Wrapping up the late ACC games

September, 15, 2012
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There were no signs of an upset in these games, nor should there have been. Here's a quick look back at how NC State and Duke took care of business:

DUKE 54, NC CENTRAL 17: Duke did what it was supposed to do in this game (win big), and the Blue Devils are right where many expected them to be at this point with a 2-1 nonconference record. The big story in Durham today, though, had nothing to do with this game. Instead, it was the mere presence of receiver Blair Holliday, who has had to learn how to walk and talk all over again after his July jet ski accident. Holliday has had a miraculous recovery and led the Blue Devils in their pregame walk to the stadium. He's been an inspiration to the team and to many following his story. As for the actual game? There are going to be plenty of things coach David Cutcliffe will have to improve on if the Blue Devils are going to go bowling. Duke struggled on third downs and was inefficient running the ball in the first half, but pulled away in the second half. Duke's injury list is one of the longest in the ACC, but the Blue Devils got what they needed today out of the players they do have available.

NC STATE 31, SOUTH ALABAMA 7: The Wolfpack had its first convincing win of the season -- against an overmatched South Alabama team -- but NC State looked good nonetheless and it counts towards bowl eligibility. Mustafa Greene was suspended for this game, but it wasn't a factor, as quarterback Mike Glennon completed 24 of 34 pass attempts for 257 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. NC State still allowed four sacks -- that's 10 now in the past two games. NC State should pick up another win against The Citadel next week before back-to-back games against Miami and Florida State. A 3-1 record heading into Coral Gables isn't bad, as deceiving as it might be, but that's assuming the Pack gets it done next week.

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