ACC Roundup for Oct. 6
ARMY 34, BOSTON COLLEGE 31
WEST POINT, N.Y. — Raymond Maples had just been stopped on fourth-and-goal from inches with just over 2 minutes left with Boston College clinging to a four-point lead, a rare failure for Army’s potent triple option.
Undaunted as they usually are no matter the circumstance, the Black Knights regrouped and finally won a game.
Trent Steelman rushed for 141 yards and scored three times, including a decisive 29-yard touchdown run with 45 seconds left, and Army beat the Eagles 34-31 on Saturday to snap an eight-game losing streak.
“You live for these types of moments. You dream about these types of moments,” Steelman said. “To be put in that position and go finish is an unbelievable feeling. It’s an unbelievable feeling for this team.”
NORTH CAROLINA 48, VIRGINIA TECH 34
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — This Virginia Tech team is doing all sorts of un-Hokie-like things lately.
Allowing huge chunks of rushing yards. Giving up big plays on special teams. And losing at North Carolina.
The Hokies’ worst start in two decades continued Saturday when they allowed Gio Bernard to gain a career-high 262 yards rushing in a 48-34 loss to the Tar Heels – their first loss in Chapel Hill since 1938.
Logan Thomas was 26 of 49 for 354 yards with a 13-yard touchdown run and two long touchdown passes. Demitri Knowles took a kickoff 93 yards for a TD for the young Hokies.
DUKE 42, VIRGINIA 17
DURHAM, N.C. — Conner Vernon caught two touchdown passes and set the Atlantic Coast Conference record for career receptions and Anthony Boone threw four TD passes in his first start, helping Duke crush Virginia 42-17 on Saturday.
With his seven catches for 93 yards on the afternoon, Vernon now has 239 receptions in his career. Vernon surpassed Clemson’s Aaron Kelly as the ACC’s all-time leader in career receptions when he made a catch for minus-2 yards in the first quarter. The senior also hauled in a 37-yard touchdown on the Blue Devils’ second drive, and his 45-yard touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter put Duke up 18 points.
MARYLAND 19, WAKE FOREST 14
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Freshman Stefon Diggs took a short pass 63 yards to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Justus Pickett with 5:37 left, and Maryland opened the Atlantic Coast Conference portion of its schedule with a 19-14 win over Wake Forest on Saturday.
The Terrapins snapped a two-game skid and surpassed their victory total from 2011, when they went 2-10 in coach Randy Edsall’s first season. Maryland also matched its win total in the ACC of last season.
Diggs finished with five catches for 105 yards.