Wrapping up ACC's afternoon games

September, 15, 2012
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It's been a day filled with surprises, but not a lot in this group. Here's a look back on the afternoon games:

CLEMSON 41, FURMAN 7: Receiver Sammy Watkins looked as good as he did a year ago when he took off for a 58-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. As expected, Clemson's offense had its way with Furman, and all of the Tigers' stars got their touches. The problem is not the offense. It's how many missed tackles there were. I know, Clemson's defense held Furman to seven points, and it looked good against the run. It was hardly a disaster. But anyone who actually watched that game knows Clemson will have to play MUCH better next week against an uber-talented Florida State team in order to have a chance. The Seminoles' speed on the perimeter and running back Chris Thompson were too much for Wake Forest. First-year coordinator Brent Venables still has something to prove, and there will be no bigger stage to do it than against FSU.

GEORGIA TECH 56, VIRGINIA 20: The Cavaliers finally ran into a better team. It's that simple. UVa showed some weaknesses in its victory over Richmond in the season opener, and it had four turnovers and 10 penalties in a win over Penn State last weekend. Now, when it mattered most -- against Coastal Division opponent Georgia Tech -- those weaknesses added up. Jackets quarterback Tevin Washington had a great day, as he ran for three touchdowns and threw for another. Georgia Tech avoided an 0-2 start to conference play, and while it lost the head-to-head matchup against Virginia Tech in the season opener, it looked like the best team in the division today. It wasn't just Georgia Tech's offense, though, that was worth noting: Al Groh's defense once again showed improvement from a year ago, holding UVa to just 98 yards rushing.

NORTHWESTERN 22, BOSTON COLLEGE 13: BC fans were excited about the offense in the first two weeks, and with good reason, as the Eagles put up respectable numbers against Miami and Maine. But we've seen just how poor Miami's defense is, and, well, Maine is Maine. This was a bit of a bigger challenge on the road against Northwestern. The Eagles struggled on third downs and couldn't run the ball for much of the game. BC's defense, though, had one of the better performances of the day in the ACC. The Eagles forced Northwestern to settle for five field goals, and didn't allow a touchdown until late in the fourth quarter. It was a typical, gritty performance by BC, but with only 25 yards rushing, quarterback Chase Rettig couldn't do it all. The good news? BC has a bye to get over the loss and prepare for Clemson. The bad news? Clemson is up next, and BC is already 1-2.

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