Wrapping up the early afternoon games

September, 1, 2012
9/01/12
7:22
PM ET
A few quick thoughts on the the first half of the day:

Maryland 7, William & Mary 6: Earlier this week I wrote that Maryland's depth was so thin it was a scholarship or two from being an FCS team. Well, it played like one on Saturday. This win was as ugly as the giant mustard-yellow "cheap seats" sign in Byrd Stadium. And even the cheap seats were empty. It doesn't matter, though -- the ACC will take it. Another loss to an FCS program would have meant another punch in the gut to a conference already doubled over from poor nonconference play. Maryland's defense played well, but it might not be enough next weekend at Temple if the Terps continue to struggle the way they did offensively. It was a rough debut for quarterback Perry Hills, who threw three interceptions. Four turnovers and they still won? The Tribe will be kicking itself on the way home.

Virginia 43, Richmond 19: This is what should be expected of the ACC against an FCS opponent. The Cavaliers had their way with the Spiders, and quarterback Michael Rocco showed why he earned the starting job. Even so, UVa fans got a chance to see Phillip Sims complete 5-of-6 passes on the final scoring drive. The Hoos racked up 545 total yards. UVa controlled the clock and the defense held Richmond to just 28 rushing yards. Now they've got a much bigger challenge, as Penn State comes to town next weekend trying to avoid an 0-2 start. We'll learn more then.

Miami 41, Boston College 32: Duke Johnson began his campaign for Rookie of the Year and Al Golden's team got off to a better start than it did a year ago. To win an ACC game on the road in the season opener made a big statement for Golden's young team, especially considering the Canes got behind early. The coaching staff did a good job of putting the young players in position to succeed. We've talked all offseason about how important this game was for both programs to set the tone for the season, and Miami got the upper hand. This momentum will be important in helping Miami handle another road trip, this time to No. 22 K-State. The pressure on BC coach Frank Spaziani just got more intense, as he lost at home and squandered a 14-point lead on the way.

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