What a week in the ACC! Before a big Saturday night showdown on national television, the top team in the land suffered a major setback, as quarterback Jameis Winston saw his half game suspension extended to a full game after yelling an obscene phrase in FSU’s Student Union earlier in the week. But thanks to some big plays late, Florida State narrowly escaped a huge loss by squeaking by Clemson in a thrilling game. Here is a recap of that game and the rest of the action from week four in the ACC:
Florida State defeated Clemson 23-17 in overtime
• Jameis Winston was originally suspended for one half, but due to some widespread public backlash and “further investigation,” Florida State’s administration decided to sit Winston for a full game. That decision could have potentially cost FSU a bid at a National Championship repeat, but the defending national champions were able to pull out a close encounter with a very game Clemson squad.
In a game that ultimately went to overtime, the Seminoles were a Clemson fumble away from potentially suffering their first loss in over a calendar year, after quarterback Sean Maguire, who was filling in for Winston, threw a late interception that had Clemson deep in Florida State territory. But the FSU defense came up big by forcing the late fumble, and in overtime they once again came up big by stopping Clemson on a fourth down run attempt. Upon taking over possession, FSU running back Karlos Williams ran the ball twice to put the game away with a go-ahead touchdown. Winston will return to the field this weekend against North Carolina State.
Georgia Tech defeated Virginia Tech 27-24
• For the second week in a row, Virginia Tech suffered a debilitating loss, this time at the hands of Georgia Tech. After falling down by a touchdown in the middle of the fourth quarter, Georgia Tech went on to score the last 10 points of the game on their way to a huge conference win. The run-heavy Yellow Jackets did most of their late game damage through the air.
Other scores from around the league:
#24 Nebraska defeated Miami 41-31
North Carolina State defeated Presbyterian 42-0
East Carolina defeated North Carolina 70-41
Wake Forest defeated Army 24-21
#21 BYU defeated Virginia 41-33
Louisville defeated Florida International 34-3
Boston College defeated Maine 40-10
Duke defeated Tulane 47-13
Maryland defeated Syracuse 34-20
Iowa defeated Pittsburgh 24-20