Saturday, November 10, 2012
Wrapping up the ACC's afternoon games
By Heather Dinich
The ACC Coastal Division is a mess, but it won the entertainment award for today's games. The Atlantic Division didn't quite deliver any must-see TV today. Here's a quick recap of the lopsided wins this afternoon:
NC STATE 37, WAKE FOREST 6
NC State finally became bowl eligible -- the only ACC team to join that club this week -- with its win over Wake Forest. The Wolfpack looked like a different team from the one that showed up (or rather, didn't) last week against Virginia. The Pack came to play, and the defense gave Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price fits all game. He was sacked five times, and was constantly throwing under pressure. It was a much better effort in all three phases of the game from NC State. Wake Forest was held to just 16 yards rushing, and was 2-of-17 on third downs. It was an important bounce-back win for NC State, which can still finish the season on a positive note. With a win over the Deacs, Tom O'Brien took another important step in solidifying his job security. An upset at Clemson next week would likely leave no doubt he'd return, but NC State should still have some momentum heading into the postseason as the Pack closes out with BC. Wake Forest is still one win away from bowl eligibility, but with No. 4 Notre Dame up next, odds are the Deacs will be staring down a must-win situation in the regular-season finale against Vanderbilt.
CLEMSON 45, MARYLAND 10
The Terps were overmatched long before this game even started. They were playing without their leading rusher (Wild Crab Wes Brown), their leading receiver (Stefon Diggs), their leading tackler (LB Demetrius Hartsfield), and they were playing with their fifth-string quarterback, Shawn Petty. Not a good start against a Clemson team ranked No. 7 in the country in scoring offense. Clemson set a school record with 12 straight home wins. The Terps have now lost four straight and need to win their final two regular-season games against No. 10 Florida State and at North Carolina. If the Terps had just 180 total yards against Clemson, they're going to need hope and a prayer next week against the Seminoles' defense. Both Clemson and Maryland had three turnovers each. One thing to keep an eye on from this game -- Clemson standout Sammy Watkins left the game in the second quarter with a lower leg injury.