- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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The afternoon games had nothing on the excitement of today's early games. Virginia Tech-Cincy went down to the wire, but ended in favor of the Big East. UNC-Idaho was an absolute snoozer, and the ACC dropped another nonconference game as Virginia fell to Louisiana Tech. Here's a quick look back at the afternoon games:
CLEMSON 45, BOSTON COLLEGE 31: The most important storyline in the ACC this afternoon was that Clemson avoided "pulling a Clemson." With Virginia Tech's second loss to a Big East team, and Georgia Tech's defensive disaster against Middle Tennessee earlier today (and see below for Virginia), the ACC couldn't afford to have one of its two ranked teams fall. Clemson kept the league's hopes of two BCS bowl teams alive with its win over the Eagles. It also helped Florida State's strength of schedule in not decreasing the value of FSU's win in Week 4. Boston College, though, gave a gritty effort as expected. The Eagles' defense couldn't find an answer, though, for quarterback Tajh Boyd, who had four total touchdowns. BC is now 1-3, its lone win over Maine. Frank Spaziani didn't help himself with this one.
NORTH CAROLINA 66, IDAHO 0: This is what you get when you play an overmatched, winless Idaho team that was No. 106 in the country in scoring defense and No. 117 in scoring offense. Idaho had five turnovers in this game. Much like the romp over Elon, there's little to glean from this game. More than anything, it was a final tuneup for the Tar Heels before getting into the heart of conference play, which begins next week against Coastal Division opponent Virginia Tech.
LOUISIANA TECH 44, VIRGINIA 38: The Cavaliers get an A for effort and a round of applause for holding La. Tech under 50 points. But ... the Hoos dropped to 2-3 and it was another nonconference loss for the ACC. Louisiana Tech is the real deal, though, and after going on the road and winning back-to-back games against BCS opponents, don't be surprised to see this team appear in the Top 25 soon, if not this weekend. Virginia simply cannot expect to win, though, with 16 penalties for 145 yards and three turnovers. Michael Rocco had two touchdowns and three interceptions. Expect more quarterback questions for Mike London this week. Phillip Sims completed 10 of 17 passes for 166 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
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