The ACC is still home to the top team in the country in Florida State, but the Seminoles weren’t on display this weekend as they had a bye week. The team that was on display, however, was Boston College, as they faced a top-10 team in the USC Trojans on primetime television. The Eagles didn’t disappoint on the national stage, as they secured the biggest win of the week in the conference and maybe the country. Here is a review of week three in the ACC:
Boston College defeated USC 37-31
• After going down by double digits early, Boston College regrouped in a big way as they went to put up more than 500 total yards of offense. More than 400 of those yards were on the ground. With their dominant rushing performance, other teams in the ACC should take the Eagles seriously going forward this season.
East Carolina defeated Virginia Tech 28-21
• Coming off of an upset victory last weekend, the Virginia Tech Hokies came into this game on a high. But that high was quickly eradicated when East Carolina jumped out to a 21-0 lead. Tech managed to mount a comeback, but it was ultimately too little too late as Carolina scored the go-ahead touchdown with just seconds left to go in the game.
Virginia defeated Louisville 23-21
• Virginia has looked really solid defensively this season. In week one, they wreaked havoc on Brett Hundley and the UCLA Bruins, and could have won that game had their offense not turned the ball over several times. But Virginia was the one forcing the turnovers in their game this week against the #21 ranked team in the country, en route to a solid conference win over the Cardinals.
Other scores from around the league:
Utah State defeated Wake Forest 36-24
Duke defeated Kansas 41-3
NC State defeated South Florida 49-17
Miami defeated Arkansas State 41-20
Syracuse defeated Central Michigan 40-3
Pittsburgh defeated Florida International 42-25
Georgia Tech defeated Georgia Southern 42-38