in the backfield. The D didn’t stop the EKU ground game cold, but it did enough when it had to.

At the very least, there’s confidence again. The team played well against Notre Dame – scratch that; it kept the game from getting out of hand – and now it has a blowout win. With WKU and Florida State up next, there’s a real chance to make a nice early run if the offense can keep on being as consistent as it was this week.

North Carolina 28, Miami 25

When the Miami defense had to come up with one stop, it couldn’t. After a strong performance against the run, and doing a great job of getting into the backfield, the Canes were beaten by Sam Howell and the last-gasp drive that closed out with the game-winning touchdown pass.

Howell isn’t a freshman – he can’t be. For the second straight week, he took a beating, and yet kept coming through, finishing with 274 yards and two touchdowns including the game-winning drive. The UNC defensive front did its part, too. It was a major factor behind the line, but …

Jarren Williams help up, too. For the second straight game, the Miami offensive front was a major problem. And for the second straight game, Williams kept his cool, completing 30-of-39 passes for 309 yards and two scores. It wasn’t enough despite controlling the clock and the game. North Carolina is now finding ways to win close games.


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