Week 9 ACC Football Recap


From blowouts, to shootouts, to nail-biters, here is everything that went down in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 9 of the college football season.

Georgia Tech 49, Virginia Tech 28

Week 9 of ACC football kicked off this past Thursday night, which saw the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets go to Blacksburg, Virginia and dominate the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Yellow Jackets, who entered the game as a 3-point underdog, finished the game with 465 total yards, all of which coming on the ground.

Boston College 27, Miami 14

In his first game back with Boston College since suffering a left ankle injury, star running back AJ Dillon ran for 149 yards and a touchdown as the Eagles took down the Miami Hurricanes 27 to 14 on Friday night. The win catapulted the Eagles into the Associated Press Top 25 at No. 24 and bolstered their overall record to 6-2.

Clemson 59, Florida State 10

In what has been a pretty competitive matchup in recent years, the Clemson Tigers annihilated the Florida State Seminoles in Tallahassee on Saturday, handing the Noles their worst home loss in school history. Freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw four touchdown passes as Clemson improved to a perfect 8-0 overall on the season and 5-0 in the ACC. Clemson is currently ranked No. 2 in the AP Top 25 and hopes to be ranked just as high in the first College Football Playoff Top 25 of this year, which will be announced this week.

Syracuse 51, NC State 41

A week after winning a double-overtime thriller against North Carolina, the Syracuse Orange followed up that performance on Saturday by winning another back-and-forth shootout with the NC State Wolfpack. The game featured a duel of quarterbacks, with Syracuse QB Eric Dungey throwing for 411 yards and three touchdowns, and NC State QB Ryan Finley throwing for 473 yards and three touchdowns. Syracuse is now ranked No. 22 in the AP Top 25, while NC State falls out of the rankings after entering the game ranked No. 22.

Wake Forest 56, Louisville 35

Wake Forest picked up their first ACC win of the season on Saturday by cruising past Louisville. Demon Deacons running back Matt Colburn ran for career highs of 243 yards and three touchdowns and the team posted a season-high 591 total yards.

Virginia 31, North Carolina 21

For the second year in a row, the Virginia Cavaliers are bowl-eligible, the first time they have made back-to-back bowl appearances since 2005. The Cavaliers defeated North Carolina on Saturday to remain atop the ACC Coastal Division. Virginia QB Bryce Perkins accounted for four touchdowns as the Cavaliers improve to 6-2 overall and move into the AP Top 25 at No. 23.

Pittsburgh 54, Duke 45

With five seconds left in the game, Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Maurice Ffrench to propel the Panthers over Duke. The two teams combined for 1,254 yards in a game that featured very little defense.