Around the ACC: Week 7

Story posted October 19, 2022 in CommRadio, Sports by Joshua Bartosik

Yet another week of college football has come and gone, and the ACC saw plenty of action in its conference over the past weekend.

Starting in the Atlantic Division, No. 14 Syracuse put on an absolute clinic against No. 23 North Carolina State, winning 24-9 and holding the Wolfpack offense to just 255 yards and three field goals.

Sean Tucker rushed for 98 yards and a touchdown, as Syracuse cruised to its first 6-0 start since 1987 and their first 3-0 start in conference play ever.

The Orange have their biggest test of the season next week, traveling to Death Valley to take on No. 5 Clemson.

As for North Carolina State, its season continues to trend in a downward spiral, with two losses in the last three weeks, and the news that star quarterback Devin Leary is out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle.

The Wolfpack will have a bye week this weekend before taking on Virginia Tech the week after.

The Clemson Tigers traveled to Doak S. Campbell Stadium to take on the Florida State Seminoles in what became a shootout.

The Tigers jumped out to a 34-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but a late surge by the Seminoles nearly turned the tides of the game as their comeback fell just short at 34-28.

Will Shipley, the star Clemson running back, finished the day with 121 rushing yards as the Tigers moved to 7-0 on the season.

As for the Coastal Division, the Miami Hurricanes battled it out against the Virginia Tech Hokies this past weekend.

The Hurricanes escaped with a narrow 20-14 victory as yet another comeback fell short for the Hokies late in the fourth.

Quarterback Tyler Van Dyke threw for 351 yards and two touchdowns in the win, as Miami improved to 3-3 on the season.

Miami has had a whirlwind of a season, going from preseason ACC favorites to struggling to stay afloat in its division. The orange and green hope this road victory can push them back in the right direction after three straight losses.

The Hurricanes will take on the Duke Blue Devils next weekend at home.

As for the Blue Devils, they took on heated rival North Carolina on home turf, yet lost in the final minute.

Sensational freshman quarterback Drake Maye led a game-winning drive in the final minute for the Tar Heels, as UNC came away with the 38-35 win to improve to 6-1 on the season.

Maye threw for a career high 380 yards to go with his three touchdowns in the rivalry win.

The Tar Heels will take a bye week this coming weekend before battling the Pittsburgh Panthers at home in week nine.

Joshua Bartosik is a second-year majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email jsb6137@psu.edu.