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ATLANTIC DIVISION

BOSTON COLLEGE: The Eagles struggled offensively against one of the top teams in the country, falling at home to then fourth-ranked Notre Dame, 21-6. With the setback, Boston College fell to 2-8 overall, the team's worst start since 1989. Quarterback Chase Rettig completed 27-of-34 passes, for 247 yards, while wideout Alex Amidon hauled in six passes, for 84 yards. With his performance, Amidon has now set the school record for single-season receiving yards (1,156). While Rettig did find some success throwing the football, the Eagles failed to generate anything on the ground, finishing with 53 yards on 23 carries. The Eagles have just two games left to their season, starting with this weekend's home finale against Virginia Tech.

CLEMSON: The Tigers took full advantage of a Maryland team short of direction, rolling to a 45-10 victory in Death Valley this past weekend. It marked Clemson's 12th straight victory at Memorial Stadium, setting a new school record, while improving to 9-1 overall and 6-1 in league play. The victory also tied the school record for consecutive home wins regardless of the site. Clemson won 12 straight at Riggs Field from 1927-30. Quarterback Tajh Boyd had another strong game under center, completing 18-of-26 passes, for 261 yards and three TDs. All-American Sammy Watkins left the game in the second quarter with a leg injury. Clemson's seniors have now won games (34-17), the most for a four-year class since 1992. Clemson takes aim at its 10th regular season win next time out, something the Tigers have not achieved since 1981. Clemson will attempt to earn that 10th victory this weekend at home against NC State.

FLORIDA STATE: The Seminoles needed a couple of big plays from youngsters to escape Blacksburg last week with a 28-22 come-from-behind victory. The win moved FSU to 9-1 overall and 6-1 in-conference, good for a first-place tie with Clemson in the Atlantic Division. The biggest play came late in the game, as sophomore cornerback Tyler Hunter recorded his second interception on the night, as Virginia Tech was trying steal a win. The interception came after fellow sophomore Rashad Greene scored on a 39-yard reception with 40 seconds left in the game to give FSU the lead. The Seminoles managed just 311 yards of total offense, although quarterback EJ Manuel completed 25-of-42 passes, for 326 yards and three TDs. Greene caught six balls, for 125 yards and two scores in the game. FSU will close out its conference schedule this weekend with a trip to College Park to take on Maryland.

MARYLAND: The Terrapins got a solid performance from tailback Brandon Ross, who rumbled for 100 yards on just 16 carries, but it didn't help much, as the Terps were simply out-gunned in Death Valley in a 45-10 lopsided loss to Clemson. Maryland once again started converted linebacker Shawn Petty under center, but didn't do much, completing just 6-of-12 passes, for 41 yards and one TD. The team finished with a meager 180 yards of total offense. Defensively, L.A Goree and Matt Robinson led the Terps with 10 tackles a piece. Now at 4-6 overall, the Terrapins have to win out to earn the requisite victories necessary to earn a postseason berth. That is a tall task indeed, with this week's opponent, nationally-ranked Florida State coming to College Park.

NC STATE: The Wolpfack made light work of Wake Forest at home, 37-6 to move to 6-4 overall and 3-3 in ACC play. With the win, Tom O'Brien's squad secured bowl eligibility. NC State dominated in every facet of the game, rolling up 428 yards of total offense, limiting the Demon Deacons to just 169 yards and scoring on a 100-yard kickoff return. Quarterback Mike Glennon completed 25- of-41 passes, for 258 yards and two TDs. Meanwhile, Shadrach Thornton provided balance with 110 yards on the ground. NC State is now bowl eligible for the third straight year and fourth in the last five under O'Brien's reign. The Wolfpack look for a statement win this weekend when they travel to Death Valley to take on the Clemson Tigers.

WAKE FOREST: The Demon Deacons spotted NC State the first 17 points of the game and were never able to recover, falling in Raleigh to the Wolfpack, 37-6 this past weekend. Wake's only score of the game came in the second quarter, when wideout Michael Campanaro completed a 39-yard TD pass to Terence Davis. Offense was certainly tough to come by, as the Demon Deacons managed just 185 total yards and a mere nine first downs in the game. Quarterback Tanner Price had a forgettable performance, completing just 18-of-33 passes, for just 113 yards and one interception. The game was the last in-conference for Wake, which ended its ACC slate with a 3-5 mark. At 5-5 overall, a winning record will be extremely tough to attain, as Wake Forest closes out the season at third-ranked Notre Dame this week, followed by a home date against SEC foe Vanderbilt.

COASTAL DIVISION

DUKE: The Blue Devils were idle this past weekend and look to close out their season strong. At 6-4 overall, Duke is already bowl eligible heading into its last two games. However, at 3-3 in-conference, the Blue Devils would like to finish with a winning record in the ACC. They will close out the season with games against Georgia Tech this weekend, followed by the regular-season finale against Miami-Florida on Nov. 24.

GEORGIA TECH: The Yellow Jackets took part in the ACC's highest scoring game ever, coming out on top in a 68-50 barn-burner against North Carolina this past weekend in Chapel Hill. The two teams combined for 1,085 yards and 118 points, surpassing the previous ACC mark of 110 points (Virginia's 63-47 victory over Tulane in 1968). Georgia Tech did what it does best - run the football, as the team finished the game with 380 yards on the ground and seven rushing TDs. Quarterback Vad Lee led the charge with 112 yards and two TDs rushing, while throwing for an additional 169 yards and one more score. With the win, Georgia Tech moved to 5-5 overall and 4-3 in league play, keeping its postseason hopes alive. The Yellow Jackets will close out their home slate this weekend, as the welcome the Duke Blue Devils to Atlanta.

MIAMI-FLORIDA: In a classic slugfest, the Hurricanes succumbed to a last- season TD pass by Virginia, in a 41-40 loss in Charlottesville this past weekend. The Hurricanes rushed for an impressive 233 yards in the game, led by Duke Johnson's 150. Johnson also completed an eight-yard pass for a touchdown in the game and added an 85-yard kickoff return for a score. Quarterback Stephen Morris passed for a modest 179 yards, but did throw three TD passes of his own. Phillip Dorsett led all Miami receivers with six catches, for 103 yards and one TD, while Allen Hurns caught four balls, for 37 yards and two scores. In all, Miami amassed 420 yards of total offense, but allowed 482 by the hometown Cavaliers. With the loss, Miami lost control of the Coastal Division. The team (5-5 overall and 4-3 ACC) will take a break from conference play this week to play host to USF, before closing out the regular-season on the road at Duke on Nov. 24.

NORTH CAROLINA: The Tar Heels rolled up 50 points this past weekend but came out on the losing end of the highest scoring game in ACC history. falling to Georgia Tech in Chapel Hill, 68-50. Georgia Tech's 68 points were the most ever allowed by the team at home and the 50 points were the most UNC has ever scored in a loss. North Carolina amassed just under 500 yards of total offense, including 350 yards passing, but gave up 588 yards to the Yellow Jackets, including 380 on the ground and seven rushing TDs. The loss spoiled a strong performance by quarterback Bryn Renner, who completed 24-of-35 passes, for 350 yards and two TDs. All-American tailback Giovani Bernard was once again a focal point of the offense, rushing for 78 yards and one TD, while catching six passes for an additional 92 yards and a score. Quinshad Davis led all UNC receivers with seven receptions, for 104 yards and one TD. Bernard has now eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season, becoming the first UNC back to do so since Natrone Means (1991-92). The Tar Heels have a short week to get ready, as they will take on Virginia in Charlottesville on Thursday night.

VIRGINIA: Quarterback Michael Rocco threw a 10-yard TD pass to tight end James McGee with just six seconds remaining, leading the Cavaliers from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to an improbable 41-40 victory over the Miami Hurricanes this past weekend in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers have now won three consecutive games against Miami and have won five of the last seven meetings, overall.With the win, Virginia moved to 4-6 on the season, including a 2-4 mark in the ACC. The Cavs rolled up 482 yards of total offense in the game, with the majority of that coming through the air (388). Rocco, who was demoted not long ago in lieu of Phillip Sims, was tremendous in the win, completing 29-of-37 passes, for 300 yards and four scores. Dominique Terrell led the receiving corps with nine catches, for 127 yards. Darius Jennings hauled in seven balls, for 57 yards and two TDs. The Cavaliers will attempt to keep the late-season momentum going on Thursday night when they play host to North Carolina.

VIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies have been to 19 straight bowl games, but that streak is now in serious jeopardy, following last week's 28-22 loss to Florida State in Blacksburg. With the loss, Virginia Tech is now just 4-6 on the season (2-4 in-conference) and will need to win its last two regular-season games to reach .500 and become bowl eligible. The Hokies held the usually potent Seminoles to just 311 yards, while mustering 385 of their own in the setback. Quarterback Logan Thomas completed 19-of-34 passes, for 298 yards and one TD, but also threw two interceptions, including a back-breaker in the waning moments of the game. Corey Fuller was the top target, hauling in seven balls, for 124 yards and one TD. Tech is in a "must-win" situation now if it hopes to extend its streak of bowl appearances to 20 years. That quest begins this weekend when the team travels to the New England area to take on Boston College.

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